About fifty people gathered in downtown Louisville this afternoon, asking that attention be paid to their concerns about the health care overhaul proposals being debated on Capitol Hill.
Some members of Congress are holding town hall meetings in their districts during the August recess. So far, a firm, in-person town-hall meeting has not been set in Kentucky’s 3rd District, though Congressman John Yarmuth says his office is working on setting one up for the end of August.
Jennifer Decker was among the demonstrators in front of the federal building today. She says people who have spoken out against the president’s health care bill have been villianized in the media, and it’s bringing more people to the cause.
“No corporation or organized group, no political party, has organized these,” says Decker, “so as Americans hear that and know that, they’re going to be angered and talk to other friends who are going to be angered.”
Small business owner Bill Brundage came to the event because it was organized in part by the American Small Business Partnership. He says the group wants a town-hall meeting with Yarmuth, so they can address their concerns about the bill.
“The more respectful it is, the more we will get our questions answered,” says Brundage. “So I’m not all for…you know, I’m questioning what the media is saying about the town hall meetings. I see the people yelling and screaming because that’s aggravation, but that doesn’t exempt our representatives from listening to us.”
Yarmuth released a statement today, saying his office has scheduled three conference calls with people throughout the district starting next week.