Rep. Mike Thompson held a town hall meeting on health care in Eureka here on the North Coast of CA Wednesday, which was by this early account from people who were there, well attended, civil and informative. That's been the trend of recent town meetings elsewhere--there have been thousands, with most people attentive, interested and largely in support, as E. J. Dionne notes in the Washington Post today. Now that people are prepared for rudeness from the Rabid Right, it's not being allowed to dominate and keep others from speaking, and people are telling their stories about this tragic absurdity called health care in America, asking their questions and getting information. Next week President Obama will address Congress on the essentials of the bills they will be considering in September. This photo, by the way, isn't from Eureka but from a town hall elsewhere. The quote is Ted Kennedy's.
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