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Hundreds debate health care reform in Durham

Posted August 13, 2009
Updated August 14, 2009

— More than 850 people packed the B. N. Duke Auditorium on the North Carolina Central University Campus in Durham on Thursday to debate health care reform.

President Barack Obama has proposed a government-sponsored health insurance plan aimed at providing all Americans with coverage, but opponents say it would increase bureaucracy and raise the costs of private insurers.

Fourth District Congressman David Price fielded questions and heard comments from the crowd.

Some residents expressed concern about the government coming between them and their doctors. Other residents shared their frustrations with the current health care system and argued for change.

Health Care Debate Hundreds crowd Durham for health care debate

About 100 people were turned away from the event when the auditorium reached capacity. Police escorted a couple of people out of the event after an altercation in the balcony area of the auditorium. No other incidents were reported.

Similar town hall meetings have taken place across North Carolina and the rest of the country.

In Lillington, Second District Congressman Bob Etheridge faced a raucous crowd of more than 200 people Wednesday night at Central Carolina Community College.

Eleventh District Congressman Heath Shuler held a telephone news conference on the subject Thursday.

Thirteenth District Congressman Brad Miller said he plans to meet with small groups on both sides of the debate instead of holding a public forum after a death threat was phoned into his office.

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  • weeksgroove Aug 14, 1:57 p.m.

    "t's time for secession folks - Washington cannot be fixed!
    dwf1205"

    Liberals are working to fix it. You just have to be on the side of people not profit and things seem to work out much better for everyone.

  • dwf1205 Aug 14, 8:44 a.m.

    I went to the David Price town hall and basically it looked to be setup by the State Employees Union. Union members were telling folks inside the town hall who had hand-made signs against healthcare that signs were not allowed, while ignore signs in favor and, indeed, handing out signs in favor to those who wanted them! It almost seemed like the union folks were in cahoots with the police as well, and from the beginning we were told basically any heated dissent would result in getting kicked out - likely tased by the police in other words. I have called Mr. Price 5 days a week for two months trying to get him to answer a question regarding HR1207 (Federal Reserve Transparency Act). I went to ask questions. Instead, he had a panel of "experts" lecture me. I thought these town halls were so I could talk to him, not so that his stooges could preach to me! The Federal system is a joke. It's time for secession folks - Washington cannot be fixed!