East Texans give their take on government health care quality

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LUFKIN, TX (KLTV) - The president says his plan would be modeled after the government's current Medicare and Veteran's Administration Health Care.

Kenneth White uses the Veterans Administration Health Care. He's happy with the care he gets, but on a national level, he doubts it will work.

"I personally believe the Obama healthcare system would be a disaster," said White.

He's not alone. Linda Yezak's mother is on Medicare. Unlike white, Yezak says Medicare has been a rocky road for her mother.

"At one time she was allowed three baths a week, and the federal government steps-in and says, 'No, no, that's too many. I think two is enough for you,'" said Yezak. "As if they had a right to determine how often she can bathe."

She says the government's proposed health plan crosses the line.

"I don't think the government is qualified to control your prescription," said Yezak.

But some believe if Medicare works for them, it can work for everyone.

"I'm not saying that they should, but if they did, it would be good if it was like Medicare," said Genevia McDonald, a Medicare patient.

White wonders who's going to foot the bill.

"It's going to be a tremendous cost to the American taxpayers and people [for] this country, to pay for this medical system that's not going to work," said White.

With a nationwide health plan, people like medicare patient, Emma Roberts, fear doctors will be less accessible.

"A lot of people would be waiting in line," said Roberts.

"If the Obama plan is put into effect, I'll see the same thing happening to this hospital right behind us," said White. "There will be people lined up to get inside."

From a veterans perspective, why fix something that isn't broke?

"To do away with the best healthcare system in the world would be disastrous for this country and the cost would be beyond anything we could imagine," said White.

And, from Yezak's experience she can't imagine a one size fits all solution.

"People are individuals," said Yezak. "They have individual problems and those problems are best addressed by their physicians, not by some congressman."

The health care debate is far from over. Republicans were outraged that they did not have a voice in the ABC special Wednesday night. So, last night I got a chance to speak with Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R). The congressman said the president's plan will not only create a high costs for health care, and hurt small business, but over regulate your everyday life.

"I'm telling you, once the government controls your healthcare, they have a right to tell you you're drinking too much soda pop or alcohol or you're not exercising enough," said Representative Gohmert. "We really shouldn't go there."

Representative Gohmert has created his own health care plan that calls for individual health savings accounts.

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