Michael Steele Deals With a Town Hall Protester

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 6:31 am

During Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s speech/town hall meeting Tuesday at Howard University in Washington, a 23-year old college grad/activist named Amanda Duzak got up to ask Steele an angry question about health care, along the lines of the questions Democrats have been asked at town halls in August. Steele wasn’t flustered, but he didn’t thank her for participating in a great democratic tradition, either. In fact, he chastised her for not listening to him and sarcastically congratulated her for “making it on TV.”

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priestamen
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 11:48 am

I was there at that meeting and am actually sad to say that I laughed at his joke to the young lady. However when I thought about it further I felt ignorant for laughing and remorseful for the young lady because she said that her mother died of cancer because she couldn't afford healthcare. Mr. Steele's comment back to her that her antics got her on the news was very harsh and unsympathetic. He was very good at criticizing the Obama adminstration policies inadvertantly and indirectly, trying to make the audience think in terms of individualistic terms instead of group health and well being. Also most of his comments were geared toward financial gain and business instead of American well being.


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Jim
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

But, all he did in the end was avoid the question. And, for all of you who have insurance, be aware that when you need it most is when you will get dropped…

“At an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing this summer, members heard the story of Robin Beaton, a 59-year-old whose insurance was revoked after she got breast cancer. The reason? She didn't disclose she once was treated for acne. Beaton isn't unique. Her story resonates with the thousands of Americans who each year fall victim to rescission, the practice of revoking insurance. Even Republican subcommittee chair Joe Barton, who voted against the final commerce-committee health-care bill, denounced rescissions, declaring he spoke for the committee “on both sides of the aisle.” But when oversight subcommittee chair Rep. Bart Stupak asked the three insurance executives at a June hearing if they would stop the practice, all responded with a no.”

http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archiv…

Further down, the executives claim…

“Representatives of the health-insurance industry say there's broad consensus in the industry about ending rescissions, but that appears contingent on the passage of broader reforms that would ensure universal coverage. With everybody covered, the practice becomes virtually obsolete.”

So, even the insurance industry is telling us that if we want them to become more responsible we will have to pass Health legislation. If your wanting to keep the status quo, hope you don't need any major surgery or cancer treatment, they'll find a way to not cover you if you do.


Name
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

Michael Steele was born in Kenya.


strangely_enough
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

Have you seen his birth certificate?


Chris
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

“Michael Steele Deals With a Town Hall Protester” => “Michael Steele ridicules cancer death daughter”

“an angry question about health care, along the lines of the questions Democrats have been asked at town halls in August.” => “a heartfelt question about the death of her mother, along the lines of questions Republicans have been ignoring all summer”


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curlynmoe
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

In regard to the Government controlled Healthcare Plan Bill, we need to know what we are getting into. What does the bill say? What exactly does the Healthcare Plan cover? Do we want a Government controlled Healthcare that controls what we can and cannot do with our lives and the lives of our elderly and youth? That is what we are getting, not something that will help us in the long run! If anyone can tell me the context of the Healthcare Plan that would be great. We need to be able to decide for ourselves on this not the Government.


wrigleyfield
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

I really respect you for sharing this opinion and rethinking your first response. Thank you for posting.


Jim
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

Well, Curly, we can use what we already have to see. Medicare and Medicaid are both Government run healthcare systems and I've seen more than once that citizens are saying “I don't want a government system and keep your hand off my medicare!” Lack of understanding of what you have NOW is as big a problem as what we can expect in the future. And, even if you have insurance, check my post below. You may only have it until you really need it, then the insurance company can abandon you when you need them most. Scared of the Government…you might be more scared of the insurance companies, since your life may be worth less than a new Yatch for the CEO of your insurance company.

But, I agree with you on we need to see the final plan and give us a chance to comment with our leaders before it is jammed through for a vote. I hated that the pubs used to do that late at night without giving anyone a chance to see what they were doing. I want to know, as well as you.


mantis
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

There's a bill in the House and one in the Senate you can read. They are available online.

By the way, claiming that you don't know what's in the bill, and that “we need to know,” then following that with a statement about what we are and are not getting, is pretty contradictory, donchathink? So which is it? You know what's in the bill and don't like it, or you don't know? It can't be both.


Jim
Comment posted September 2, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

Orly has a copy…just in case.


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naflack
Comment posted September 3, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

turn it around and make it look like the people speaking up are just looking for 15 minutes on tv, i would have expected nothing less from Michael Steele…or any other republican in regards to this issue.


Francis
Comment posted September 3, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

Amanda is a leftwing political activist. Scroll down to the comments at the link: http://www.globalwarmingawarenessblog.com/creat…


wtaguy
Comment posted September 4, 2009 @ 12:55 am

So what, Francis. That Ms Duzak supports alternative energy strategies, believes global warming is fact, or wants – god forbid! – clean air and water, what's the problem? Are you suggesting that because you disagree with her, she has no right to ask Steele a question? That she had no right to be there? That a left-winger shouldn't talk to a right-winger?

If so, YOU'RE the problem!


sandboxreport
Comment posted September 4, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

Breaking News: Michael Steele's Violent Past – http://sandboxreport.com/?p=457


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Elon
Comment posted September 5, 2009 @ 12:53 am

This guy is a bone fide a*hole. Someone asks about the people who can't afford health care and literally dying, what's your solution Mr. Steele, and he turns around and suggestively claims she is doing it to get on TV. Wow!

Wasn't Van Jones' video circulating like a virus about how he called Republicans an a*hole? Do you need any more verification? Interestingly enough, he censures her for doing the far less than how the Teabaggers disrupting the townhall meetings. Notice that this wasn't a town hall meeting but rather a minority Republican inspiration gathering in an African American school. Not to mention the first two rows was designated for ALL white Republican school members.


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