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Congressman Kind Hold Health Care Listening Session

August 20, 2009
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Across the country and here in our area, health care is getting a lot of attention.

Congressman Ron Kind held a listening session on health care in Tomah Thursday afternoon, where the debate got heated.

A boisterous crowd of about 800 came to Tomah High school for Congressman Ron Kind's health care listening session.

"Passions run deep, we'll hear that today," said Kind about how people are speaking out about health care.

That passion from both sides of the issue was evident.

"Health care is a right," said one of the crowd members supporting the bill.

"Where can you get the money for it?" asked another audience member who is against the bill.

"This issue transcends party labels, it transcends the president of the United States, it really gets to the gut of where we're going as a nation, healthcare is fundamental," said Kind.

Many used personal stories to show their opinions.

"She was born with Spina bifida, she has had 38 surgeries and still more to come, she cannot wait for government red tape," said one woman as she held her grand daughter.

"It's a struggle for me to see folks who are not insured," argued one area doctor.

All seemed to be looking for answers.

"It is a work in progress, there is no final bill you can point to and say this is what we're talking about."

And while emotions continue to run high, Congressman Kind is encouraging people to keep an open mind.

"We have to work hard as a country to listen to each other, and find that elusive common ground, and then figure out a way to come together at the end of the day to get things done," he said.

Congressman Kind has two more listening sessions in our area:

Friday, August 21, at the Whitehall High School Auditorium from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The next is Tuesday August 25th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Both sessions are open to the public.