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August 10, 2009

Health Care Sandwich

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Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter has been doing one-on-one meetings with constituents at this grocery store for years.

This time, however, with so many agitators and agitated citizens in the mix, the grocery store insisted the meetings take place outside. Given the considerable crowd that showed up, Perlmutter raised the discussion ratio to 5-to-1. Echoing these photos, the video from the local news relates how tense the scene was with Perlmutter, at one point, having to cajole the mob elements via megaphone.

With hostility all around, you can how see how much Perlmutter — meeting people on an open and level field — finds himself surrounded.

(Images: John Moore/Getty Images. Brighton, CO. August 8, 2009)

  • JohnE

    Fix link pls!

  • bystander

    Assuredly, he will. In the meantime, I believe you can find the video, and the associated story from Channel 4 Denver here.

  • Tena

    I love the “keep government out of health care” signs.
    How many of the people holding those signs do you suppose are either on Medicare or have parents who are? These people really do not seem to understand anything about what they are supposedly protesting against. There was a lede this morning at HuffPo that one of the protesters got in a fight this weekend and his lawyer is asking for donations for medical care because – are you ready? He got laid off and lost his health insurance. And he got hurt protesting against his getting coverage while unemployed.
    That’s how frakking brilliant these protesters are.
    This country has dumbed-down to the point where we cannot recover, I don’t think. Stupid people are running everything or trying to. It’s enough to chase me out of this country – we lived through 8 years of stupid and now we can’t get rid of it.

  • Paul

    It’s funny we hear Republicans say that they do not want “faceless bureaucrats” making medical decisions but they have no problem with “private sector” “faceless bureaucrats” daily declining medical coverage and financially ruining good hard working people. And who says that the “private sector” is always right, do we forget failures like Long-Term Capital, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Enron, Tyco, AIG and Lehman Brothers. Of course the federal government will destroy heathcare by getting involved, Oh but wait, Medicare and Medicaid and our military men and women and the Senate and Congress get the best heathcare in the world, and oh, that’s right, its run by our federal government. I can understand why some may think that the federal government will fail, if you look at the past eight years as a current history, with failures like the financial meltdown and Katrina but the facts is they can and if we support them they will succeed.
    How does shouting down to stop the conversation of the healthcare debate at town hall meetings, endears them to anyone. Especially when the organizations that are telling them where to go and what to do and say are Republicans political operatives, not real grassroots. How does shouting someone down or chasing them out like a lynch mob advanced the debate, it does not. So I think the American people will see through all of this and know, like the teabagger, the birthers, these lynch mobs types are just the same, people who have to resort to these tactics because they have no leadership to articulate what they real want. It’s easy to pickup a bus load of people who hate, and that’s all I been seeing, they hate and can’t debate. Too bad.

  • Gasho

    I’ve been all for an Obama led nationalized healthcare plan, but something in the comment above got me thinking.. what if it were being run by another Republican Fail Administration and their right-wing [anti]Christian mindlessness. They might be able to go around the Supreme Court and make abortion illegal just by refusing to allow it in the medical industry. Obamacare doesn’t scare me but JebBush or SarahPalinCare sure does!

  • yg

    there was a pundit on olbermann’s show who was asked what she makes of the unruly, bullying crowd. she recommended reading karen stenner’s authoritarian dynamic.
    this reminded me of john dean’s earlier book conservatives without a conscience where he lists traits found in authoritarian leaders:
    -opposes equality
    -desirous of personal power
    -intimidating and bullying
    -faintly hedonistic
    -cheats to win
    -highly prejudiced (racist, sexist, homophobic
    -tells others what they want to hear
    -takes advantage of “suckers”
    -specializes in creating false images to sell self
    -may or may not be religious
    -usually politically and economically conservative/Republican
    and authoritarian followers:
    -submissive to authority
    -aggressive on behalf of authority
    -highly conventional in their behavior
    -highly religious
    -possessing moderate to little education
    -trusting of untrustworthy authorities
    -prejudiced (particularly against homosexuals and followers of religions other than their own)
    -uncritical toward chosen authority
    -inconsistent and contradictory
    -prone to panic easily
    -highly self-righteous
    -strict disciplinarians
    -severely punitive
    -demanding loyalty and returning it
    -possessing little self-awareness
    -usually politically and economically conservative/Republican

  • Michael (The BAG)

    John, I fixed the link. Video is to right of the article, top of the page. Thanks.

  • Jeff

    If Democrats thought like Republicans:
    Do you want health care run like the cable company?
    Hi, I’m from Enron and I’m here to help you.
    Michael Jackson had private health care, no insurance and no government help. Do you want Michael Jackon’s health plan.
    Airline deregulation brought longer lines and more crowding. Is that how you want your hospital?
    The private sector sank the world economy with irresponsible lending. Should the private sector decide when your child dies?

  • yg

    on the video a woman declared “i came out because i read the bill.”
    $20 bucks says she read the liberty council “analysis” of the bill.

  • yg

    lost in the shuffle was the obama president tshirt in the bottom photo. that was encouraging to see.
    was the “thank you” sign for the congressman?

  • yg

    also from the local news page, you can see the slogan written on the placard seen in the top pic spells out “freedom, liberty, choice.”
    that’s good to hear that the right has turned pro-choice.
    freedom and liberty are rightwing think tank code for deregulation. the corporate lobby wants the freedom to swindle the consumer and liberty from paying higher taxes.

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