Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Rep. Lynn Jenkins hold Town Hall Meeting at the Dole Center, Lawrence KS
Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins has faced a slew of bad front page headlines recently in regards to her stand on health care reform. Jenkins has even publicly admitted she failed to read the legislation she's voted on. Despite billing the town hall event as a chance to discuss health insurance reform, Rep. Jenkins spent the better part of the meeting avoiding the issue -- no doubt because she sensed the crowd was anxious to discuss the public option. The crowd made it clear that they were going to talk about health care. After 15 minutes, some audience members grew restless and spoke over Jenkins, telling her they wanted to talk about health care. "We will get there," Jenkins said, and then added that she had done 26 town hall meetings so far and had never had a group treat her with such disrespect.
"You need to be respectful to us," an audience member countered.
The health care activists made it clear when the audience was invited to come to the mike to ask questions that they wanted to know why their representative hadn’t reviewed the research findings of the WHO and other international sources of information about health care programs worldwide. Many came to the mike to inform their elected representative of her responsibility to represent her constituents.
In this meeting she finally told us that she would now read the health bills that she had previously opposed. I hope that we gave Rep. Lynn Jenkins something to think about as she returns to Washington DC to vote on upcoming Health Reform Legislation.