What they’re saying about health care

Quotes from Wednesday’s rallies and town hall meeting in Everett:

“It feels that they are ramming this down our throats. I worry about no choices and they will be rationing (health) care.”

— Lisa Degreave, 53, Marysville

“I’m out here because I would like to see everyone in this country get health care. We pay more for health care in this country and get less than any industrialized nation.”

— Albert Penta, 69, Monroe

“They need to balance the budget first. We are broke in this country.”

— Kay Gunn, 72, Lynnwood

“I’m here because I want to see health care reform. I have been struggling with insurance and being a small business owner I can’t afford to offer insurance for my employees.”

— Marilyn Rosenberg, 44, Everett

“I don’t want the government between me and my doctor. I don’t want this country to turn into a socialist country. The congressmen are not treating us as though they’re representing us anymore.”

— Bonita Allen, 68, Mill Creek

“I’ve lived in Canada and I felt the health care situation was just fine. I didn’t really have to stand in line or wait a long time.”

— Patricia Robertson, 62, Seattle

“I’m standing up for the rights in the Constitution. We’re not communist or socialist. I’ve been there, I’ve lived there and I don’t want to go back to that.”

— Heike Kaindl, 68, Mill Creek

“I’ve seen too many people die whose insurance didn’t cover the illness and the families had to bear the burden of arguing with the insurance companies.”

— Marshia Armstrong, 65, Stanwood

“I think it shouldn’t be government run. It should be done on the individual level. It’s a privacy issue.”

— Jeb Stuart, 42, Gold Bar

“I think this is a really important issue we’ve been struggling with in our country for many decades. This is a good opportunity to have some intelligent debate about it. There’s no reason for anyone in this country to go bankrupt because of illness.”

— Sue Sivyer, 44, Bothell

“Our biggest concern is the health care and how fast they’re trying to shove this through. What’s the hurry?”

— Nancy Smith, 77, Lynnwood

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