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My congressman had a town hall last weekend

I live in the 13th district of Ga. and my congressman, David Scott, held a town hall meeting this weekend. The stated purpose of the meeting was to discuss a local highway project but the meeting was opened up for questions on all matters at the end.

If I would have known about the town hall, I would have tried to be there. From what I saw on the video, it did not look to me like the Dr. asking the question was in any way rude. As a matter of fact he seemed down right calm and polite especially when contrasted with Congressman Scott’s response.

"I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help" is the punch line to a joke. Government programs are filled with overburdening bureaucracy, inefficiency, and waste. Why on earth would a government run health care program be any different? The health care model as it is proposed has been tried in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Canada, England, and many other places. The results have been the same. While it does provide universal coverage there are long waits and rationing of services. Some people are simply declined the care they want or need.

I have not heard any explanations from any supporters of the current proposals that make it different from other government insurance programs. Tell us how this program will succeed where the others have failed and maybe you’ll get more support.

We have been told that if we like our private insurance that we can keep it. Technically the proposal allows that … until we decide to shop around or change jobs. Then we are forced in the public option. Unacceptable

The writers of the current proposal understand that there will be rationing and that older patients will be denied services. No problem, the included end of life counseling in the legislation. That’s right, we just let them die and tell them it’s ok. Give them some counseling and even teach them how to commit suicide. Unacceptable.

In England the lines got so long that the Parliament passed a law saying all patients must be treated within 4 hours. No problem. Now when the wait gets up to 4 hours they lock the doors until the line gets shorter. The 4 hour clock doesn’t start ticking until the patient is actually inside the building. Some of the hospitals keep a line of ambulances outside for the patients to wait in.

I am in favor of health care reform but, not a government take over. Here are just a few ideas that I think need to be addressed.

*Tort reform. Drs. And hospitals need to be held accountable but there needs to be a limit on the size and scope of the lawsuits.

*Streamline the system. Have the insurance companies use the same or at least similar forms so the Drs don’t need a huge staff just to make the insurance claims.Make it easier for doctors, insurance companies, and patients to share needed information.

* Focus on the chronically uninsured. Everybody knows the 48million uninsured is misleading. Don’t cover illegal immigrants. Make COBRA more affordable so that it is easier to keep coverage between jobs. Many of that of the 48 million can afford health care but they choose to have 2 car payments instead. Many of them are young people who earn enough money or have inexpensive options available from their employer but choose not to take it because they think they don’t need it. When you weed through the numbers there are actually about 12 million people who really are uninsured. Let’s figure out how to get decent care delivered to those people who really need it.

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Here is more on the story from 11Alive News here in Atlanta.

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-13th) was involved in what many called an embarrassing display of losing his temper at a town hall meeting in Douglasville last weekend.

In the meeting, Scott lost his temper and began yelling at a crowd that included two people who came forward during the question-and-answer portion of the meeting to ask Scott about his stance on the health care plan proposed by the White House and being debated on Capitol Hill.

The city of Douglasville taped the event and you can see Scott become increasingly agitated after a question about health care……Read the entire story here

http://www.11alive.com/rss/rss_story.aspx?storyid=133599

video (3:10)

 

 

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Comment balloon 15 commentsBob Southard • August 10 2009 09:57AM

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For the record, I have also contacted Congressman Scott directly.

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Dear Congressman Scott,

 

I am a resident of the 13th district and I vote. I have never missed a congressional vote in the last 30 years.

 

In you town hall meeting last weekend you mentioned that people should contact your office to share their views with you.

 

In my blog this morning I have posted a commentary on the health care proposal as it is right now, some comments about last weekends town hall, and some of my own ideas for health care reform.

 

I want this understood.  I am 100% OPPOSED to the health care proposal in the variations that it is currently proposed!

 

When I look back at government run housing projects we had inefficient, crime ridden, depressing, tenements.  The government got out of the housing business and simply provides section 8 vouchers in amounts based on need to citizens who need help.  This has kept housing in the private sector and provided higher quality housing for the citizens who need it. It also provides a choice of housing.

 

While I am not totally in favor of a health care voucher system, it would be easier to swallow than a government take over of an entire industry.

 

Do you want your constituents to have "tenement" health care or a choice of quality private sector care?

 

Here is a link to my blog post so that you can see it in its entirety.

 

http://bobsouthard.activerain.com/post/1189296/my-congressman-had-a-town-hall-last-weekend

 

Thank you for listening and allowing me to share my views.

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 9 years ago

In response to my email I got this.  I'm sure it is just an autoresponder.  We'll see if I hear anything else.

Thank you for contacting me and my staff. Your input is invaluable as I rely on communication from the district to guide my decisions and actions in the U.S. House of Representatives. Please express your opinions through my website at http://davidscott.house.gov as often as you can and feel free to contact my offices directly with your questions and concerns. Lastly, make sure you frequent our website for the latest updates on the work that I'm doing in Washington and for other helpful information including my legislative record, requesting help with government agencies, and visiting Washington, DC.

It is my honor to represent the Thirteenth District of Georgia and I hope to have your continued correspondence on matters of concern to you.

Sincerely,
s/
David Scott
Member of Congress

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Since the congressman invited me to visit his website, please see my next comment!

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 9 years ago

I sincerely hope that Congressman Scott will do as he says! Listen to the people of the district and represent them!

Since he invited me to visit his website, I did just that.  He has a poll for opinions on healthcare.

 

For the record I think the poll is extremely biased. 4 of the 5 question basically ask "Are you unhappy with the current state of heath care" 1 question asks if you are happy with your current health care.

 

 

Current Poll
What is your health insurance status?

 

 

Lost coverage or no coverage 0.68 % (54)

 

 

In medical debt/bankruptcy 0.06 % (5)

 

 

My plan is becoming too expensive 0.72 % (57)

 

 

Denied coverage due to pre-existing condition 0.18 % (14)

 

 

Stuck in current plan with no other option 0.38 % (30)

 

 

Satisfied with my current plan 97.97 % (7741)

 

 

7741 respondents are satisfied with their current plan and 106 are in some way not satisfied. Congressman Scott this is from your own website!

 

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 9 years ago

Bob,

I saw this on Fox news and didn't he act up?

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 9 years ago

Mike,

Yes, the congressman became quite vocal.  The Dr asking the questons appeared very polite on the video.

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 9 years ago
Bob, I saw this on that dreadful Drudgereport. Regardless of where it came from, the Congressman acted like a fool and I do hope his constituents repond in kind at voting time.
Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago
Bob - demand a meeting!! And take your video camera with you! Great well thought out post. I'm featuring it.
Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago
Why should Bob have to ask for a meeting? Why should anyone have to take their concerns behind closed doors. I saw that exchange too and the Congressman acted like a jack ass. Trying to intimidate and belittle his constutients who were asking questions. What is a town meeting any how if not for the town?
Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 9 years ago

David Scott does NOT respresent a lot of his constituents.  He used to be my Congressman... I wrote him about another issue and was told that I am not who he is representing in DC... Oddly, when Cynthia McKinney was in office, her response was much the same. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 9 years ago
I've seen a government healthcare pan in action. It was called Tenncare, and it didn't work. I'll write a post about what really happened.
Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 9 years ago

 

 

http://www.11alive.com/rss/rss_story.aspx?storyid=133663

 

We can disagree on politics and policies. We can have civil, although sometimes heated and passionate discussions on matters that concern us.  That is all good and what makes America great.  I rarely if ever agree with Congressman Scott on issues. All of that being said... whoever defaced his office is a low life dirtball. They need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed.  There are no excuses.

 

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 9 years ago

Bob - If it was done by an outsider, it is shameful and that person belongs in jail.  If it was done by a staffer to take the heat off of the Congressman, both of them belong in jail. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Lane,

That thought crossed my mind as well.  However there is no indication at this point that there was any "inside job".  I did read a report this morning that the Congressmans ofice is inside a bank building, so they are hopeful that security cameras will provide more info.

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 9 years ago

I don't know...  But I wouldn't put it past almost ANY Member of Congress to try to "inflame the passions" by responding to made up threats...  Maybe he was victimized, and if so, that person belongs in jail. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 9 years ago

I fear for the future of the country. 

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) about 9 years ago

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