Listening sessions for Northeast Wisconsin Congressmen StevenKagen, D-8th Dist., and Tom Petri, R-6th Dist., have been seeinglarge and boisterous crowds recently. And even with all thespirited debate both welcome the attention to try and get theirpolitical messages out about health care reform.
“What people have to understand is the legislative processis a long discussion an open and transparent discussion and that'sthe benefit of having listening sessions,” said Kagen.
“Well I hope no one will go along with a plan just becausesomeone in their party was urging them to vote for oragainst,” said Petri.
“So everyone has to understand this is a very seriousconversation it is the most important conversation our country willhave this century,” said Kagen.
“Experience tells us we really should do a do-diligence ofwhat we're doing,” said Petri.
The latest House bill from Democrats under review is more than1,000 pages and continues to undergo changes.
“We went through it page by page,” said Kagen.
FOX 11’s Mark Leland asked Petri if he had a chance toread through the entire bill. The congressman admitted he hadnot.
Kagen: We have to get the politics out of this discussion let'stalk about the policy, put people first rather than corporateprofits on Wall Street.
Democrats like Kagen support government involvement to ensurethe reform happens, while Republicans like Petri say limitedgovernment support is a better solution.
“To have a system for people with pre-existing symptoms toget into the system is something we do need to work on,” saidPetri. “Most experts tell us greatest savings in health carecan be achieved by people taking better care of their ownhealth.”
“Now nothing in Congress will ever be perfect we can'tmake everybody happy, you've seen that in my listeningsessions,” said Kagen.
“I think there's a general lack of confidence,” saidPetri.
Both Congressmen believe the revisions on the bill will continuefor months to come. Kagen is hopeful something will pass to improvehealth care for his constituents by the end of the year, whilePetri says the changes are very unsettling to his constituents.
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