With different versions of a health care plan making its waythrough Congress, its no wonder constituents and congressmen attown hall meetings are interpreting what's at stakedifferently.
One big concern is a government program might ration health careand some individuals might not get what they need or want. U.S.Rep. Steve Kagen, D-8th Dist., says that's not true.
“That is not the intent of this piece of legislationthese new ideas about health care reform are to fix what's brokenand keep what works. And improve it at a lower cost,” saidKagen.
But U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-6th Dist., points out rationing takesplace now for example with who gets shots or organ donations. Andhe says if funding for health care reform isn't there we could seemore.
“There's not enough money to pay for what's being promisedand we could go to rationing or delays, waiting for service,”said Petri.
Another concern is the reform encourages euthanasia forseniors. Not true. The plan does outline paying doctors forconsulting with patients about private end-of-life decisions... Inwhat is described as "Advanced planning consultations."
“You talk about misrepresenting what is real this was arepublican idea it is a fantastic idea for the very first timeMedicare would compensate a doctor for sitting down to listen tothe choices that his or her patients wants to make,” saidKagen.
Petri says many of the provisions in the plan are undefined, andconstituents are coming forth with the right concerns.
“I think people are trying to understand what it is andhow it will work,” said Petri.
“I'd say don't scare people reassure them with the facts,the truth,” said Kagen.
The $1-trillion cost also remains a criticism. Kagen says theplan will stimulate the economy and create jobs, Petri says justthe opposite.
“This is going to be the biggest stimulus without taxinganybody--without taking 99% of the people,” said Kagen.
“I don't really thing we should be approaching health carereform as a temporary economic stimulus package, it's an ongoinghuman need,” said Petri.
Clickhere to visit the White House’s Web site dealing withquestions and concerns about what's in the health care reform plan.
After almost 80 years, a piece of naval history is on its way home. A model of the Japanese luxury liner Hikawa Maru is being packed up in Manitowoc and returned to Japan.
Visitors to Green Bay's Neville Public Museum will soon see hours slashed. The county-owned attraction is cutting access starting the first of the year.
An 11-foot-long model of the Japanese passenger liner Hikawa Maru is being sent back to Japan after 34 years at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
Area volunteers are making a difference in the community this holiday season. At this time of the year, many people are looking for ways to help their neighbors. The Salvation Army is one of the many places where you can do just that.
For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.