Health care discussed at Town Hall meeting with Ken Buck

Ken Buck (Mike Bowen/Lamar Ledger)

Congressman Ken Buck was in Lamar for a Town Hall meeting Friday, August 4 at the Cultural Events Center.

Buck represents the 4th congressional district.

During the Town Hall meeting, one major issue that was asked about by a number of attendees, was health care.

“We have failed on health care, I don’t think that’s any big surprise to anybody,” commented Ken Buck. He noted the House passed a “compromised bill,” and passed the bill down to the Senate and Buck said they were unable to do anything with the bill.

He further commented they will move on to tax reform, then come back to health care once “cooler heads prevail,” said the Congressman.

Buck was pressed on the issue of health insurance when asked if he had a subsidy with the government for his insurance.
“I don’t have any subsidy,” commented Buck. He also noted he receives his health insurance through his wife’s plan, who works for the State of Colorado, according to Buck.

Buck said the cost was $180 more to be on his wife’s plan, compared to the $1,800 it would have cost to be covered under Obamacare.

Several attendees at the Town Hall meeting voiced their support for a single payer system and to have universal health care.

Buck said the current House would never pass a bill supporting universal health care.

“I don’t think the answer is single payer,” said Buck after taking a question from a citizen noting that single payer is a successful health care system in many countries, who he said have better health care than the U.S.

The Congressman was also asked about tort reform laws and one of the concerns from the citizen was that physicians, dentists and others are “brow beaten” into prescribing more medications than was necessary due to the fear of being sued if they didn’t.

Buck noted one of the laws passed by the House was on tort reform and it states that if a state doesn’t have a cap, the cap is $250,000 and if a state has a cap, it is anything the state legislature sets it at.

The use of community health centers was also discussed during the Town Hall meeting.

“They are the answer to folks who really can’t afford to get in the health care system right now,” said Buck.


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