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An Independent’s town hall opinion

Posted: October 6, 2009 9:50 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Here is a review of the town hall meeting from a registered Independent:

n The crowd seemed more like 500-700. The majority of those attending (about 75 percent) were obviously McKeon supporters.

n As we were filing in, the woman in line behind me noticed the people dressed up as "Billionaires for health care" and said, "I don't think they are on our side."

n The Signal report ("Town hall meeting draws ire," Sept. 27) was correct in saying the meeting started out civilly. The reporter didn't mention that the attitude changed when Rep. McKeon started bashing Democrats. He riled up both sides of the argument.

n When individuals in the crowd started to ask questions, state their opinions or relate their health care horror stories, things turned uglier. From my viewpoint, two Democratic-leaning men were the first to shout out of turn. That opened the floodgates for the majority of the crowd to turn on anyone not sharing their opinion.

n The woman who spoke of her problems getting treatment here (in the Santa Clarita Valley) and the better care she received in the U.K. was booed by the majority of the crowd - the same people who claim "compassionate conservatism."

n When the veteran told his horror stories about treatment through the Veteran's Administration, Rep. McKeon neglected to mention how his party keeps denying funding for VA and vets returning home from serving their country. I, too, have experience with the VA - 35 years ago. Not much has changed as Congress is very quick to fund wars, but not so quick to fund taking care of the vets when they come back home.

n Rep. McKeon never tried to calm people down. When asked about specific bills or explaining where he gets his statistics he had no answers. Isn't it his job to know what he is voting on in Washington, D.C.? Shouldn't he be aware that the statistics he threw out came from a think-tank group run by an insurance company? Doesn't he have staff to help him wade through all the stuff that comes across his congressional representative desk? What is he representing? Seems like he is promoting the status quo instead of really doing the work for his constituents on this issue.

n The whole event left me very depressed. "I don't think they are on our side." We need to leave the you're-either-with-us-or-against-us entitled attitude behind and move into the 21st century with the rest of the world.

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