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Avoiding the issue?

One way or another, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., figures to get an earful on health care reform while home for the congressional recess next week.

But she will not be doing so at a meeting scheduled specifically to talk about health care overhaul legislation pending in Congress — much to the chagrin of the state Republican Party chief.

State GOP chairman Doyle Webb wonders if Lincoln is trying to avoid such forums after saying this week that some opponents of health care reform were deliberately disrupting forums being held around the country, an act she initially described as “un-American.”

Lincoln later apologized for the characterization.

Webb says in a statement today: “People across Arkansas are concerned about the future of health care and have been waiting for the opportunity to speak with their elected officials about the Obama-Pelosi-Reid health care plan during the August recess.  I’m very disappointed to see Sen. Blanche Lincoln does not have a single health care town hall on her schedule.  These forums allow constituents to voice their opinion openly and honestly with their elected officials.  I certainly hope Sen. Lincoln is not trying to avoid vocal critics that she has referred to as ‘un-American,’ as they express their freedom of speech at public venues.”

A round table on veterans health care Tuesday in Little Rock and an address to the Mental Health Council of Arkansas on Thursday in Hot Springs are the only health-specific forums at which Lincoln is scheduled to appear in the state next week.

Her week-long schedule also includes appearances before civic groups, business and economic development leaders, county officials and Democratic groups.

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4 Responses to “Avoiding the issue?”

  1. August 8th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Tincanman says:

    Once again, Webb is wrong and Lincoln has nothing to apologize for. “Un-American” may not be the best term but people shouting down and shutting down intelligent, two-way discussions at town hall meetings is certainly ‘anti-democratic’. Senator Lincoln, like the rest of us, have discovered what’s really going on. It isn’t ‘grass-roots’ concern at all. It’s Republican and mega-corporate sponsorship of town hall angry mobs to thwart democracy and to help kill much needed healthcare reform. Spare us your lies, Webb. We are on to you and your greedy corporate handlers.

  2. August 9th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Eunice says:

    Senator Lincoln’s words will be her legacy when it comes to next years election. Those and her actions will continue to alienate the people of Arkansas. The lack of family values demonstrated by her party across the nation will reshape the next Congress. For me it will be a matter of the best person who will represent the people of Arkanas. So far none of the Republican candidates have come close to showing they have any leadership at all. Trevor Drown the Independent candidate from Russellville has the experience values and atttitude that I like. Unless someone else shows up that is comparable, I can see my decision will be an easy one.

  3. August 10th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    steven estrada says:

    Not only should Lincoln apologize, she should be ashamed of herself. The People haven’t shut down debate, but they are getting frustrated at the plethora of LIES that emanate from the mouths of our reps.

    Many of us have read the bill, or found the important parts containing punitive taxes for EVERYONE that opts out, or the parts that ration care, particularly in cancer cases.

    Reps like Lincoln, Snyder and Ross are trying to cram 1017 pages of boondoggle down everyone’s throats, and those three have not had the decency to read said document.

    Three things should happen, if they want a civil crowd that will listen. First, Be honest. Answer the question, don’t dodge, change the subject or obsfucate. Second, don’t sic union types to beat on local, vocal protesters. Third, face the fact that this is not GOP orchestrated, but the People, just folks, getting out and engaging the reps they voted for.

    Here in Arkansas it is ALL grass roots, with no outside help in organizing and protesting. Those are Arkansans protesting, and to deny that reality will only ensure that the ignored will become the infuriated and remember who to vote OUT of office in 2010.

    Lincoln should have the decency to face her constituents in this matter, as this is THE topic of debate the voters want to discuss.

  4. August 10th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Steve Holloway says:

    Great post steven estrada and Eunice. I would run against the dirty dogs if the timing was right, but I have two more years until I can retire from work.

    We need to stand together and take American back. Congress needs to be reminded they work for WE THE PEOPLE and not Obama. And I would have Obama prove who he really is and where he was born. How long would that take him. Just release all the records. It looks like its proven that the birth cert. is a forgery. Congress needs hold hearing unto this dark mater and remove him if needed.

    I would do away with the Federal Reserve and get the debt under control. Make the government much smaller and do away with the retirement programs for all of congress.

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