Senator David Vitter holds a town hall meeting in Jennings

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - U.S. Senator, David Vitter made a stop in Jennings this morning to hold a town hall meeting. Some of the topics that came up were healthcare and government spending. Vitter started by sharing some of his concerns and then asked others to share concerns of their own.

"It is a great way to hear directly from folks; what's on their minds and what's on their hearts, and what they think I should be most focused on," said David Vitter.

Paul Delacroix had healthcare reform on his mind.

"People that are ill or incapacitated in any way, then they should see the mercy of God and the citizens of America. We should provide some help for them. But I don't think they check close enough to see if that is a valid issue or not," said Paul Delecroix.

Charles Achane said smaller government is the answer.

"Agencies that have been given broader powers need not have that. Government should have a very limited role in private enterprise," said Charles Achane.

"There are plenty of things we can and should do in healthcare. But not federal government domination, not a government dominated system," said David Vitter.

As far as healthcare goes, Senator Vitter already has some proposals in place.

"I have several proposals in healthcare. For instance to allow re-importation of prescription drugs, to lower prescription drug prices, to get generic prescription drugs to the market faster, give consumers more options," said David Vitter.

A topic briefly discussed was President Barack Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice. Vitter said he is displeased with some past remarks made by Judge Sotomayor, but he does not think Republicans in congress have the votes to defeat the nomination.

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