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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Snyder's health care talk

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A packed house with lots of questions greeted U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder at the Statehouse Convention Center today as he talked health issues as part of the Clinton School's ongoing lecture series. An early report from photographer Brian Chilson indicates a strong turnout from a variety of viewpoints, such as the teabaggers (their word on the front of the vehicle) in the van below.

Event ran 90 minutes. Respectful debate reported on Twitter, though there were big applause lines -- such as suggestion that Congress get same health insurance options as everyone else. Snyder said there'd be no bill to kill old people because there were too many in Congress. He told a doctor that tort reform was a state issue, not federal, and he wasn't sure there's evidence to support it would lower costs. (Have your medical bills dropped since tough tort reform passed in Arkansas? It did produce a tremendous benefit to doctors in cost and availability and claims on malpractice insurance.)

Check out more on the jump from Gerard Matthews including a video of Snyder taking questions after the meeting.  He talks about messaging and lessons learned from the Clinton years.

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There's not much more to add to the previous report.  The discussion was very civil, especially compared to the last event at Arkansas Children's Hospital.  There were moments of boos and cheers, but for the most part the audience remained very respectful of whoever was speaking, including Snyder. 

Surprisingly, a lot of people who asked questions expressed their support for the public option, although Snyder said it wasn't a deal-breaker for him one way or the other.   

Snyder said Democrats have received no direction from the White House or the national party on how to respond to misinformation at town hall meetings.  Messaging has been somewhat of a problem, as most Democrats have spent the majority of time talking about complete misrepresentations like "death panels" instead of explaining what the problem actually is and why it needs to be fixed.  You can bet congressional Republicans would be getting talking point emails every day if they were engaged in a policy battle similar to the one Dems find themselves in now.  Snyder said there were many lessons to be learned from the Clinton era.  Watch the video for his remarks.  

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