Corker Holds Health Care Meeting In Clarksville

Sep 18, 2009

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A town hall meeting on health care reform was held in Clarksville by U.S. Senator Bob Corker. People gave the Senator an earful about the health care crisis.


"I believe that we need some health care and health insurance reform in this country," said Corker.


Corker went to Montgomery County to talk healthcare, but he wound up doing a lot of listening.


"It needs reform, but they want to do it the wrong things, the wrong way. Guantanamo Bay gets better treatment than we do," said Clarksville resident William Skinner.


Corker found plenty of supporters who oppose more government intervention in health care. He also made it clear he did not like a reform proposal in Congress.


"The House Bill and the variations that have taken place throughout the committees, to me is not even a serious piece of legislation that I would waste my time looking at," said Corker.


Residents had an idea on how to cut costs, reform health care and improve the system.


"What they need to do is focus on what the doctors are charging, what the labs are charging and what the pharmacies are charging," said Clarksville resident James Mooneyhan.


Corker said reform should not be rushed, but he admitted there are parts of the package Republicans and Democrats can agree on.


"I hope over the next 2 or 3 weeks, we pull back and focus on those things we have common ground on," said Corker.


Corker also said he wanted to lower prescription drug prices saying there are no specifics on that yet.  


A healthcare reform package pushed by Senator Max Baucus will be before Corker's finance committee next week.


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