FREMONT – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry made the trip to Fremont on Tuesday afternoon to give an update from Washington and also to listen to questions and concerns.
Every August Fortenberry spends a week during the congressional work period holding town and city hall meetings across the First District of Nebraska.
Many people stood up on Tuesday to either thank Fortenberry for his efforts, ask him questions and his opinion on pertinent issues or express their concerns.
Among the many concerns brought up at the town hall meeting, healthcare was on the forefront of many people’s minds, including Fortenberry, who said this has been a trend at every meeting so far.
Fortenberry said that we need to take this very broken system that is helping some and hurting others, and turn it into something that actually lowers costs, while improving healthcare outcomes and protecting vulnerable persons.
According to Fortenberry, the right message for Washington has to come from the people because Washington is so stuck and divided on positions that are not connected to the rest of America and not working politically.
Fortenberry also said that healthcare financing is important to get right, but it’s different from healthcare delivery.
“Cost drivers coming from the fragmented healthcare delivery system is something that Washington hasn’t really unpacked at all, except in minor ways, and that’s where we can achieve substantial savings, while improving the health and well being of every one,” said Fortenberry. “That’s what can break us out of this moment and actually create some excitement about the potential for a new healthcare policy, rather than the ugliness of just divides over how we’re going to properly finance healthcare policy.”
In case you missed the town hall meetings in Fremont or West Point on Tuesday, Fortenberry will be visiting Columbus and Norfolk on Wednesday.
Fortenberry Town Hall Meetings – Wednesday, Aug. 2:
- Columbus – 12 p.m. – City Council Chambers – 1369 25th Ave, Columbus, NE
- Norfolk – 5:30 p.m. – City Council Chambers – 309 N 5th St, Norfolk, NE