Healthcare Protest Held Outside McConnell's Office

ProtestAbout ten area residents gathered in Louisville Thursday to voice support for a single-payer health care plan.

Many of the same demonstrators have held similar protests in the last few months. This particular demonstration was one of about 20 held across the country to mark Human Rights Day.

The protestors are unhappy with the compromises many Democrats have made to the current healthcare overhaul proposal. Harriette Sieler is the secretary of Kentuckians for Single-Payer Healthcare.  She says she’s also not happy with the debate surrounding the legislation.

“Right now in Congress they are saying the eligibility age of Medicare to 55,” she says. “I say lower it to zero.”

The group gathered outside of Senator Mitch McConnell’s office downtown.

Dr. Garrett Adams with Physicians for a National Health Program took issue with Senator McConnell’s recent statement that he hasn’t heard from any Kentucky doctors who support the healthcare overhaul.

“Mr. McConnell’s statement is not correct,” he says. “The facts belie his statement that physicians do not support national healthcare, because they do.”

McConnell is among the proposal’s opponents. He says, among other things, the plan would be too expensive.