East Texans take on healthcare reform

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - One man has it...

"It is a burden, but, again, it's for my own well being," said one East Texas man.

One East Texas woman used to...

"The insurance that I had was too high, so I had to drop it," said Rosa Partney.

Health insurance is why Partney stopped by Bethesda Health Clinic. She said the rising cost of health-care keeps her from going anywhere else.

"I'm a cancer survivor, and if it wasn't for them, I'd probably be dead now," said Partney. "If they would, it would be nice."

In a letter, doctors, insurance companies, drug makers, and hospitals told President Obama they were working on a plan to reduce over and under use of health care and increase quality and efficiency. They'll also work to encourage coordinated care in both the public and private sector improving health care delivery. It and workforce development is also a priority.

Dr. John English is with Bethesda Health Clinic.

"So, it makes you wonder about how much politics is going on...because you have a lot of stakeholders...and a lot of money floating around," said English.

He said the specifics are still unknown but at least, the initiative to fix the current health care system is being taken.

"I think a lot of us are sitting back like Christmas Eve," said Wendy Vanderwater, with Threlkeld and Company Insurance. "What is it going to be when they un-wrap it?"

She agrees, but...

"We don't want to see a system of rationed care, or high taxation," said Vanderwater. "The government is not a revenue generating entity."

The lab coats and the government are suits that are different uniforms, potentially on the same playing field.

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