The pledge of allegiance may have been the only thing unitedat a meeting in Montello Friday. At the town hall style gathering,Representative Tom Petri fielded questions and concerns.
The topic of choice? A massive health care bill, he brought inprint to illustrate its scope.
"The average person that's going to be affected by this billcannot possibly understand it," Harold Harding of Westfieldsaid.
Many called for more information, concerned lawmakers will pushthe bill forward and overhaul the insurance system without enoughinput.
"I'm 85 years old and pretty soon they'll say I'm not worthgetting the care, they should put a younger more productive personin there," Glen Steffens of Endeavor said.
Most agree there are problems with the current system, but theroom was divided on the fix.
"I'm wondering if there's any couple here who pays more than$850 a month for insurance?" Mara Meronek asked. Many answered inchorus shouting out, "more."
Some called for a public insurance option to increasecompetition among insurers. While others worry the move woulddecrease the quality of care.
"Some people say stop don't do it, go away," Rep. Tom Petrisaid. "Others say well if we can make the system better or improvethings or help someone else, great, but don't make anything worsefor me."
While Petri tried to answer all questions he cautioned those inthe room that the bill is not in final form, he believes it willchange and change again.
He spent most of the session listening, but also shared hisviews. Petri believes lawmakers should target specific problemareas, rather than trying to overhaul an entire system many say isworking just fine.
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