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Big crowds voice concerns on health care reform

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The heated debate over health care reform came to south Georgia Thursday.

Big crowds turned out at two town hall meetings to tell Congressman Sanford Bishop their thoughts.

The proposed changes to healthcare are not sitting well with some people, others shared their own experiences with healthcare headaches and support the plan to get insurance for millions of Americans.

State representative Ed Rynders says the reform being proposed doesn't address hardworking everyday citizens.

"Clearly a divided community you've got people that are concerned about the uninsured and you've got people concerned about having to pay for it," said Rep. Ed Rynders, (R) Lee County.

With details still to be worked out, Congressman Bishop is optimistic he'll be able to support some sort of change.

"I'm hoping that the essentials needed for a sound healthcare package will be developed and it will be one which I can support," said Rep. Sanford Bishop, (D) Georgia.

Bishop says congress is listening and the concerns of constituents will affect the final bill.

"At the end of the day we'll have a product that every American will be able to have affordable, accessible healthcare," said Bishop.

The congressman says any bill that passes will take at least five years to implement fully.

The government projects if healthcare is not changed a family of four could see cost rise $1,800 each year.

Congress will be back on Capitol Hill the day after Labor Day to continue work on the proposal.

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