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Posted: October 18, 2009 9:53 p.m.
Updated: October 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The Buck McKeon health care town hall meeting Oct. 3 made Fox News. You can see snippets at Click on "Events," then open the Howard P. "Buck" McKeon picture.

There were easily 1,500 attendees at this event. People stood against the walls, in the hallway and moved back and forth through the gym.

Republicans claimed 2,000. It was possible; the gym sat 1,000 in the bleachers on each side and 1,000 on chairs. A serious fire marshal and sheriff's deputies were present to assure public safety. McKeon said 800 people RSVP'd. We believe 30 percent of the crowd were (Democrats) and we had 11 days to mobilize.

The event brought out Dems I hadn't seen since the Obama election. Democrats and moderate Republicans leaders still say they'd rather wait and see, not believing as they once did, that President Obama can really pull health care reform off.

The Republican rhetoric is confusing the hell out of folks.

Even Wendell Potter (former VP of communications for Cigna) told me personally, "Minerva, if they don't have the ‘public option,' then the insurance industry will have won this battle. You might as well pack it in, lady!"

I'm however still fired up and ready to go, my friend from Seoul says, "Clutching on invisible hope."

Bottom line, the Democrats are going to have to agree to agree and explain what is in the bill. We can't defend what isn't understood. I read the first 500 pages and wanted to pull my hair out!

Will someone tell me more about the "illegal alien, abortion and tort amendment" Buck mentioned?

McKeon like the Democrats is crediting the Blue Dogs for holding up the health care reform bill. They voted against the public option.

I know I have my advocacy job cut out for the rest of the fall. I still pray the bill isn't watered down to nothing. Based on the outbursts, exchanges, heated comments and disgust portrayed at the meeting, health care reform is damned important.

What's more important than your health? A roof over your head, food in your tummy, a job and someone to love?


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