Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Chairman Emeritus of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is one of the driving forces behind the Democrat attempt to nationalize health care. He was confronted at a town hall meeting last week by constituent Mike Sola who brought his adult son Scott to the meeting with him. Scott suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Sola said he was there to confront Dingell with information that the bill passed by his committee bars his son from coverage. When Dingell made a vague reference to having passed an amendment in committee that would address the cerebral palsy issue specifically, the crowd erupted in shouts and boos. Sola and his wheelchair-bound son were physically ejected from the town hall meeting by police.
In an appearance on Fox News yesterday, Sola told of “Obama thugs” visiting his house in the middle of the night after the town hall confrontation aired on national television.
White House Spokesman throws Pelosi and Hoyer Under the Bus
While the President has been demanding those who oppose his government-run health care plan sit down and shut up, White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton yesterday slammed the brakes on Obama’s aggressive White House tone when asked about Pelosi and Hoyer calling those opposing Obamacare at town hall meetings “un-American.” (Isn’t the President supposed to look, well, Presidential with a restrained tone while surrogates do the dirty work?)
“I think there’s actually a pretty long tradition of people shouting at politicians in America,” Burton said. “The President thinks that if people want to come and have a spirited debate about health care, a real vigorous conversation about it, that’s a part of the American tradition and he encourages that, because people do have questions and concerns.”
Of course, Burton also said today’s New Hampshire Presidential town hall staged to camouflage his attempted government takeover of health care doesn’t have a hand-picked audience.
“The White House controlled the distribution of the free tickets to get into the gym at Portsmouth High School. And the Secret Service will take care of any unruliness,” the Boston Globe reported yesterday.
Behind the Scenes with Leftist Town Hall Organizers in Tampa
As HUMAN EVENTS reported last week, at a Tampa, Fla., town hall meeting, union thugs and Democrat officials physically assaulted attendees who oppose government-run healthcare. Unlike they claimed in media reports, behind the scenes footage of organizers has surfaced showing the attempts by these organizations to stack the deck in favor of Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) to make it appear she actually has vast backing for her support of the government takeover of health care.
Boehner: Pelosi and Hoyer Silence Views
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House Republican leader, came out swinging over the “un-American” label applied to Obamacare dissenters yesterday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
“For months, House Democratic leaders have worked to silence any opposing views in this health care debate, both here in Washington and around the country where millions of Americans are struggling in this economy,” Boehner said. “Every poll taken in the last month shows that a majority of Americans are concerned about, if not outright opposed to, the Democrats’ plan because of the cost and consequences it would mean for their own health care. Each public forum should give every participant the opportunity to express their views, but to label Americans who are expressing vocal opposition to the Democrats’ plan ‘un-American’ is outrageous and reprehensible.”
“The American people deserve answers to basic questions about whether the Democrats’ plan will increase health care costs, add to the deficit, increase taxes on middle-class families and small businesses, put government between doctors and patients, force anyone to lose their current health coverage, kill jobs, promote taxpayer-funded abortion, or cut Medicare,” Boehner continued. “The fact is Democrats have not been able to address the very real concerns the American people have.”
“It’s time for Democrats to start listening,” Boehner concluded. “When we return to Washington in September, Democrats should scrap their costly plan and finally work on bipartisan reforms that give Americans what they are seeking: better access to affordable care.”
Solid Majority Opposes Single-Payer Health Care
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey out yesterday found that 57 percent of American voters nationwide oppose a single-payer health care system. 32 percent are in favor.
It’s no wonder the White House twists itself into a pretzel every time folks point to the video that includes Obama telling both a union audience in 2003 that he was in favor of the single-payer system as well as a 2007 appearance where he says it will take anywhere between 10 and 20 years to phase out private insurance with his health care plans.
The Rasmussen survey also found that fifty-two percent of the American voting public has figured out that such a system would lead to a lower quality of health care. Only 13 percent believe care would improve. Twenty-seven percent think that the quality of care would remain about the same.
A full forty-five percent said a single-payer system would cause health care costs to increase while 24 percent actually believe a single payer system for the first time in history would lower costs. Nineteen percent believe health care prices would remain the same.
Sixty-two percent of Democrats favor a single-payer system, but 87% of Republicans are opposed. Most importantly to any Democrat trying to get re-elected especially in a red state, American voters unaffiliated with either major party oppose single-payer 63-22 percent.
As an interesting aside, an earlier August 5th Rasmussen survey found that 54 percent of American voters said tax cuts for the middle class are more important than healthcare reform or new government spending on health care. 34 percent said new spending for health care is more important. 12 percent aren’t sure.