Another Townhall Row

7 10 2009

Poll after poll show that Americans do NOT want ObamaCare. But our elected reps in Congress simply refuse to listen to us, but are determined to jam it down our throat.

As long as this continues, townhall meetings like the recent one held by Dem Congressman Steve Israel will continue to be rowdy.

~Eowyn

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Shouts, insults fly at Rep. Israel’s health care town hall

By REID J. EPSTEIN – October 5, 2009 –  http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/shouts-insults-fly-at-rep-israel-s-health-care-town-hall-1.1503064

Anthony Tolda, a financial consultant

Photo credit: Pablo Corradi | Anthony Tolda, a financial consultant who lives in Huntington, becomes upset at Steve Israel’s answer to his question during the town hall meeting on health care reform at Suffolk County Community College on Monday. (Oct. 5, 2009)

Rep. Steve Israel gamely tried to explain the proposed health care reform Monday night, but was often shouted down during his town hall-style meeting at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Israel (D-Huntington) at one point pleaded with those in the crowd yelling at him to “stop calling me a liar and listen.” Judging by the ever-increasing decibel level, he did not win over many converts.

Shouts of — “Stop printing money,”  “We don’t care what you think,”  and “You’re a moron” — permeated the 90-minute session, which drew far more than the 450 people who filled Van Nostrand Theatre.  Scores more were not allowed inside after a Suffolk fire marshal closed the doors.

People opposing the proposed health care reform outnumbered those in favor, though both sides strove to outshout each other during the question-and-answer period.

A typical scene came after Anneliese Lanza of Huntington asked, “Why can’t we just fix the part of health care that is broken when what is needed is tort reform?” The anti-reform portion of the crowd broke into a raucous standing ovation chanting “tort reform.”

“You’re saying tort reform now, but if something happens to you, you’ll be the first one to want to take the case to a judge and jury,” Israel said. “I don’t believe a member of the United States Congress should decide when you can go to court.”

Israel, who supports the public option, which would allow people to purchase insurance through a government program, said he does not expect to support every aspect of the final reform bill.

“I’m not going to draw any lines in the sand,” he said. “I’m not going to vote against 60 percent of what I want because I can’t get 40 percent of what I want. There is no perfection.”

Israel explained how the proposed legislation will affect Medicare — it will eliminate overpayments to doctors in the Medicare Advantage program; that undocumented immigrants won’t be covered; that the federal government would administer the public option just as it does Medicare and Medicaid; and that “the days of insurance companies dropping your coverage because you get sick will be over.”

After several people began shouting concerns about rationed health care, Israel said he hears daily from constituents who have been dropped by their health insurance companies after becoming ill.

“If you can’t get medical care because your insurance company doesn’t want to pay for it, you’ve been rationed out of health care,” Israel said.

Catherine Mullahy, 65, from Huntington, asked if public funds would be used to pay for abortions under the public option. Israel, who favors abortion rights, said they would not be but people could choose an insurance plan that would cover the procedure.

“I would prefer that he be against abortion,” she said. “But I understand.”

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4 responses

7 10 2009
Valerie M

What poll is that? Do you mean a group of loud mouths represent a poll. The ones for are at home or sick or too busy working to support their family. Did you forget that we voted last November and we voted for health care reform that’s why we voted for Obama . You think the right one don’t ya…funny how one forgets YOU LOST.

7 10 2009
Bob

I didn’t vote that the non-american Lying muslim. I saw through his BS the first time I saw him speak, The way he wouldn’t salute the flag, and then all of a sudden he does? His wife wasn’t proud of America until he got the nomination?!!!.
There are better ways of fixing healthcare than the government running it. Their track record is 100% failure at everything they do, Medicare, Cash for clunkers, corporate bailout, and the list goes on. Obama is only the latest bureaucrat to sit in the white house, but he is the best definition of a politician, They all LIE to convince you to vote for them. Biggest problem with BO is he hates DEMOCRACY!!!!!!!!!!!

7 10 2009
giovanniworld

Val,

I love it when you folks on the left remind people that “you” won, or “we” lost. It only cements what we have always known about liberals, that they prefer Fascism over Democracy. And, you always come-off sounding like spoiled brats with all the “we won, we won, nana-nana-naaanya”. The problem is, as we see it, is you have no idea how a democratic representative Republic is supposed to work.

On a more personal note… I keep wondering what it is you think you won? The worst president in the history of the USA? Ok, you got bragging rights!

Gio-

7 10 2009
DCG

If you are sick – please stay home so you don’t infect me! I’ve a got a job to do…for the meantime. I may be unemployed soon with the ever-increasing unemployment rate.

So you voted for health care reform? I thought it was health insurance reform for the 47M or 30M without insurance – which number is it today?

So you voted for the stimulus projects that promised to keep unemployment below 9% and failed? You voted to take over banks? You voted to take over car manufacturers? You voted to spend us into oblivion?

Those that voted for this wreck obviously were very informed…

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