Bingaman Talks Health Care

New Mexico – Sen. Jeff Bingaman told more than 200 people attending a health care town hall that a reform proposal wouldn't provide coverage for undocumented immigrants because "the American public would not support that."

Participants asked Bingaman a range of questions Monday, seeking information about a cooperative system and how the government will finance reforms.

Bingaman said he supports a public option.

The forum was organized by New Mexico First, which uses a format where people meet in small groups to formulate questions. Most participants had registered online and were assigned to groups beforehand.

The meeting in Albuquerque was orderly, with no outbursts or yelling matches.

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