Sunday, August 30, 2009
Congressman Doggett pointed out that private providers currently are spending about 81 cents on the premium dollar for actual health care, and that provisions are floating around to "allow" as low as 65 cents
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Austin, Tx – The rally began around 1 p.m. Saturday on the south steps of the Capitol. Supporters and opponents turned out by the hundreds. A contingent of Texas Secessionists were on hand to add to the color and excitement. Lots of signs, shouting and chanting. By and large, it was a peaceful demonstration.
The numbers grew steadily as the rally moved to the grand old Methodist Church on Lavaca St. a block away. The church was filled to capacity (estimated 1,200 inside with hundreds more outside) for a 3 o'clock speech from Congressman Lloyd Doggett. Media and other head counters said proponents of health care reform outnumbered opponents about 2,000 to 60.
Doggett said the disruptive actions of opponents at earlier Austin area town hall meetings (and other events around the country) had only increased his resolve to fight for reform legislation that includes a public health plan option. That brought whoops and a thunderous standing ovation from the pews.
The congressman pointed out that private providers currently are spending about 81 cents on the premium dollar for actual health care, and that provisions are floating around to "allow" as low as 65 cents. Not a very good deal, as premiums, deductibles and co-pays continue to shoot skyward in the private health care market.
One line delivered by the Rev. Jim Rigby, Pastor, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Austin that brought the house down and is sure to be repeated went something like this: 'When we talk about helping our neighbors and the poor, we're Christians, but when we actually try to do something about it, we're socialists.'
All in all, it was a good rally and a good day for Democracy in America and Texas. Everyone's views were expressed. A hat tip should go to the phalanx of DPS troopers who helped make it all possible. It also was good to see a spirited turnout from Hays County. Several showed up afterwards at the famous old Austin watering hole Scholtz's for some good cheer and discussion.
Posted by RoundUp Editor at 7:11 AM