WILLIAMSTOWN - U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., listened to the concerns of area residents in the Williamstown City Council chambers Monday evening.
McKinley began by comparing our modern era to that of the Civil War and the 1960s, both historical times of civil unrest in America. "There was trouble in America during those times, and, as a nation, we came together," McKinley said.
"We aren't in those eras; we aren't there at all, but we need to pull together and figure out what we are going to do as a country. That is what these meetings are for."
Photo by Jeff Baughan
It was a standing room only crowd inside the Williamstown City Council Chambers Monday for the Town Hall meeting with U.S. Rep. David McKinley, left.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
McKinley met for about two hours discussing issues with residents of Williamstown and the surrounding area.
About 40 people attended the town hall meeting.
After brief comments about the pride he said he feels for the region and the businesses that make their homes here, including mentioning Fenton Art Glass and Hino Motors, McKinley asked for the first question of the evening from the crowd.
The hot topic for this meeting was the health care situation and "Obamacare." Citizens questioned the legality of the health care bill.
McKinley said the original promises made by the health care bill are not being kept, specifically being able to keep your own doctor and insurance plans.
"Congress passed the law, whether I agree with it or not, they passed the law. Now we have to either dismantle it or replace it with another product," McKinley said. He said there were five possible ways to make changes to Obamacare legally, but did not go into detail about them.
A question raised concerns about the problem of drug abuse in West Virginia.
McKinley said he and other Republicans are trying to find a way to deal with the drug problems without making it so difficult on those who need the medicine.
Additional concerns addressed during the hour and 30 minute long Town Hall meeting included:
* The rights of individual states under Obamacare.
* The Patient Access Treatment Act, which will bring deductibles back to insurance policies.
* American prisoners of war in Afghanistan.
* The status of the treaty with Iran, being discussed in government.
* The Common Core educational requirements.
* Returning control over the state education needs to local governments in the future.
* Keeping rural post offices open indefinitely.
* Illegal immigration and amnesty.
* The NSA spying situation.
* Bringing forms of alternative energy to W.Va. in the future.
* The Farm Bill and SNAP benefits.