Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cookeville Speaker Urges Health Care Reform

A representative of Families USA was in Cookeville over the weekend, talking about the need for health care reform. Ron Pollack told a roomful of people at Cookeville Regional Medical Center that local residents will suffer if some type of reform is not passed. He said premiums will "continue to skyrocket," businesses will find those premiums unaffordable and more and more people will join the ranks of the uninsured. His talk in Cookeville was part of a wider effort to keep pressure on Congress to pass some sort of reform. But opponents say at least half of Americans don't want the health care package being considered right now. Tennessee's Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey says he doesn't know how any government can force a private individual to buy something they don't want.