Congressman Darryl Issa (CA-49) will hold a town hall about the GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in Oceanside at 8:30 a.m. Details are at his website at www.issa.house.gov and you’ll register for a ticket, which means the Congressman is granting access to friendlies — people he knows or Republicans. If you have a “D” in your voter registration, good luck getting in.
You can submit a question after filling out a form and the event will be livestreamed, so there will be video of this charade.
The question to ask is simple: under the House plan, the average Obamacare subscrive will pay $1500 more and get less. The healthcare of those making $150K or more is year is subsidized by taxpayers, while healthcare for the poor is rationed. Why does Issa think this is a better plan for everyone? He is the richest man in Congress so buying the best healthcare available will never be an issue for him, but what about everyone else?
OC Republican Congress-critters will likely watch this town hall and use it as a model to host an event without having to truly face constituents who are truly pissed off about the direction of the country. Issa’s cowardice is only matched by Dana Rohrabacher, who hosted a telephonic town hall with one way audio last night, and Mimi Walters who held a “town hall” at the Orange County Business Council in front of friendlies.
But let’s take stock of Issa’s event. The Congressman has to arrive and leave, so even if those he selects for tickets are like-minded, its not unreasonable for large numbers of residents of CA-49 to show up and voice their opinions, carry signs and generally show the Congressman just why their voices need to be heard too.
I know Mike Levin, a new candidate for Congress who lead an Issa-less town hall last month, will be there. Perhaps Doug Applegate will be there too (his people have not reached out to us).
So try and register for tickets, fill out the forms for questions, make your signs and get up early. Don’t be surprised if there are roadblocks and restricted access to the event to throw off demonstrators. And if you do go to demonstrate, a request that you let Issa’s supporters know that no one protesting is being paid.