Stabenow On Health Care

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

There's so much information floating around regarding the proposed national health care program that some people just aren't sure how they feel.

"I'm undecided. You hear so many things that it's hard to know what's really going to happen," says Rhonda Mackie.

"[My concern is] that I wouldn't like the government being involved in my health care," says Anne Assiff.

Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, held a forum Monday to shed some light on the subject.

"In the end, it's about how do we make sure people who have insurance keep it, and keep their costs down. And how do we make sure people who can't afford to have insurance, can," she says.

The senator highlights limiting co-pays, free preventative care and not increasing the national deficit as major pieces of the plan.

"I believe we'll have something positive by the end of the year," the senator says about the future of the plan.

But questions about the government possibly managing your health care is leading to some lawmakers holding townhall meetings, many of which have become unruly.

Senator Stabenow's meeting Monday was a "public forum," but was invite only-- and even we weren't allowed in until the last ten minutes or so.

She indicated to us she's hearing enough from constituents at home that town halls aren't needed.

"Today's meeting was a public meeting. People from the health community were invited. We'll continue to do these types of meetings," she says.

That's leaving people to make up their own minds while watching from the sidelines.


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  • by Recall Now on Oct 23, 2009 at 10:17 PM
    Stab me Now needs to be recalled.
  • by Martha Location: St Johns on Aug 19, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    I don't believe there is an American out there who wants to see anyone without healthcare. The problem is we as a country CANNOT afford it. Yes there needs to be reform in healthcare, but we do not need another government run system. To fix healthcare we need to start with tort reform. Until our elected politicians stop thinking about how much money they can make instead of what's best for this country, it will not change. I pray that everyone remembers how they (our elected officials) seemed to have stopped listening to us (we the people) the next time they come up for re-election.
  • by Greg Location: Gowen, MI on Aug 19, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    We need to vote BOTH Stabenow and Levin out of office. I am not even sure we should not start a recall of them before their term is up! They are cowards, they think they know better than us what WE need. They work for us, they need to listen to us. I call their offices monthly and get the cold shoulder. I am tired of all these politicians...from both sides, playing theses games with my and my kids future. Term limits!
  • by mary Location: holt on Aug 12, 2009 at 10:21 PM
    I think the reason we see people yell, is the cold attitude of the senators who aren't listening,this is important to US,the govt.will have THEIR OWN health care protection!!!We like our health care,the way it is,for those who don't have it,provide jobs where we can get coverage, some places work us part time so they don't have to pay healthcare' there has to be a way for everyone to have good healthcare,Isn't there anyone in our govt. smart enough to figure out a way to do this,without taking us ALL into a socalist nationalize world healthcare?All but the govt, remember they won't have what they are rushing us into,they will have their own plan,their own doctors.As for you fools who are for it, you don't have a clue,If you did you would be in those meetings .
  • by John Location: Waterford on Aug 12, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    What she needs to do. Along with Levin, is to hold town hall meetings like Spector of Pennsylvania. Why are the two of them so scared of facing their constituents? Dingell did. ....and was found out for having one of his supporters pose as a Mobster holding a sign with a picture of NODRAMA resembling Hitler.
  • by John Location: Walled Lake on Aug 12, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    You need to own your initiatives. If you pass the health care bill then Congress needs to be a part of it -- no special health care for you. What you really need to do before addressing what could be is to address what is. Tort reform is number one, but again Congress is made up of lawyers so that will go no where. Uniform billing processes and other initatives to begin to halt the increasing cost of health care-- do what you can to fix the current system before you start a new one -- why expand upon what is broken? This could be your Waterloo -- Congress is really showing themselves for the inept, incompetetent and cross my palms with the green corrupt people that many of us new you always were. Your idiocy is shameful and you and the rest of congress have finally rised the ire of the American people. Good luck with that!!!
  • by Tom Location: Saint Johns on Aug 12, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    Let's get real Debbie...you did not hold a public meeting by any stretch...it was a private meeting by invitation only and we all know that you invited only friendly faces to a meeting like that...the bill is a mess and all of you know it and don't have the integrity to meet with the real public and answer the hard questions...do the right thing and have some real dialog with the rest of the senators on both sides of the aisle...we do not need a hand-out government running the lives of all americans...all federal employees and those of you in government need to sign up for whatever you finally pass and don't give us the excuse that you are choosing to keep what you have...we all know that you have given yourselves preferential treatment on every perk you can...that is for both Republicans and Democrats alike.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    Why is she in office if she has no knowledge of political power in washington. Granholm could do better.
  • by Social BS on Aug 11, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    For those that are for this health care reform you argue that it is not socialism. When the government tells you how much you can earn that in itself is socialism. I agree we need reform, the consumer can do that through democracy. We can drive healthcare costs down by being selective in our health care choices. We can do that by writing to the Insurance companies and our Doctors. Why does the government have to this for you. Open your mouth and speak up. The simple answer is consumers are lazy and want to be spoon fed. Well the government is happy to oblige you because that makes you a servant rather than a master of your own destiny. Go ahead and suck up to Big Brother because you need someone to hold your hand while the ship is sinking. As for myself I will soar with Eagles even if I die young. Were all going to die sometime and health care is just a mechanism to delay the inevitable and make others rich.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    She was ranked in the bottom 10% of senators in political power in washington. She was the lowest multi-term senator.
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