Ms. Brownely — We Demand a True Healthcare Town Hall



By Deborah Baber Savalla

Julia Browbley at Camarillo Library


Have you ever read George Orwell’s classic allegorical novella Animal Farm? If yes, I urge you to read it again. If no, I urge you to do so now. Animal Farm on Amazon Why is this important? It is important because that story is what has played out this week on healthcare. It features Congresswoman Julia Brownley who, through her actions, epitomizes the Animal Farm’s final single commandment:

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

Our Congresswoman was home this week during the Congressional recess in Washington, DC. Julia Brownley claims to have held a Town Hall on healthcare last Tuesday at the Camarillo Library. It most certainly was not that. Nope, not a town hall; it was a political rally of her base and nothing more. We know this is true because only one view, Congresswoman Brownley’s, was displayed. But maybe there is hope.

Her Chief of Staff, Lenny Young, approached me after the “Town Hall” saying that Congresswoman Brownley wanted me to be in touch with her office. I have been. In an exchange with Mr. Young on Thursday, he said: “…we (Congresswoman Brownley and her office) recognize that the imbalance of the crowd did not make it the most productive venue for people who had opposing views and…” (here is where the hope comes in), Mr. Young continued: “…we are totally open to figuring out something that might.” So, how can you help? Before you sit down to read Animal Farm, contact Ms. Brownley’s office and tell her that you too want a true Healthcare Town Hall. Here is what I’ve proposed:

  1. No signage whether carried or worn on an article of clothing would be permitted.
  2. A guide is provided in advance through the news of hot-button, incendiary words that will not be allowed as part of the give and take exchange.
  3. A small group works to structure the Town Hall. That group represents multiple sides of concerns regarding delivering healthcare to Ventura County.
  4.  Here’s the key: Congresswoman Brownley and someone known not to share her view appear together but each is required to read aloud the other person’s position as though it were his or her own.

Deborah Baber Savalla

I believe in fiscally-sound small government, personal accountability and responsibility, and a measurable, results-driven social safety-net.

Deborah Baber Savalla was  a 33-year resident New Yorker where she enjoyed a decades-long career in book publishing finishing that chapter of her life as VP Corporate Administration for Macmillan, a half-billion dollar company in the US.

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4 Responses to Ms. Brownely — We Demand a True Healthcare Town Hall

  1. Deborah Baber Savalla February 26, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Dear Susan Kline…Further to your comment, let me direct you to last Tuesday night’s so-called Town Hall at the link below, 1:13:58. That’s when I ask my question. If after watching the clip again you still believe my views and my PERSON-hood were welcome at that event….then clearly you are not among those who were truly listening.

  2. Deborah Baber Savalla February 25, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Susan Kline. Your memory does not serve you well. Alas, you are so mistaken that you have overlooked that your opinion of the evening isn’t even shared by the Congresswoman. Sorry. Better luck next time.

  3. Susan Kline February 25, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I was at that Town Hall seated a couple of chairs away from you. You had your chance and were told to go ahead and state what you wanted…instead all you did was rant and rave. I appreciate the courtesy afforded you by Congresswoman Brownley. And are you forgetting the hug you got from an attendee trying to let you know that you were welcome at the Town Hall? That gathering was for all constituents. The room was filled with fair-minded people. You were so blinded by your sensationalism, you couldn’t see that.


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