Jun 09, 2011
More Backlash at Town Hall Meetings
House Republicans faced another round of constituent outrage back home this week over their vote to end Medicare, rather than end taxpayer giveaways for Big Oil or tax breaks for millionaires. House Republicans faced this intense outrage from constituents ever since they took the vote.
Take a look at the latest.
Congressman Duffy meets protests [Superior Telegram]
“Rep. Sean Duffy, the freshman Republican from Ashland representing Wisconsin’s 7th District, was met with protests during a stop at the Superior-Douglas County Senior Center. […] “Medicare has been created because insurance companies didn’t want old, sick people,” said Philip Anderson, a Douglas County resident. He feared those younger than 55 now would be unable to find coverage, even with the subsidies. […] “No one is saying we can balance this budget by snapping our fingers,” the congressman said. But he doesn’t want to leave a massive debt to the next generation. That struck a chord with David Franks of Superior. The U.S. Navy veteran said his military retirement has been frozen for the past two years, and he has learned to stretch every dollar to care for his family. Government leaders have run amok with spending, he said, and they need to start pinching pennies.” [Superior Telegram, 6/8/11]
Heck dodges Social Security questions at forum [Las Vegas Sun]
“Heck, who has represented Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District since November, spoke to about 75 constituents at a town hall meeting in Henderson. He took 30 questions from the audience and had time to spare before the scheduled end of the meeting, but he refused to go into depth about his positions on Social Security. […] Heck and his staff were clearly in damage-control mode after the congressman came under fire for calling the federal social welfare program a “pyramid scheme.” He made the comment during a town hall last month. […] At the town hall meeting Wednesday, a reporter again asked Heck about his pyramid scheme comments during the public question-and-answer portion of the event. Heck refused to answer.” [Las Vegas Sun, 6/8/11]
Congressman greeted by friends, foes at tea party meeting
“U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner found himself fielding questions from skeptics as well as supporters during his featured speaking appearance at Wednesday night's meeting of the Longmont 9.12 Tea Party organization. […] Medicare benefits would be income-adjusted for people who now are 54 or younger, with wealthy people paying more of their own health-care costs when they're old enough to be eligible for Medicare, Gardner said. He said others would get more help from the program if their illnesses and incomes qualify them for it. But Kaye Fissinger, who said she's a Medicare recipient as well as a cancer survivor, described what she said had been excellent treatment and care that the federal program paid for. She said the Medicare system should be preserved, rather than converted to a "privatized voucher" system.” [Longmont Times-Call, 6/8/11]
‘Town hall’ talk centers on nation’s finances [Lake Wylie Pilot]
“The debate over how to get the nation's fiscal house in order – and whether all will carry a fair share of the burden – came to northern York County on Wednesday night at a town hall meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-Indian Land). […] One woman asked Mulvaney why ending subsidies to oil companies wasn't a part of the discussion, while changes to programs such as Medicare are. She identified herself as an Exxon Mobil shareholder who “wants them to make money. But the budget should not be balanced on the backs” of more vulnerable citizens, she said, adding that as a Catholic she believes in “social justice.” [Lake Wylie Pilot, 6/8/11]
Medicare dominates Duffy’s town hall chat [Duluth News Tribune]
“Health care and proposed changes to Medicare drew keen interest from community members — and protesters — during Rep. Sean Duffy’s visit Monday to the Superior-Douglas County Senior Center. “We’re here to save Medicare,” said Gilbert Davidson of Superior as he held up a sign along Tower Avenue before the meeting. “They’re robbing it, taking it away from us.” […] Jenice Meyer, a lifelong Superior resident, worried about how the change could affect her own mother, who is 54. Under the Republican plan, she said, seniors would receive about $9,750 a year in vouchers for insurance that would cost roughly $30,000. The high cost may push some seniors back into the workplace, or cause them to utilize other government programs like food stamps.” [Duluth News Tribune, 6/7/11]
Protesters Crash Congressman Duffy's Visit [WDIOTV]
“Protesters and supporters attended a meeting at the Superior Douglas County Senior Center, voicing their opinions on whether Congressman Duffy should have voted to privatize medicare. What was supposed to be a quiet visit with Congressman Duffy, turned into a chaotic protest. Duffy said this was thanks to invitations sent out to area democrats by MoveOn.org, a national left swinging website. The website asked residents to protest the event and what they call Duffy's vote to abolish Medicare. This was regarding Duffy's yes vote to a Republican back budget that would eventually privatize Medicare, and according to republicans, eliminate the nation's debt. More than 100 showed up and the atmosphere was as hostile outside as it was inside.” [WDIOTV, 6/6/11]