2009-09-04 / Top Stories

Weiner Holds Health Care Town Hall

By Miriam Rosenberg

A Weiner constituent, far right, tells the congressman of his difficulty in paying for health care. A Weiner constituent, far right, tells the congressman of his difficulty in paying for health care. Congressman Anthony Weiner, of the 9th Congressional District and a member of the Health Subcommittee and the Energy and Commerce Committee, hosted a Town Hall meeting on health care Tuesday night at Kingsborough Community College.

Addressing a mostly hostile audience, Weiner attempted to sort the facts from the myths about the bill currently going through the House of Representatives. He also expanded on his own bill that includes a single-payer provision.

A great many felt the health care bill was socialism. Others disagreed.

One woman supported raising taxes to pay for the bill by saying, "I can afford my taxes. I can't afford my health care." A young man said, "I want an option that, if I am not employed in my field I can go to a doctor." While another man said that currently, "if my 62-year-old mother loses her job tomorrow and gets sick what will we do? It could bankrupt my parents and me."

Left, Tim Prakope, of Beach 106 Street, challenged Weiner on his facts about health care reform. Left, Tim Prakope, of Beach 106 Street, challenged Weiner on his facts about health care reform. Martin Ain, of Belle Harbor, believes that the 90 percent of the population who have health care should not be forced into a system to help the 10 percent who don't. "Let them [who are without health care] have it and leave us [who do] alone." Martin Ain, of Belle Harbor, believes that the 90 percent of the population who have health care should not be forced into a system to help the 10 percent who don't. "Let them [who are without health care] have it and leave us [who do] alone." Standing beside the pages of the bill going through the House of Representatives, HR 3200, Weiner answers questions about it and his own bill that contains a singlepayer system. "Doing nothing is not an option," he said. Standing beside the pages of the bill going through the House of Representatives, HR 3200, Weiner answers questions about it and his own bill that contains a singlepayer system. "Doing nothing is not an option," he said.

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