U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright allows that though the Affordable Care Act has had a lot of problems it is still the best solution for Americans buying insurance. He hosted a town hall meeting in Wilson Borough on Obamacare.
Cartwright is a Democrat whose 17th Congressional District represents part of Northampton County, including the Easton area. He answered questions for about an hour and a half from the nearly 70 people who attended the meeting at the Strausser Community Center. He made it clear that he's "listening" to the public's comments, suggestions and criticisms for making amendments where he saw fit.
He said, however: "I'm not open to giving up on the Affordable Care Act's goal of universal health care."
Jim Palmquist, president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the AARP, and Athena Ford, advocacy director for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, joined Cartwright at the session.
Cartwright also arranged meetings at two other locations and answered questions from the concerned and worried audience. He supports the health care law which is the President Barack Obama's signature piece of legislation.
He had guests like Wilson Borough chief of police - Steven Parkansky, many people questioned him at length about things like penalties, part time workers and were skeptical about his knowledge about the bill. Cartwright assured the crowd that after proper research the questions would be answered by email and mail.
He understood that people had a problem signing up and his staff would work on the web site that worked.
Before the hearing ended, Cartwright said he and other politicians would help the issues in the law.
"I'm open to changes," he said. "There's going to be bumps along the way."
Hannah Punitha (IRDA Licence Number: 2710062)
Peter Panepinto, November 2013