Update: Niki Tsongas To Hold In District Health Care Town Halls

The Lowell Sun is reporting that Niki Tsongas will be holding in person town halls sometime in August on the issue of Health Care reform.

TSONGAS HAS been holding a series of tele-Town Meetings as she pushes for a health-care reform bill.

But like President Barack Obama’s falling poll numbers, Tsongas’ constituents appear a bit leery of supporting the once-promising Democrats’ plan(s) to insure all Americans. Several callers were upset that the reform bill did little to cut health-care costs. In fact, after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House plan would add $1.6 trillion to the nation’s debt by 2029, national support began to ebb and conservative Democrats joined Republicans in delaying a vote before the August recess. Tsongas told The Sun a final bill will likely be crafted in September.

Its chances of success will depend on cost containment and finding revenue sources to sustain the program, she said. Tsongas will be holding in-district sessions on health care during August.

Update: According to her website, Niki Tsongas will be holding an availability at a Market Basket in Billerica on Saturday August, 8 2009 from 10am to noon. As I have an event in Hampton Beach, I may just stop by on my way up from Shrewsbury, with my video camera.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas announced today that she will be hosting her Congress on Your Corner program in Billerica next Saturday, August 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Market Basket grocery store located at 288 Chelmsford Street.  The program is part of the Congresswoman’s constituent outreach service and offers the opportunity for Fifth District residents to share their thoughts with Congresswoman Tsongas regarding legislation in Congress and happenings in their community, as well as to seek assistance with any problem they may be having with a federal agency.  

“Accessibility and accountability to the families of the Fifth District allows me to provide you with the best constituent services possible,” said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.  “I want to make it as easy as possible for people to come see me and share their opinions, ideas, and talk about their needs.”

Congresswoman Tsongas will have congressional staff with her and will be available to discuss any issue or concern on the minds of Fifth District residents.  She will also be able to collect the appropriate information about an individual problem someone may have with a federal agency so that her office can assist in helping to resolve the matter.

“My most important duty is to make sure that I remain in touch with and am easily accessible to the Fifth District residents I represent,” Tsongas added.  “I want to know how they feel about the bills Congress is considering, and I want to be able to connect with people to make sure they know of the many ways my office can help.  I look forward to meeting as many people as possible on Saturday.”

Congress on Your Corner with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

For Chelmsford residents:

July 12th 10AM – 12PM

Market Basket Grocery Store

288 Chelmsford St

Chelmsford, MA

Upcoming COYC Sessions

For Lawrence Residents

August 18th

Market Basket on Essex Street

5PM-7PM

Lawrence, MA

Huh, someone copied and pasted something. There is no Market Basket on Chelmsford Street in Billerica. Actually there is no Chelmsford Street in Billerica. There are three Market Basket’s on Boston Road (3A) in Billerica.  

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  • I hope that she holds some in person town halls.  I participated in a phone call town hall.  She talked a lot about the coverage under the plan but never mentioned anything about the cost.  There were a number of callers that did ask questions concerning the cost of the program and concerns about losing coverage.  I have to credit her for not screening questions to the extent that I expected.

    With regard to the public option, Tsongas said that it would pay for itself with premium income.  I was stunned to hear this.  There is no way that such a plan could work without a subsidy from the government and a mighty large one at that.  I would certainly want to ask that question in person hopefully with an opportunity for a follow-up.  

  • Gives me plenty of time to load up on cabbages, rotten eggs and rotten tomatoes.

    If I were her , I’d be wearing So’ wester foul weather gear for this appearance.

  • I just checked Niki Tsongas’ website.  There is nothing about these town hall meetings on it.

    My guess is that she is not going to show up to avoid the discomfort of angry constituents asking hard questions.  Still, people need to be there to ask questions.