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. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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