POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2009 - 3:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 2:42am
CHANDLER — A Monday town hall meeting becomes a rally against the Obama health care reform plan. East Texans joined a congressman in boo-ing the president's plan.
As Congressman Jeb Hensarling took the pulse of more than 400 who showed up. He found out these east texans think the government plan needs a by-pass.
"You can boo, just don't throw the chair. I'm just the messenger," said Hensarling, a republican representative for District 5.
An angry crowd at this town hall, but this time the congressman wasn't on the hot seat; it was the president.
"We have the right to recall those who aren't doing the will of the people. It's time for us to exercise that right," one woman said.
Hensarling says he thinks the health care overhaul would takes jobs away from small businesses and force people into a government run system; "no requirement, no requirement for people verifying their citizenship before receiving taxpayer subsidized help."
Another woman said her premium went up by more than $1,000 recently. She says what we have now is not enough.
Hensarling says while the reform plan on the table isn't the solution, americans deserve more.
"Every American ought to have the opportunity to enjoy health care coverage no worse than a member of congress," he said to a crowd cheering him on.
His alternative: a plan to allow any group — not just employers — to get tax breaks on health care plans.
President Obama said today in a summit in Mexico, there's many misunderstandings about the overhaul plan. He says as specifics emerge in the fall, the arguments will become more reasoned.