August 13th, 2009
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Health care town halls will press on, could get heated

People protest President Obama's health care plan Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Panora, Iowa.
People protest President Obama's health care plan Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Panora, Iowa.

(CNN) – Town hall meetings are continuing Thursday, and more members of Congress will undoubtedly face an onslaught of tough questions - and maybe even some anger - about health care reform plans.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, will have three town hall meetings Thursday. Coburn, one of two doctors in the Senate, is against the current draft legislation in the House.

And to the north, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will also hold a series of meetings throughout the state. Grassley is one of six members of the Senate Finance Committee, which is made up of three Democrats and three Republicans.

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Arkansas, will have a town hall meeting later Thursday in his home state. The member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats has been a vocal critic of leadership in the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Also Thursday, Rep. Steve Rothman, D-New Jersey, will have a health care town hall meeting in Secaucus; Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, will have town halls in McPherson and Cottonwood; Rep. Thomas Petri, R-Wisconsin, will hold two town hall meetings in Oakfield; and Rep. David Wu, D-Oregon, will have a meeting in Seaside.

On Wednesday, Grassley got an earful from his constituents after holding four town meetings, welcoming what he called much larger crowds than such gatherings usually attract.

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  1. Akin

    The rich people in United State are closing their eyes to the poor by opposing the health care reform. Once compassionate conservative (Republican) are now compassionless. Obama is the lonely voice of the helpless who otherwise will have no voice. The poor people are helpless and some are very sick. Obama is the hope, the audacity of hope to put smile on the face of the poor sick people, the lonely voice in wilderness shouting that United State of America still cares!!!

    August 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Del Spiva

    It's amazing how easily the Boss Limbaughs and the Fox News types are able to sway the opinion wrongly of the very folk that need health care reform the most.

    August 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Gene

    I wonder if there's a correlation between people who are pro-life and those who don't want a government option. These people seem to have a hard time allowing people to have a choice.

    August 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Jim From The OC

    We have to remember – this drama is all about power and control for the likes of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. It has nothing to do with improving a healthcare system that even with it's flaws is presently regarded as the best in the world!

    August 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Fed Up

    Good – They should hear how the MAJORITY of Americans feel about their healthcare proposal! Obama wanted it rushed through before anyone had a chance to know what was really in it, just like his failed pork filled stimulus plan.

    August 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. bozo the obama

    the leftist will not be caught by surprize this time...the union goons will be out in full force and hundreds of acorn buses are on the roll..deperate times need desperate solutions.

    August 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Kris

    This is odd. When I visit other sites, I get a different story. Which one am I to believe? I guess, if I read the bill, I could then say which site is telling the truth.........na – I'll just blindly believe this site. CNN – did you hear Obama's approval rating is now at 47% (to 50% pending on which one you look at). Can you look into that and let us know th estory.......How can this be, his ratings dropping if everyone (or the majority) believes what he is saying is true. Must be something there.......

    August 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. jjh

    The only way health care can be reformed in the USA is to realize that Americans do not want government involved and that the goal is to maximize profit for the agencies involved in health care and especially for the insurance companies (read this week's Business Week) . Because the baby boomers are getting old enough to require more-and-more medical care, the problem will become worse and worse. In the end, the system will collapse of its own weight. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

    August 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. GOP Scare Tactics are Disgusting

    Attending a town hall to listen, wait your turn like everybody else, and ask your question is fine. Attending a town hall to yell, scream and be disruptive so that nobody else can ask questions or hear the speaker is childish, selfish and rude. I don't care how angry you are, it does not give you the right to disrupt a meeting for everybody else. Act like adults please.

    August 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. ret.ssg rodgers d.a

    why is it that todays pres.gets the blame trying to get this country back together and the frm pres.gets away with loosing the funds that were in excesswhen he took over office.lets quit crying and lets work with each other.because a house devided will far.and as a soldier forever i will not let that happen.lets make it happen

    August 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. MCD, SF, CA

    Some of the lies are so blantant... it is hard to believe that people really believe them. However, Grassley, A Senator, when ahead and lied about "Death Panels" at his ralley. It is hard to imagine a well-respected senior politician standing up and telling what he knows to be untruths.

    Another woman at another ralley... when asked what scared her about the health care reform said... "I'm scared of Obama".

    I can only think that it is time for President Obama to stop trying to please everybody.... the majority of Americans not only want this reform, they want single-payor health care. He should just push it through, otherwise, we are going to end of with a healthcare plan that is worthless.

    August 13, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Right Leaning Independent

    People are fed up with the spending going on in Washington and this healthcare debate is the straw breaking the camels back!! The anger Americans are feeling is boiling over to these town hall meetings where they can tell their congressmen and woman face to face what they think about the job they are doing!!!!

    August 13, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. DEB

    Why is it that California isn't holding town hall meetings ?
    Do only the RATpublican states have a say on Heath Care Reform ?
    Oh that's right, we know who really run's this country the RATpublicans who take from the poor and give to the rich! more of Bushcroni-ism, !
    hey Ratpublicans take note: Poor people who work for a living pay more in taxes AND ARE THE TRUE AMERICANS WHO SUPPORT THIS NATION BECAUSE WE PAY TAXES! WE DON'T LOOK FOR LOOPHOLES TO GET OUT OF PAYING THEM! Hard working americans have been getting the shaft since Bush started ROBBIN THE HOOD and cut taxes for the rich!

    August 13, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. yuri

    These bunch of brouhahas brokered by some brutish blokes from the GOP do not make much sense. They just oppose any reform in health care w/o offerin' viable and acceptable alternatives. Big banners, name callings, and trash talkin' temporamental guys, toting guns, are quite unsettlin' to say the least.

    This does not bode well and wil only encourage a surge in home-grown militias, targettin' soft and hard objects alike, just to vent their great dudgeon.

    August 13, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Marilyn Caudell

    I read from one Obama-supporting comment today that it doesn't matter how much debt we incur because we will all die with debt anyway. Is this the democrat way of life or what? Can somebody tell me what's wrong with dying free and clear of debt?

    August 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    There should be an exemption for the taxpayers paying for illnesses from poor social behavior medical problems. Why should taxpayers pay for smoking problems, sexually transmitted diseases, drug related health problems, alcohol related problems. and poor life style choices such as over eating and lack of exercise. I may be pro-choice but no fedrally funded aborions and no free medical for illegal immigrants with the law stating so not just implied so the liberals have a chance to sneak it in and raise the cost more. Instead of emergency rooms being used as doctors offices by the uninsured the hospitals should have a clinic open 24 hours a day with PA's and Nurse Practicianers with access to ER doctors for serious cases and charge a small fee so they are not abused. Also the Administration and the Congress needs to balance the budget instead of all this excessive spending for entitlements and pet projects. Constitutionally the Federal Government is responsible for a strong Defense and Common Monetary System.

    August 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. vic nashville , Tn

    I think the protesters they don’t watch CNN

    Every day Lou Dobbs comparing our health care with other countries

    Last night in Larry King I learn many people going India to do the heart surgery today my friend told me his father in Low went India 2004 to do the heart surgery

    Other friend told me when his wife was pregnant they try to buy health insurance but they were denied then they end up getting Government program

    If insurance company denied that is not death panel !!!!!!!!!!!!
    but Obama health care is death panel

    Give me break

    August 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Abdur, New York

    finally, republicans, seems, have likely realized what shouting and disruption in democrat's town hall on health care reform might eventually bring for them, and so they retuned their protest and started counter town halls. it is a good sign. let both side face the people squarely, and let the people decide future course of action. vandalism in other's meetings in the name of protest or opposition by a few planted and clandestinly orchestrated people lead us only to the path of the demise of our democracy.
    republicans or so-called shouters should further keep in mind that town halls are not necessay not only for the democrats. they too need it very much, and in no way this avenue of ventilation should be jeoparadized.

    August 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Idiot_Pelosi

    Funny,
    Obama doesn't want to talk about BALANCING THE BUDGET.

    This lying con-artist knows he is going to have to raise taxes significantly, and he is just waiting to the end to drop this bomb.

    If Bush was bad with his deficit (which he was), does that mean OBAMA is 3 times worse than Bush. The MATH doesn't lie.

    Obama, you stink. You are a "legend in your own mind." You are arrogant for no apparent reason.

    August 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. S Callahan

    The rubber band streches beyond these meetings.....has ANYONE noticed that local and state governments in pretty much every state are targeting/ pursading/forcing the elderly (aged?) and disabled to leave the work force....get the research going....it's amazing the numbers....makes one suspicious of the 'bigger' plan. Very odd.

    August 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The Taliban will be there with lies, fear and hate. Supreme Mullah Rush along with Ayatollah's Hannity....Beck....O'Reilly...and the rest of the Taliban hate panel have told them to show up and disrupt free speech......

    August 13, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Pam

    I wonder if the woman in the picture holding the "balance the budget" sign had those same words for George W. Bush.

    August 13, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. donttreadonme

    The libs and their partners in the media have tried to make the opposition to this plan appear to be a paid organized “mob” of people. They will go to all lengths to end any counter proposals or descent.

    This kind of left-wing oppression is largely responsible for them losing ground in the polls.

    August 13, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Chipster

    "Balance the Budget?" Seriously, where were these people for the past 8 years of borrow and spend, borrow and spend – no bid contracts – ban Medicare from negotiating lower prices with pharmaceuticals....?

    Did the word "deficit" ever pass their lips while the national debt was being doubled? We need to try something to get out of the hole we're in so either offer a serious option or get out of the way.

    "No" is not any sort of alternative and health care costs are killing us!

    August 13, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Predicta

    according to democrat Claire Mccaskill, the people speaking up at these town halls are her constituents and not being sent by any outside interests. Other democrats experiencing similar town hall shouting matches, are also eluding to actual anger from constituents over these heath care reform bills.

    August 13, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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