Health Care Debate Continues In Charlottesville

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

July 15, 2009

The Virginia Organzing Project (VOP) has been working on getting support for a major overhaul of the country's health care system. They've knocked on about 40,000 homes in Charlottesville over the past two years.

"The need is just sky high. we don't run into anybody who doesn't have a family member, a friend or a neighbor, who has some problem with the current health care delivery system," said Joe Szakos of VOP.

Wednesday the U.S. Senate Health Care Committee voted for part of a health care bill that moves the government closer to a nationalized health care plan.

But not everyone thinks the government should be the answer to the problem. A rally will take place in Charlottesville Saturday to speak out against the health care bill. Organizers say it will cost small businesses, which are being asked to shell out more money.

"What if it's a marginally profitable or unprofitable corporation and then you're going to come in and tax them an extra $30, $40,000. People are going to be losing jobs over this," said Randolph Byrd of Americans for Prosperity.

But supporters say it will cost the country less in the long run, to spend more money now on preventative measures.

"The sky is not falling. I think that the senators are being very practical in trying to figure out some solution that makes the best sense for everybody," said Szakos.

"Look, the people who create the jobs in this country are the small businesses and large businesses in this country and what we need to do is make it easier for them to stay in business, not harder for them," said Byrd.

The debate will continue here and in Congress, as the bill has a long way to go before becoming a law.

The rally against the plan takes place on Saturday at noon at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville.

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