Inglis: Constituents aren’t un-American for attending town hall meetings
Office of U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC)
Immediate Release: Sunday, August 16, 2009
Contact: Price Atkinson
864.232.1141 or 864.494.8754
Inglis to hold five more health care town hall meetings in August
U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) took issue with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) recent comment calling people un-American for attending town hall meetings to voice their opposition to the proposed Obama Care health plan.
“Folks who come to town meetings aren’t just ‘good’ citizens; they’re the best of citizens,” Inglis said. “People are coming out to make their feelings known and voice their frustration or support. I hope we’ll continue have large crowds who want to discuss health care and participate in the debate.”
Inglis will hold five more health care town hall meetings in the month of August to hear from constituents and explain his 16 reasons for opposing the public option.
Inglis will walk an area neighborhood for a few hours prior to holding each town meeting. Staff members from the Fourth District office will also be available 30 minutes prior to each town meeting to assist constituents needing help with federal agencies.
For more information, http://www.inglis.house.gov/healthcare
Below are the upcoming town hall sessions:
* Monday, August 17 at 7 p.m.; Sue Cleveland Elementary School (375 Woodmont School Rd. Ext., Piedmont)
* Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m.; Gateway Elementary School (200 Hawkins Rd., Travelers Rest)
* Thursday, August 20 at 7 p.m.; R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center (1151 Moore Duncan Highway 290, Moore)
* Monday, August 24 at 7 p.m.; New Prospect Elementary School (9251 Highway 9, Inman)
* Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m.; Lake Forest Elementary School (16 Berkshire Ave., Greenville)
Reasons Rep. Bob Inglis opposes H.R. 3200
* Inclusion of a public option competing with private insurers- lead to single payer system which will destroy choice and innovation, ultimately will ration by waiting.
* Taxpayer funded abortions could be provided – no exclusion language.
* Adds tax in a recession on individuals and small businesses
* Job killer – Makes job creation more costly, rather than reducing cost
* Does not address medical liability reform
* Grows government
* Creation of Insurance Exchange focuses on minimum benefits and mandates without incentive for innovation or specialization
* No incentive for quality outcomes
* Current private employer-offered plans will be driven into exchange program within five years.
* Public plan option will reimburse providers at Medicare-style negotiated rates which could be below private insurer rates- causing a major cost shift and undercut private insurers.
* Adds entitlement program that will hamper recovery and add to the $32 trillion obligation of Medicare
* Government mandate is the only way to control costs
* Insufficient individual responsibility or choice
* Insufficient reforms of Medicare and Medicaid
* Expands Medicaid rather transition those individuals to the private insurance to have ability to choose their own health plan
* Inadequate incentive for healthy behaviors, prevention, and wellness from a patient and provider standpoint
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