Stubborn and vocal crowds continue to haunt Congressional representatives as they pitch President Obama’s health care reform proposal. But the rumors associated health care reform, such as free medical assistance for undocumented aliens, and government-sponsored “death panels” continue to come up at Congressional town-hall-style meetings. This in spite a flood of information disputing such claims.
Overhauling health care was the only topic of discussion at a recent Congressional town-hall gathering outside the Alhambra, CA Civic Center Library hosted by U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, Democratic, California's 29th District. The meeting was originally schedule for indoors but was moved to the outdoors when more than 2000 people showed up.
In the face of an irritable, shouting, sign waving crowd, Rep. Schiff and a panel of medical experts calmly endured insults, and some scuffles within the crowd, to explain the facts of the health care reform proposal currently before congress.
“Meeting like this gives us a chance to debunk the rumors and misinformation about the proposal in front of Congress,” says Rep. Schiff. He adds, “Congress knows there is more work to be done on the current proposal.”
But not everyone in attendance agrees with the Congressman. “I do not want government taking over healthcare, I believe in a free market,” says Monica. “If this plan is so great, why does Congress not want to be a part of this plan?”
There is a considerable amount of support for the healthcare reform package despite the disruptive opposition. Tara Nyasio, a Pasadena resident, and a proponent for health care for all, says, “This country desperately needs health care reform and I support the President’s plan.” Rep. Schiff says he would like to see more provisions aimed at bringing health care costs down.