We had a full day on Saturday with three townhalls and one quick stop at Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers stadium) so Mary could get a picture for her father!
The first event was held at the Waukesha County Expo Center (Milwaukee area). The team had to keep setting up chairs for the 100+ people who attended. Our Green Bay program had WAY more people show up than rsvp’d…over 200! Our third event was with over 80 seniors under a full moon in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
In Green Bay, Amy Shaffer, a local Tea Party activist and small business owner related how Obamacare will destroy her family restaurant business. She spoke of the high penalties to employers if they cannot pay for employee insurance, and that this is exactly why businesses can’t grow or employ Americans when government cracks down. This penalty will cause businesses to shrink instead of grow, and the impacts of this will stretch throughout the local economy. For example, restaurants often provide employment to first-time job seekers, stay-at-home moms wanting to help out with family expenses, and seniors who need to supplement their retirement income. She said Obamacare will be the last nail in the coffin holding our freedom.
At all three events, Jim received wild applause when he spoke about yet another senior citizen tsunami that was offshore, because seniors were not buying this Obamacare monstrosity, and that seniors like the ones in the audience would determine the future of the country! The crowd also agreed that small business owners, farmers and entrepreneurs all over Wisconsin will be hurt if the Death Tax (which, through Jim’s efforts the last time the House voted to ‘kill’ it, received bi-partisan support) stays in effect.
Shona shared the irony that she can easily get quality, timely veterinary care for a hip replacement for her dog, and can buy private pet insurance. However, her husband David has to wait a year and a half for a knee replacement, and can’t get private insurance in Canada. As almost always happen at each event, medical providers always want to talk to Shona after our events about their concerns about the future of our health care system. One surgeon related the story of a Canadian friend who had the same medical condition as Shona encountered…but wanted to wait to get treated under the Canadian system. He didn’t survive.