A Nebraska Congressman gets an earful on a familiar topic.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says he understands the frustration, even anger, being expressed about health care during his town hall meetings across the First Congressional District.
“It’s very personal. It’s understandably sensitive. It’s very volatile,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The current system is helping some, but it’s hurting many others and that’s not fair. Changes have to be made.”
Fortenberry says some consensus seems to be forming around a few ideas. One would be to provide the option of catastrophic health insurance coverage. Health Savings Accounts have returned as a proposal which would allow Americans to set aside money for medical expenses tax free. Discussions have even extended to allowing direct subsidies for those who cannot afford to begin an account.
Fortenberry says both Democrats and Republicans have floated the idea of allowing those who would normally buy individual plans to form co-ops or associations to get coverage at cheaper rates.
“All of these things are concepts, along with continuing the direct payments to certain people who are struggling, that there is some Democrat and Republican alignment around,” according to Fortenberry. “Whether or not it can be done will remain to be seen.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]