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Chet Edwards meets with Waco medical professionals on health care reform

Aug. 19, 2009

By Derek Smith

Dozens of physicians and officials at Hillcrest participated in the town hall-style meeting with questions and concerns addressed to the congressman. Edwards gave brief opening remarks and spent the better part of two hours answering questions. The focus centered on how large a role the government would play under the House health care bill, as well as the potential give performance bonuses to doctors for healthier patients. One such exchange.

Edwards said he has not yet decided whether or not he will vote for the bill, but set parameters including a rejection of the single payer system and a confidence that the bill would allow choice for patients with their insurance and doctor choices. As he talks with doctors and his constituency, he did emphasize that he does not believe the status quo is acceptable.

After the meeting, Edwards emphasized the importance of dialogue to combat information such as talk of death panels, but focus on the legitimate concerns of something that affects everyone.

While the congressman announced no conclusions, he summed up his thoughts on the morning.

In the next few days, Edwards' office will announce a series of town hall meetings to which the public is invited. KWBU will bring you coverage. For KWBU news, I'm Derek Smith.

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