Senator holds town hall meeting on health care

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The health care debate hit close to home on Tuesday, as Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown was at the University of Cincinnati to host a town hall meeting.

The forum is being called "Health Insurance Reform-What's in it For You." Sen. Brown outlined how the plan will reduce private insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

The Democrat's goal is to give all Americans insurance options during periods of unemployment. At the meeting, Ohioans who are struggling with health costs and lack of medical care are set to tell their stories.

Brown is a key member of the Senate's Health Committee and this is the bill they've been shaping.

Town hall meetings on health care have been heated across the country, and this one had a few moments of drama.

Brown and other Democrats believe a government option is the only way to make the industry accountable for excluding millions of people from coverage when their costs get too high. But Republicans have already said they are against any government run public option - but do want reform.

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