RAYVILLE -- Dozens of people, even from as far as Delhi and Monroe, gathered at the Rayville Civic Center on Monday for a town hall meeting with Senator David Vitter.
Health care, party lines and jobs were the main concerns.
"I'll be running for governor next year and that's going to be a big part of the next governor's challenge, to continue to match up folks who need skills with the jobs that are being created," Vitter said.
Some folks raised frustrations, saying state Democrats are painting the Republican Party in a bad image.
"They've sent 40 bills from the House. We would have already had a balanced budget. We could have fixed Obamacare several times over. A lot of this stuff, we could have done," said Delhi resident Buddy Barber.
Others wanted to know how the Republican image could change in the future.
"Can you tell us a little bit about the new ideas, fresh ideas that the Republican Party is working on to try to attract the minority vote?" Monroe resident Luis Olivares asked Vitter.
One Rayville pharmacy owner wanted answers for the Affordable Care Act's reduced Medicare reimbursements to her business.
"I have an 8-year degree now and I can make more selling greeting cards than I can on prescriptions. I mean, they're fixing to put us all out of business," said Owner of Rayville Family Pharmacy, Kayla Bridges.
"More volume, lower cost, so that's the idea. I'm not taking up that side as the bottom line," Vitter answered her.
Vitter said he has his own plan for health care.
"I'd like to repeal Obamacare and replace it with targeted reforms," he said.
Vitter told KTVE/KARD his office will continue to make public meetings a top priority.
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