Health insurance to be debated here, Murfreesboro

Friday, August 21, 2009

As health care insurance has been a concern for Marshall County officials, as well as all Americans, the subject is to be debated at two forums in the next three days.

U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon's town hall meeting in Murfreesboro is one forum. It starts at 7 p.m Monday in Tucker Theater on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

The other is to be at the Marshall County Courthouse lawn on Lewisburg's public square at noon Saturday, according to an organizer who's been coordinating activities for the Marshall County Tea Party.

Health insurance for about 250 Marshall County employees, including their dependants, is a $1 million issue for county commissioners who also meet Monday night, but have been struggling with the issue for months, just as other governments and private employers have for years.

Congress' August Recess has been a time for senators and congressmen to consult their constituents and this month is no exception as town hall meetings nationwide have included heated debate on health care insurance.

However, on the courthouse square at noon Saturday there's a rally when a panel of health care professionals are to discuss the federal health care bill that's under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives, Ferguson said.

Before that, the local Tea Party organizer says she and others will meet at The Acres Shopping Center at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to eat out together and then go to the square, Ferguson said.

She's also noted that on Monday, doors of Tucker Theater at MTSU open at 6 p.m. for Gordon's Town Hall meeting.

"We understand there will be 800 tickets available on a first come, first serve basis," she said. "If people want any chance of getting inside... you better get there a lot earlier than 6 p.m."