House is set to vote on critical healthcare bill this week

WASHINGTON (KTRE) - A crucial vote is expected this week on the future of health care in America.  The house will vote on a reform package, just unveiled by Democratic leaders which requires all Americans to buy insurance and encourages small companies to pool their money to leverage better premiums.  However, Republicans, like Congressman Louie Gohmert, want make changes in the plan.  His office has delivered to five East Texas libraries a copy of Speaker Pelosi's 1,990 page healthcare bill.  He's encouraging you to read it.

In a news release Gohmert called the bill, "Legislation that will literally transform the lives of every American - and I believe it will not be in a good way - should neither be crafted behind closed doors, nor should it blatantly ignore the voices of the people whose very lives it will transform."

Gohmert said he is trying to bring light to the many provisions within the bill that will "raise taxes, health care costs, and add to our national debt, significantly hurting America's seniors, families and small businesses."

You can find a copy of Speaker Pelosi's bill at the following East Texas Libraries in the reference section (also available here):

Lufkin Public Library

Location: 706 S Raguet St, Lufkin, 75904

Hours: M: 10am-7pm; T - Thurs: 9am-6pm; Fri: 9am - 5:30pm; Sat: 9am-1pm

Nacogdoches Public Library

Location: 1112 North St, Nacogdoches, 75961

Hours: M&Th: 9:30am-8pm; T,W, & Fri: 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat: 10am-3pm

Tyler Public Library

Location: 201 S. College Ave, Tyler, 75702

Hours: M-F: 10am-7pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 10am-5pm

Longview Public Library

Location: 222 W. Cotton St, Longview, 75601

Hours: M, W, F: 10am-6pm; T & Thurs: 10am-9pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm

Marshall Public Library

Location: 300 S Alamo Blvd, Marshall, 75670

Hours: M-Th: 10am-8pm; Fri & Sat: 10am - 5:30pm

East Texans may also go t Congressman Gohmert's website to read the bill online and to learn more information about the healthcare plan at