Now this should be what worries proponents of health care rationing: citizens showing up in much larger-than-anticipated numbers to complain about an issue – to legislators who agree with them.
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., learned constituents were more engaged than he may have thought.
Hundreds turned out in Waycross for a town hall meeting Wednesday on House Resolution 3200, the House bill on reform – a discussion Kingston’s staff thought would draw only 50 or 60.
Kingston heard worries over the effect of the bill on businesses, lack of health care choice, and the degraded quality of coverage. Kingston himself said there was too much big government and too much cost in a universal plan.
Via The Campaign Spot. The aforementioned health care rationing supporters – which is to say, “Democrats” – should be worried for two reasons. First off, it helps put the lie to the Democrats’ sad allegations that the other side is also faking up grassroots support. Jack Kingston won his R+16 district by a comfortable margin last year; GA-01 is about the last place you’d choose for astroturfing GOP support for something. Secondly – and more importantly – stories like this indicate that the Republican rank-and-file has gotten a taste for showing up for events like these. Which is great… for the GOP, because we don’t have to spend many resources at the moment to get them there and keep them there. Not so great news for the Democratic party, which will have to have its union contingent spend even more resources to match what we’re doing now. Which means that anybody from a GOP district should go to their town hall meetings, too. Not that you should forget your cameras.
Just in case.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.