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|Protesters Voice Opposition to Health Care Plan
|Critics of the heath care reform bill had a message to pass along to 17th-District Congressman Phil Hare: it's America, it's our right to voice our opinions - just tell us the truth.
Those opposed to the health care reform bill stood and held signs out in the rain Monday as they anticipated the arrival of Hare, who spoke to members of the media and the community at the Knox County Health Department.
Galesburg resident Scott Cudd was among the group angry with proposed changes in health care. Cudd says he was most upset with the fact Hare would not hold a public forum to discuss the matter.
Cudd tells WGIL the government can't seem to run anything right now, so we don't need them to run anymore than they already deal with.
"I've been paying this all my life. I raised three wonderful girls. My wife and I work hard. We've done it. We've never taken anything for granted or anything free - and now you want me to pay more and get less? I can't balance my checkbook that way. I can't pay my power bills, I can't pay my mortgage that way. I can't do what these people do with a checkbook. You can't do it. Why should they be allowed to - and with our money?"
Another protester out front of the health department agreed with Cudd, saying why would the people in the country allow government officials to run one-sixth of our economy when they can't currently operate other programs. He said guys like Hare, and Dick Durbin don't want to listen to the people, and that the people who voted them into office will now vote them out.
Cudd says legislators are all self serving and the public just needs them to do the right thing.
(Protesters gather and hold signs outside the Knox County Health Department as they awaited the arrival of 17th District Congressman Phil Hare.)
(A woman outside the Knox County Health Department proudly displays her opposition to the proposed health care reform bill.)
(Women inside the health care reform meeting hold signs showing which side of the issue they are on.)
(A woman stands near the back of the room as she listened to Congressman Phil Hare talk about health care reform Monday at the Knox County Health Department.)
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini)
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