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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 15, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    Barlow, I think its the seniors that get hurt with this bill. I have read a lot about it and the details or quite grey. This is not something you fight from party lines as you do, it is something you look at as an American. It solves some problems and creates new ones. By now, I would think you know the details. If you don't and just follow moveon.org and the media, the sting will be bad. While I agree healthcare needs help, this is not help, its hinderance. I would hope that no one, that allows people to show their value to society to continue to live, would vote this in. However, the dems are pushing it without remorse, review or bipartisian work. You know what that means. I can tell you seniors are quite upset about it. 2010 will reveal how powerfull they are, not you or me, they hold the ticket to who serves. I can also tell you NC will have a house cleaning.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Aug 12, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    Butterfield is a Joke!!!
  • by Albert Location: NC on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    The most ominous signal yet for the Obama health care plan emerged in the poll by Scott Rasmussen released today. While public support for the plan fell to a new low (42% support, 53% oppose -- down five points in two weeks), the elderly emerged as the strongest opposition group. Those over 65 rejected the plan by 39-56 while almost half -- 46% -- said they were "strongly opposed" to it. But the Democratic Party as a whole cannot afford to ignore a massive defection in the ranks of the elderly, one of its key building blocks. Ever since the New Deal coalition was cobbled together by FDR, the elderly have been a major component. Worried about Republican designs on their Social Security, they vote overwhelmingly Democratic. But the Obama proposals, which many see correctly as a major cut in Medicare, might be seminal in driving them en masse away from the Democrats. Obama plan could doom their ability to attract elderly support in 2012
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    As to the young Obama people who back the plan, once they learn that they will have to pay steep premiums for health care coverage, whether they want to or not, their support is likely to cool. Under the bill, for example, those making $30,000 a year would have to pay up to 7% of their income in health insurance premiums before they could get a government subsidy. A $2,100 bill for such a young person might seem affordable to Obama, but perhaps not to them. Thus, the legislation may well come to be seen as a tax on the young, another key tax,tax ,tax the young of Obamas Democratic Party they want to pay more taxes thats why they voted for the Taxman
  • by Edward Location: NC on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    The eldery leaving the Obama camp and vote. With 40% of the savings in medical spending coming from Medicare, the senior citizens of America are coming to see the Obama proposals as an assault on their health care system. Since their needs are fully met by Medicare, they see no need for monkeying with the system and are highly suspicious of any changes. When they watch as their fellow seniors attend town meetings to protest to their Congressmen about these cuts and are labeled "un-American" for their pains, their alienation from the Democrats just grows. Obama looses the senior vote in 2012?
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Aug 11, 2009 at 04:17 PM
    Snake Oil: Recent past history (i.e. the current financial calamity) suggest that your Republican buddies don't care all that much for regulation. For those of you who don't want the government meddling please cash any future social security checks and mail the money to me. I don't want you to get caught up in a "socialist program". And maybe we should take Medicare away from seniors? Lets ask them. You are all fine with being on the receiving end, again, you just want it for nothing.
  • by Freedom? Location: Greenville on Aug 11, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    It's been utterly disgusting how the liberals have been condemning all the great American citizens who have the guts to stand up and let it be known they don't want this bill passed! I am behind every one of them! They are NOT Nazi- supporting, "organized" angry mobs as liberals are making them out to be. They are regular people who do NOT want socialized medicine! We have a president who won't even acknowledge there is indifference to his plan. He's insulted half of America (probably more) by saying they've been misinformed and once they know "the real facts" then they'll all be good intelligent citizens like the rest of his "swayed by his smooth talk" followers, but until then those who oppose it are just a bunch of idiots who want to stand in his way. Please! Please! Representatives, Congressmen, do not let this bill pass! Don't take away our freedom!
  • by Jim Location: Henderson on Aug 11, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    Butterfield has no mind of his own. he will always vote the way the democratic leadership tells him. Most in his dist are against abortion yet he's in favor. so much for "representing" his constituents
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Charlotte on Aug 11, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    Barlow, please don't refer to the going bankrupt program that the socialists are trying to incorporate into this new communist program they call healthcare. Refusing coverage, denying claims cancelling policies...these can be "simply" regulated by government. Don't go after the insurance when the lawyers are as much to blame. Your president has his lowest approval numbers and is falling only lower than both houses of government. You have no problem going after seniors who will be denied by the new healthcare plan....hmmmmmmm.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Aug 11, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    America has had 'socialized' medicine since 1964, its call Medicare. It covers every American over 65, and most are very happy with the program. For the rest of us, its "health care for profit" with insurance companies refusing coverage, denying claims, canceling polices, increasing prices while spending $1.4 million (or more) a day to lobby against Congress all the time reporting outrageous profits. Insurance companies make money when they "don't" take care of you.
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