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Smarter Townhall Meetings

August 6, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

So far, all we’ve heard from health care townhalls across the country is a lot of screaming and disruption. But one conservative blogger is trying to change that trend and is encouraging people to ask their members of Congress tough questions about specific provisions in the bill instead.

At the Hot Air blog, blogger “kbanaian” has taken a section of the legislative text from OpenCongress (Section 401 of H.R. 3200), posted it, linked to it, and suggested four questions on it that townhall attendees can ask their congressmen as “a substitute for yelling.”

Obviously, details in the bill matter, and I’m really glad that our tool for sharing specific sections of bill text is helping to facilitate a discussion of the details. We’ll report back on this blog with any reports of how this attempt to have a smarter conversation on health care reform goes.

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  • yoder 08/06/2009 4:20pm

    kbanaian has it right. That is what’s needed from those opposed to these bills and legislation. Ask questions, discuss issues, debate.

  • bdeluca 08/07/2009 6:45am

    Interesting. I was just thinking the same thing. Ask the tough questions and hear the response. If they lie, they will be exposed.

  • 1ironace 08/09/2009 5:44pm

    Excellent! Our elected officials need to understand our concerns and respond in an intellectually honest fashion, not just the party line. If that is too “contentious” maybe they don’t understand or son’t have non-scripted answers.

  • Anonymous 08/11/2009 12:49am

    It is a conundrum for those of us who advocate a single-payer system and object to the President’s behind-closed-doors deal with the pharmaceuticals. All we have wanted to do is have our voices heard. But how to counter the Republicon mobs when you don’t support the watered down public option (Massachusetts here we come, I fear)? The only thing I can think of is turning to the words of Gandhi, Emerson, and Thoreau: non-violent silent civil disobedience. Sincerely, SecularHuamnist

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