Here in St. Louis University City School District canceled Sen. Claire McCaskill’s healthcare forum after a congressman’s forum on aging ended in fights and arrests. Here in this video clip from Harold Ford Jr.’s old district in Tennessee they had the bomb squad out and someone was escorted off the premises with a gun. Can you say U-G-L-Y? You ain’t got no albi. It’s getting ugly. Yeah, ugly.
Of course, it’s all poops and grins until someone gets hurt (or arrested).
The district is Harold Ford Jr.’s old district. It has a 23% Democratic advantage. It is the only majority black district in Tennessee (59%), yet the meeting was stuffed with non-black conservatives.
It’s like the whole thing is a phony joke, or something.
Willis called it an “Astroturf” Townhall.
I get that some people don’t like the idea of spooky “socialized” medicine. What I don’t get is how these oldsters can say that when most of them are on Medicare. It’s like my Great Uncle Bubba who said he’s against healthcare reform while he was on his way to catch a bus to the Veteran’s hospital where he receives free medical treatment from the government. There seems to be a huge disconnect here. Or the talk that a buerocrat will dictate your care. You already have buerocrats with your HMOs and PPOs doing that, sitting in a room deciding what they will cover and what they won’t. It’s hasn’t been up to your doctor for years now. It’s some bean counter. The whole healthcare debate just makes my head hurt (which is why I don’t write much about it), due to the high number of nonsensical arguments.
If you’re going to have a debate, have a civilized one based in Reality Land where healthcare is a hot mess. Have arguments that acknowledge that the government already does run healthcare programs (from Medicare to the veteran’s system) and argue the merits and demerits of those in comparisson to how the healthcare industry is run now. You know? Start making sense. Stop bringing guns to a Townhall and such. Be a part of the Democratic process, not just a hooligan in hinderance to it.