A Reader Shares His Town Hall Experience

Stephen Vasil, a reader, attended Rep. Jim Marshall’s town hall meeting last night in Forsyth, Georgia. He was kind enough to send in his report of the event.

Jim Marshall held a town hall meeting this evening in Forsyth to discuss healthcare reform and current issues. Approximately five hundred concerned citizens were in attendance.

Marshall opened the meeting stating he opposed all five current healthcare reform bills in the Congress and Senate. He said, “American people don’t like the current healthcare system because of two bureaucrats.” The two bureaucrats that he alluded to were the government and health insurance companies.  He also offered that the current Veterans Administration health care system is effective because patient surveys in this government ran system have been proven to be twice as good as non-government ran hospital surveys. He added that this is “why we should not totally be against government regulated healthcare.”

When questioned about where he received this information by a meeting attendee, he ignored the question and quickly moved on to the next question. One attendee asked, “Will PAYGO eventually lead to rationing of healthcare services.” He replied, “No” and would not listen to this person’s next question.

Another question raised by the crowd was from a concerned physician, “If the finances were available, would you support any of the five healthcare reform bills”? Marshall replied, “No.”

Nearing the end of the meeting another citizen asked, “You have replied No, that you disagree with all of the current healthcare bills, but you have not told us what kind of bill you would support.” Marshall simply stated he would support any bill that would not increase the current debt of the country because that would not be a good steward of America’s money.”

At the end of the meeting I finally got the chance to ask the question that had been lingering in my head through the night. I asked, “Tonight, you have said you are a member of the Blue Dog Democrats, but you have proven to not be fiscally conservative by voting for HR 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and HR 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, therefore you are liar and you need to apologize to all of these people here for lying to them about being concerned about America’s financial debt.”

As, you would expect, he responded very sternly that, “he has a strong character which he must uphold when answering this question and he does not appreciated being called a liar. He also said he does not need to apologize to anyone.” He then ranted and raved over the TARP bill and how he not only voted for the bill, but he strongly PUSHED for this bill to be passed.”

Throughout the night it was noticed by several attendees that he was very rude and short with almost every question asked. He talked to the citizens which he states he is working for like two year old peons. The crowd was distraught over the way he disrespected the citizens taking their time to express concerns.

In a nut-shell, I want someone in office who acts as though they are working to serve us and not someone who treats us like we don’t know what in the hell we are talking about. Then again, that is just my opinion.

Senator Walks Out On “Listening Session” Before Anyone Has A Chance To Talk

So much for open government in the Peace Garden State:

MOHALL - What was billed as a “health-care listening session” featuring Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., ended abruptly after the senator heard from just two residents of the Good Samaritan Society Center and announced that he was out of time. As Conrad made a quick exit, many in the crowd that had spilled out into the hallways could be heard expressing their shock and disappointment at not having a chance to quiz the senator about the looming health-care bill or other pressing national issues.

“Isn’t that something. This is America where we are supposed to be heard,” said one attendee to anyone who would listen.

Democrats to go press on without GOP on health care

Democrats have decided to go it alone on health care:

Given hardening Republican opposition to congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance for the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.

Top Democrats said Tuesday that their go-it-alone view was being shaped by what they saw as Republicans’ purposely strident tone against health care legislation during this month’s congressional recess, as well as remarks by leading Republicans that current proposals were flawed beyond repair.

The White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said of Republican lawmakers, “Only a handful seem interested in the type of comprehensive reform that so many people believe is necessary to ensure the principles and the goals that the president has laid out.”

Balko defends Whole Foods

You may have heard that “liberal” customers of Whole Foods are organizing a boycott in response to John Mackey’s editoral to the Wall Street Journal.

Radley Balko responded over the weekend to the idea of the proposed boycott:

Blue Dog Congressman: Let’s Start Over On Health Care Reform

A Florida member of the Blue Dog coalition says that Congress should scrap the health care reform plans it’s been working on for months and start from scratch:

PERRY, Florida (CNN) – Acknowledging his amazement at the crowds gathered to debate health care at his town halls, Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Florida, faced three large gatherings on Monday with many questioners voicing skepticism about the proposals being debated in Washington.

“Never have I had this attendance … that is a good thing,” Boyd said as he started his third event of the day.

Question Of The Day

From John Cole:

Now that the Republicans have spent the last two months whipping the blue hairs into a froth about Obamacare ending their Medicare, how are Republicans going to pivot and become “fiscal conservatives” again concerned about out of control entitlements, now that they are completely wedded to Medicare as it is?

Oh I don’t think it’ll be too hard for them to execute a completely unprincipled flip-flip.

After all, these are politicians we’re talking about.

No more “fishy” e-mails

The White House has dropped the e-mail address where they encouraged Americans to send all those “fishy” rumors or e-mails about ObamaCare:

So Is The “Public Option” Really Dead ? Maybe Not

Some real “un-American” activities

If Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) really wants to talk about “un-American” activities, the Independent Institute has a list of suggestions that are much more fitting than attacking individuals genuinely concerned about ObamaCare.

Majority Says No Health Care Reform At All Is Better Than ObamaCare

Chalk this up as yet another sign that the Obama Administration is very close to losing the health care debate:

Thirty-five percent (35%) of American voters say passage of the bill currently working its way through Congress would be better than not passing any health care reform legislation this year. However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most voters (54%) say no health care reform passed by Congress this year would be the better option.

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