Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Restoring order in Town Hall meetings

I have been watching the most recent Town Hall meeting outbursts by Republicans and paid Insurance company lobbyists, who have been using similar tactics in past disruptions and I have wondered why the Democratic politicians haven't been able to manage controlling them. These disruptions are outrageous and juvenile. It seems to me there are two possible tactics which would quell these outbursts. First, establish groundrules for each Town Hall meeting and have police on hand to remove rowdy and abusive demonstrators. Secondly,if there are no police present, a group of other attendees need to ban together, overwhelm them, and remove them by force. These demonstrators need to be shamed in public as cuckoos and nut-jobs! It's appalling and they are trying to hijack the will of the American people on Healthcare reform. Don't let them get away with it. We need, minimally, a Public option, if not, ultimately, a Single payer system. I have written in a previous post that the For-Profit motive in healthcare has ruined healthcare as well as banking. Let's stick together and get healthcare reform approved. Don't let the Republican nuts rule the day.

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Anonymous Minneloushe / Jerry Wechsler said...

Charles, As you know, I agree wholeheartedly with you. Remember the wise and immortal lines:

"The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."

It is clear that our president is a good-hearted man. How hard it is to manifest as a good-hearted cut-throat, LOL. But such he may need to become, if he is to thrust this country into the 21st century. I did not need Michael Moore to learn that there are better health-care systems than ours. My first wife and I ran a small summer music study festival for fiddle, cello and piano in France for about 7 summers, and we experienced the French medical system on occasion. It is excellent, the care was top-notch, administered with warmth and concern, and the bills were lower by far than they'd have been here, despite our not being French nationals. Moreover, a very good friend of mine has lived in France for thirty years, and travels now between Ann Arbor and Paris; she vouches for the French system, as well. There is no comparison. I know a French RN who is directrice of a day-care center. It is marvelous: Clean, well-staffed, with even a separate room for baby carriages, and the charges are according to ability to pay. My friend is paid by the State to do this work, and is a consummate professional, well-trained as a nurse and caring as a human being.

I love my country, but we have a long way to go. Miles to go before we sleep, as it were... Only too many of us are already asleep. / jw

9:33 AM  
Anonymous The BoBo said...

Bwahaha! So, there really are socialists in this country supporting a socialist president? Guess what - the will of the people state they don't want government control over their lives.

According to a Kaiser Permanente study - 85% of the country has insurance. Of that 85% - 89% are happy with their insurance. Only 45% of the country believes some reform is needed. Likewise, 76% of this country don't want Obamacare.

Of the 15% uninsured - this is the 42.6 million people. Of that 42.6 million, 70% stated they actually receive healthcare services. Additionally, of those uninsured - 15 million are eligible for Medicaid or Medicare and have not applied. Another 10 million are not American citizens. Finally, 7 million of that number make $75,000 or more in income and choose not to purchase insurance. So - that means there are truly only 10 million without insurance. This represents on 3% of the entire population.

Why would you force the entire country in to socialized insurance to insure just 3%? Only one reason - socialism and forced dependency on the government.

I thought you liberals were for personal freedom? Apparently not.

6:21 PM  

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