It's all you read and hear--Obama's health care plan is in trouble. His speech to Congress is his last ditch effort to save it. The town halls on health care showed widespread opposition to health care reform.
I don't buy it. My reason is that I have some first hand experience of how the media isn's exactly reporting what's going on.
I wanted to get some of my own Last month, I attended a health care town hall in Dublin Virginia hosted by VA Rep. Rick Boucher. He voted against a health care reform bill in committe, making him a Blue Dog Democrats who supposedly isobstructing Obama. However, he said he clearly wanted health care reform but wanted a more modest proposal with health care coops that have worked in other states.
About 1200 people attened Boucher's town hall. Judging by the signs, I estimated about 200 loudly (and rudely) against reform, about 200 for reform, with the rest there for information or to share their heart-breaking stories of problems.
So, here we are in one of the most conservative parts of the south. Sure, we had the protestors but most of the people were not there to oppose reform.Boucher speaking at Health Care Town Hall August 18 in Dublin Virginia
Yet, when I submitted a story to Huffington Post, it was not published, nor did they publish this photo above. Guess it was not as interesting as the protestor signs.
In fact, all of the photos published by Huffington Post of the Health Care Town Halls were of the protestors, not of anyone supporting health care reform.
Pro Health Care Reform Vigil Sept. 3, 2009 Blacksburg, Virginia
Last week, over 60,000 people attended "We Can't Afford to Wait" vigils sponsored by MoveOn.org. That's probably more people than are attending health care protests yet I haven't seen any media coverage.
"We Can't Afford to Wait"--Blacksburg, VA