American democracy was on display Tuesday night with citizens in eastern Carolina passionate about a very personal issue--health care.
Democrat Congressman G.K. Butterfield told the packed crowd at J.W. Parker Middle School in Rocky Mount during a town hall meeting on health care reform that, "The health care system that we have in America is squeezing the American family."
Emotions for many critics with strong opinions boiled over as hot-button issues were debated with shouting and yelling.
But for many people, the town hall style meeting was a useful tool to learn more about the governments proposed public option form of health care. Gladys Walden said, "I came in to get additional information because I wanted to hear the myths dispelled. And most of them, for me, have been dispelled."
People questioned Butterfield for over two hours. By the end of the night--everyone who wanted to express their political views had the opportunity to do so. Bill Collins said, "Regardless what side of the issue you're on I appreciate him being man enough to stand up and debate the issues."
While tempers did flare, Butterfield thanked the people for their input. The congressman was writing down notes during the meeting, which he says he will take back to Washington when the House of Representatives reconvenes on September 7th.