On August Recess, Lugar Speaks Against Health Care Reform

In a speech in Bloomington Monday, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar reiterated his opposition to a national health care reform bill currently under consideration, saying any significant change in the status quo would cost too much money.

Lugar began his remarks by admitting he knows his constituents are restless.

“I hope your questions be on the mark but likewaise that you will understand my responses without going into a riotous condition,” Lugar said, to laughter.

Lugar told the crowd he would vote against significant changes in the country’s health care system. Still, he said he’s come across many strong views from both sides of the debate during his August recess. He says he considers voters’ views, but largely has his mind made up.

Citing the tumultuous and sometimes violent nature of recent town hall meetings around the country focusing on health care reform, Lugar says he’s steered clear of similar encounters while in Indiana.

“People come from different points of view to say the least. Most of the encounters have been people with very strong views. And they’ve expressed them. At the same time, we’ve had a chance for discussion, sort of one by one. And they’ve often given me information, pamphlets, notes,” he said.

The GOP senator says he’s heard stories from voters without health insurance. And although he opposes health care reform, Lugar says there’s already ways to help the uninsured.

“I’m not certain I could give a prediction to a Hoosier who has a health insurance problem.

What probably we would do are staff would work with me and in finding how that Hoosier would be served. This is not the best way we could handle this, but it is a way,” Lugar said.

After the event, Lugar ventured to a downtown Bloomington restaurant, where a bison burger was named in his honor.

Daniel Robison

Daniel started as WFIU's Assistant News Director in July 2008. He graduated with a B.A. in history in 2007 and earned an M.A. in journalism two years later. Daniel hosts Ask the Mayor weekly and the occasional Noon Edition. He also hosts Morning Edition on Thursdays, sleepily. Daniel's beats include everything News Director Stan Jastrzebski wants him to cover. And it feels strange to type biography of myself in the third person like this. So that's that.

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