By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Are town hall meetings helping or hurting the healthcare debate? The answer is "Yes." They are doing both:
The sound and fury at U.S. "town hall" meetings on healthcare reform have revealed as much about conservative fears of President Barack Obama as about health issues — and in the end might have little significance in the broader debate.
Well, perhaps, but I do think they also reveal a critical and well-founded fear on the part of middle- and lower-middle class voters that the White House and Congress intend to keep taxing them into oblivion to help pay for the needs of the poor. I'll elaborate on this in future posts.