Opposing Sides Address Health Care Debate

By: Liz Palka Email
By: Liz Palka Email

July 18th, 2009

Opponents and supporters of President Obama's health care plan are speaking out in Charlottesville. Some are saying they don't want what they call socialized medicine and they fear government interference. Others are saying public health insurance would allow more people to be covered, without lining the pockets of insurance companies.

Hundreds gathered at a Patients First event at the Omni Hotel Saturday afternoon, to rally against any government intervention in health care. Many said the health care legislation President Obama would like to see passed puts too much power in the hands of the government and that hasn't worked in other countries.

"We're in a crisis," said Gwenyth Rankin. "We need change. We just don't need Socialist change."

"My mother in law lives in Colombia where they have socialized medicine," said Debbie Bornstein-Munoz. "It's not cost effective there. We end up sending money to Colombia to help get medical care outside of the socialized program to the tune of about five thousand dollars a year."

Charlottesville resident Donna Goings support Obama's health care proposal.

"What they're saying about Socialism is just not what is being talked about," said Goings. "This is actually a compromise in offering a public health insurance option for people who do not want a private option."

Both sides agreed there is a health care crisis and something needs to happen.

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