Healthcare sparks passionate debate at Tyler TEA Party

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texans sounded off in Tyler today, saying that the American healthcare system is flawed - but, not broken.

Organizers stood outside of Congressman Louie Gohmert's office today, holding a TEA party rally, demanding that ongress think twice about nationalizing healthcare.

"We are a free country," said Kevin hard, a Tyler TEA party organizer. "We want to stay that way and stop the march to socialism."

A march that organizers believe could end up bankrupting the country.

"It's not just about healthcare," said Barbara Bruechner, a Mt. Pleasant TEA party organizer. "It's not about providing healthcare for people. It's a about a government take over."

Organizers were highly critical of the U.S. Congress today, saying that if the government presents a public option to compete with the private sector - the private sector would dissapear.

"Employers are not going to cover their people," said Richard Franko, who is concerned with the idea of a public option. "They're going to pay the fine instead, and eventually it's going to become a huge bureaucracy."

Healthcare insurance salesman, Hugh Shotwell says "you [can] tweak it a little bit - you find things that you can do to help out. You don't destroy and completely ruin a good car just because you got a flat tire."

"Aside from socialization, we're incurring more national debt, when we already owe our lives to communist china," said Bruechner.

President Obama's plan could reportedly cost more than $1,000,000,000,000 over a span of 10 years. And, according to the Whitehouse, his plan would cover more than 10,000,000 Americans who cannot afford to buy their own insurance.

And, though there wasn't much discussion of any specific ways to reform the healthcare system.

"I don't necessarily have a solution on how to cover everybody," said Hard.

It was clear that protestors are concerned with talk of the government running the show.

"Private people - the great americans. We can do great things, and whenever you get the government involved - things just don't work out as well," said Hard.

Congressman Gohmert was unable to attend the event. But, through a spokesperson, he said "keep fighting, writing and calling 'til all of Washington gets the message, and a majority there once again represents a majority of the people."

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