Tonight, many of us opposed to the so-called health care "reform" scheme went to hear my congressman, Adam Schiff, at his town hall meeting.
And, not surprisingly, it was really a stacked deck.
But, to Congressman Schiff's credit, he changed the venue so that everyone who showed up was able to be heard. It moved from a 300 seat room in the library to the front of the Alhambra City Hall. And, there were at least 2,000 people that showed up. And without a doubt, the majority of the crowd were opponents of the so-called health care "reform".
And Congressman Schiff did answer some of the questions that I posed in an earlier post.
How do you plan to pay for this without raising taxes on the middle class?
The usual canard was the standard answer. Tax the wealthiest one percent of Americans. Of course what no one is told is that it will not be enough money to pay for the so-called health care "reform".
Can you assure any one that is on a private health insurance plan through their employer that they will be able to keep it?
Like President Obama, Congressman Schiff said but of course none of that would change. And what he left out of that answer is that employers will compare the cost of what they offer and the "public option" and stop offering health coverage and that employee would be dumped into the "public option", which is Orwellian speak for single-payer, government run health care.
Well, two out of six is not too bad in congressmanland.
But it was the panel of so-called "experts" that was annoying as anything.
Led by "moderator" Dr. Bruce Hensel, a local television doc and advocate of nationalizing health care, four other "experts" were proponents of single-payer, government run health care. There was not one that had a differing point of view. Fine, it is Congressman Schiff's town hall. But don't patronize those of us that showed up into thinking that there would be an open and honest debate on this most critical issue.
And, Congressman Schiff asked who wanted change, and the supporters that were outnumbered cheered, but not overly enthusiastically. When he asked who opposed, there was a sustained amount of booing and chanting against the so-called health care "reform".
I will leave you with that and report more tomorrow.
BTW, if you were there, please give your impressions.