Conservative protestors overwhelm healthcare townhall meetings

In my blog yesterday, I joined other conservatives in encouraging you to be sure to contact your congressmen during their August recess back home. I said, “. . . you have August to attend town hall meetings with your representative and senators, stop by their congressional offices, write letters to the editor of your local paper(s), and educate your friends and family members about the dangers of ObamaCare.” Apparently conservatives have heard the message. And, the initial effect has been dramatic and noticed by the national news media.

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During the CBS Evening News last night (August 3), Katie Couric reported, “The debate over healthcare reform is not limited to the halls of Congress. Voices are being heard all over the country, voices of protest, and they’re growing louder.”

CBS’s Wyatt Andrews continued, “It’s happening almost everywhere. … The crowds are partly the result of conservative websites asking for turnout at town halls, including three tonight in Virginia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Hundreds of events by both Democrats and Republicans are being targeted in every state.”

The New York Times reports this morning that Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “were heckled and booed in Philadelphia on Sunday.”

In Austin Saturday, “a throng of protesters enveloped Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) … at a supermarket where he was trying to meet constituents.'”

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) “expected 25 people at a ‘Congressman on Your Corner’ event on Saturday. Instead he was met by a boisterous crowd of about 150 and a barrage of questions on healthcare.”

According to the Post, the protests were “organized by loose-knit coalition of conservative voters and advocacy groups. … The conservative groups…are harnessing social networking websites to organize their supporters in much the same way Mr. Obama did during his election campaign.”

It sounds like the news media has finally picked up on the discontent in the general public about the proposed “Obamacare.” Now, it’s time for you to let your congressmen know what you think. It’s your right, your privilege, and your obligation as a citizen.

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2 Responses to Conservative protestors overwhelm healthcare townhall meetings

  1. rxvette says:

    I always find it interesting that opponents to health care reform argue that it will be the “death to all of us” or “it will restrict our choices” or “medical decisions will be made by bureaucrats”.

    It is the current unregulated capitalistic private insurance companies who are actually fulfilling their worst nightmare right now. “Death to us all” – private insurance companies are literally killing patients right now by denying lifesaving care like in the case of Cigna’s denial of Natalie Sarkisyan’s care.

    “It will restrict our choices” which is exactly what our private insurers are doing. I have private coverage myself as a medical professional through my hospital who employs me. I’m restricted to a list of doctors I can see and also to only 4 hospitals in the local Tampa Bay area and if I seek medical care outside of this my insurer will put a majority of the financial cost on me so if I want somewhat affordable medical care I’m forced into their restrictive measures.

    “Medical decisions will be made by bureaucrats” – in the private insurance market medical decisions aren’t made by myself or my doctor but rather by bureaucrats (executives and internal business analysts) from my private insurers when they decide what is covered and what is not.

    Healthcare reform would put a stop to all this and I’ve actually researched for hours on what the best way to achieve this is. Here’s my solutions – http://bit.ly/9QLV8

  2. Felix, Olympia WA says:

    A Simple Proposal:

    1) Create a very basic, high-deductible, catastrophic-event government health-care policy that pays for major medical events only. Include everyone and pay for it with taxes. No one would ever again lose their home or be denied life-saving procedures. It would be cheap because it would be “single payer” and would include the whole pool of healthy and unhealthy people, sharing the risk universally. Billing would be simple for hospitals who would be guaranteed payment and the cost of providing health care would be taken of the backs of businesses.

    2) Middle class and wealthy consumers would pay for routine illness events out of pocket, just like getting your car repaired, or they could purchase add-on insurance from private companies, as they choose.

    3) Poor people would get extra coverage for routine illnesses as welfare or in free government or charity clinics. There will always be people who are so poor that they can’t contribute anything.

    Wouldn’t this solve everything at modest cost to the public, or I am just simple-minded?

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