Indiana's 8th District Congressman, Republican Larry Bucshon, paid a visit to Brazil Monday, stopping at Lynn's Soda Fountain Shop for his listening session.
While there, Bucshon expressed his views on the healthcare bill, which he voted against. One resident disagreed with Bucshon, saying he believed the Congressman favored the "status quo."
"I say shame on you," the man said to Bucshon.
The man said his two daughters would be best served staying on his health insurance until they were 26, one of the many provisions included in the bill.
While Bucshon said he favored this portion of the bill, he did not favor it entirely.
Bucshon said if the bill passed, his daughters would end up on Medicaid.
"I've been in health care for years and you do not want that," Bucshon said. "You do not want your daughters on a federally run program.
"Don't get me wrong, there are huge problems with our health care. All I'm saying is the federal government can't solve the problem. It's a tough problem, but the status quo is not acceptable."
While healthcare dominated the two hours Bucshon was in Brazil, other topics came up, including fixing budget problems.
Bucshon said recently, he was involved in a debate on how to fund federal government. He said during the more than 90 hours of debating, approximately 600 amendments were considered for the budget.
However, he remained confident both sides would find common ground.
"I think there will be a compromise with the Senate," Bucshon said. "We just can't keep doing what we're doing. We're broke."
Bucshon said currently, every dollar the government spends it is borrowing approximately 40 cents.
He offered the analogy of a family that when pushed to tough times, things are cut, saying the government must cut some items.
"We're broke," he said. "We've got to quit borrowing money from people. We're trying to stop unnecessary funding. It drives me crazy that we're putting millions of dollars into things that nobody cares about.
"It's simple math. We can't keep doing it. I think the American people realize we have to get out of this fiscal mess. The President has offered up a budget that is not going to happen. It's unrealistic. But I'm seeing more moderate (Democrats and Republicans) that are starting to work together to get spending down."
This was Bucshon's first stop in Brazil during his listening sessions. He said since being elected, he has had an exciting time and has learned quite a bit regarding his colleagues.
"It's been fun," he said. "I've had a good time doing it. We want to hear what you think. Congress people are the closest to the people.
"People on both sides of the aisle, most of the people there truly believe in what they are doing."
Bucshon said he hoped to have one week for each month where he would travel around his district for the listening sessions.
"We'll be around," he said.
Bucshon said he believed Congress planned to spend the next couple of months tinkering with the nation's budget in order to get "spending under control."