Health care debate hits Toledo

By Colleen Wells - bio | email

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The health care debate made its way to northwest Ohio Saturday.

Both sides of the issue converged outside Congresswoman's Marcy Kaptur's office trying to rally their cause.

The anti-group protested as part of the Nationwide Recess Rally. They were armed with signs, flags and T-shirts marching from Toledo's International Park to Kaptur's office.

"This is just a big power grab to take our money away from us and create jobs. Everything is a job program. It has nothing to do with health care," said Brad Reynolds, speaking out against government health care reform.

"For too long, those of us who love the country like we do have been silent and letting, whether it's Republicans or Democrats, run us in the ground," said Scott Allegrini. "We're not going to be silent anymore."

On the pro-side, members chanted, "What do we want? Health Care reform! When do we want it? Now!"

In response to their opponents' rally, supporters started a petition drive at the Erie Street Market.

"My hope is that people will realize this is something we all need. It's not something that is some government conspiracy to take over the health care system," said Joe Zielinski, speaking in favor of the health care reform plan.

Larry Nearhood agrees.

"Forty-six million people in this country don't have health care, so we need to make sure we can get those people covered and insured."

Although they disagree on the government's plan, both sides insist health care reform is an important issue and say something needs to be done.

As it turned out, Kaptur is out of the country so she wasn't in her office for the rally.

In a statement, she said, "I maintain an open mind regarding possible best outcomes and welcome all ideas people are suggesting."

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