newschannel5.com: Lawmakers Decide Whether To Hold Heath Care Meetings

Aug 10, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Town hall debates on health care are turning into shouting and shoving matches across this country. The meetings could be costing Middle Tennesseans the chance to speak their minds.

 

As the national health care debate rages on Tennessee Congressmen and Senators are coming back to an earful during their summer break.

 

Lawmakers on break from Washington are realizing they are not the only ones debating Obama's health care reform plan.

 

"The American public has done what they should have done, they've gotten educated about the bill, and now they're showing up and telling people what they think," said Rick Scott, Conservatives for Patients Rights.

 

The Tennessee Health Care Campaign was pushing for health care reform, believing it was long overdue.

 

"There are some fringe groups taking over these town hall meetings, these fringe groups are not offering the opportunity for dialogue," said Tony Garr, Tenn. Health Care Campaign.

 

They also believed town hall meetings are vital for the exchange of ideas but not right now.

 

"I think If I were a congressman and if I had some town hall meetings scheduled, I would probably rescheduled those and convert those meetings into conference calls, because you can control those," said Garr.

 

That's what Congressman Bart Gordon is going to do the conference call idea.

Bart Gordon

 

GOP Chairman Lou Ann Zelenik has demanded he change his mind, and a hold town hall meeting.

 

As for Congressman Jim Cooper his office said he will be meeting with individual constituents about the issue and speaking to groups, but no town halls.

Jim Cooper

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn is also open to meeting up with constituents via the social networking site Facebook.

Marsha Blackburn

 

Senator Bob Corker is the only one holding town hall meetings. He's having one in Tipton County Tuesday. 

 

 

 

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