HEBRON – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, R-Neb., says she’s “disappointed” Congress has been unable to find a fix to Obamacare.
That was one of her key messages during a Hebron town hall, where constituents came armed with one worry after another.
One farmer told Fischer his family has lost its health insurance.
“Since Medica is going to be the only one left – they don’t even know if they’ll be around next year. We will be without any kind of insurance in the state of Nebraska. Is there any chance we can go outside our state boundaries to get our health care insurance?”
“I’ve been promoting that for the last six years – that we should have affordability.”
Fischer said she’s aware that affordable coverage is vital to rural communities in Nebraska.
“All the folks on my side of the aisle, I believe, agree with that. But to be able to get consensus on it, I don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it. I hope, it is going to be part of the discussions within the committee because that’s something I hear a lot, ‘How are we going to be insured?'”
Fischer tells News Channel Nebraska, “People are concerned about the uncertainty that is out there. They didn’t see the Senate step forward and take action. I’m frustrated by that, as well. I’m very disappointed that we didn’t take action. I think it was important that we were able to get forward on a bill, so we could debate it – so the public could watch a public debate and public votes. That’s really important.”
Fischer also addressed concerns from local medical experts worried about losing smaller hospitals and their services. Fischer says she’s worked on that issue since she was in the state legislature. A retired pharmacist told her possible Medicaid cuts would cut jobs in the state.
“Another issue that we heard today was with drug costs. I thought the pharmacist that was in the crowd made some good points about the safety that we are assured of with our drugs here in this country and how it is worrisome if you are going to bring in drugs from Canada or Mexico.”
Thayer County Health Services CEO David Burd invited Fischer to tour the hospital sometime in the near future.