Photo: Jackie Speier’s health care town hall in Montara


Posted by on Sun, August 23, 2009

Cheri Parr
Hundreds of Coastsiders and other San Mateo County residents showed up for Congresswoman Jackie Speier's town hall meeting on health care reform. The meeting was moved from the Cypress Inn conference center to the Farallone View multipurpose room and finally to the school playground to accommodate the crowds. While the majority of attendees supported of the House plan to reform health care, a strong and vocal majority minority opposed reform. The discussion was spirited and vocal, but never got out of hand. Speier can be seen on the left in the white jacket. Click for larger image.

I would estimate the crown at about 450.

Judging by the questions and responses, it was about 95% in favor of health care reform with 5% against.

Comment 2
Sun, August 23, 2009 3:06pm
Bob Poole
All my comments

“While the majority of attendees supported of the House plan to reform health care, a strong and [vocal majority] opposed reform”

I think you meant to say a “vocal minority.”

It appeared to me that there were even more attendees after this photo was taken.

Without health care reform, the average premium for family coverage would rise from $12,298 (the 2008 average) to $23,842 by 2020—a 94 percent increase.

Commonwealth Fund, a 90-year-old non-profit health care charity:
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Data-Briefs/2009/Aug/Paying-the-Price-How-Health-Insurance-Premiums-Are-Eating-Up-Middle-Class-Incomes.aspx

Bob, thanks for the correction. I’ve fixed the text.

I’m not sure many more folks showed up after Congresswoman Speier started speaking, but I could be mistaken.  It did seem that a large crowd of anti-reformers showed up around 11. Most of them were standing in the back.