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"But I Already Know the Answer. . . "

August 19, 2009 - Joselyn King
It's preposterous to think any one person could read a 1,000-page bill and think they know all there is to know about proposed health care reform.

One line stands out from last week's town hall forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va. "I don't have a question," a woman said. "I have the answers."

O.K. We do need answers on the issue. But they're only going to come from rational and informed give-and-take discussion on the matter.

They're not coming from what we're seeing at townhall debates locally and video newsclips. We're just lucky no one has needed health care after one of these debacles.

And the answers won't evolve from the musings of some pundit spewing forth misinformation from a prepared agenda.

I'm really concerned people don't know the difference between news and opinion anymore.

And while the idea of one trying to read the legislation is commendable, it's an overwhelming task for even those whose job it is to do this.

Congress definitely needs to listen to the concerns of the people when it comes to health care reform. But the people also need to listen to each other.


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