Over 100 demonstrators call for health care reform in Tampa
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07/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
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With key Congressional committees set to take action on health care this week, local residents gathered in front of Senator Bill Nelson's staff offices throughout the state to deliver a letter asking the senator to consider a public health insurance option.

In Tampa, that meant lobbying in front of the federal building on Florida Avenue, just north of downtown. Approximately 100 people demonstrated there with signs and banners.

Roberta is a new Florida transplant, having just moved from Michigan a few weeks ago. She says she simply is hoping that more people get coverage under a new health care bill.

South Tampa resident Jane Gibbons is a registered nurse and a strong supporter of Barack Obama. She responded to the question as to why she thinks the President’s poll numbers have shrunk in recent weeks when it comes to his handling of the health care issue.

Jeanie Holton is a longtime WMNF programmer who says today marked a year since being laid off by the St. Petersburg Times. She said that the new subsidy for COBRA premiums that was included in the stimulus bill has already been helped her tremendously.

Although many in the crowd expressed some disappointment that the Senate will not vote on a health care bill before the August Congressional recess, local activist Cathy James said the month that members of Congress will be in their home districts should be viewed as an opportunity.

Stacy Sachs from Clearwater admitted that she unhappy that there won’t be a Congressional vote in the next few weeks. She admits that the legislation being proposed can be confusing, but says there is a simple way to sell it to the American public.

The demonstration was led by the Obama For America group, and similar rallies were held throughout Florida. Unlike recent rallies in Tampa held in front of Senator Nelson’s office, this event was not taken over by critics of any health care makeover.

Just a handful of opponents stood across the street from the Federal Building on Thursday.

Obama for America activists say they plan on staying active in supporting health care reform until Congress votes on it – later this year.

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Poll Still Finds Public Support for Health-Care Reform: While a majority of Americans still think health-care reform is needed now, some of that support has wavered slightly as Congress wrestles with the details of producing a reform package, according to the July Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Fifty-six percent of Americans continue to believe that health reform is more important than ever, despite the country's economic problems. And by a better than two-to-one margin (51 percent to 23 percent), Americans think the country would be better off if Congress and President Barack Obama enacted health reform, the poll found. Aside from the savings created by the prevention and wellness program, medical IT, foreseeable potential stem cell effect, mental stress relief and massive job creation, ending subsidies for the private insurers and payment reform and so on could be enough to meet the goal of deficit-neutral. Public school, public insurance policy, and public clean energy act are the natural parts of life in the free nations. Thank You !

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This is a real comment, not a cut and paste article from some Obama for America flyer. "The demonstration was led by the Obama For America group" Hmmm...big surprise that our community organizer-in-chief has called out his minions to support whatever he is doing. These jokers would support him if he said that it was best for everyone to drown themselves in the bay in order to save money on health insurance. How convenient it is that you just happened to show up for a bunch of zombies spewing out what ever ACORN asks them to. I was there last week with over one hundred others against this debacle and didn't see hide nor hair of your radio station. Perhaps because you are on the take as well, be a reporter of news not a maker of it. Do your jobs and I would be happy to support the first public radio station that actually is for the entire public.

ns to david lopez

how sad you are so mis informed...we are over due for healthcare,and pres obama was elected because he was for it....its a shame so many gop members are still in shock 6 months after he was sworn in as president...that they lost....you Hs the majority in both houses and not one republican thought to help main st. as the greed was rolling, and we the middle class were left behind....excuse me but get over it and become a citizen that cares more about america, than which party has the power..the election is over...