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Congressman Charlie Melancon Interview (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-07-24

Duration: 00:05:52

Subjects: MELANCON, CHARLIE | Health Care | Health care reform | Rural health services | Democratic Party


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Melancon, Charlie Interviewee


This segment from the July 24, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s interview with Congressman Charlie Melancon about the health care reform bill being debated in the House of Representatives. Melancon discusses: the need for reform because of the high costs of health care that are not in line with the cost of living; working to improve access to health care for people in rural communities; the work of the Blue Dog Democrats in trying to improve the current bill; his belief that the current bill is a bad bill; and the need to slow down the debate on the current bill because the legislation will affect all Americans.