At a health care town hall meeting on August 25 in Reston, Virginia, hosted by Congressman Jim Moran (D) with former presidential candidate Howard Dean, there were many contentious moments and both sides of the debate were represented.
In the video that follows (from CNS News), the congressman falsely accuses a participant of being someone other than who he claimed to be, then learns that he is in fact who he says he is. He permits the man to ask his question, then Howard Dean comes forward to give a somewhat surprising answer. The congressman then apologizes to the questioner for doubting his identity:
Howard Dean claims that the writers of the bill did not want to take on the trial lawyers and therefore didn’t put tort reform in the bill. He says that is “the plain and simple truth.” But it’s not quite the whole truth.
Why didn’t they want to take on the trial lawyers? Simple. They’re reliable and generous contributors to liberal causes and candidates. The writers of the bill (and these Democrat politicians) obviously don’t mind taking on the majority of the American people in their determination to get Obamacare enacted. Why aren’t they as concerned about the voters as they are about their trial lawyer supporters? They’re betting that with the help of trial lawyers, unions, ACORN, and other liberal constituencies, they can overcome the opposition of the anti-Obamacare voters in the next election.
But it’s far from a safe bet. Feelings and opinions run high on this issue. Rasmussen as of August 30 has Obama’s “Strongly Disapprove” rating at 42% among likely voters. This is the highest yet. At some point, it seems that Democrat politicians and even some of the media will want to distance themselves from the president if this trend continues. Political developments leading up to the 2010 elections should be even more interesting than usual. As of now, I’m thinking that a lot of Democrats will be unpleasantly surprised by the vote if they support Obamacare. But we’ll see.