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Rynders attends healthcare town hall

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A panel of medical professionals, lawmakers and insurance agents attended the town hall meeting on federal health care reform.

"They're going to be telling us what we'll be getting with the proposed plan," said Bill Waller, FreedomWorks.

State Representative Ed Rynders is one of the panelists he's Vice Chairman of the state House Health & Human Services Committee.

"What we want to do at the state level is to understand what impact it has on the state and its tight budget, but also what in does in terms of providing access to healthcare for the citizens," said Rep. Ed Rynders, (R) Lee County.

According to the center for American progress Georgia's nearly 1.9 million uninsured cost the state more than $4.5 billion in lost productivity per year.

But many at the meeting said government run healthcare won't fix the problem.

"With an increase demand your wait time is going to be up so it's going to be longer for you to find a doctor," said Waller.

"I've got some concerns when it comes to government competing with private insurance companies when government is the one establishing the competitive ground rules," said Rynders.

Greg Donley worries about the loss in business if the plan goes into effect; he's an independent health insurance agent.

"It will probably hurt my business, close to 45 percent of my income," said Greg Donley, Donley Insurance.

He stresses other small business could also suffer.

"If you go out to start a small business you will not be able to buy private insurance you will have to go onto the government plan," said Donley

"It's a work in progress and it's too early to pass judgment but I will tell you I'm not in favor of nationalized healthcare," said Rynders.

Critics also worry the government is just getting too involved in our lives.

"The more involved the government is in your healthcare decisions the more involved they're going to be in your personal life," said Waller.

That meeting was sponsored by FreedomWorks, an organization committed to less government and giving the people greater control.

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