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Friday, August 14, 2009

Health reform now

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 2:43 PM

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Sen. Blanche Lincoln was greeted this morning by a group supporting efforts to reform the nation's health care system.  No angry protestors showed up at the event.  Some in the crowd were part of Organizing for America and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  Others simply wanted to show their desire for change.  Christopher Rowe, a respiratory therapist at UAMS, says he deals with uninsured patients regularly.

"The fact that they have to use the ER just to get some form of health care costs taxpayers money," he said.  "And the ER takes up a lot of resources that people just don't realize.  I also like the fact that if you're happy with the insurance you've got, and I am, you can keep it."

Lincoln made only a very brief statement before she toured the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits on Chester Street in Little Rock.  "We can't sustain what we're doing in this country," Lincoln said.  "We're spending more and more of our resources on health care and getting less and less."  The crowd told Lincoln to push for a public option and to try to combat misinformation surrounding the debate.  As she walked into the building, the crowd chanted "health reform now."   

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