PARRISH — There was standing room only at the Parrish Community Center as 260 residents gathered to make their voices heard on issues ranging from health care reform to unemployment.
Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, held his 10th town hall that sought input on issues raised by constituents.
Beside him at the podium sat the 1,117-page health care reform bill.
Buchanan, who has read the entire bill, said its full of legalese and does not take into account tort reform.
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The congressman often gets some of his best ideas from residents, he said.
On Saturday, he met a woman who stated she pays $90 a month to a doctor as part of a health care plan — an alternative to paying insurance.
“That’s the kind of thinking we need. ... Something like this I’m going to pursue aggressively,” he said.
Buchanan has two more town hall meetings slated next Saturday. At 11 a.m. Buchanan will hear constituents’ concerns at Myakka City Elementary School, 37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka. At 1:30 p.m. another meeting will take place at Historical City Hall, 225 Main Street East, Wauchula.