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Hultgren at Forum: 'We Don't Need Government Takeover' of Health Care

Part 2 of a four-part series: Congressman addresses crowd of about 50 while hosting forum on health care, family finances at Pheason Run Resort.

  • Editors note: This is the second of a four-part series on health care, following a Monday, Aug. 20, forum at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-14th District, said Monday he sees reason for optimism about the future in spite of the economic struggles the nation faces.

Hultgren spoke only briefly at the start of the “Healthcare and Family Finance Forum” he hosted at at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. About 50 people attended the event.

“Since I’ve been out in Washington, D.C., these last months, the overwhelming issues that I’m hearing back from people is a real concern and uncertainty over the direction of our nation,” Hultgren said. “And tied directly to that is just the affordability of life. I’m hearing from so many people that life is just less affordable than it’s ever been for them — if not in decades, maybe in their lifetime.”

Factoring heavily into that, he said, is the instability in Washington and an unemployment that for 42 months has been at least 8 percent, “and it may be more than that — a lot of people have given up trying to find work.”

Despite that, Hultgren said he does feel optimism about the future, and forum was intended to share steps people can take to have reasons for that optimism, and to offer factual information people can use to understand the issues and to prepare for their own futures.

“So we have to tighten out belts and live within out means so our children and grandchildren can have a bright future,” he said. “A big part of that is health care — we need to address that.

“Don’t need a large government/bureaucratic takeover of medicine,” he said, adding that specific issues can be addressed in targeted ways.

In that regard, speakers ranged from financial experts discussing saving for retirement and managing those savings; a Social Security Administration official outlining Social Security benefits — from the layers of benefits to how one qualifies for them; financial advisors discussing maintaining good credit, family budgeting and saving for your children’s college education; and a discussion of the Affordable Care Act.

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Rick Nagel (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Poll on Affordable Care Act is pretty darned even.
Kate Bennett August 24, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Hultgren doesn't even seem to have a basic understanding of what the health care reform law is. It's not a government takeover of health care at all. If you can't understand the facts behind an issue, you really shouldn't speak on it. As far as what I think of HCR, I think it's a scam that will do nothing more than screw over the middle class more than we already are. But NOT because it's a government takeover of healthcare (also, there is no such thing as death panels or the tooth fairy). It's not even health CARE reform, it's a health insurance law that does very little to trim the gross abuse perpetuated on Americans by an out of control industry, but forces everyone to give that same industry our money. Anyone who calls this law socialist or some kind of hand-out has no idea what the facts of the law itself are. It's a turd of a law, but it's not a government takeover of medicine.
Stephen Gibson August 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Bingo Kate! And by turning this into a partisan political discussion, health insurance industry lobbyists have succeeded in getting people to focus on something completely bogus and fail to see the obvious. I believe that's what's made this discussion so acrimonious -- it's a bogus argument which makes it impossible to intelligently debate it with "the other side" -- regardless of what side you are one. When you argue with someone who believes differently from you, you find out you agree on most stuff about health care, yet you disagree about the ACA. How can that be? It's because the insurance industry lobbyists have succeeded in burying the real issue: What do health insurance companies provide except higher cost health care?
John Walsh August 28, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Randy Hultgren is wrong. The ACA has and will have future benefits and protections for myself and my family members, that we would not have had otherwise. The overall positive change from enacting health care insurance reform is the desired outcome we should all support.

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