El Paso Group Protests Health Care Reform
POSTED: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 5:31pm
El Paso - Protesters from the Grassroots Campaign stood outside Congressman Silvestre Reyes' office in Downtown El Paso today.
They were there to let the congressman know they oppose the measure that is due for a vote on Sunday.
The protesters say Reyes' office did not give them a warm welcome...
"Today we went up there, they were not very receptive, they limited us and they closed the door behind us. We had to finally ask them to open the door and let some more people in. So, we don't feel welcome at all."
But a spokesperson from Congressman Reyes' office says they met with the group for over an hour and even stayed late until everyone who wanted to speak or ask questions had the opportunity to do so.
The bill is being rushed through congress and signs at the rally protested that. Everything from "read the bill" to "no forced health care."
"These signs speak for themselves. All these things are being asked to be upheld or they're being violated. We don't want this thing forced."
The El Paso Democratic Party chairman says the protesters are exercising the right to be heard, but he insists the health care bill is badly needed...
"I think that it lays the groundwork and framework for what needs to be done in the future. We did the same thing with medicare and medicaid. It didn't start off as good as it is right now, but once we passed it we built upon it and it got better."