KCUR News
5:30 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Rep. Lynn Jenkins Talks Healthcare At Topeka Forum

Topeka, KS – Republican Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins told a crowd of 200 people gathered in Topeka today that the health care reform proposals being debated on capital hill are too costly and allow too much government intrusion.

Jenkins, who was speaking at a town hall meeting on health reform, drew applause from the crowd when she criticized the plan.

JENKINS: "I've said this from the beginning, that I can't support any plan - any plan - that puts bureaucrats or politicians in between you and your physician."

President Obama has said he doesn't support taking control away from patients, but he would like to see more options for people who don't have insurance.

Jenkins says changes to health care are needed, but she'd like to lower costs by reforming medical liability and expanding health savings accounts.

The crowd in Topeka appeared to be mostly in support of Jenkins. Some Democrats who've held town hall meetings across the country have had their events interrupted by vocal protesters.

Congressman Todd Tiahrt will hold a health care town hall meeting tomorrow at 8:30 AM in the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.