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    Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care : Local Politics : Memphis Commercial Appeal

    Cohen invited area physicians to share their opinions on health care reform.

    Dr. Neal Beckford was roundly booed when he said 50 million people were without health insurance.

    However, he pointed out that as a society Americans need to decide what they want.

    "And when we've decided what we want and how much it cost, we then need collectively to decide what we are willing to pay," he said.

    Cardiologist Dr. James Klemis believes that ethically the poor must be taken care of. But this bill is being rushed and is too similar to Canada's and Britain's socialized medicine, he said.

    "The problem is, government can't be the solution. It's got to be within the community," Klemis said.

    Dr. Laura Bishop shared her disdain for insurance companies but is no fan of Washington's plan.

    "Government getting involved in deciding what health care you are receiving is not the way to go," Bishop said.
    GovernmentCare is unpopular medicine. GovernmentCare is bad medicine.

    It will take more than a teaspoon of sugar for this medicine to go down.

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    Re: Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care : Local Politics : Memphis Commercial Appeal


    GovernmentCare is unpopular medicine. GovernmentCare is bad medicine.

    It will take more than a teaspoon of sugar for this medicine to go down.
    Yes, because 3 doctors argue against it, it must be bad.

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    Re: Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care : Local Politics : Memphis Commercial Appeal


    GovernmentCare is unpopular medicine. GovernmentCare is bad medicine.

    It will take more than a teaspoon of sugar for this medicine to go down.
    How do your talking points relate to the article?

    Make an effort Celtic.


    It seems like a variety of opinions and agendas were represented at this particular Town Hall and despite the attempt to disrupt the meeting, the Dr. was rattled and was able to get the audience about some of the issues.

    Most people who I encounter getting real vocal about health care reform, have no clue what they're talking about. When you want to ship a package you have a choice. Fedex, UPS, or, the evil government sponsored Post office. The USPS keeps the private carriers honest with regard to pricing.

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    Re: Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    How do your talking points relate to the article?

    Make an effort Celtic.
    He is making an effort. He is trying to create as many threads complaining about Obama and democrats as possible to try and create the impression that people are more against both than they actually are. That takes effort, and he is sacrificing any credibility he had to do it.

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    Re: Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    He is making an effort. He is trying to create as many threads complaining about Obama and democrats as possible to try and create the impression that people are more against both than they actually are. That takes effort, and he is sacrificing any credibility he had to do it.
    According to every poll I've seen, the majority of Americans are against the government taking over and running the health care industry. Most agree that health care needs to be reformed, but a government take over is not the answer.

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    Re: Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Yes, because 3 doctors argue against it, it must be bad.
    Sounds like more than just three people were against it.

    From the article:
    Most people in the crowd of close to 500 were in loud opposition, although Cohen supporters held their own, waving signs that read "Health Care Now."
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    The nearly all-white audience was not a snapshot of the mostly African-American 9th District that Cohen represents.
    It looks like astroturfing town hall meetings is the new political tactic of choice. Given the organizational capabilities of modern technology, its amazing that it took this long for someone to catch on. The democrats seem to be a step behind, but I suspect they will be adopting the same maneuvers soon enough.

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    Re: Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    The nearly all-white audience was not a snapshot of the mostly African-American 9th District that Cohen represents.
    Race just had to be brought into it at some point.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Race just had to be brought into it at some point.
    That was not bringing race into it, it was showing that the people at the meeting where not representative of the district. It would be like saying "President Obama is black" is bringing race into a topic. It's not using race, it's pointing out an unarguable fact.

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    Re: Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    That was not bringing race into it, it was showing that the people at the meeting where not representative of the district. It would be like saying "President Obama is black" is bringing race into a topic. It's not using race, it's pointing out an unarguable fact.
    If they were constituents, then they were representitive of the people of the district that oppose the medical entitlement program. Just because the district is mostly black, doesn't mean the white folks have to sit back and shut up. Believe it, or not, they have a right to speak out. This is America, for the time being, anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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