The San-Antonio Express-News has the scam as they try to peddle a tiny crowd of “60 people” (which looks more like 30 at best to me) as “significant”:
By Guillermo X. Garcia – Express-News
Braving the midday sun, some 60 residents from Bexar and surrounding counties rallied outside the local office of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Wednesday demanding that Congress support President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s health insurance system.
“We need to convince the senator, and others in the (Texas) delegation that a public option for health insurance coverage is essential, now more than ever,” said Angie Drake, a local rally organizer. Rally participants traveled from Kerr, Comal and Guadalupe counties for the noon rally.
San Antonio in Bexar County has a population of over 1.2 million people — and closer to 2 million plus when you figure in the additional counties of Kerr, Comal and Guadalupe. And they could only raise a (questionable) 60 people?
“Our representatives in Congress have an excellent health care system,” said Daniel Boone of Canyon Lake, one of the attendees. “We should all have one as good as theirs.”
And what makes you think for a moment that the Public Option Healthcare being contemplated by Congress would be any better than Medicaid? Than Medicare? Than military hospitals where you are precluded by law for suing fo malpracice — which happens a LOT? Than the Veterans Administration?
Every time we’ve tried government financed and supported healthcare it’s become synonymous with waste, fraud, abuse, and malpractice. Why would it be any different this time?
And isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a better outcome this time?
After the rally, participants delivered a petition signed by more than 7,000 Texans backing Obama’s proposal to Hutchinson’s office staff as well as to representatives of Sen. John Cornyn. Both Republican senators have indicated reservations with the White House proposal.
Seven thousand TEXANS — not San Antonians; which means they couldn’t get 7,000 people in the city to sign the petition. The reason for that is obvious: San Antonio has a HUGE medical population, with 57 dialysis clinics, over 20 hospitals, hundreds of Nursing Homes and Rehab Centers, not to mention medical research facilities, etc, etc.
They know full well what will happen if the government gets hold of Healthcare — and it’s not good. It will radically alter their way of life, and (more importantly) their paychecks.
Nice try, astroturfers — but no cigar. The San Antonio Tea Party pulled over 200 protesters at Congressman Gonzalez’s office last month at the spur of the moment. You guys organized for how long and could only get 60?