Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone held a free-for-all town meeting in Red Bank, New Jersey, where nasty, ignorant, ill-informed people took over what was supposed to be a civil discussion of the health issue. One woman in a wheelchair was mocked when she talked of how difficult it is for her to make ends meet, given the amount of money she’s spending on medication. Brian Donohue of the Star Ledger covered the “event.”
I never thought I’d see a crowd of people heckle and boo a handicapped woman in a wheelchair. I never thought I’d be called a communist and a shill for big business – both in the same ten minutes.
But that was before the debate over federal health care reform came to my hometown, last night, at a town hall meeting on federal health care reform with Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th District).