Thursday, August 27, 2009

Health Care Townhalling

Writer X has an interesting write up today over at her place of a telephone townhall meeting held by her representative last night. Here's the link.

17 comments:

StanH said...

But WriterX you can't scream at them... :(

Writer X said...

LOL. Stan, some of the questions did make me scream, but no one heard the screams but me. That's probably a good thing.

AndrewPrice said...

Ok, somebody's got to say it: "on a telephone townhall. . . no one can hear you scream."

Writer X said...

Okay, Andrew. I just snorted my coffee.

AndrewPrice said...

Writer X, I just read an article about the tough crowd your goof-ball Senator got at his own townhall last night.

It's strange that I don't hear about other "conservatives" running into trouble at their town halls. I wonder why people might be concerned about Senator McCain? Nothing comes to mind. . . cough cough RINO cough cough.

Writer X said...

Oy. What'd the Maverick say now? I haven't read about it yet. I can only imagine.

AndrewPrice said...

That article doesn't go into much detail except he had some woman thrown out and he faced a lot of angry people.

I suspect it's statements like this that bothered people:

After McCain opened it up to questioning, one man angrily pointed at him and asked the senator why he deserves a better health care plan than him.

"I'm trying to get it for you," McCain told him. "We'll do it for you. We'll make it affordable and available to you."



Personally, I'd rather he just kept his hands off the system as compared to whatever he's got in mind to "get it for us."

Here's the link: McCain speaks with angry crowd

Writer X said...

Andrew, Thanks for the link. When he starts to get sarcastic and use that "my friends" crap, he starts to become unhinged. My guess is that he's trying to position himself as that savior Republican who can bridge the gap with Democrats. All he'll end up doing is giving up more to get nothing.

LawHawkSF said...

WriterX: Every time he says "my friends," I cringe. I'm glad to know I'm not alone in finding that very annoying. I'm guessing that if he tries the "great peacemaker" stuff with health care and immigration, he'll be finished in Arizona. Well, he can always move to Massachusetts. They'll be looking for an old Senator next election.

Writer X said...

LawHawk, you are NOT alone on the "my friends" cringe response. Frankly, I'm surprised none of his handlers have advised him to cut that out. Not only is it annoying, but I find it very condescending. It never sounds genuine.

AndrewPrice said...

I agree. I also cringe when I hear "my friends." That sounds like old-school, phony ingratiating, salesman talk.

Tennessee Jed said...

Writer X - thanks for sharing your local "townhall" meeting. I just find it ironic I have been a registered voter for over 40 years and have never heard the term used as much as this year.

Writer X said...

Jed, it was my first Townhall. Personally, I love how Andrew calls it Townhalling. Sounds like pub crawling, doesn't it? Except without the beer, unfortunately.

LawHawkSF said...

I've logged in nearly twenty years of being threatened with expulsion from San Francisco Board of Supervisors meetings, and another five being on the receiving end as a County Planning Commissioner (not here), I've got this thing down pat. Now if His Nibs will just come to a town hall meeting in Sodom by the Bay at a time I'm available, I'm a lean, mean, protesting machine.

MegaTroll said...

Writer X, It sounds interesting, but I agree with Stan that I want my rep to see me when I have something to say. Kudos for participating.

AndrewPrice said...

Writer X, :-) I kind of like "townhalling" myself.

Lawhawk, you did a little more than just attend a town hall, if I recall correctly. How long were you in the hospital?

LawHawkSF said...

Andrew: I was a lot younger and a lot stronger back in my civil rights protest days. And my leg surgery was taken care of within a couple of days, and the hospital stay was about two weeks (I think). It was those damned crutches, walkers and wheelchairs that drove me nuts. I finally started walking without the crutches when I got home, and scared my local doctor half to death. Not so sure I'd be that nimble these days. More like "I've fallen, and I can't get up."

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