Rep. Gingrey to talk health care in Canton visit
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@cherokeetribune.com
October 19, 2012 02:03 AM | 1431 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) is scheduled to speak about health care during a visit to Canton on Monday.

Gingrey will be speaking at 5:30 p.m. at the Canton City Hall auditorium located at 151 Elizabeth St. just off East Main Street. He will discuss senior healthcare issues and take questions from the audience, the Cherokee County Republican Party announced.

The visit is being organized by Gingrey.

Gingrey is running for re-election in the newly drawn 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Cherokee and Bartow counties, as well as parts of Cobb and Fulton

counties.

He faces Democratic candidate Patrick Thompson of Woodstock on the Nov. 6 ballot. Write-in candidate Allan Levene of Kennesaw is also challenging Gingrey for the seat he has held since January 2003.

Gingrey, who is a physician, has been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama’s heath care reform measures, calling for repeal of the new law that he described as a threat to Medicare and too costly for taxpayers and small business owners.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the law, Gingrey said repealing Obamacare was his top priority as a congressman.

Earlier this month, Gingrey’s congressional office posted a news release that criticized the American Association of Retired Persons for distancing itself from Obama, who invoked the group’s support in the first presidential debate against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, after initially supporting passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Bob Rugg, chairman of the Cherokee County Republican Party, said most of his members are also against the health care law. He said he is encouraging them to attend Monday’s event.

“The party has no official position,” he said. “But I think nearly everyone in the party pretty much feels the same way. That the federal government is intruding in areas that they don’t belong. We need less government in the management of our day-to-day lives and that’s all Obamacare does.”
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