Vocal Crowd Packs Health Care Forum In AbingdonI get the impression that this Herald Courier reporter couldn't even figure out what Boucher was trying to say when he made the comment, "My sense is that it’d be more economically feasible for us to find a direct solution for everyone to have access to health insurance then to continue to bear these very high costs indirectly." She took it to mean Boucher wanted government to pay for the care of uninsured Americans, as opposed to the people paying for that care.
By Dana Wachter, Bristol Herald Courier
Abingdon, Va.—More than a thousand people packed the hall at the Higher Education Center in Abingdon Thursday morning, for a health care reform town hall meeting.
Some applause, but a chorus of boos welcomed Virginia’s Ninth District Congressman, Democrat Rick Boucher.
Groups from unions, and individuals listened to Rep. Boucher, and then representatives from local health care organizations speak about current health care options.
Boucher says he hasn’t decided how he will vote on the five awaiting bills in Congress, but that he isn’t convinced the so-called “public option” is the way.
He does think reform is necessary for millions of uninsured Americans, because now, the public pays for those uninsured patients.
“My sense is that it’d be more economically feasible for us to find a direct solution for everyone to have access to health insurance then to continue to bear these very high costs indirectly,“ said Rep. Boucher.
Perhaps the biggest concerns voiced by voters at the town hall is the prospect of a government take-over of health care, and the future debt for America. [link]
But who pays for the government that pays for those uninsured people?
Wouldn't it be better if Boucher didn't talk in riddles and simply came out and told us what he believes? And where he stands?
I have to wonder: Was anything accomplished by our Congressman scheduling the two town hall meetings that he did? Does anyone know what Boucher's intentions are?
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Thanks, by the way to the 1,200 people who showed up at the meeting, a majority of whom, it appears, wanted a piece of his ass. Keepin' the heat on. Good work.
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* I'm somewhat reluctant to pass final judgment based on the reporting of someone writing for the Bristol Herald Courier. But the quotes provided here coincide with those provided by the Roanoke Times the other day with relation to Boucher's Dublin town hall meeting. Quotes similar enough to lead one to believe that his intentions are to not take a stand and simply hide until vote time. Like he always has.
But this gives him every right to now say, "Look, I held two town hall meetings."
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The Kingsport Times News has coverage as well. Included is this quote from Boucher that you'll want to mull over:
"Ultimately, Boucher said reform needs to make health care affordable and not allow insurance companies to deny coverage to those who are already sick or rescind policies."
You think health care coverage is expensive now? Wait till Boucher and his buddies start covering ALL ailments and conditions suffered by every American, cradle to grave (and perhaps ten million non-Americans). He's going to make health care coverage affordable to boot? Had he been drinking?