When it comes to health care reform, U..S. Representative Chet Edwards isn't in a hurry.
In an interview Thursday, the District 17 Democrat said an issue as monumental as health care deserves patient consideration. "I'm not ready to vote for any bill yet," Edwards said. "I insisted we have a delay and not vote before the August recess because this is a complicated, important issue that affects virtually every family, business and community in our country."
Edwards says before considering a vote, he wants to hear what others in his district think. "I want to review the bill carefully, including changes that have been made recently in it," he said. "I'll be meeting with people throughout our district, including doctors, nurses, community leaders, businesses and everyday citizens over the next three to four weeks and get their viewpoint on that."
He said he's also working on setting up a telephone town hall to receive input. Edwards says that way, he could hear from all constituents regardless of where they live.
While the final version of the health care reform bill is uncertain, Edwards says he is certain about one point. "I will not vote for any bill that sets up a nationally socialized plan like Canadian health care, a one-size-fits-all. That won't work in America, I won't support it and I don't think it'll pass Congress."