Congressman Ted Yoho discusses healthcare, gun control at Oak Hammock

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Congressman Ted Yoho was in Gainesville on Tuesday, August 13 for a discussion with seniors at Oak Hammock.

Questions were answered ranging from general healthcare to access to prescription drugs, and the other hot topic in the room was gun control.

Members of the League of Women Voters hosted Congressman Yoho at Oak Hammock to discuss issues relevant to seniors.

“We specifically requested Jessica Nortfleet, who is in charge of the district office in Gainesville, to have the congressman talk to us about healthcare. It’s an issue for everyone in the United States and certainly for seniors with this being a retirement community,” said Oak Hammock resident Karen Miller.

Affordable healthcare for seniors and access to prescription drugs were among the many issues that were addressed.

“Well, I think the biggest concern that everybody has is that they want access to healthcare, they want affordable healthcare, and Congress has failed to deliver on this,” said Congressman Ted Yoho.

Some attendees also brought up questions surrounding gun control in America in the wake of the recent deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

“As somebody said, when you go to a retirement community, you don't expect to have to take part in an active shooter training,” said Miller. "When you take your child to school, you don't think you have to train your kindergartener how to hide from a shooter."

“I want to know what's happened to society over the last 30 years that people are compelled to do this. Is it the access to guns? Or is it a mental health issue? And I lean on the mental health side. There's something that's gone wrong in our society and that we need to correct, and we need to correct it sooner than later,” said Yoho.