Sunday Congresswoman Karen Bass held yet another ObamaCare Townhall/sign up/Health Fair at West LA College. As a few of us sat in the auditorium waiting for the event to start, one of Rep. Bass’s staff came over to us and greeted us with a big smile. He told us this Townhall was to sign up people, there would be no discussion about the bill, so we were wasting our time. We said we’d discuss it regardless. He told us the train had left the station, it’s happening. As he smirked he reminded us at the Immigration Townhall there were ten of us against it and 200 for it…..as if that was an indication of the overall support of granting amnesty to lawbreakers. Her immigration Townhall was stacked with illegal aliens and union members.
When Rep. Bass entered with her entourage, she saw us and pointed us out to her group. Two rows in the center of the auditorium were reserved for white coated Medical students (obviously to give the impression doctors support the ACA). Before the event started a young doctor who represented “Insurance for Everyone” came over to answer a question. Mark got into an extended conversation with him. It was clear the Constitutionality of ObamaCare was not important to him. He was tasked with explaining the bill to the audience and I doubt it’s Constitutionality ever occurred to him.
Former Congresswoman Diane Watson came in with a group and was standing across the aisle from our group. The smirking staff member whispered something in her ear and she turned and glared at us. When Rep. Bass spoke she told the audience incredulously that Republicans wanted to cut millions from Food Stamps. We applauded. Rep. Watson looked at Keith with contempt and asked why would he applaud that. He said he’d be happy to explain why if she’d let him. She turned away.
There was an older doctor from St. Johns who spoke as well. He said he believed Healthcare was a “fundamental human right”. Rep. Bass spoke about how tedious it had been for the Republicans to try to repeal ObamaCare 26 times and that she’d probably have to go back to DC and have to vote AGAIN against a repeal. She said Republicans want to repeal and replace but have no replacement. We told her to go to the GOP website home page, it has been there for years. She said there had been opposition to every entitlement program (no DUH!) from Social Security to Medicare to Medicaid. She said fear mongers said those programs would bring down the country….as if that were a preposterous idea.
When I spoke I said since all those programs were bankrupt and that they very will may bring down the country. I then asked her to reconcile ObamaCare with the following quote from founding father John Adams, “Property is surely a right of mankind as really as Liberty. Perhaps, at first shame or fear, principle or religion, would restrain the poor from attacking the rich, and the idle from usurping the National Rights of the industrious; but the time would not be long before pretexts be invented by degrees, to countenance the majority in dividing all the property among them, taxes would be laid heavy on the rich, and not at all on the others; and at last a downright equal division of everything be demanded and voted. What would be the consequences of this? The idle, the vicious, the intemperate, would rush into the utmost extravagance of debauchery, sell and spend all of their share, and then demand a new division of those who purchased from them.” Her reply was a justification not a reconciliation. She said in the richest country in the world we could afford to insure the poor. After I spoke the smirking staff member went to another staff member and told her to take a picture of me. I smiled and waved.
Keith pointed out there were religions exempt from ObamaCare. He said as a Christian that felt ObamaCare infringed on his religious beliefs so how could he get an exemption. Rep. Bass’s reply was that he could opt out and pay the fine (tax).
Of course ignoring that those exempt are not required to buy insurance OR pay a fine. Is she aware that out Constitution guarantees us “equal protection under the law”? That means the law applied to EVERYONE equally. No exemptions!
Mark reminded the audience of the commandments of “Thou Shalt not Covet” and “Thou Shalt not Steal”. He then addressed the older Doctor who believed Healthcare is a “fundamental human right” about the woman who couldn’t get coverage that covered both her primary care doctors and her oncology doctors or both the facilities that were providing her care. He asked how her rights were being protected under ObamaCare. He didn’t get an answer and the mic was pulled away.
When the Townhall was over we stayed and spoke to people. One woman insisted to Keith that she believed in “Single Payor” but she wasn’t a socialist. We hear the same arguments from people on the Left. “What would you do if you got hit be a bus” (bus company would pay). We remind them people have ALWAYS had access to healthcare. No one is refused care. And paying for those who use the ER and can’t pay is not nearly as costly as insuring the entire population. Nor is being covered by insurance any guarantee of “care”.
One man came to talk to me. We got in a conversation about “Free Markets” because I explained the Healthcare problem is better solved in the free market. He asked what country has the “Free Market” ever worked. I pointed out to him this is the only country that has ever had truly “Free Markets” and it was those free markets that made us the most prosperous country in the world with the highest standard of living for ALL. I pointed out we no longer have truly free markets due to government interference. That he should object to government interference not free markets. He had no more to say.
On to the next……