More than 50 people attended the "Your Healthcare, Your Choice" town hall style meeting in Florence on Thursday night to ask questions and hear from experts about President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Even with the president's statements Thursday about the problems with healthcare.gov, sponsors of the meeting said they're not worried about the website, just about getting the people of the Pee Dee the coverage they need.
"Here in the rural area, folks really depend on signing up, not so much from the website piece, but just signing them up from a paper piece," said South Carolina State Representative Robert Williams (D-District 62), a sponsor of Thursday night's event.
David Morrisey works with disadvantaged people through Florence-Darlington Technical College. He was there to learn what he could and pass it on to those he works with. "I want to know the facts, because you know, there's a lot of negative talk about it and for whatever reason, so tonight is a night to find the truth," Morrisey said.
"Anything will have kinks in it when it first starts out, there's nothing with perfection. It will be worth it because there are people who need it, you know, they don't have any health care," he added.
Tracy Howard said she'd been to healthcare.gov to do some research, but got discouraged by all the negative news coverage. At Thursday night's meeting, Howard was looking for reassurance the system would work. "I am currently uninsured, so this is very important to me, very important. I'm young, but I'm getting to the age where I need to be more concerned about my health," Howard said.
The town hall discussion featured representatives from the Benefit Bank of South Carolina, South Carolina Primary Healthcare Association and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Stay with CarolinaLive.com to learn when the next "Your Healthcare, Your Choice" town hall meeting will be.