Butterfield Visit Turns To Debate Over Healthcare Reform

Congressman G.K. Butterfield was in Kinston Tuesday to hear how stimulus money is helping a health center there, but it turned into a debate about healthcare reform.

In a roundtable discussion with Butterfield about how stimulus dollars have helped Kinston Community Health Center, concerned citizens fired away as if it were a town hall meeting.

Neal Jurney, who spent 24 years in the Air Force and has insurance, opposes the President's plan. Jurnery says, "Healthcare, like everything else, should be earned and those who are deserving should get it."

Others, like Tabitha Dixon, who is uninsured and recently married, have a different take from Jurney. "What are you going to do if there's no healthcare for us? I mean what are we going to do?"

Congressman Butterfield did his best to explain the president's plan for healthcare reform, saying, "There's a lot of misinformation that has surfaced and my job is to make sure people have the facts. If you have health insurance and you like your plan we want you to keep it, there will be no interference whatsoever in your plan.

As far as the health center itself, 60 percent of its clientele are uninsured and that's a big reason why $770,000 of stimulus money will go towards extended hours and renovations for the center.

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