I showed up a few minutes before 7 pm (coming from my daughter’s soccer practice). Representative Adam Smith was already talking. I left at 8:45 pm and the crowd was still making statements and asking questions. I recorded the audio from the Public Address system, and will try to get it uploaded so you can hear it for yourself.
A few highlights from my notes:
Question: I’m happy with my current high-deductible plan. It works perfectly for my family. As the plan is currently written, will I, in five year, be able to keep my existing plan?
Smith reply: No. If your high-deductible plan does not meet a minimum federal standard in five years, it must be brought up to those minimum standards, most likely at higher cost.
Question: As written, will you vote for the health care bill?
Smith reply: No! (Which was followed by loud applause). The tricky part is it won’t come to a vote as it is currently written. Furthermore, there are three versions of the house bill. Smith went on to say he favors the health exchange component and a public option (which elicited loud applause and booing).
At one point, during an abortion question, tempers flared to the point where a great deal of yelling and shoving caused Rep. Smith to pause for a few moments until the audience could settle down.
There was a great deal of cheering, booing, hissing and jeering as questions and comments were made from the audience as well as from Smith.
I encourage anyone who attended that wants to sound off on something said, or not, to either send me an email, post your comment below. I implore you, keep it clean and respectful.