It’s getting more and more “hostile” back home for House GOP

Wednesday, April 27

April 27th, 2011

SEE BELOW – it’s getting more and more “hostile” back home for House GOP that voted to end Medicare so millionaires can have another tax break – after facing “repeated heckling, boos and shouting matches” in their town hall meetings, now some are resorting to “screening questions” --- and the architect of the plan to turn Medicare into Coupon Care himself Paul Ryan felt he needed to “duck out a back entrance” to avoid local seniors waving “Hands Off My Medicare!” signs …


MUST SEE: WTMJ (Milwaukee): Paul Ryan Met With Sea of “Hands Off My Medicare!” Signs at Kenosha Town Hall


Politico: ‘Ryan dodges protesters in police car’.  GOP Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan had to leave his last and most raucous town hall meeting Tuesday Elvis-style — ducking out a back entrance on advice of police as protesters surrounded his car.  Ryan held four community meetings in his southeastern Wisconsin district Tuesday, and two of them attracted so many attendees that crowds of people — including reporters — were left waiting outside. The meeting in Kenosha, held in a hall with a capacity for 300, had an additional 200 gathered outside, with many of them protesting Ryan's plan to change Medicare.


MUST READ: Concord Monitor Editorial: Voters right to grill Bass on Medicare: Bass had the Republican script for such encounters. Traditional Medicare would be replaced not with vouchers but with a "premium support system." Please, Charlie, you're insulting people. Call it what it is: a voucher whose value increases more slowly than the cost of health care. The government saves money, but Medicare recipients pay a bigger share of the cost of health care every year. The nation's debt and deficit can't be reduced without doing more to control health care costs, including Medicare, but a voucher system is a heartless way to go about it.


Huffington Post: GOP Town Halls: Reps Forced To Screen Questions, Duck Out Of Meetings In Secret:


The wave of town hall protests targeting House Republicans, and aided by labor and progressive groups, is forcing lawmakers to put restrictions on the forum’s traditionally open structure.  On Tuesday night, Rep. Allen West’s office (R-Fl.) reportedly screened questioners during his town hall event by requiring individuals to fill out index cards which were then vetted by his staff.


NYT: House G.O.P. Members Face Voter Anger Over Budget: In central Florida, a Congressional town meeting erupted into near chaos on Tuesday as attendees accused a Republican lawmaker of trying to dismantle Medicare while providing tax cuts to corporations and affluent Americans. At roughly the same time in Wisconsin, Representative Paul D. Ryan, the architect of the Republican budget proposal, faced a packed town meeting, occasional boos and a skeptical audience as he tried to lay out his party’s rationale for overhauling the health insurance program for retirees… After 10 days of trying to sell constituents on their plan to overhaul Medicare, House Republicans in multiple districts appear to be increasingly on the defensive, facing worried and angry questions from voters and a barrage of new attacks from Democrats and their allies.


Washington Post’s Plum Line: Paul Ryan heckled by angry protestors: This will generate a lot of chatter today: According to WTMJ in Wisconsin, Ryan himself got a real earful at a town hall meeting from protestors who are furious over his proposal to end Medicare as we know it.


Seniors held up signs saying “hands off my Medicare,” and chanted that Ryan should “stop lying,” according to the report. Also note that Ryan was forced to leave in a different vehicle than he arrived in.


AP: Congressional Republicans go home to mixed reviews: Freshman Rep. Daniel Webster was armed with a rainbow of graphs and pie charts, ready to make the GOP's case for budget cuts before his own constituents. He was barely a minute into his prepared remarks Tuesday when the yelling started. The first heckler shouted his doubts about the Florida congressman's promise to do what is right in Washington. From there, the hour-long meeting in Orlando was filled with a constant stream of boos and questioners in the crowd of 300 shouting over each other.


Daniel Webster Orlando Town Hall


Orlando Sentinel: Angry crowd at town-hall meeting could be the norm for Dan Webster: A town-hall meeting held in Orlando by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with members of the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another. It could be a sign of things to come for Webster, a staunch conservative in a competitive district that Democrats hope to recapture in 2012.



WFTV (Orlando): Rep. Webster Faces Hostile Crowd In Orlando: ORLANDO, Fla. -- Freshman Republican congressman Dan Webster faced repeated heckling, boos and shouting matches between supporters and opponents during a town hall meeting in Orlando.


RAW VIDEO: Things Get Heated At Town Hall



CNN: Crowd turns loud at town hall session for freshman GOP rep: House Republicans back home for congressional recess have been getting some tough questions about plans to overhaul Medicare, but GOP freshman Daniel Webster's town hall meeting in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday was beyond tough - it turned into a chaotic scene. Webster used charts and graphs to try to explain the controversial House GOP budget he voted for, but he could barely be heard over angry yelling - mostly about the Medicare proposal.


Politico: Overflow crowds for Ryan town halls: In the district’s Democratic stronghold of Kenosha, at least 200 people were left outside once the 300-seat auditorium filled to capacity. The people in the crowd largely opposed the Ryan plan, holding signs such as “RyanCare = Dying Bare,” “Leave Medicare Alone” or simply, “Save Medicare!”  While Ryan spoke inside, the group rallied outside and ironically played Shania Twain’s “Ka-Ching,” which criticizes society’s obsession with money. As Ryan was leaving, they chanted, “Tax the rich, too!”


MSNBC: House Republicans regroup amid Medicare anger: The Republican plan to fundamentally restructure Medicare and cut social safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid has at times been a raucously tough sell as its supporters head home and meet with their constituents, including Democrats organized against them. Even the architect of the plan, Rep. Paul Ryan, has been booed, though many of those attending four meetings Tuesday in his home state of Wisconsin were supportive.


CBS News: Angry voters crowd GOP town meetings: The town meetings in this mostly rural district are normally intimate affairs. But this week, constituents from Twin Lakes to Kenosha are being turned away as capacity crowds inside come to praise or condemn the plan Ryan likes to call the "path to prosperity." "Your plan screws the next two generations," one constituent is heard telling Ryan.


WNYT: Rep. Gibson defends Republican budget plan (VIDEO): It's 'deja vu' for reporters covering town hall meetings and for members of Congress, taking flak over health care reform. But unlike two years ago when it was the Democrats in the hot seat, this time it's the Republicans defending a plan to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid… Congressman Chris Gibson had some explaining to do in Malta on Tuesday night.



Outside Chris Gibson’s Malta Town Hall


Palm Beach Post: West, like Republicans at home district meetings nationwide, draws hecklers on Medicare: Inside the meeting, West was less than a minute into his remarks tonight when two or three men began shouting from the audience. "How about our Medicare that you're stealing?" shouted one. "How about allowing questions from the audience?" shouted another man, apparently dissatisfied with West's decision to answer written questions submitted by audience members before the meeting.

Sun Sentinel: Democrats turn tables on Republicans, disrupt town halls: Taking a page from the tea party activists who hammered Democrats at their town hall meetings two summers ago, liberal partisans are making signs, preparing pointed questions, and turning out for Republican congressional town hall meetings.

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