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Why Won’t John Campbell Host A Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Reform?
by: Nicole Melissa

Congressman John Campbell is declining to host a formal town-hall meeting for his constituents in Laguna Niguel. Why won’t our congressman let his citizens’ voices be heard?

While other congressman in Orange County such as Gary Miller and Ken Calvert are hosting town-hall meetings, or at least tele-meetings, for their constituents to discuss the extremely important and controversial healthcare bill currently in congress, John Campbell seems to be the only one withholding this opportunity from regular people like you and me. While he is meeting with special interest groups around the area, he has not chosen to give ordinary citizens who are not part of a political special interest group a chance to speak up, make their voices heard, and ask questions about this important and confusing bill. I know a lot of people in Laguna Niguel are wondering about the future state of health care in the US and would appreciate the chance to sit down with their own representative, hear his explanation and thoughts, ask questions and give the strong opinions that they have.

This health care reform is a very important issue to everyone in the United States, and Congressman John Campbell should be informing his constituents about it (and getting their feedback) in person—after all, we are the constituents he serves. Is he really so busy in Washington that he can’t make time for a town hall meeting for us? The political process is supposed to involve everyone’s input, and with an issue as important as health care that could affect everyone, a town-hall meeting seems like a necessary step. Clearly that’s why his counterparts around Orange County are hosting them – when is John Campbell going to step up?

What do you think? Leave your comment here.

Comment by Terry 8/23/2009 9:21:00 AM

I am fortunate enough to have a meeting scheduled with Mr. Campbell next week. You are correct that he has chosen to have small, limited meetings. But I am not from any specific "special interest" group regarding healthcare. I somewhat understand his decision, but don't defend it. Seeing the debacles that have been in the news regarding "Town Hall" meetings on healthcare I don't know that they have been very productive for either the politicians or the public. It is unfortunate that not only our politicians do not conduct themselves professionally on this or other issues but also it appears that the majority of the public that show up are only going there to scream, argue and berate. I am always in favor of public discourse and meetings but don't believe that screaming and bashing is appropriate or productive. And no, I don't know what the answer would be to be able to have both productive public meetings without having the battles.

Comment by Nicole 8/21/2009 11:32:00 AM

Hi, this is Nicole, the author of the article. In response to your comment, Brian, about my position of the article, I was not attempting to offer a political viewpoint on the issue of healthcare. I was merely posing a question regarding the issue because I know it is important to a lot of people. Thank you for your comments.

Comment by Brian Dani 8/20/2009 5:22:00 PM

John Campbell probably has determined has position on this subject, I do not believe he is in support. The majority of people in this district are conservative so holding a meeting may be pointless for him. Not a good excuse if that his his reason. I will not be in support of him due to his support of Cash for Clunkers. We all know what a disaster this has turned out to be. I do not know the position of the author of the above article, but I suspect they are liberal from the tone of the article. While respect this, the media should remain to be neutral, the public can take sides.

Comment by Tim Mathiesen 8/20/2009 5:20:00 PM

What is really unfortunate is that this problem goes beyond political lines. John Campbell is afraid of the outcry, so he stays away. By staying away, he is telling is constituents that he does not care what they think. We the people need someone to take the lead and give us the facts. We do not need the many pundants that interpret the program, we need our representative to give us the facts. My suggestions is that we replace all our congress representatives and elect people who really care about the common folk. Our system is out of balance with "leaders" like Boxer and Pelosi whose only concern are their special interests. Tim Mathiesen A concerned Republican!

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