We can now add House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the list of Democratic leaders who have denounced and dismissed the rowdy protesters who’ve disrupted health care town hall events across the country. “During the August district work period, Democrats are meeting with their constituents about the health insurance reform and America’s Affordable Health Choices Act,” reads a post on the Speaker’s blog.
Unfortunately, those not interested in health insurance reform are disrupting public meetings and not allowing concerned constituents to ask questions and express their views. Many of these opponents who are shutting down civil discussion are organized by out-of-district, extremist political groups, and industry-supported lobbying firms.
So that’s the message: those who attempt to shout down and disrupt town hall events are extremists, supported by special interests. And as our reporting has shown, that appears to be roughly accurate.