A friend attended the members-only Chamber of Commerce YPG luncheon with Rep. Stephanie Herseth today, but I haven’t received a report from them yet.
Several friends were in attendance outside the event to ensure she got the message that the American people don’t want government health care. They tell me there were about 50 protesting against government health care, and only one protester for socialized medicine along the sidewalk.
Here is some local coverage from KOTA:
More than 40 protestors lined Haines Avenue, speaking out against the Obama healthcare package.
“There are too many things that are wrong about the ‘Obama Care,'” protestor Judy Ortmeier said.
“I think the public option is an inroad for total government takeover,” retired surgeon and former state lawmaker Don Van Etten said. “I guess I’m against that.”
Right now in its current form, Herseth-Sandlin doesn’t support the bill either, but protestors are still upset with her after two sets of invitations to Monday’s event were sent out, one implying it was open to the public, the other closing it off to YPG members only.
“She is not reaching out to her constituents in South Dakota,” Pennington County Republicans Chairperson Sandye Kading said. “That is why she does closed-door meetings, not opened to the public.”
While I’m glad to hear Rep. Herseth Sandlin say she doesn’t support this socialist monstrosity, but it would have been good to see her come out and meet with the public instead of in a members-only luncheon or in a friendly interview with allies at the Rapid City Journal and say that.
You can see a brief video of her at the Journal here, in which she is being disingenuous about the fact that the current proposal isn’t the first step in the Democrats goal of a full-fledged government health system.
I’d really like to believe she’s on the side of the American people and the U.S. Constitution here; on the surface, her rhetoric might lead one to believe she is. But when she is disingenuous about what HR 3200 would do, and where it will lead to, one has to wonder what else she isn’t telling us.
UPDATE: Only had a short time to get info from my inside source tonight, but he tells me only five questions were allowed. Of those, three were real softballs and the other two were “medium” in firmness. A couple of the softballs were “What will it cost if we do this” (which is nearly impossible to get a straight answer out of a Democrat on, since virtually all of them say it’s “budget neutral” while the CBO says $1 trillion +), and another was “What will it cost us if we don’t do this.”
Well, it might cost us an extra burden of thinking for ourselves and doing for ourselves a little longer, eh? In the immortal words of Colonel Kurtz, “The horror.”