Congressman John Carter tackled health care reform at a town hall meeting in Georgetown Friday. More than 600 concerned citizens attended the meeting to have their questions answered by the lawmaker.
Although he was able to answer about twenty of those questions there were mixed reactions to his comments.
Rep. Carter said “I don’t think the government does anything very well and I certainly don’t want my children or grandchildren…(to have) some government bureaucrat deciding whether or not they get treatment. I just don’t want to live in that world.”
He told the crowd to make decisions on accurate evidence. He added he doesn’t like the bill because he says it doesn’t say how it will bring health care costs down, and he doesn’t want to hand over that much control to the government.
Certainly Carter is aware that our government runs the military in the United States, and would agree that that is done very well. Not to mention the fact that there is no proposal, currently being negotiated, that will put “some government bureaucrat” in charge of medical decisions. But there is a proposal that would take away the ability of some insurance corporation bureaucrat from being in charge of your medical care. Carter should heed his own advice and not spread inaccurate information so his constituents can make decisions on accurate evidence.
To others, the stance he made early in the meeting isolated them.
Sherry Dana mentioned, “It was kind of odd to be calling it a ‘town meeting’ to discuss health care and listen to people’s concerns, when he’s already made up his mind.”
He concluded by saying there are certain changes that need to be made in health-care, but this plan is not one of them.
Rep. Carter added, “that’s why we’re Americans, you get to choose what you like, we’ll see how it turns out.”
And that’s why an American Plan, or a public option, is needed so we have a choice and can choose what we like.