Denver Health Care Event Went Smoothly
I just got back from the health care event at the Stout St. medical clinic for the homeless, sponsored by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and attended by Colorado Reps. Diana DeGette and Jared Polis, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I got lots of pictures outside and was allowed inside for the press conference. I got right up front with the network camera crews and took lots of video. I also interviewed a 16 year old protester on why he objected to the health care bill. It will take me a while to upload, so check back.
There was no disruption of anything by the protesters. They were outside the clinic. Only 70 people, mostly press, were allowed inside the clinic. When I left at the end of the press conference, the street was empty. They had no effect on what went on inside. A total waste of their time.
Update: Videos and Photos below (all uploaded now.)
Update: Here's another protester/loudmouth. He was pretty funny.
Update: Here's a 15 second video of the crowd shouting "health care now". I think the pro-health care reform folks outnumbered the protesters, but the protesters had more varied signs. Here are a few:
Now onto the remarks at the closed press conference (The videos are coming in): Rep. Diana DeGette was first:
Rep. Jared Polis was up next:
John P, Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, spoke next and as it turned out, had some really interesting information to share about the homeless:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the final speaker. Here's part 1:
Speaker Pelosi and Rep. DeGette took some questions. They weren't all friendly questions, one assumed there were great divisions among the Democrats on health care reform. Here's Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Diana DeGette discussing the negotiations for the bill and stating the Dems are unified in wanting health care reform.
Here is Speaker Pelosi answering the question I told her staffer I would ask, regarding the biggest misconceptions about the health care bill:
In response to another question, Speaker Pelosi addressed the Democrats' support for the public option (video here.)
I also got some handouts (which I've scanned as pdf docs and uploaded in case anyone wants to read them) on both the health care reform bill(what's in it for you), highlights of the 111th Congress, and health care for the homeless, the use of stimulus funds for Colorado, organized oppositon to the health care bill and some facts and figures on the homeless and specific projects the stimulus funds would be used for. One project is the expansion of the Stout St. Medical Center and another is a 98 apartment complex called Residence Uptown Lofts. They even included design photos.
Final word: I can't remember hearing a single thing about Medicare. It ended around 4:00 pm. I was one of the first to leave, and the street outside was deserted. Not a soul in sight. Must have been a big disappointment to the protesters.
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