Ralph deVere White, Leigh Bashor and Matt Guagliardo
We turned our TV on and invited a few people to our studios to watch President Obama's health care address on Wednesday. Capital Public Radio's Kelley Weiss brought out the snacks and pulled up a chair to hear what they thought.
Our three guests had different backgrounds and different opinions.
“I’m Ralph deVere White and I am the director of the UC Davis Cancer Center.”
deVere White is a urologist and says he's adamant about wanting some health reform bill to get through this year.
“My name is Matt Guagliardo. I’m semi-retired and currently have no health insurance.”
He was laid off from his job in Fresno about a year and a half ago and soon after got a prostate cancer diagnosis. He says he’s a progressive and a big Obama supporter.
“I’m Leigh Bashor, I’m director of administrative services at Biddle Consulting Group in Folsom, California…yes, I do have insurance.”
She’s in charge of employee benefits at her company. She’s a Republican and says she’s skeptical about the cost of universal coverage.
After the speech was over I asked our guests what they thought. Leigh Bashor led off.
[Collection of reactions from the three guests.]