Local healthcare supporter and critic weigh in on the vote

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by OWEN LEI / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 6:32 AM

SEATTLE -- Michael Medved said he's not just disappointed, he's alarmed.

The conservative Seattle-based radio host takes a pretty sarcastic view to the passage of health care reform in Congress.

"[The Democrats say] We're going to have better better benefits, better coverage, we're going to cover 30 million new people, and we're going to lower premiums?" he said. "And -- it's not going to cost anything in terms of the deficit, [in fact] we're going to lower the deficit! People who believe in that have to believe in the tooth fairy."

Meanwhile, one of the youngest voices in the healthcare reform debate, Marcelas Owens, said he expected the bill to pass today and hoped it would help familes from going through what he went through.   At 11 years old, Marcelas has pushed for universal health insurance, because of his mother Tiffany.

"She fought for health care, but she passed away, and I wanted to finish what she started," he said.

Tiffany Owens lost her job, and her health insurance coverage, eventually dying of pulmonary hypertension three years ago. Marcelas has taken up her cause, meeting with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., testifying before Congerss,  while Democrats using his story to try to rally others to their cause.

"if people got sick like my mom, and needed medical attention, they would be able to get the medical attention and medicine that they needed," Marcelas said. "There are a lot of adults speaking out for healthcare, but you don't see many kids rallying and giving public speeches."

Medved isn't so sure the bill will do what its supporters purport it to do, and believes there is no way taxpayers can sustain the law without massive tax hikes.

"The main reason to oppose this bill," he said, "was not its impact on its medical care, as dire as it might be. It's its devastating impact on our budgetary crisis."

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