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|Hare Uses Local Resident to Make Health Care Push
|A local congressman used an area resident to try and convince the public that true health care reform is needed.
Congressman Phil Hare, among other stops, spoke about health care Monday at the Knox County Health Department, at what was supposed to be a press conference but turned out to be a sort-of town hall meeting, even though the discourse was very civil.
Hare brought resident Marte Glass with him. She's a former hospital employee and is currently a school nurse in the Galesburg School District. Her daughter has diabetes and can't seem to be covered by insurance, since it's regarded as a pre-existing condition.
Glass says she believes there are too many inequities in the current health care system to make it worth it. "I think everybody needs to pay into the system, and get the same type of care," Glass said. "I don't think that the taxpayers should be paying it all. I'll be the first one to say that. But what I do think is that everybody should be putting money into the pool, and getting the same type of health care. All I want is equality."
There are currently three versions of a health care reform package that are currently believed to be on the table. Hare says he could only speak to the House version, of which a committee he's on marked up, because he says leaders on the Senate side are refusing to talk about their version.
Hare says he was okay with disagreements on any health care version, but he's displeased with the methods both sides have used to try and get their messages out.
You can download all of Monday's Galesburg meeting with Congressman Hare by CLICKING HERE.
(Marte Glass speaks Monday at the Knox County Health Department while Rep. Phil Hare listens. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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