Health care reform tour holds forums across state

Posted Aug. 18, 2009, at 10:54 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — About a dozen people attended forums held Tuesday for the Maine Change That Works group’s Health Care ’09 Tour at Machias and Milbridge. Several also came out at Eastport and Calais, according to Greg Howard of Maine Change That Works.

The group is touring the state this week in an ambulance in support of President Obama’s health care system reform efforts.

“The purpose of this is to collect health care stories from Mainers, especially those in rural areas where people are sometimes forgotten,” Howard said Monday. “We are collecting these patient profiles, and we plan to present them on Friday to our congressional representatives.”

Dianne Finnegan of Jonesport, who drove up to the Machias forum, said she was signing the petition in favor of health care reform not because she is uninsured — she is insured — but because of the many people who are not.

“I’m worried about the others,” she said. “We need to start informing people with the truth about health care reform. … There is too much misinformation out there.”

The tour is scheduled to proceed to Bucksport, Belfast, Rockland, Boothbay Harbor and Newcastle today; to Rumford, Farmington and Skowhegan on Thursday; and to Portland, Lewiston-Auburn and Bangor on Friday.

The trip is planned to culminate at 2 p.m. Friday with the health care stories gathered on the trip being shared with the state’s congressional delegation in front of the office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor.

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