A second "telephone town hall" by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Monday evening went smoothly and won praise from callers from Palo Alto, Mountain View and other 14th Congressional District callers. Two more are planned Thursday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 6:40 to 7:40 p.m.
Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, also announced Tuesday that she has scheduled a face-to-face forum on health care issues for Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.
District residents can sign up to participate in the Thursday telephone town halls by filling out a form on her website. They are asked to choose the "Telephone Town Hall" option from the drop-down box on the form and submit their contact information.
Responding to questions Monday, Eshoo defended the need for health care reform and said that much of the added costs will be offset by savings by making health care delivery more efficient and rationally based.
She also said she has held more face-to-face town halls on public issues than almost any other member of Congress -- in response to earlier press reports that she hadn't scheduled a town hall session on health care.
While some members of Congress interacted with their constituents in face-to-face meetings plagued with shouting opponents of health care reform, Eshoo opted for a series of telephone conferences with residents from the 14th district.
An audio recording of her initial town hall is available on Eshoo's website.
Eshoo is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- one of three House committees charged with drafting portions of a health care reform bill.
See separate story for highlights of her comments on health care reform proposals now before Congress.