Some of the Tea Party troops were outside Rep. Greg Walden’s Bend office Monday afternoon to register their opposition to health care reform, marching around and holding up signs saying things like “No Socialism!” and “Obama = Tyranny.”
I wondered what, if anything, the marchers actually know about the legislation they’re in such a lather over. One thing I bet they don’t know – because Glenn Beck and the rest of the Fox News crew would never tell them – is what the reform would do for them and other people in Walden’s congressional district.
It just so happens that the House Energy and Commerce Committee has put out a report breaking down the benefits of the bill for every congressional district in the country. According to the committee’s figures, in Oregon’s District 2 the measure would:
Besides ticking off the benefits, the congressional report gives the larger picture of what the reform legislation will do and how it will do it. If you want to get the facts for yourself instead of just accepting what the right-wing screamers on radio and TV tell you, you might want to check it out.