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Landrieu Hears Local Opinion On Health Care Reform

Hundreds of people gather in St. John the Baptist Parish to let Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., know what they want in the government's health care plan.
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Hundreds of people gathered Thursday afternoon in St. John the Baptist Parish to let Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., know what they want in the government's health care plan.

More than 200 people packed inside a National Guard Center to tell Landrieu what they think about the health care reform bill. The meeting got rowdy at times.

Landrieu told people that she has not made up her mind about how the reform should be handled, but she did express some of her views.

Landrieu said she does not support taxpayer-funded abortions, she's not for nationalized care, and she wants to keep freedom and choice as part of any health care reform bill.

People at the town hall meeting seemed evenly divided on the health care reform bill.

"I do not think that I should be required to pay for insurance if I don't want it," said Courtney Goldstein, who is opposed to the president's plan. "This is America. I should be allowed to do what I want."

"We definitely want to see Sen. Landrieu move forward with voting 'yes' for a public health option," said Steven Walker, who is in favor of the president's plan. "That would impact so many people in Louisiana."

The meeting lasted an hour and half. Landrieu said she will take the comments to heart and make the best decision on health care reform for the people of Louisiana.

Landrieu is asking that anyone who couldn't make it to the meeting call or write her office to give opinions.

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