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Townhall Outrage: Specter Slammed on Health Care

Rep. Doggett and Sen. Specter are finding out this recess may not be a quiet time for Congress.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) held a town hall meeting on Obamacare last Saturday in a store parking lot south of Austin. Mostly advertised in liberal publications, they expected a dog and pony show where Doggett could put forth the standard Democrat talking points denying their government run health care plan throws seniors under the bus and other claims.

Doggett was run out of his own town hall meeting by protesters, angry about his support for the government takeover of the health care industry.

Pat Wilson, a local friend of this humble correspondent, attended the town hall meeting.

“It was the single most exciting event I have witnessed,” Wilson told HUMAN EVENTS. “Doggett showed up, unprepared, attempted to put up straw men, couldn’t answer questions, hadn’t read the bill.  He got run out of the parking lot on a rail.”

Wilson said this was not an organized protest, yet approximately 200 protesters showed up for the town hall chanting, “Just say no!  Just vote no!”

“Strangely, the Austin American Statesman did not cover the story,” Wilson said.

Doggett is a liberal member of Congress from a very liberal district.  Hope and change appear to have worn a bit thin in Doggett’s district.

At a town hall meeting in Philadelphia, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were soundly booed and called out on their less than truthful talkers by protesters shouting, “That’s a lie!” and “You’re lying!” and “Read the bill!” and “Are you going to sign up for it?”

Around 1,000 people attended the raucous Philly town hall meeting.

Democrat Health Care Bill Passes Energy & Commerce Committee 31-28

The Blue Lapdog Democrats did their rollover and play dead act on Friday night as House Democrats passed their government takeover of health care bill out of the third and final committee of jurisdiction, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce.  

Blue Lapdog Democrat Reps. Bart Gordon (Tenn.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Mike Ross (Ark.), and Zack Space (Ohio) voted “yes” in favor of passing the health care government takeover bill out of committee. Remember those names. They voted the bill out of committee with no guarantees whatsoever that any of the so-called cuts in taxes or spending would be included in the final bill.  Their objections and so-called compromise were all show with no substance.

Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Jim Matheson (Utah), and Charlie Melancon (La.) — all Blue Dog Democrats — voted against the bill along with non-Blue Dog Democrats Rick Boucher (Va.) and Bart Stupak (Mich.).

No Republicans voted in favor of passing the bill out of committee.

Democrats Become the Pay Police

Democrats also passed H.R. 6269, the Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act; on Friday that gives federal regulators the power to determine compensation for employees of private enterprises. The roll call vote was near party line.

Right after the vote, Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) talked about the government overreach.

“It is a chilling thought that Members of Congress believe they and federal bureaucrats should have a direct role in how private companies compensate their workers,” Price said. “This gross intrusion of Washington into the private sector is yet one more example of the Democrats’ desire to take control over every facet of the economy. Democrats claim they don’t want to run private businesses, but their actions continue to show otherwise.

“If we are to see the economic revitalization we all seek, we must recommit ourselves to the principles that gave us our national prosperity,” Price concluded.  “Our economy has achieved success not through greater government interference and regulation but through competition and rewards.”

New Gitmo Report Documents Legislator Statements

The Center for Security Policy on Friday released a new and ongoing report that has and will continue to document where individual senators and House members stand and what they’re saying about the closure of the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as their stance on the disposition of the terrorists being detained there.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, talked at the event about Gitmo and this new report that will help constituents follow the public positions of their representatives.

“The President made an ill-advised and uniformed campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay,” Smith said.  “That campaign promise has turned into a reckless policy that endangers American lives. Throughout the campaign, President Obama claimed that Guantanamo Bay had become an ‘international image problem’ that needed to be fixed.  His solution was to close a facility that houses more than 200 of the world’s most dangerous terrorists.  

“As Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, I’ve been to Guantanamo Bay and I can tell you firsthand, Gitmo is not the problem,” Smith continued.  “Terrorists are and have always been the problem.  Gitmo was, and is still, the solution to the terrorist threat.”

“Releasing or transferring known terrorists endangers American lives,” Smith said.  “Members must put the best interests of their constituents above the demands of a President seeking to fulfill a campaign promise.  If they don’t, this report will help their constituents hold them accountable.”

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President & CEO of the Center for Security Policy, spoke at the report’s unveiling.

“As President Obama continues to pursue closure of Gitmo, in the process placing American national security and public safety at risk, the American people have the right to know exactly where their elected representatives stand on the question of whether the facility should be closed and its detainees transferred to local prison facilities or even resettled in communities across America,” Gaffney said.  “The August recess presents an opportunity for this report to be used to clarify legislators’ stances and, where necessary, to encourage elected representatives more faithfully to reflect the views of their constituents.”

You can find both the House and Senate reports and more information online here.

Boehner Fires First Shot

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House Minority Leader, fired the first salvo of the healthcare “Battle for August” with a new video aimed at the Democrats’ health care bill that throws senior citizens under the bus — among other things.

HUMAN EVENTS got an early first look at the ad this morning.  It centers on the President giving his now famous advice for grandma to take a pain pill instead of having life-saving pacemaker surgery. 

“Like the old joke goes, President Obama isn’t a doctor, but he plays one on TV — giving Americans a discomforting glimpse of life under ObamaCare, with government leaders and bureaucrats dispensing medical opinions that are better left to doctors, medical professionals, and patients,” Boehner said.  “This is a lighthearted video, but it underscores a serious point that Congressional Democrats are going to hear throughout August as they travel outside of Washington: Americans want lower health care costs – not a trillion-dollar government takeover of health care that increases costs and lets Washington bureaucrats make decisions that should be made by doctors and patients.”

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