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Healthcare Report from Capitol Hill
Friday, May 22, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd

Wayne Shepherd:  We know healthcare is on the agenda for Congress.  But where do things stand right now? This is The Public Square® with Dave Zanotti.  I'm Wayne Shepherd.  We come to you from the American Policy Roundtable.

Dave Zanotti:  Numbers, numbers, there's healthcare numbers everywhere, Wayne.  And we've just gotten back from another trip on Capitol Hill.  And I want to tell you some of the things that are going on behind the scenes.  This should concern everyone.  There is a movement afoot to get a healthcare bill passed as fast as possible, June, July, no later than October.

WS:  Do you think we'll be in one of those situations where they won't have time to read the bill again?

DZ:  That's what I'm really worried about, Wayne, is that they'll put some, coble some pieces together, and only a few people from the star chamber will really know what it is that they ultimately want to accomplish.

WS:  This is a huge critical issue.

DZ:  Well, it is.  You've got a 100 million people that are already in federal healthcare, either in Medicaid or Medicare. 160 million people who get there healthcare outside of the government through working arrangements at some level.  Now the government has got enough trouble taking care of Medicaid and Medicare, why should we go ahead and give them 160 million more cases to be worried about, especially if we don't even have time to read the legislation?  So we're watching every step of this. It's not because we're pro- any group whatsoever.  It's because we believe in loving your neighbor and in Constitutional law. And once you start messing around with people's health and get Congress involved, things can get very, very messy.  So we're watching every single day what's going.  And we're going to try very hard to keep the people up-to-speed so you can talk with your members of Congress and let them know how you feel about your healthcare.

WS:  The best way we have to communicate with you is through our website.  This has been The Public Square®  with Dave Zanotti.  I'm Wayne Shepherd.  We'll see you next time.

Universal health care problems: special report by The American Policy Roundtable

Healthcare Report from Capitol Hill - May 22, 2009

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