More than 1,000 people crowded into the Grass Valley Veterans Hall to ask McClintock questions and get answers about health care reform being pushed by President Barack Obama’s administration. Because of the mass participation, McClintock held a second town hall immediately afterward, allowing for as many people to have their voice heard as possible.
The 4th District congressman opened the gathering with comments on how vital town halls are to America’s democracy.
“Whenever we sense our country’s in danger, we rise to the occasion,” McClintock said. “We become actively involved and ultimately, we set things right.
“There are very serious problems with our health care system that must be addressed,” McClintock told the crowd. “But … I am skeptical that a government that pays $400 for a hammer, $600 for a toilet seat and runs a $1.6 trillion deficit within a single year is somehow going to be successful keeping down our health care costs.”
Because of the relatively little shouting and civil disagreement among the crowd, McClintock was able to swim through his third forum in the district, answering questions from supporters, detractors and opponents fairly easily.