August 10th, 2009
11:36 PM ET
9 years ago

America's Health Tour: Chattanooga, TN

The CNN Express in Chattanooga, TN

The CNN Express in Chattanooga, TN

The CNN Express is on the road and we are on a mission: Let Americans tell their own economic story. The first stop? Chattanooga, Tennessee.

After interviewing local residents throughout the day, we’re beginning to separate the heated town hall debates and politics of Washington from what the people of the 4th largest city in Tennessee actually want from their health care. The citizens we’ve spoken with are primarily concerned with three key issues: affordability, quality of care and choice of physician.

One father said, “I’m worried about the big illness that can bankrupt a family.”

A mother of three told us, “I want to afford the best care that I can for myself and my children. I don’t want to settle for less than the best if our life is at stake.”

While countless others voiced the need to “pick their own doctor.”

The bottom line is the people of this town were genuinely concerned and were looking for information. Will the government’s plan actually limit their choice of health care? Will it cost more money? How will it affect their family’s ability to use the emergency room in dire situations?

Along our entire journey from Atlanta, Georgia, to Des Monies, Iowa, we are going to answer as many questions as we can and constantly ask one simple question: What do you want from your health care coverage?

This is the conversation happening all week on the CNN Express and we’re just getting started! Follow our trip on Twitter @CNNExpress and @AliVelshi.

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