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Health Care Town Halls

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Dems Skipping Town Halls? Not Really

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jeff Zeleny reported that Democrats were avoiding town hall appearances to avoid "voter rage." Is it true? Well, your definition of "avoiding town hall meetings" would have to be "holding a lot of town hall meetings." So: no.

Tea Party Movement Split On New Town Hall Push

CQ-Roll Call | Ambreen Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The town halls are back but with far less hype. The fiery outbursts that replayed on national media during last August's town hall meetings on heal...

Gaps in Protection for Us and the President

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

We want security not only for the president and our top officials, but also for ourselves and our families. Yet as a nation we make it very easy for dangerous people to arm themselves.

All Aboard! The Right's Fox News Gravy Train Rolls On

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Perhaps it's the rallies or the fundraising or the demonstrably false attacks that have kept Obama from appearing on Fox. Regardless, the right's gravy train rolls on undeterred, facts be damned.

Rep. Schauer Challenged from Left and Right at Town Hall

Chris Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Savage

Schauer, who narrowly defeated the very conservative Tim Walberg in 2008, represents a swing district.

GOP Desperately Trying To Gin Up New Town Hall Anger

Politico | MANU RAJU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are looking to resurrect the angry town halls of August in the last few weeks of November. Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar ...

Health Care Reform is the New Gay Marriage

Morgan Warners | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Morgan Warners

Gay marriage and our increasingly obvious interconnectedness present threats to traditions and ways of doing things that many of us think should change. In that regard, health reform is the new gay marriage.

Obama Seeks To Woo The Insured: Anyone Could Lose Their Health Care Coverage

The Huffington Post/ AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS - President Barack Obama assailed critics of his health care initiative Saturday, seeking to grab the megaphone from his opponents and boo...

Anxiety in America: Behind the Health Care "Debate"

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

Appeals by politicians or pundits for protesters to be "reasonable" and pay attention to the actual facts fall on deaf ears. The only scenarios that seem plausible are those commensurate with their level of anxiety.

400 Former Obama Staffers: Don't Demobilize the Troops Before the Battle With the Insurance Industry

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

It has become clear that Obama's supporters are beginning to lose faith and the desire to fight for the president if he drops the public option.

The Republican Death March on Health Care

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

Thanks to the town hall turmoil from bigots, birthers and assorted miscreants, Republicans can savor a sugar-high on health care -- a decadent and ultimately short-lived victory.

Progressives Carry the Day at Loebsack Town Hall

Trish Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trish Nelson

Someone shouted, "Socialism!" and the crowd applauded ... then laughed. So chill, conservatives.

Wheelchair-Bound Woman Shouted Down At New Jersey Health Care Town Hall (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the man who recently "let it be known" that he'd step in should Gov. Corzine drop out of the New Jersey gubernatoria...

Culture Wars Give Way to "Policy Wars" at Massa Town Hall

Tim Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Ellis

Despite an impressive showing by Congressman Massa and activists on both sides, I walked away from this event convinced that the town halls are nothing more than sideshow theatre.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

The town hall protests are a form of undead politics, and these are the necromancers who have raised it.

It's Time to Really Engage Americans in Health Reform

Daniel Yankelovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Yankelovich

Research shows that Americans, when they have a chance to work through the choices in health care reform, are far more willing to make tradeoffs than town hall meetings would suggest.

Sound and Fury: The Health Care Town Halls

Bill George | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill George

Debate is only possible when other side will pause and listen. An argument without a counter-argument is just a lot of yelling.

The Tyranny of the Tantrum

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

What we're seeing from the health care town halls and what we've seen from the "birthers" is essentially what I call the Tyranny of the Tantrum, which many parents encounter during the "terrible twos."

"Protester Does Shocking Thing": The Tyranny of Anecdotal Evidence

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stefan Sirucek

How many town hall meetings have gone peacefully, constructively and without a hitch? We don't know. What we've heard about again and again are these scattered incidents cherry-picked for their shock value and presented as genuine and meaningful patterns.

Hundreds Pack Kirk-Led Town Hall, Police Turn Away Dozens More

Daily Herald | Madhu Krishnamurthy and Deborah Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Hundreds of area residents packed the Arlington Heights village hall boardroom this afternoon to debate health care reform at a town-hall meeting led ...

What Can We Do to Help?

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

It's not enough to elect someone and trust that he, she or they will fix things while we continue on our merry, consuming way. A movement is a myth without the people asking: What can we do?

Obama is Stalin! And a Cartoon by Lyndon LaRouche

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Kelly

The problem with Stalin's Soviet Union wasn't too much access to end-of-life counseling. The problem was systematic homicidal neglect. Sort of like what America's uninsured have now.

I Want My Country Back! The Country That Elected Barack Obama

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I want the focused, goal-oriented, real grass-roots supported, campaign mode for health reform.

At Sen. DeMint's Town Hall: Lies, Damn Lies -- and "Jewish Spokesman" Ben Stein

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

The lies and misinformation at a town hall held by Sen. DeMint that came both from the crowd and the stage probably exceeded what many might have imagined.

Our Insane Summer: Is There a Way Out? Plus an Open Letter to the Secretary of Education [UPDATED]

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

As we enter the back-to-school phase of the calendar, I want to share some good news and offer some unsolicited advice to our nation's education top cop.