Thank you Carlotta Hayes, Linda Hickey and Linda Broadford for help with the Video
Thank you Megan Guidi for providing the Live Blog tonight!!!
Hi there! We’re here at the Stephen Lynch Health Care Forum at Curry College in Milton. With a capacity of 750, the gymnasium is filling up quickly. Walking into the building we were greeted by a large crowd of health care reform supporters from multiple groups including moveon.org and Organizing for America. The audience is fairly quiet and without signs inside (we were asked to leave all signs at the door) it is difficult to determine the mix between supporters and non-supporters.
From over here in the press area we can see a lot of purple shirts (SEIU members) seated in the crowd…or it that the purple and gold Curry College Bleachers
Bob Folks has taken the mic to make the usual “turn off your phone” announcements. The forum will begin as close to 6pm as possible.
People who are holding red tickets can ask questions. The tickets are similar to raffle tickets and will be called at random. Pretty clever system!
This event is getting great press coverage. We are seeing lots of familiar local news faces here in the press area. Hopefully people who weren’t able to make it will be able to hear some of their questions answered on their local news stations.
Applause has begun. Kenneth Quiglan (president of curry college) is the moderator. He is presenting opening remarks. He welcomes us on behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Curry. He has asked us to treat one another as guests. And is opening the event with the Pledge of Alliegance.
President of the college reports that Congressman Lynch approached the college and asked for this forum. The president has asked that we respect one another’s views and this will allow the Congressman to inform the decisions he will make. The college believes that congressman and his staff have created a change for all to give their input. The Congressman will give an opening of about 10 minutes. Following this, audiences insights will be take. Insights—that is a great way to put it!
The Congressman has taken the mic.