Local residents make a "house call" to voice health care reform concerns

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Hundreds of concerned citizens locally and even more nationwide gathered at the offices of their state's representatives for a "House Call" to voice concerns about health care reform.

It's a debate that's been raging on Capital Hill for months, it's health care reform and it affects every American. "It's actually more about death than health, it's about controlling the American people," says concerned resident William Mikus.

Dora Shultz, another concerned citizen says, "Thank God I'm healthy now but when I need help I won't get it."

After tea parties, phone calls and e–mails, these citizens feel like their concerns are being ignored. "This is just another attempt to be heard, we're for reform, just not their kind," says Jeff Crank, director of Americans for Prosperity.

The main concern this group has with the new plan is the public option. After the group voiced their strong opposition, the House of Representatives refined the bill and introduced a "new" proposal. "Despite all that, the House introduced a new bill that has the option in it," says Crank.

The conservative group, Americans for Prosperity says that under the new "option" plan congress is pushing, the federal government would require everyone to buy the insurance they dictate. "It's a violation of our freedom," says Nelson Scott. Everyone who protested Thursday says they feel like reform is necessary but not in the form that's proposed. "We have a good system, tweak it, don't throw it out," says Crank.

The protest is just the first step in what most see as a never–ending uphill battle. "It's going to be one thing after another with this administration; they're going to keep pushing," says Mikus.

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