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|Health Care Reform Fight Continues
|A local legislator continued to bring his message of health care being a right and not a privilege as he spoke with a number of area residents.
17th District Democrat Phil Hare Thursday night held a telephone conference call where he fielded questions and concerns local citizens had on the issue of the new health care bill.
Hare says House Bill 3200 eliminates pre-existing conditions, contains a public option, closes a Part D Medicare loophole and makes health insurance affordable to all. Hare says despite many of the myths going around, there are a number of issues that are not included in the bill.
"Let me state quite clearly what's not in this bill. Death panels, taxpayer funded abortions, and coverage for illegal immigrants. No way - no how."
One caller into the meeting was concerned with how the health care bill would be paid for.
"I believe with people paying into the system for the first time like the vast majority of people will, with people paying less in their premiums, with cutting down the health care paperwork cost of it, that we're going to be able to pay for a great deal of this bill."
Hare also spoke about his support for community health clinics which is included. He says the clinics can provide timely health care in a less expensive manner.
Hare says he isn't running from this issue as he has met face to face or on the phone with constituents around 20 times to try and clear up, what he called, the distortion of information on the television.
He says congress needs to fix what is broken, and strengthen benefits that are already in place.
|08 28 09 by Newsroom
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