As  a part of his ongoing efforts to monitor the pulse of his District, Congressman David Young met with constituents for coffee at the Fremont County Courthouse in Sidney on April 10.  
Young made it clear that he sought out the questions and opinions of the people because the people of his District were his bosses, no matter which party they belonged to.
Area residents from several different towns showed up for the event and brought their questions with them.  
Visitors were asked to write their name or their question on a card and they would be randomly drawn from a bucket and answered during the meeting.
A good share of the questions asked pertained to healthcare, with many expressing worries about what would happen next.  
Several audience members spoke of their (or family members’) pre-existing conditions and their concern that repealing the current healthcare plan would leave them uninsured/uninsurable again.
Young sympathized with the conditions and concerns of those speaking and said that Congress had looked at the latest healthcare plan suggested and had not proceeded with it because there were still issues with that plan.  
He said it was growing and moving too quickly, had visible flaws and was losing transparency, and in his opinion policies put into place in too much of a hurry were likely to turn out to be bad policies.
Some of the things he said he was looking for in any plan were continued coverage for pre-existing conditions and choices in coverage.  
Young declared that he believed insurance markets across state lines should be opened up, allowing people to truly shop around for the best policy for them, and to be able to use their insurance anywhere.  
One audience member wanted to know if Young honestly believed the country should be spending $25 billion dollars on a border wall rather than infrastructure.  
Young said he believed the people in the U.S. wanted a secure border no matter which party they belonged to.  
He continued, though, by saying he had gone down to review border security and the various issues in three different locations along the border, and needs were different in each of them.  
In some places better fences were needed, but many other elements were in play affecting needs depending on location.  Some needs he noted were:
More help for the Coast Guard;

Ground penetrating radar to detect tunnels;

More border patrol on horseback;

Homeland Security personnel on boats travelling the Rio Grande River.

Removal of invasive sugar cane that made hiding movements easier.

One audience member talked about what he called the “black hole” of Defense spending.
He said trillions of dollars have been lost in defense spending, with no accountability or balancing.  
He said that when the numbers don’t add up in defense budgets, they just make something up and keep on spending, and questioned when they would start creating and following budgets that balanced.
Young said he had encountered other governmental agencies with ambiguous budgeting in his position on the Appropriations Committee, and that part of the problem was leadership.  

See YOUNG, page 5