Some unhappy they couldn’t get through on Klobuchar health tele-conference

Some who thought they’d be connected to Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s health care reform “tele-town-hall” meeting Sunday never got hooked-in, and are complaining to the Pioneer Press’ Bill Salisbury.

Although some thought they were deliberately kept off the call — listened to by 10,000 Minnesotans — apparently there was a technical glitch that kept them off the call.

Her staffers hope to solve the problem in case they do it again.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/25/2009 - 04:01 pm.

    Hey, I’ve got a wonderful idea…stay with me here…

    How about Senator Klobuchar shows up *in person* to hear what people, you know….the people she supposedly represents?…what those people think about the Democrat plan to socialize medicine?

    Hey, it’s only the biggest expansion of tax payer financed entitlements to come down the pike in what, 80 years? So why not?

    Yeah, sure! And, hey…she could bring along Senator* Franken, too! *Everyone* wants to see him!

    We could have balloons and streamers and maybe raffle a “clunker”…it’d be great.

  2. Submitted by Justin Bigelow on 08/25/2009 - 10:07 pm.

    oh what woes would become of the world without insightful commentary from Mr. Swift. I enjoy reading (with eyes how they twinkled and dimples so merry) everyday but can’t post from work, so here goes:

    Dear Mr. Swift,

    First, I agree that Senators Klobuchar and Franken (sans asterisk) should hold real life town halls with real live people. Also, I think its swell they try to connect with a different audience via telephone (presumably more people use the phone than may attempt to attend a town hall meeting with a politician).

    Second, much as Mr. Swift and I may never meet, it is through the grace of technology that our ideas can mingle and hopefully procreate to some form of consensus for this vast and varied country, using technology like telephones makes sense (if done correctly).

    Third, we mustn’t forget the thoughtful approach to journalism from 2-13-08 referring to Congresswoman Bachmann’s outlandish use of the tele town hall (

    Keep on ranting and helping me chortle Mr. Swift! (and for the record, I begrudgingly didn’t place an asterisk near Bachmann’s name)

  3. Submitted by Bill Coleman on 08/25/2009 - 10:20 pm.

    Mr. Swift – I believe that the biggest expansion of taxpayer financed entitlements was the *Bush* (those asteriks are FUN!) medicare drug policy which entitled the drug companies to record profits at non-negotiated prices.

    Do you really believe that there has been a lack of opportunity for public discussion of the health care issue? There have been more town meetings and discussion on this issue than any other issue in my lifetime.

    To me it amusing that the anti-reformers have focused on frightening seniors that they will lose the quality care that they currently receive from the federal government. I understand that their next target for confusion are veterans who also get their health care from the government.

    Apparently both groups like their government financed health care just fine!

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