Rowdy crowd grills congressmen over healthcare reform
U.S. lawmakers have a big battle ahead in September. What should they do about the nation's healthcare system? Those pushing for change say too many Americans are uninsured or not covered for all their illnesses. And they say for those who are happy with their coverage the cost will get out of control in a matter of years.
Democratic representatives Mike Ross and Vic Snyder both came to Little Rock Wednesday to explain what changes could be coming. And Arkansans got a chance to sound off too. It was a loud crowd at Arkansas Children's Hospital and everybody had something to say.
Mike Massucco said his biggest fear is a government run healthcare option. He said, "it undermines the whole capitalistic system. With them they say, 'no, we're not going to have a government option.' They will and of course nobody can compete with the government."
Mike Ross is the chairman of the Blue Dog Democrats, the conservative group that slowed down the vote on healthcare reform. Ross says right now there are 5 different bills floating around and lawmakers need to look closely at each one before making a final decision.
"It's not that the American people do not want healthcare reform. They want the right kind of reform and they don't want it to be rushed," Ross said