PHOTOS: Louisvillians Want to be Heard on Health Care

by scrosby on August 10, 2009

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.






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Gary Guss August 10, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Interesting that the Republican party has such a heavy representation at this event. I wonder if its the same Jennifer Decker who is the Republican party of Shelby County’s Chairperson who was present today.

Wendy August 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Just because the Republican party agrees with the protesters and republicans show up doesn’t mean that they planned the protest or had anything to do with the turn out.

Gary Guss August 10, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Except the organizers of this event are all Republicans … as is the entire Americans for Small Business partnership. including noted Teabagger Bill Brundage.

Tony Wheatley August 11, 2009 at 11:31 am

Republican, Democrat, dosen’t matter we are standing up for ourselves because we can. Section 8 of the Constitution does not give Congress , the Hous e or St. Obama the RIGHT to change healthcare , or many of the things they are trying to do.

Searching for truth August 11, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Accurate, honest information is available to all who are seeking it. Congressman Yarmuth has been open and honest and available to those who are interested in the truth about this issue. These people are more interested in propagating false information supplied by for-profit insurers – the ones who are actually serving as death squads to many. They aren’t standing up for themselves, or for anyone, by disregarding facts and supporting corporate profits over their self-interests.
Unless, of course, they are profiting by being there?

Tom August 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Obama is the greatest community organizer in history. First he organized the democratic party to get elected and now he is organizing the republican party to get defeated.

Tom August 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Oh yea, and Yarmuth tried to convince me that cap and trade would be good for Kentuckians even though our coal energy (makes up 90% of our energy use) will be hit with the highest penalties in order to bring the cost up to that of alt energies. Coal is currently cheap which is bad for us if cap and trade becomes law.

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