The South Florida Tea Party is urging citizens to protest a local representative who will discuss Democrats’ plans for socialized health care only with members of a retiree union and not the wider group of South Florida residents he represents.

Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, will speak Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at the South County Civic Center at a health care forum sponsored by the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans. The nonprofit is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and is a proponent of the Affordable Health Choices Act, President Obama’s legislation to overall the nation’s health care system and create a government-run health insurance plan.

Admission to the 500-seat event requires FLARA membership as well as a ticket, and questions for Wexler must be submitted in writing. FLARA President Tony Fransetta told local media that he intends to ensure union members won’t lose seats to opponents of the health care plan.

Regardless, Tea Party Patriots encourage non-FLARA members to try and attend the forum and demand answers from Wexler in a nondisruptive manner.

“Why will Wexler only meet with unions and not all the people he represents?” asked SFTP President Everett Wilkinson. “He is only preaching to the choir and ignoring the concerns and needs of the people who elected him.

“If he won’t have an open public town hall on health care or meet with everyone who will be affected by the Affordable Health Choices Act, he is not doing his job or putting voters first. We demand more respect and the right to be heard.”

Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, is also scheduled to attend the forum, while Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, declined to participate because of a scheduling conflict.

What: Health care forum sponsored by the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.
When: Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.
Where: The South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach.