Congressman Alan Grayson wanted to make sure his constituents were able to discuss their concerns with him about HR 3200, which is the House’s version of healthcare reform. So he held his meeting at 7:45 pm ET to ensure that the elderly who are the most concerned over ObamaCare would be able to attend. He also made sure to hold the event in a large venue which offered 125 seats and limited parking. And to make sure that the opposition was equally represented, a Democrat Executive Meeting was held at the same venue right before the townhall ensuring that there was no room for anyone else when the townhall started. Keep in mind also that the venue is a union hall and Grayson is heavily funded, as are all Democrats, by the unions.
That did not keep us away. We gathered by the hundreds outside with signs and chants. Police cars blocking the streets made it difficult to get near the event and parking was scarce, but we are Americans and we are resilient. We do not go down without a fight.
Inside the event, Grayson spoke glowingly of HR 3200 and claimed that “$80 billion in savings” that the government plan would create, would help offset any new costs. Hmm…$80 billion towards $1.6 trillion? Grayson told the crowd of supporters that pharmaceutical companies are agreeing to reduce drug prices only for drugs purchased by federal programs. As pharmaceutical companies and the AMA continue to support ObamaCare, I find myself wondering what exactly the government has promised them. Both groups work for a profit – the AMA represents doctors. They could not support this program without some kind of kick-back meaning that there would be no cost savings in the long run.
Several people brought up the issues of tort reform and Medicare fraud and Grayson hushed them declaring that they were good points “but that’s not this bill.” Exactly the point you blowhard! They need to be a part of something that is advertised as healthcare reform. Thus proving that this really is not about reform, but power.