Mar 22, 2010 8:13 PM by News First 5

Local reaction to health care vote

A controversial vote in D.C. yesterday ripples, home to southern Colorado today. Here's what several people walking in downtown Colorado Springs said about Congress passing the controversial health care bill:

"I was praying that it would fail," said Shirley McPherson.

 "I thought it was wonderful," said Cle Austin.  Reporter: How come? "That's what I think should happen."

"I think it's unfortunate," said Jim Anderson. "I think the vast majority of Americans have already spoken."

"I think it's more tax dollars being spent where they shouldn't be spent right now," said Tyler Caughman.

"It sounds good but we'll see," said Anthony Sandoval.

Local political parties are also weighing in.  "This is a bad bill for the country," said Kay Rendleman, chair of the El Paso County Republican Party.  "It's going to increase costs, increase taxation," she said. "This is just devastating."

"We were glad to see it finally happen," said Christy Le Lait, Executive Director of the El Paso County Democratic party.  She says it's a step in the right direction.  "This isn't everything and it's not perfect but it's a beginning and we have to start somewhere."

Both parties say they'll keep calling legislators about the bill



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