Arlen Specter Town Hall Meeting Turns Into Rant-Fest
Arlen Specter's town hall meeting over health care reform descended into a series of rants, as US citizens are still not on the same page regarding what healthcare reform actually entails.
Arlen Specter is holding a series of town hall meetings as he gears up for a reelection campaign.
The man was escorted out of the hall as the event was broadcast live on national television.
"Okay," Specter told the crowd. "We just had a demonstration of democracy."
"You have awakened a sleeping giant," said Katy Abram, 35, a stay-at-home mother from Lebanon. "I don't want this country turning into Russia, turning into a socialized country."
As an American, I remain perplexed over why people will fight so hard to keep the very HMO system that bankrupts them. The S-word seems to make otherwise-reasonable people more jittery than they have any need to be, and CEOs of healthcare management companies are laughing at us all the way to the bank. It shows that people are change-averse, even when change is to their direct benefit.
Yes, it's a complex issue, but squawking about "death panels" isn't really helping, is it? Town hall meetings are very important, but are only useful if people actually talk to each other. Taking turns yelling is not the same thing.
The US is in absolutely no danger of turning socialist. Seriously. But the shrieking continues, in large part to the wave of misinformation on the web and on TV, with some Americans even believing that the White House's plan involves forced euthanasia for the elderly. (It doesn't, by the way)
In introducing a Web site to defend the president’s proposals, White House officials were tacitly acknowledging a difficult reality: they are suddenly at risk of losing control of the public debate over a signature issue for Mr. Obama and are now playing defense in a way they have not since last year’s campaign.
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