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Health care circus comes to Bay Ridge on Tuesday!

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Set your calendars and grab your tea bags — Rep. Mike McMahon is bringing the health care town hall craziness to Bay Ridge on Tuesday!

The freshman congressman has carved out a moderate role in the health care debate in Washington, but was nonetheless harangued by protesters at a similar town hall meeting on Staten Island earlier this month.

Given the passions that health care reform has stoked — not only among McMahon’s Bay Ridge and Staten Island constituents, but with national organizations such as the self-styled, anti-tax Tea Party — Tuesday’s forum is expected to get ugly.

More than 800 people attended the earlier event, some with signs and many with loud voices.

The announcement of the forum, which just popped into our Inbox this afternoon, urged voters to remain calm.

“Rep. McMahon asks that constituents limit the use of signs or props during the town hall to ensure that all in attendance are able to see, listen and participate without obstruction,” the statement said.

McMahon health care forum, Shore Hill Community Room [9000 Shore Rd. at 90th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 630-5277], Oct. 20, 10 am-noon.

Updated 5:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Doug Biviano from Brooklyn Heights says:
The focus should not be on the disastrous bills that Congress and Obama have put forth so far. McMahon was right in many regards, except that he comes up way short in not offering the best way forward for Americans which is SINGLE PAYER MEDICARE FOR ALL (H.R 676). We don't need penalties for small businesses and individuals. We don't need a parking place for the most costly to care for called the "Public Option." And we certainly don't need to subsidize the health insurance corporations already hefty profits with tax payer's hard earned money.

What we need more than anything is for local leaders to show up to this event -- the likes of Mayor Bloomberg and Bill Thompson -- to call on McMahon to lead on H.R. 676 because it is both the moral thing to do for uniform access and to save our local and national economies. Bloomberg and Thompson know how destructive the current system is and that the convoluted and complex bills like HR 3200 and Baucus's are simply barking up the wrong tree. These bogus bills will be disastrous to the goal of universal care in the long run. Now is the time to get it right.

You'll notice McMahon showed up at his last town hall meeting with a health insurance executive so he obviously supports wasteful middlemen getting in between you and your doctor. These business executives do not belong at the health care table, period.

Single Payer H.R. 676 is the only way to go:

http://healthcare.kucinich.us/petition/

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.676:
Oct. 15, 2009, 6:53 pm
Eddie from Bay Ridge says:
Absolutely agree:
Single Payer Medicare for All -- and leave the insurance execs home, Mike.
Oct. 16, 2009, 3:01 am

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