Rep. Sinema hosts town hall on healthcare reform

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PHOENIX -- The debate over the contentious issue of healthcare reform continued Saturday with a town-hall meeting hosted by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

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Rep. Sinema hosts town hall on healthcare reform - The debate over the contentious issue of healthcare reform continued Saturday with a town-hall meeting hosted by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

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While many of these kinds of meetings shave been fraught with emotion, this one was a calm scene, and those who attended said they enjoyed the forum.

"My concerns are that there are many people who have life-threatening and preventable conditions that are not being treated," said Lela Alfton. "They are losing their homes, their savings, their whole lives, financially, because of healthcare costs."

Alfton is one of those who believes healthcare reform is necessary, especially for those who cannot get the coverage they need because of pre-existing conditions.

"I have a sister-in-law who has genetically high cholesterol," Alfton said. "All her siblings have the same condition. And she is uninsurable. She is perfectly healthy, has a great lifestyle, and yet can't get health insurance."

Today's meeting was a much different scene from the town halls Sen. John McCain held earlier this week. At one of those meetings, people against healthcare reform said they believe a single-payer system would bankrupt the country and send us closer to socialism.