A large crowd packed into the Roma Lodge near Racine Thursday for the latest listening session held by First District Congressman Paul Ryan and for the most part engaged in a civil exchange on health care reform. There have been internet rumors circulating that there would be an organized attempt to disrupt the session and early on and Ryan urged the crowd to be respectful with people’s opinions.
The Janesville Republican said in jest, “there may even be one or two people who don’t agree with me.”
When asked if there’s anything about the House health care reform bill he likes, Ryan said there things he agrees with but has issue with how they’re implemented. He mentioned repayment of student loans and the importance of addressing a shortage of primary care providers, among those provisions.
More than 500 people attended the event. One man was removed by Mount Pleasant police after he grabbed a microphone from another speaker’s hand, the only disruption during the session.
Contributed by Janet Hoff-WRJN