It looks like the astroturf pressure has is continuing to have an effect. With even prominent Democrats like Senator Hinda Miller expressing doubts about the proposed healthcare reform, one would think that the sensible thing to do would be to slow down and address some of the concerns expressed by a growing number of Vermonters. Unfortunately, the House Healthcare Committee does not appear to be listening. Instead taking the time to address such concerns, they seem determined to simply ram it through.
Here is a textbook case of the raw exercise of political power. The hearings held around the state on this issue seemed to have been aimed more at giving the appearance of having a serious dialogue on the issue than actually having one. This caps a process where any attempt to express concerns about the direction of this reform was at best ignored and at worst ridiculed.