America, 2009

August 11, 2009 8:57 p.m.

From TPM Reader CB

Just got back from Schiff’s meeting which was held outside its original location, the Alhambra Civic Center Library, to accommodate the crowd which I estimate to be in the 800-1000 range. Not sure if he’s a genius or just incredibly dull, but Schiff had the below panel speak before getting to audience questions, and the talks they gave were boring enough to lull the audience into a bit of a stupor. I was there for an hour and a half beforehand, and the anti- and pro-Obama forces traded shouts and cheers, no shoving, but the place bristled with anger, that was for sure. I saw a million little conversations between pairs and quartets of those with opposing views trying to make their cases to each other, but it didn’t seem like anyone got anywhere with their argument. I did see a very articulate Brit making the case for, I think, the public option, to a Latino man, which, in the end, I don’t think worked, either. There was a small but active group of LaRouche’sters there with their poster of Obama with a Hitler mustache. There was also a presence of anti-immigration activists, and with their fear of paying for illegal aliens’ health care, I think they contributed a good percentage of the anti-Obama camp. I left before the whole thing was over, because the event never became more than I expected it to be–a shouting match between opposing sides.

Moderator Dr. Bruce Hensel, Medical, Health, and Science Editor/Reporter for NBC4 Panelists Dr. Benjamin Chu, President, Southern California Region, Kaiser Dr. Richard Brown, Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Jerry Flanagan, Health Care Advocate, Consumer Watchdog Leeba Lessin, President, CareMore Health Plan

Here’s a flash report on the event filed for the LA Times.

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