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I received this email from one of the Day on the Hill attendees and thought I'd share parts of it. It's an eyewitness account of a Town Hall and a response - to help spread the FACTS and combat the MYTHS.
"Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues and Others,On Tuesday, August 11, I went to Sen. Specter's town meeting in Lebanon, PA. I was there to distribute AARP materials supporting health care reform and to share my personal story of skyrocketing health insurance premiums after retirement. The people waiting in line were hot and ready to go in to disrupt the meeting. Inside, it was even hotter. Soon after the town meeting began, tempers flared and the attacks started.
As a former inner city educator, my first impression was that this is the most out-of-control school assembly I've ever had to attend. It quickly became even worse than that... with several hysterical people screaming in the senator's face and others ignoring established time and questioning rules not to try to get their questions answered but rather to try to get the crowd to take control of the meeting and introduce a different agenda.My second impression was that questioners were well prepared. Many were able to cite chapters, lines and sections and subsections of several 1100 page bills verbatim. Come on, who can do that? They held notes in their hands (The educator in me says "cheat sheets.") which allowed them to focus on legislative language which was confusing to them and others. My thought was where and how did they get these references? Who gave them information that was just out of committee?Have you ever seen the movie "Stand and Deliver"? Well that's what Sen. Specter did. With courage and truth he accepted the challenges, answered the thirty questions and tried to dispel the myths and lies that many in the crowd wanted to spread. Unfortunately, most people don't listen to facts when they have their minds made up already.When I receive information from AARP I seldom pass it on, but I think it is important RIGHT NOW to help destroy the lies and incorrect information being disseminated for more reasons than just health care debate.I invite you to go to AARP's http://www.healthactionnow.org to read and learn from a source other than those which the Lebanon and other Central PA constituents are using. If you are so inclined, please spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to your family, friends and colleagues. Yeah, it's a chain letter (Remember those?), but it's only asking for thought and reason. Isn't that what we all prefer?Thank you for your thought and consideration.Enjoy the summer heat but keep cool, too."Get the Facts, Combat the Myths - http://aarp.convio.net/site/PageNavigator/Myths_vs_Facts
Good for you to post this information.
I can't believe the level of hysteria regarding this health care bill.
Aren't people aware of the total failure of the current sytem.
Whether they like it or not, we already HAVE rationing in our system.
Denying it is being blind to the fate of sick people in our families or friendship circles.
Most covered people have the illusion that their insurance will cover them when their health goes south. Just watch "Sicko" to see that this is a dream
The elements of the bill are being so distorted, it unreal. Particularily this whole fury about "death panels" .
Even though I'm an aging advocate I'm a strong proponent of living wills.
People need to be informed of their options and need to be given control over what will happen to them the last days of their lives.
Nobody likes to think of their own finality, but not having a living will usually result in a lot of unecessary and costly emergency measures during the last hours of life.
Equating coverage for counseling about living will and end of life options to euthanasia and Nazi techniques is just hysterical.
My opinion is that if concerned people would just shut off the Fox "news" channels and start listening to the actual debate, they may be able to better form their own ratiional opinion, rather than respond to obvious propaganda on that issue.
It is so sad to know that many of the protesters are likely to be the very same people who will likely have their coverage denied or reduced should they suffer from a major illness.
Many health insurance workers get bonuses based on how many claims they deny.
Think about it.