During the times of tall sailing ships and pirates, a punishment was used that basically drug the offender under the length of the ship. This practice was known as keel-hauling and I believe that Democrats may prefer this to what they are experiencing today – town-halling.
During the push to pass health care reform in 2009, Democrats held town halls. Those against the health care reform were angry and outspoken. These town-hallings became so prevalent that Democrats cancelled their town halls and settled only for tightly-controlled situations. Roll forward to now…
Today, Nancy Pelosi was speaking at one of those tightly-controlled speeches in an attempt to sell the health care reform message. First, selling the reform to people who supposedly support it seems odd. Then again, the crowd, attendees of a progressive conference, started yelling, “”Our homes, not nursing homes!” just as Pelosi started to speak. What happened? Nancy got town-halled .. by progressives.
Will their now be another heart-felt speech about Harvey Milk and how scared she is? Will their be concern over the rhetoric from the likes of Chris Mathews or Obama and how they might be leading progressives to violence? Will there be a call for calm from the radicals of the left? Of course not.
Now apparently, Nancy didn’t get the memo. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) cancelled his health care reform-selling town hall back in March due to concern for his security. Others were refraining from scheduling them at all and blamed it on Republicans for creating a feeding frenzy among tea party protesters. Has the GOP now started activating it’s secret network of MoveOn.org agents?
No, this is what happens as Americans finally see what’s in the bill after it’s passed – and they’re angry. Citizens from all over the political spectrum are now realizing that they had been lied to. Not just mislead, but outright lied to.
Under the provision, insurance companies will no longer be able to apply broad annual caps on the amount of money they pay out on health policies. Employer groups say the ban could essentially wipe out a niche insurance market that many part-time workers and retail and restaurant employees have come to rely on.
I worked as a bus boy, waiter, bartender, shelf-stocker and there is no way I could have afforded the full-fledged plans that the government is now requiring. Isn’t this the group Obama promised the reform would help? Now their employers will only be allowed to offer too-expensive government-approved plans. When they cannot afford it.. well, short term.. it’s just tough luck. In 2014 (only 3.5 short years away), they’ll be able to get government assistance to help them pay for a plan off of the state-run exchanges that they will still probably not be able to afford. Obamacare will relieve these working Americans of the health plans – you know, the ones they could keep if they liked them?
The leader of the progressive left, President Obama, even attempted a town hall today. To keep his audience calm he could have just given the commencement speech he used to lull a student to sleep, but he chose to just pay them off – $250.00. Obama centered the rally around the $250.00 Medicare rebates that many seniors will be receiving soon. Obama used fear tactics, calling the GOP’s repeal movement and attempt to, “roll back” rebates and benefits. The imagery is amazing – Obama gives you a check for $250.00 and tells you that the GOP will take it back from you if you let them. Which side is using harmful rhetoric?
The President didn’t stop with the promise of extra cash from the public treasury. He went on to re-promise what we already know is not true.
“What you need to know is that the guaranteed Medicare benefits that you’ve earned will not change,” he said. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
As I posted, some Doctors are already ceasing to accept new Medicare patients and others are dropping Medicare patients they currently serve – due to the new legislation. Is Obama assuming that anyone that loses their doctor due to these changes must not have liked them anyway?
Of course the speech-giver-in-chief continued to talk about the doc-fix that is intended to fix the concerns of those Medicare patients, temporarily, but he failed to mention that it comes at a cost that will make his plan actually increase the deficit – one broken promise at a time please.
Town-hallings will only be less-prevalent if Democrats stay out of the public light. Now that Americans are seeing what so many tried to warn them about before the health care reform was passed, they are mad.. and they aren’t going to take it anymore.