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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

A simple suggestion for how to handle the Town Meetings on Health Care:

Let the sick, the weak and the destitute be the first to arrive:
Let America see them enter the meeting hall
Walking on crutches
Rolling wheelchairs
Leaning on canes
Pushing walkers
Holding IV bottles
Carrying tanks of oxygen
Let the sick, the weak and the destitute be the first to arrive:
Let America see them
Holding high in the air medical bills they cannot afford to pay
Holding high insurance claims that were denied
Holding high pictures of family members who died…without insurance, and without decent care
Let the sick, the weak and the destitute be the first to arrive:
Let America see them.
Ask for the right to sit in the front …because the issue is ultimately about them.
Ask for the right to speak….without catcalls, booing or interruption.
Ask to be shown the respect and dignity they deserve ….but have been denied.
Ask if they need to shout to make their voices heard…. or if America is ready to listen.
Let the sick, the weak and the destitute be the first to arrive at the meetings on health care
Let America see them…..and then decide what kind of country America is and what kind of country it wants to be.

One comment on “A simple suggestion for how to handle the Town Meetings on Health Care:

  1. brooktrout on

    Some really great points, but there is more that can be done and a lot of it is in the messaging. Don’t try to defend the bill(s) or the elected official, that will get you no where as their minds are made up. Instead make them defend the insurers and greed in the system. Here are some ideas for signs:
    Health Insurance Industry: Your money or your life.
    Profit has no conscience (or religion)
    No more money for mercy.
    Medicare can never deny your coverage.
    I love my government health care (if you have military family members or vets)
    Jesus invented universal coverage
    The cost of doing nothing is everything

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