• Why Was This Republican Health Care Forum So Very, Very Civil?

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    These health care town hall meetings just keep getting angrier and angrier, what with the attacks on members of Congress (not to mention Michele Bachmann giving birth all over the place), so I'm almost afraid to read to the end of this story about yesterday's angry forum held by angry GOP Senators John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Kit Bond in Kansas City…

    They blasted President Barack Obama’s vision of health care reform, calling it outlandishly expensive, and predicted it could lead to rationing and outsized budget deficits for years to come.

    McCain, Bond and McConnell took turns pounding the Democratic plan.

    Uh-oh! Sounds angry! I bet that made some members of the audience really angry! Everybody duck!

    The tone of the hourlong session was subdued and the questions, including one from Mayor Mark Funkhouser, were not confrontational. The audience's only response was applause.

    How the… what the… is John McCain secretly a unicorn made of ice cream? What other explanation is there?

    [T]he GOP forum at Children’s Mercy was by invitation only. About 100 people — mostly medical professionals and small business owners — filled seats in the small auditorium, along with the media.

    Well, I guess if you want to listen to the will of the people on contentious policies, you should pick your people pretty carefully.


    Tags: Health Care, John McCain, Kit Bond, Missouri, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Town Hall

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