August is vacation time for Congress and all the Congresspeople are out talking with their constituents -- for the Dems that means drumming up support for Obama's health care plan.
If you've been following the news lately, you've heard about the anti-health care protesters shouting “just say no” at various Democratic Party town hall meetings -- basically striving to disrupt any debate that doesn't go their way.
If you watch MSNBC, you've heard the evidence that these teabag-esque protesters are following a script laid out by Repub operatives and lobbyists for the heath care industry, getting direction from firms like Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks.
So what's a Representative to do? Our own Congressman Mike Thompson has a solution: skip the town hall, well, make the meeting virtual -- over the phone. That way there's no way for shouters to disrupt, at least no way I can think of. The details came via email from Mike's peeps:
Join a Live Telephone Town Hall Meeting on August 5th
WASHINTON - On the evening of August 5th, Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) will host a live town hall meeting via telephone to respond to overwhelming interest in the status of health care reform. Participants can ask him questions about health care reform, and the Congressman will respond live for everyone to hear.
What: A toll-free telephone town hall with Congressman Mike Thompson
When: Wednesday, August 5th from 7-8 p.m. Pacific Time
How to join: At 7 p.m. dial (877) 229-8493 and enter the passcode 13293