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The Phony Health Care Town Hall

You may have seen it on the news. President Obama appearing before a “Town Hall” audience at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale campus discussing Health Care. These “Town Hall” events became famous during the Presidential campaign and now pretty much refer to any group of people sitting around a stage listening to a politician answer questions.

Well in the case of Obama, these events are now carefully screened, managed, and scripted — not because of security concerns — but by the President’s media team who obviously don’t follow the “openness” and “transparency” theme promised by the President. Obama said “”Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.” There is nothing “Town Hall–ish” about them.

On the Health Care “Town Hall” . . . the Washington Post is reporting that “of the seven questions the president answered, four were selected by his staff from videos submitted to the White House Web site or from those responding to a request for ‘tweets.’ ” And the three audience members he called on randomly? The Post says “all turned out to be members of groups with close ties to his administration: the Service Employees International Union, Health Care for America Now, and Organizing for America, which is a part of the Democratic National Committee.”

Knowing all that makes this exchange between White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, CBS’ Chip Reid, and veteran Helen Thomas, a thorn in the side to many a presidential administration, very interesting.

Remember, this exchange happened before the “Town Hall” Gibbs promises the questions will be fair. In fact at the 1:06 mark he says “Ask me that question tomorrow based on what questions were asked.” It is good to see the media calling the Administration out for their phoniness.

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Michelle Knows Health Care

Health Care System Did Well for Them

Health Care System Did Well for Them

Just received this e-mail (see text below) from Michelle Obama – organizing health care service. Michelle certainly has first-hand experience about why health care costs so much.

Michelle Obama had a nice job at the University of Chicago Medical Center. When her husband became a Senator, Michelle was promoted to a newly created position of Vice-President for External Affairs and her salary is boosted from $121,000 to $316,000. Now there’s public service!

Maybe the President is right, health care system is broken — only works for you if you are the wife of a Senator who can help get you earmarks.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 11:35 AM
From: “First Lady Michelle Obama”
To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Stephanie —

National and community service has been a cornerstone of my life, as I know it has been for many Americans. And with the daily struggles now confronting so many families, it’s especially important for us to reach out to one another and offer a helping hand.

I’ve just launched United We Serve, a national initiative to tackle our toughest problems by working hand-in-hand in communities across the country. We aim to make a real difference right now and bring more and more Americans into a tradition of life-long service to make an even greater difference down the road.

I’d like to invite you to be a part of it by joining Organizing for America’s National Health Care Day of Service this weekend. You can join up with other local OFA supporters to help improve health care services in your community and make a difference as we work to reform America’s health care system.

Sign up now to participate in a National Health Care Day of Service event this Saturday, June 27th.

Attend a National Health Care Day of Service event

There’s an old Thomas Edison quote I’ve always liked: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” It’s no secret that our country faces some enormous challenges right now, and meeting them will take a lot of hard work. But in that work lies an equally great opportunity — a chance to serve. And I do believe the chance to serve is a precious gift indeed.

Service has played a transformative role in my life — bringing me tremendous joy and helping me find the path that led to where I am today. As a parent, I believe service is a great way to demonstrate values and to teach our children firsthand what it means to commit to a purpose beyond ourselves.

It should be a part of everyone’s life. From the moment someone can walk to the day they leave this planet, service should be a part of how we give back, how we say thank you, how we express our gratitude for the lives that we’ve been given.

So I’m deeply honored for this chance to support our United We Serve initiative and Organizing for America, and I hope you’ll be able to participate this weekend. Please sign up now to volunteer at a local event:

http://my.barackobama.com/hcserviceattend

Thank you,

First Lady Michelle Obama

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