Butterfield Holds Town Hall On Obama Health Plan

One of North Carolina's strongest backers of President Obama in Congress is holding a town hall meeting to discuss health care reform.

U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield's district in the state's northeast corner is one of the state's most secure. He'll discuss the hottest-button issue in Washington on Tuesday.

The town hall meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. at J. W. Parker Middle School in Rocky Mount.

Conservative critics have used such public forums to express their anger about efforts to alter the U.S. health care system. Democrats say the conservatives are trying to make a point by disrupting the events and trying to shame Congress members.

The State Employees Association of North Carolina is also hosting a forum on health care reform Tuesday. The event is in Waller Auditorium at Lenoir Community College in Kinston. The event begins at 7:00 p.m.

U.S. Reps. David Price, Brad Miller, and Bob Etheridge held a private discussion of health care Monday. Rep. Heath Shuler holds a telephone news conference on the subject Thursday.

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