East Texans protest government-run healthcare

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "The reason I came out here is because I immigrated from a country that was socialized. Medicine socialized, socialized everything," said Protester John Maklw.

Maklw came to protest Friday because he said he learned at an early age what he doesn't want his healthcare system to look like.

"I was 11 or 12 years old when I had an accident out there and I had a badly damaged leg. I was in the hospital for one month & if my mother didn't bribe a doctor, they probably wouldn't amputated my leg," Maklw said.

The protesters, young & old, said they want to be able to make their own decisions.

"I think that we should be free to choose whether or not we be our brother's keeper, whether or not we be charitable. And charity, there's not virtue in forced government charity," said Protester April Strickland.

However, they bring with them several arguments.

"I've seen it, I've seen it firsthand. I've lived with it and folks, don't let them fool you, there is no such thing as a free lunch," Maklw said.

Fellow protester Jamie Hines said, "I don't want these higher taxes, you know we're talking about taxes on my children and my children's children."

Protester Chris Englert said they don't claim to have all the answers.  "It's not that we claim to have a better solution, It's that we think this is unreasonable."

But, they are sure of what they don't want.

"We just have to show the people in Washington that we do not want socialized medicine and this is being rammed down our throats," Protester Mary McCleary said.

The protestors said by standing up for what they believe in, they know they can make a difference.

"If enough people will get together, like this, yeah, it can make a big, a huge difference. The power's in the people not in the government," Hines said.

McCleary said, "So, we'll just see. All we can do is all we can do."

"I wasn't born here, but I'm going to fight for it. I'm not going to give up on this," Maklw said.

About 50 people were at Friday's Nacogdoches Healthcare protest, and there were many others held across the nation.

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