As Republicans in the Senate make a push to repeal the Health Care Reform Bill, doctors in Dothan are sitting down with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to share ideas on what is needed in healthcare reform at the Houston County Medical Society’s quarterly meeting.
Representative Martha Roby says this was a great opportunity for her to give an overview of what's been going on in Washington so far, but she also wanted to talk about the big issues like debt and especially the Health Care Reform Bill.
“I voted to repeal it in the house and now certainly we're dependent upon the senate and the president,” says Roby.
Senate Republicans were blocked with a 51 to 47 vote to repeal the bill Wednesday.
"Republicans refuse to understand or at least they hope the people don't realize that in America we give our citizens rights we don't take them away," says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D).
Roby ran for congress on a platform to repeal Obama’s Health Care Bill and Thursday night she heard from the Houston County Medical Society.
“I’m interested in hearing from them about the future, about replacement, about implementing real reform that tackles the issues of healthcare, not growing government,” says Roby.
And they were ready with ideas.
“I would like to see adequate funding. I would like to see comprehensive coverage; I do a lot of free care because people are not covered. I would like to see better access than we have now. I would like to see physicians paid fairly to help cover their expenses,” says Ophthalmologist Jimmy M. Carter.
“Health care is a real challenge right now. We have a lot of people in Alabama that don't have health care, caring for those people are expensive,” says Radiation Oncologist Steve Stokes.
They agreed that the medical community should be involved in any new legislation.
“The first time around I think we were excluded. The people out in the areas actually providing that care were not involved in the process and we'd like to be part of the solution,” says Stokes.
“I think the private sector has to oversee this so there's some fairness to the bill,” says Carter.
One of the doctor's told News 4 he wanted to hear that Roby was not only on their side but would push very hard against the Health Care Bill as it stands.