Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee found it difficult to make her point; Senator Rodney Ellis had to shout over the crowd, and he and another visiting state representative was booed off.
All this as a local town hall meeting got a little bit too heated on Tuesday.
"Well that's a good thing," said Senator Rodney Ellis. "The fact that people are interested is always a positive thing; even if it's an orchestrated effort that's okay. At the end of the day whenever each of us in the public light get a chance to interact with our constituents, it would nice if it was a bit more civil, but that's okay."
Many of the attendees addressed concerns that Obama's $1.5 trillion health care reform plan might too expensive, that private health care would be unable to compete with the public program, and that the proposed "end of life" counseling sounds too much like euthanasia.
"People are loosing their homes, people are loosing their health care," said Keisha Rogers, an opponent of the health care bill.
"The democrats have decided to take on such an important issue but one that is so controversial," said Alan Jamail, another opponent of the health care plan. "They refuse to look at the needs of the people."
Jackson Lee warns if America doesn't move forward with Obama's health care reform plan, taxpayers will have to foot the bill for uninsured Americans.
"Not being employed and have other resources that will allow them to buy minimally a public option," said Lee. "That would not burden our health system."
At one point, an attendee had to be escorted out of the building by police.
Sheila Jackson Lee says she plans to hold about a dozen more of these meetings.
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