Cohen hopes to separate fact from fiction in healthcare debate

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - After a raucous discussion about healthcare reform at a town hall meeting at BRIDGES over the weekend, Congressman Steve Cohen said Monday he hopes to separate fact from fiction in the health care debate.

Congressman Steve Cohen said the ruckus at this past weekend's congressional town hall meeting was a clear indication of just how his constituents feel about health care reform.

"There were a lot of strong opinions expressed, and there were some people who didn't want to have an exchange of ideas. They just yelled out sometimes in unison to drown out answers they didn't like," Cohen said.

Similar protests have been held at town hall meetings across the country. According to Cohen, while he's heard differing opinions on the issues, he's also heard plenty of myths circulating around the bill that or false.  It is those myths, Cohen said, he hopes to eliminate.

"Congress is not exempt in anyway whatsoever," he said. "There's nothing to do with euthanasia or anything like that whatsoever.  There's nothing in the bill dealing with abortions.  There's nothing in the bill that would end private insurance."

Monday, during a meeting at the Memphis Health Center to celebrate the contributions local health centers bring to the community, Cohen highlighted the importance of the governments role in health care reform.

"Our overall healthcare is not to the average American what it should be, and it's rendered better healthcare for the average people around the world than it is here," he said. "That's something that can be improved upon."

Cohen said he is also proposing an amendment to the healthcare reform bill that would create a national pilot program on infant mortality.  Memphis has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation.

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