From Long Island, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.
The last week of the congressional recess brought out continuing calls to slow down the action on health care reform from Republicans and a vocal minority of town hall participants.
In this week’s installment of the Policy & Practice Podcast, our intrepid reporter Mary Ellen Schneider (@maryellenNY on Twitter) braved a crowd of 1,200 or more at a town hall held by Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) to get a window in on the controversy that legislators have been facing over the last month or so. The top message she heard: what’s the hurry?
We also hear from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a member of the HELP Committee, who also urges Congress to take a more measured approach to reform.
Undaunted, President Obama has announced his plans to keep everything moving and said he would address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, September 9. We’ll have more on that next week.
In the meantime, take a few minutes out of your day and tell us what you think of this week’s podcast:
— Alicia Ault (on Twitter @aliciaault)