We the People are upset about how he and his buddies in the capital are screwing this country up.
The news from yesterday's town hall meeting in Dublin:
It's interesting that the meeting was promoted in advance to liberal members of an organization called Health Care for America Now, a front group for the powerful AFSCME union, and yet those union attendees were far outnumbered by ordinary citizens worried about the direction Obama is taking this country.
Boucher hosts town hall meeting in Dublin
Mark Sage, Southwest Virginia Today
Southwest Virginia joined in the raucous national health care debate Tuesday as U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th, hosted a town hall meeting in Dublin to answer his constituents’ questions on the divisive issue.
Hundreds of area residents were undeterred by the 9 a.m. weekday start time for the gathering as they showed up in droves to pack the expansive auditorium in Edwards Hall on the campus of New River Community College.
Although the dozens of questioners were polite in presenting their queries to the congressman, the three-hour meeting also featured more outbursts, shushes and call-on-me waving hands than a rowdy kindergarten classroom.
One woman used markers and crayons to criticize “Obama care” by drawing a tombstone with the words “Here lies granny” next to a flower and a mound of dirt. The sign also had the word “deaf” crossed out next to the statement that “Senior citizens views fall on a DEATH ear.”
As Boucher took the stage, a group of people sitting in the middle of the room also rose in unison and sang a stanza of “God Bless America.”
“I have detected … a deep-seated concern,” he said in calling for the meeting to serve as an “information exchange.”
Although Boucher drew his share of boos and catcalls throughout the meeting, he drew applause when he began the meeting by saying he felt the push for health care reform was moving too fast.
“We need to give this process time,” he said. “It should not be rushed. It’s far more important that we do a good job.”
People eager for health care reform were present for the town hall gathering, but they appeared outnumbered by people wary about the proposals for change floated in recent weeks.
Boucher said that with five bills on the table between the Senate and the House of Representatives, it’s still too early for him to take a stance on any specific proposal.
“At the end, I think this measure needs to be bipartisan,” the congressman said, drawing another round of applause.
He did, however, express reservations about a government-provided health care insurance option and said he was intrigued by the recently broached idea of insurance co-ops as an alternative option to private insurance. [link]
You guys rock!
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The Roanoke Times puts the attendance at 1,200.
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Some commentary from someone who was there.
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Some video of the event.
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Think the people of Southwest Virginia aren't concerned? Check out the crowd.
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WDBJ7 has more video. And a fair assessment of the mood of "the mob."
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Read all the info provided above. You'll come to the same conclusion I did. Boucher danced. He said nothing. He straddled. What will he vote for? What will he vote against? Will he be there to vote?
What solutions does he bring to the debate?
We don't know.
This pretty much sums up that which Boucher brought to the meeting, as best I can tell: "Boucher unconvinced on 'government option' ." That's all well and good. But the people who came to hear him speak were probably wanting to know what he IS "convinced on."
A polished politician. I'll give him that.
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An interesting side story. I don't know the author so take it for what it's worth.
Photo courtesy of the Roanoke Times.