The debate on healthcare is raging on despite the President’s vacation, with leading members of the Senate Finance Committee working to come up with a draft that addresses bipartisan concerns.
The healthcare town hall meetings have been what could best be described as lively. They’ve thus far been filled with contentious debate as well as surprising, random displays of unrelated Amendments. The “Tea Party” activists have been a fixture at these town halls, having apparently read a Memo to “Rock the Town Halls” which reminds folks to sit in front and yell out early, with “short intermittent shout-outs” serving as disruption throughout.
The newest debate over the so-called “Death Panels” has inspired some interesting T-shirts. It also inspired an interesting exchange between a Town Hall attendee and Barney Frank, which provided the American public with a dramatic enactment of Godwin’s Law during one particularly energetic town hall in Massachussetts:
On our end, this flavor of back-and forth is what we’re seeing in the T-shirts. The designs in volume seem to be swaying slightly against the proposed healthcare plans, particularly the so-called “public option,” around which the Obama administration seems to be altering its talking points. The government plan (called “Obamacare” by the Right) was first stated as necessary to create a competitive market, then more recently de-prioritized by the President as not being the central component of healthcare reform.
What the future holds for the nation’s healthcare is, at the moment, in the hands of the legislators. What We the People think is summed up in the T-shirts, so if town hall shouting matches give you a headache you can just take a gander: