By Wyatt Goolsby
ANDREWS - The debate over Healthcare reform is far from over. On Monday, residents in Andrews gathered with local Representative Mike Conaway at the Senior Activities Center for a town hall meeting.
"There's a great deal of frustration being expressed across District 11 by people and there's a bit of a catharsis available when they just get to stand up and look me in the eye and tell me I don't like x, y, and z," U.S. Representative Mike Conaway, said.
Dozens of residents in Andrews spoke their minds on healthcare reform. Next week, Conaway will be back to talk with others in Congress. His goal: to halt the proposed healthcare bill.
"I'm hopeful that this thing will fail, and out of the ashes of this failure will come a legitimate effort that doesn't involve party loyalties," Conaway explained.
Conaway said as important as it was for him to talk healthcare, there was also plenty of concerns from Andrews residents. Many who showed up Monday included veterans and senior citizens. Some argue a public option works against the VA, and anybody else.
"I'm worried about these young guys, my time is almost gone, but these young guys who are coming back now, they've got lots of problems, and they need to be taken care of," Vietnam Veteran Charles Martin, explained. "Our government promised them something to go fight for our Country, and our Government ought to stand up to their promises."
Conaway said the town hall meetings across West Texas in August have stayed civil. From here, Conaway said his strategy in stopping or changing the bill in Washington is getting the blue dog Democrats to go against the Speaker.