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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  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Aug 8, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    Pete, LeArn 2 ReAd!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 8, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    WOW! spoken like a true socialist. go get a job.
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    Guys I have applaud your complete inability to answer my question again, instead spazzing out about Obama this and Obama that. Canada is not perfect. They also don't have nearly the level of infrastructure in place that we do. Their care varies by province as well. The slower wait times are not due to extra paperwork either; your favorite example country Canada for instance has administrative costs of around 16% - where our country currently spends somewhere around 31%. http://www.pnhp.org/news/2003/august/administrative_costs.php The wait time for services in Canada have more to do with lack of doctors/equipment especially in very rural areas. Continue to feel free posting hearsay and totally unsubstantiated claims not proving your points at all. In the meantime, don't get too sick or injured to pull yourselves up by the bootstraps and get to work!
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Aug 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    People need to bombard GK Bufferfield's office and tell them to keep GOVERNMENT out of our healthcare. Reform can be achieved in a much better way without Government involvement.
  • by Patriot on Aug 6, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    Wow: Unless Obama and his comrads have been under a rock these past several weeks they should know the "facts" as pertains to those of us that oppose government takeover of health care and reckless spending of our taxes. Therefore, why doesn't the White House post the "facts" rather than skulking behind emails.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 6, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    I know two nurses that left Canada to come nurse in the US. Both work at Pitt. I asked the about healthcare in Canada and was it good. They told me only if you are a politician there. The taxpayers get lousey services, they told me. They told me if you had cancer, your option, given by the doctors there in Canada, was to come to the US for treatment. Raider hit is best when his comment on treating the patients which cost less. Well, you can keep your change Obama until you "actually" come up with a "plan" that really does solve the problems. This terd you polished up for us, ain't it.
  • by Raider Location: Winterville on Aug 6, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Wow, people can’t pull themselves up by their “bootstraps” anymore because they have to have their hand held like a small child and are spoon feed everything in this country by liberals and Uncle Sam. Everyone feels as though they are owed something and that nothing has to be earned anymore. I would assume that the 1 in 7 would need to revaluate their monthly earnings and make whatever sacrifices that are needed to be able to purchase health insurance. It may take not having a cell phone, cable TV, or other luxuries to be able to afford health insurance on their own but that is what they need to do. It is not the responsibility of me or the government to provide health insurance…PERIOD!!
  • by Raider Location: Winterville on Aug 6, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    To WOW, because a universal health care system is funded by taxpayers any and all medical procedures will have to be paid for with taxpayer money. Thus, their will be more paper work that will have to be done before a surgery can be performed. Thus, slowing down the speed at which health care is received. Like obama has stated himself, “maybe you would be better off taking a pill for the pain instead of opting for the surgery,” why because a pill will be cheaper on the tax base than the surgery. Because their will be a preset dollar amount coming in, certain procedures will be rationed out due to cost. Cancer for instance, those caught in the early stages may receive treatment before those who are further along because of the chance of life is greater for those individuals. Those further along will receive morphine for the pain and a counselor for their last days. By the way, if the Canadian system is SO great, then why do so many Canadians come to the US each year for health care?
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    You still haven't answered my question, but that's ok. You said, "Apparently, Obama now wants Americans to snitch on each other. Can you tell me on how many levels that is wrong?" I assume you are referring to http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Facts-Are-Stubborn-Things/ This info could be used for anything or nothing and may have been approved by any level of government. Most likely it is for fact-checking like they say it is. The Health Reform Office's use of the term "fishy" was dumb, and makes it seem like something that it is not and makes it easier for nutjobs to fly off the handle thinking the big brother is trying to shred the declaration of independence. Please, loosen the strap on your tinfoil hat before you have a stroke. Now if you will excuse me for a moment while I send a quick email to the appropriate authorities regarding your "fishy" behavior, comrade.
  • by Patriot Location: Washington on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    No one is saying that health costs/care needs reform. WHAT WE ARE SAYING IS THAT WE DON'T WANT GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE. If this is "Fishy" send my message to the White House. Apparently, Obama now wants Americans to snitch on each other. Can you tell me on how many levels that is wrong.
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