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October 19, 2009 08:33 PM UTC

The Congressional Delegation Town Hall meeting

  • by: Ray Springfield

The Congressional Delegation Town Hall meeting went very well. Though slightly raucous, the Democrats clearly indicated that the status quo is not acceptable, that coverage, containing costs i.e. payiig for health care reform without increasing the deficit, and providing more competition detail the core of the bill that they wish to get out of the conference committee and have on the President’s desk by the years’ end.

Sen.Bennet and Rep. Perlmutter impressed me with passion, as did Rep. Polis’ clear wit and enthusiasm. . Rep. Degette cleary demonstrated that she is part of the House leadership. Her grasps of detail several times calmed the crowd. One man was escorted out for shouting over and over Medicare-for-All, but Rep Degette did try and respond to him. Sen Udall showed good form in dealing smoothly with the most unruly part of the forum regarding hecklers. It’s clear that tort reform needs addressing to stop doctors from having to practice defensive medicine. The 9 news moderator maintained good professionalisml.

Rep. Coffman did his best to try and indicate his reasons for opposing covering 47 million Americans without insurance. In my mind he failed. His next Democratic opponent, John Flerlage, received several donations from folks after listening to Rep. Coffman’s Republican talkng points.


6 thoughts on “The Congressional Delegation Town Hall meeting

  1. I would have no resistance to meaningful tort reform – but it doesn’t significantly lower health insurance premiums. At least it hasn’t in the states that have done what the national R’s claim they want.

    Likewise, I have no real resistance to more open competition, i.e., allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines. Of course, that should come with either the removal of the anti-trust exemption the industry currently enjoys and caution to not unduly step on state regulators.

      1. the instructor asked us “if you could wave a magic wand and get Congress to pass anything, what would it be?” and some douche said “tort reform” and the dumb side of class grunted “ooh that’s a good one”.

        What the hell? Tort reform? YEAH! If I could pass anything, it would be TORT REFORM cos I’m a Christian and I think Jesus would pay out $600,000 in damages for 50 people injured in a bus accident. TOTALLY.

  2. ..when Coffman spoke, it was like all the oxygen left the room?  Udall, Bennet, Perlmutter and Polis’s energy built on one another and they seemed enthusiastic about the public option.  All Coffman could do was be the “doom and gloom” in the room to make them shine.

    I almost lost it when he said the government never does anything right. Yikes. Wait a minute — wasn’t he a Lt. Col. in the military? Is he saying as an employee of the government, he never did anything right?  Wow.

    We must get Coffman out of office before he hurts himself thinking too hard about how CD6 used to be a safe seat. After all, Arapahoe County did go blue, and Douglas County does attract a lot of people from both coasts, and the progressives did get 800 or so people out to his town hall in Highlands Ranch, and his latest opponent, John Flerlage does have military credentials at least as good as his. Now Coffman  actually has to go to pesky events like health care town halls to make his constituents think he knows how to read.

    And don’t even get me started about his whine that the Democrats don’t believe in transparency!  Where was the cry for transparency when he was throwing out thousands of our voter registrations last year?

    1. is when you see electeds saying “government is inefficient” or candidates running on “we need smaller government”. Credulous cretins vote, to say the least

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