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Thursday, August 20, 2009

This Won't Hurt Much: Honest-to-Goodness Town Hall on Healthcare Reform Coming to Reston

swastikas.jpgWhy did we just get a piece of mail with a picture of that guy who ran for president until he screamed once, a long time ago, and then disappeared for a long time, until someone realized he was a doctor and let him out of his cage so he could go on talk shows and discuss, whazzitcalled, health care reform?

The good news is that if you've been watching the news over the last few months and wished you had time to trek out to Arkansas or Pennsylvania or Texas or wherever the most recent "town hall" was held to see unruly mobs of (legally) gun-toting crazies shouting incomprehensible questions about birth certificates at clueless octogenarian lawmakers, you're in luck!

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) will host a town hall meeting on health care Tuesday [Aug. 25] in Reston. He will be joined by Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, presidential candidate and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, to discuss efforts in Congress to reform the health care system.

The meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the South Lakes High School auditorium, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston. The event is free, but seating is limited. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
What better place to have this "town hall" than Reston? Not only have we hosted a similar group of patriots who bravely stood in a rainy field, therefore ending taxation at all levels forever, but one of our more starch-intensive watering holes is a favorite of the conceal-carry crowd. What could possibly go wrong?


  1. Looks like the funny sign people are getting ready for next Tuesday... so sad...

  2. I will attend if they provide free donuts, bear claws, and soft drinks.

  3. donuts, bear claws and soft drinks... that's my kinda town hall meeting... :O)

  4. You only get donuts, bear claws and soft drinks free if it's a stream restoration meeting.

  5. I will come if Howard Dean promises to scream like he did 8 years ago and cost him what probably would have been the presidency.

  6. To any elected politician who will be speaking. Please come prepared with opening remarks that tell the people of Reston why we need such a material change to something so important when polls shows 80% of Americans are happy with their current care.

  7. Let's just make sure it is a Town Hall Meeting -- and let's show a little decorum...

  8. yea -- and latest poll says 45% of people want the government to saty out of healthcare... there's a conundrum -- wonder if we should be focusing on educating our population...

    And I believe when you review the data --- the "80%" are satisfied with their doctors -- not their health insurance company...the same CNN poll also points out "...But satisfaction drops to 52 percent when it comes to the amount people pay for their health care, and more than three out of four are dissatisfied with the total cost of health care in the United States...."

    And finally beware of anything coming out from the Lewin Group as it was purchased in 2007 by Ingenix, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group...

  9. I meant to say (above) -- 45% of people in a poll yesterday want the government to stay out of Midicare/Medicaid...

  10. hey Restonian ... hope you anticipated this topic might get a tad contentious...

  11. The Convict in the South Reston GulagAugust 21, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Anonymous said: "...45% of people in a poll yesterday want the government to stay out of Midicare/Medicaid..."
    How would that be possible? These are government healthcare programs. Without the government, these programs wouldn't exist.

    I have pretty good health care options through my employer with which I am for the most part pleased. However, I still want a government option for all of those CITIZENS who can't otherwise afford health care. I firmly believe in the government provider option even if it means just adding them to the Midicare/Medicaid rolls. Just like Medicaid, these folks inclusion should be means tested.

  12. The question was asked .. "...How would that be possible? These are government healthcare programs. Without the government, these programs wouldn't exist..."

    My point, and the point of the poll .. most of the unwashed masses have no clue -- and are being fed untruths...

  13. "BEEYAWWW!"

    Hehe. And there's going to be a pro-life rally outside the meeting at 5 p.m.! So exciting.


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