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|Hare Spells Out Case for Health Care Reform to Civil Galesburg Crowd
|17th District Congressman Phil Hare made one thing clear at the beginning of a talk he held Monday afternoon at the Knox County Health Department regarding health care reform.
"This is, actually, my 12th health care meeting -- my fourth (Monday) -- and we've had a lot of questions and dialogue, and back and forth."
Hare addressing concerns that he hasn't been talking with constituents about health care reform. The Rock Island Democrat made four stops Monday, and has more scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. He said he is amazed by the information and, many times, misinformation coming out both political parties on the issue of health care reform. And Hare says he's all for debate and disagreement, but says even he had to draw a line.
"What I'm saddened by is one of the meanest, most outright hurtful and hateful things that I think I've ever heard since I've been working in public office, and working for a public official -- there is absolutely no such thing, under the House bill, as 'death panels' and euthanasia," Hare said.
Hare said there is a provision in the bill for voluntary counseling on options for the end of one's life.
Even though talk has led to a public health care options still being made available, Hare says he doesn't see what's wrong with it as long as it's just that -- an option -- and believes insurance companies shouldn't be afraid of competition.
Hare did take plenty of questions from audience members during his 90-minute discussion Monday, but observers believe the discussion was, at best, civil, unlike other similar meetings.
You can download the entire discussion by CLICKING HERE.
(Mike Patton of Galesburg speaks during a discussion on health care reform prior to Rep. Phil Hare's arrival at the Knox County Health Department.)
(Congressman Phil Hare speaks Monday at the Knox County Health Department.)
(Jim Nuss of Oquawka speaks to Congressman Phil Hare Monday.)
(Jim Nuss brought notes with him to Monday's meeting at the Knox County Health Department. WGIL News Story by Will Stevenson. Photos by Will Stevenson and Dominic Fortini.)
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