WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - More than 50 people from all walks of life gathered at theKlondike Branch of the Tippecanoe County Library to discuss oneimportant issue: Health care reform.
"It needs to change. It needs some reform, but not governmenttakeover," said Marion resident Kimberly Whalen.
"I think a government sponsored single payer health care systemwould be our number one choice," said West Lafayette resident DavidWoolums.
Whalen says she believes if the proposed health care legislationpasses people like her grandmother who was diagnosed with cancerwill not get the treatment they need.
"Under the Obama health care plan she would have been counseledon not having the operation," said Whalen.
But David Woolums of West Lafayette disagrees...he says thehealth care bill is really about increasing the number of peoplewho are eligible to receive treatment.
"People aren't getting the preventative care that they need.Small illnesses are turning into big illnesses and that's where wehave big problems," said Woolums.
The town hall meeting was the second of its kind sponsored byCitizens in Action. Director of Operations Donn Brown says thisweeks series of meetings open the dialogue and its clear to himthat many people have similar concerns.
"Really I don't think I heard anything new tonight. A lot of thesame arguments on both sides just different versions of it," saidBrown.
While Whalen and Woolums have different opinions on health carereform both were impressed with the way the meeting wasconducted.
"I think there were some tempers at times but I think peoplerespected each other," said Whalen.
"They did a great job putting this on and allowing everyone tospeak, and I'm really appreciative of that," said Woolums.
Brown says the Citizens in Action plan to hold more town hallson other issues in the future.
It's been nearly a month since a tornado damaged Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School, giving faculty the task of helping students transition to their new surroundings.
There were several two hour delays for area schools Thursday morning. As of Thursday evening, there are none for Friday morning.
Donations are being accepted to help around 300 seniors receive a holiday gift.