Health Care Forum with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

04 Sep 2009 12:27 am
Posted by: Krista

I’m in Casa Grande, ready to go to the health care forum at Central Arizona College tomorrow. I kind of feel obligated since it’s only a mile from my house :) I’ll be tweeting about it, so make sure you stay tuned.

Where: Central Arizona College
When: Friday, September 4 from 1 to 2:30pm, but I’ll start tweeting earlier if there’s anything worth reporting

Do you think the republican party will bus people in to disrupt this one? Why they don’t want us to have health care is beyond me. I just want to make sure my voice doesn’t get drowned out by the nut jobs. I want affordable health care.


  1. Comment by Eli_Blake on September 4, 2009 8:25 am

    I went to her forum last night in Holbrook.

    After the disaster when she tried to set up a table at Safeway in Holbrook a few weeks ago (I was at that one too, I’m sure you’ve heard all about it) she made sure that the forum was set up to minimize disruptions.

    The forum was in a panel format with questions submitted on notecards by the audience. They may do that again, and you can submit more than one, so avail yourself of the opportunity. *

    The former sheriff of our county who moderated the forum didn’t take any guff, at one point early on someone yelled something out and he made it clear that if there were any more ‘outbursts’ then the person(s) responsible would be escorted out. After that there was some low level grumbling but the disrupters were not able to get anything going.

    Ann’s a smart congresswoman and I know she has some smart people working for her so I think after the earlier episode she made very, very sure that the set up was conducive to a real and free flowing discussion without the ability to disrupt.

    One thing– there were not any signs of banners allowed. Since I wore my Obama t-shirt I in effect had the only ‘sign’ in the room that made it clear which side of the debate I was on. So if you have a t-shirt that indicates in some way which side of the issue you are on then by all means, wear it and encourage any of your friends to do the same. And get there early, we had five of us (including one of my 13 year olds) sitting in the middle of the front row, I think the Birchers who wanted to show up and glare at her were a little annoyed they had to take the second row while we cheered during the good points and didn’t during the bad ones right in front of her.

    *– I had a unique question which the person asking questions did not get to. You’re welcome to ask it if you want to, maybe if they get it twice they may consider it as a new angle on health care:

    “Uninsured people are less likely to seek treatment, facilitating the spread of contagious diseases.

    With the return of swine flu and the fact that al-Qaeda and other terrorists are known to be interested in obtaining and using biological weapons, shouldn’t the fact that tens of millions of Americans are uninsured and can’t afford medical care be considered a national security concern that endangers everyone?”

    As far as I know I’m the only person who’s ever asked that question but I believe it’s worth moving forward as another angle on the health care debate.

  2. Comment by Michael on September 8, 2009 2:04 am

    Why is it so abhorrent to democrats that Republican concerns be heard? Why no comment on how Obama supporters are being given professional signs and instructions to drown out those who oppose socialized medicine? Why are we nutjobs because we oppose this? What about the left-wing protestors who protested under Bush with lots and lots of violence? I’m tired of the hypocrisy from the left.

  3. Comment by Donna on September 8, 2009 11:29 am

    Michael, I’m doing a whole post just to respond to you.

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