Senator John Thune (R-SD) held a town hall meeting this morning at 8:30 am at the Surbeck Center at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City.
Only a few protesters were on hand outside. There were three opposed to government health care and one in a Grim Reaper costume who wants government health care (see pics in the slideshow below).
There were about 400 seats which were filled and people stood lining the walls around the ballroom.
Debra Jensen moderated the event and held the microphone for people asking questions.
In his introduction, Senator Thune shared a few slides which showed the current debt situation of the United States, along with economic and budgetary projections going forward several decades. A bleak picture of many trillions of dollars in debt lays in store for us…even without adding the multi-trillion dollar government health care plan liberals in congress have in mind.
After Thune’s presentation, he took questions from the audience. About 19 questions in all were taken, with several from a perspective for government health care and several against government health care.
Questions asked by the public involved the VA “death book,” Thune’s exit strategy to get government out of the private sector, reducing the cost of health care, comparisons to health care in other countries, access to health care, renewable energy, tort reform, whether Republicans will oppose a government takeover of health care, cap and trade, abortion and the value of human life in the health care proposal, moral considerations with health care, the value of the dollar, penalties for noncompliance with government health care plans, illegal alien access to free health care and more.
I have pretty much the entire event on video (almost 1.5 hours worth) and will post videos as they are edited, processed and uploaded. I will start with Thune’s introduction, then post several of the most interesting questions.