A meeting was held Tuesday night at Hutchinson’s Metropolitan Coffee Shop for area-residents to share ideas and solutions about the nation’s health care. This was one of many similar meetings across the U.S. at the request of President-elect Barack Obama.
Bunny Czarnopys began organizing the meeting a week ago and says Kansans have both the ideas and the personal stories needed for change.
“They are concerned about issues with Medicare. They are concerned about affordability of prescription drugs and access to health care when they are not insured,” Czarnopys said.
President-elect Obama says he wants to make health care more affordable and accessible. There’s also an emphasis on illness prevention. Czarnopys says it’s a good start, but that there’s much more still needing to be discussed. Many attendees were eager to brainstorm, but stressed that actions are stronger than words.
"I have hope, but I'm not overly optimistic. I'm not sure how much of this is a ploy to make us feel better, and how much is legit. We will see down the road," said attendee Carrie Lower.
The results from Tuesday night’s meeting will be sent directly to Obama’s top administrators, which gives those most affected by future policies a chance to have a say in those policies early on.