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Finger Bitten Off In Fight At Health Care Rally (reattached, he had Medicare)

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by Bob26003, Sep 3, 2009.

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  1. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    A 65-year-old man's finger bitten was off at a health care rally Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, California. KTLA reports that the man was part of an anti-reform crowd:
    About 100 protesters sponsored by MoveOn.org were having a rally supporting health care reform. A group of anti-health care reform protesters formed across the street.

    A witness from the scene says a man was walking through the anti-reform group to get to the pro-reform side when he got into an altercation with the 65-year-old, who opposes health care reform.

    The injured anti-reform man walked to Los Robles hospital to have the finger reattached.

    He had Medicare.

    A blogger who witnessed the fight from the pro-reform side says that the finger-biter was provoked:
    The man in the orange shirt hit the pro-reform guy (I'm going to call him PR Guy just to keep the players straight). Hard. ... He punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and into that thruway. ... He got up, tried to get back up on the curb, but Orange Shirt guy was in his face. Finger in his face, PR Guy standing, steps up to the curb, and there's a scuffle. Orange shirt seemed to have PR Guy in a hold, but again, I was across the street, so won't state that as absolute fact. Next thing I see is PR Guy's hat being tossed into the street, both yelling at one another, then Orange shirt walks away, PR Guy picks up hat and crosses to our side.

    When he gets to our side, he tells a story in one sentence: "He punched me hard, straight in the face, so I bit his finger off."

    MoveOn.org released a statement in response:
    "Yesterday, MoveOn held over 350 peaceful candlelight vigils nationwide, in which tens of thousands of people participated in, to call for immediate action on health care reform including a strong public option.

    "We have seen press reports that indicate at one event in Southern California a regrettable act of violence happened. While we do not have any more facts about what happened then what we saw in press accounts, MoveOn condemns violence in all forms. We have seen passions run high on both sides all summer in the health care debate, and we strongly believe that this nation deserves an honest, peaceful and respectful debate about health care reform."

    "While we don't know if either party involved was a MoveOn member, we regret any violence that may have occurred yesterday, and we support the Ventura County Sheriff's investigation into the situation. It is our firm hope that this event does not detract from the tens of thousands who were out peacefully making their voices heard for health care reform and a public option."

  2. JohnADreams

    JohnADreams Well-Known Member

    Should just send him a bill for it. Or just make medicare an easy program to opt out from, so all those who don't want government funded health care can put their money where their mouth is.
  3. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    I second that. It's always easier to oppose something that doesn't directly benefit or help you...until it finally does. I'm curious as what this person's opinions for healthcare must be?
  4. Issaccs

    Issaccs Well-Known Member

    So basically hes happy with his medicare and doesn't want any changes to it.
  5. Mikeintx

    Mikeintx Well-Known Member

  6. shades

    shades Staff Alumni

    I saw the guy (who's finger was bitten) on T.V. this morning. He admitted to punching the guy in the face and that his finger was still in the guys mouth.

    Personally, I would have gone for 2 fingers!

    Then, Mr. ant-government health care reform gets his finger taken care of by the government run Medicare :laugh: Does anyone see the irony in this?
  7. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    wow :blink: Erm, anger management?
  8. JohnADreams

    JohnADreams Well-Known Member

    and he wasnt taken round the back of the barn and shot like we do over here on the NHS.

    Apparently only the tip of his finger was cut off and they couldnt reattach it.
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