Couple with no insurance impressed by answers

By MIKE WIGGINS
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Renee and Jon McGlothlin are the kind of people President Obama is targeting for help with his administration’s proposed revamping of the U.S. health care system.

The Grand Junction residents don’t have health insurance. Renee, 52, has worked a variety of part-time jobs and said she’s had health insurance only three years of her working life. Jon, 51, was covered until his employer dropped its group plan in May, citing high costs.

So the couple was eager to hear details of Obama’s plan. And, like many of those who attended Saturday’s town hall meeting at Central High School, they came away impressed with a man whom they said was overwhelmingly received warmly but who also fielded and responded to a line of pointed questions.

“When he talks, you feel like you’re being told the truth,” said Renee McGlothlin, noting she’s a member of the Green Party. “He’s up-front and honest.”

“I’ve been very impressed with him all along,” said Jon McGlothlin, an independent.

Several people said they were satisfied with the answers Obama provided and noted that he tried to dispel opponents’ notions about what the plan will or won’t accomplish.

Andrew Duff and Hannah Kimmel, 16-year-old Grand Junction High School students, said the president insisted that under a revamped health care system, nobody would be forced to change insurance companies.

Attendees also said they were convinced by Obama’s claims that Medicare and Medicaid, as they’re currently run, bear significant responsibility for the country’s surging deficit.


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