Obey hosts health care forum by phoneResidents of the 7th Congressional District will get a chance to weigh on the health care reform debate from the comfort of home.
Residents of the 7th Congressional District will get a chance to weigh on the health care reform debate from the comfort of home.
U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wausau, fields questions on health care reform during a district-wide telephone forum Monday.
Obey said the forum allows the largest number of people to participate in what he anticipates will be a good discussion of an important topic.
“I know folks have a lot of questions and concerns about health care reform,” Obey said. “I’m looking forward to a good discussion with people from all over the district, a chance to separate fact from fiction, and an opportunity to ensure that people have accurate information – not misinformation – about what’s going on. The advantage of having this kind of conference is that, rather than being confined to one community in the district, this allows a large and absolutely random cross section of people from all 20 counties in the district to participate.”
New teleconferencing technology allows Obey to host a large-scale conference call involving potentially thousands of his constituents. In fact, it is anticipated that more people will participate in this one event than the combined crowd at the ten discussions Obey has held on this subject already this year including an Aug. 3 discussion with the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups in Superior.
Utilizing the technology allows a computerized program to contact 50,000 households in the district at random to determine if people want to participate in the discussion. Residents who want to participate in the forum can sign up before midnight Sunday at www.Obey.House.Gov.