U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth was asked at Tuesday's Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce meeting by Mike Seiwert to visit Spencer for a traditional town hall meeting.
The subject would be President Obama's healthcare reform proposal.
Ellsworth indicated he would like to do so, but would have to check with those who do his scheduling.
Some have been critical of Ellsworth and his one-on-one meetings concerning the healthcare reform proposal. Other members of Congress have been conducting face-to-face town hall meetings, and unfortunately some have gotten out of control.
Ellsworth hasn't scheduled any in-person town hall meetings since February. During this visit to the district he's been conducting one-on-one meetings instead, as well as roundtable discussions with local healthcare experts.
Ellsworth did announce Tuesday afternoon he will be hosting a telephone town hall to discuss healthcare reform.
The call will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). In order to comply with Indiana's automatic dial laws, those who wish to participate must sign up at the 8th District Online Office: www.ellsworth.house.gov.
"I've always said that we will never achieve real healthcare reform without giving all of the stakeholders in this debate a seat at the table," Ellsworth said. "I'm looking forward to hearing all sides in this conversation about how to fix the weaknesses in our current system, and I encourage the people of the 8th District to sign up, participate, and make their voices heard."
The telephone town hall will operate a lot like a traditional town hall format. Ellsworth will deliver an opening statement and then take questions about reforms to the healthcare system.
The telephone town hall is a continuation of Ellsworth's efforts to seek input on healthcare reform proposals being considered in Congress.
For more information on healthcare reform, visit the 8th District Online Office at www.ellsworth.house.gov and click on Understanding Health Care Reform. The Web site provides visitors with the full text of the House's version of the healthcare reform bill, proposed changes to the legislation, and information debunking common reform myths. You can also take Ellsworth's online health care survey.
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