DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - Hundreds of people turned out to express their views on healthcare reform at town hall meetings, but some wondered if theiropinions were actually heard.
People at the town hall meetings are passionate about healthcare reform, whether they support it or not ,and they want theirvoices heard.
U.S. Representative Joe Donnelly said while their input is in asmall forum, he and other congressional leaders are taking it toWashington to help form policy decisions.
"People know in Washington that the folks in America, all of us,are in charge of this legislation. Not anybody in a room inWashington," said Donnelly.
The voice of the public is what Congressman Donnelly said hewants to hear. He said he has not formed an opinion on this healthcare reform bill. He wants to hear the people's opinions to helphim decide.
Some attendees were in support of reform.
"My daughter is in the service and when she was stationed inIraq, she had a lump in he breast. She got some of the best medicalcare in the world," said attendee Carolyn Frazier. "If it's goodenough for our service men and women, why couldn't it be a choicefor every person in the United States?"
Others were more hesitant.
"It's just gonna throw private health insurance out of thebusiness because they're not going to be able to compete with thegovernment," said Melinda Smit. "I asked him, just slow down,please slow down."
Some people got so passionate, the congressman had to pry themicrophone away from them to give others a turn. Even thecongressman found himself at times struggling to speak over theheated crowd.
While Congressman Donnelly opened Wednesday's meeting sayingthat the town hall was open to all issues, people mostly stuck tohealth care.
Donnelly said that's the way it's been at the majority of recenttown halls he's be a part of.
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