Heated Meeting On Health Care Reform

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.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 18, 2009 at 04:49 AM
    Watch the movie SICKO
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Aug 17, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    Lavon, apparantly you are not only hard of hearing, you are hard of "listening" as well. And I'd be careful at evaluating where I fit in the mix on this site. Most folks agree with me and you are hard pressed to find more than one or two people who agree with you. You are the one in the nobody cares column my friend. Obama will go down, but not as one of the greatest presidents, but as one of the most dismal failures to every occupy the white house, even worse than Jimmy Carter. One more correction, thank Alah for Obama, you need to get that right. Also before you point out who is not agreed with here, you need more than Barlow, a few bimbos, and a dimwit from canada (who's imput is irrelevant) to side with you before you assume everyone is in your corner. Kinda lonely out there on that limb. This whole conversation is useless anyway. Your messiah has already said he is going to have to scrap it. Kind of hard to guarantee something will pass when it no longer exists- good one!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Aug 17, 2009 at 03:51 AM
    Tim- You voted against Obama and you lost. So you know what that means Tim? It officially puts you in the no one cares what you think category Tim. President will go down as one of the greateast Presidents of all time. Thank God for Obama!
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Aug 16, 2009 at 06:16 PM
    And for the record Lavon, I like you very much! you do not bother me one bit. In fact, I almost trip on myself trying to get in here to see what lunacy you spouted out next. I asked WITN, not whined, to turn you loose, if your post was calling me out I asked them to let it through as was not to hold it back. I thouroughly enjoy this. It is a rarety for me to find someone so dedicated to a president who wants nothing more but to catch you with you wallet open and your back turned so he can fog it to you. All without vaseline or aspirin. Stroke, you are kidding me, since I been on here with you my BP has DROPPED 20 points. Its a relief to know that even though I voted for this idiot, and it was a mistake, there is someone out there much more....dense, we'll call it, than me who is still brainwashed enough to believe what he says is gospel.. Hey Lavon, that would be You! Wise up my friend please! I am here to help bring you from the brink of being a puppet, What can I do to help?
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Aug 16, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    Lavon, me stroke, what are you talking about? I am so confused. I think this whole thing is hillarious that you are up here staking your entire reputation on the decisions made by a bumbling idiot that cant find his butt with both hands and a flashlight. 2016, you are nuts, he'll be LUCKY to finish his first term but no way will be back-you are delusional my friend. Quick question for you Lavon, which I doubt you will answer as you have yet to answer any one else's, Do like Wilbers BBQ? I love it! Large combination plate says that YOUR man will not be in office on January 31, of 2013? What do you think? Another large combination plate says that the Dems will give up at least one of the houses of congress(if not both) as well! Now lets see if you believe in your messiah or if you are, as i suspect, just a political brown-noser. Put your money where you mouth is. And, you throw in a Banana pudding if he resigns or is impeached before the end of his term. What do you say?
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    Tim- Calm down before you have a stroke. Now you just posted about two posts ago about how unfair it is about throwing out insults and then you turn right around and attack President Obama with even more of your filthy insults. LOL!!! Your a very funny guy Tim you know that? Hey man I know you voted against Obama and you lost. It sucks being a loser dont it my man? Well guess what Tim? You got about 7 1/2 more years of it. LOL!! Oh and by the way you can't offend me with nothing you because of the simple fact I expect absolutely nothing less than dirt from someone like you so you Tim you have met all of my expectations of you. Race card? I think you need to look at your last few posts and you will quickly come to the conclusion that it's YOU! That's playing the race card. Go back in the house Tim and take a nap and come back in 2016 and try again because today isn't your day. Ha ha ha ha!!!
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Aug 16, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    And....Prez...that was hillarious! oh and just one more thing. Lavon, read you own August 16, 5:12 pm post. It appears I did get under you skin. What I asked WITN was specifically what I could and could not say. And when they told me I guess I was in shock. Call me naive, but it didn't dawn on me that because I'm not black, and backed by affirmative action and NAACP or other versions of the Black KKK, that I am limited to what I can say to you because I may offend your african american nerves. That was pretty much what I was told. So If it appeared I whined I am sorry. I had forgotton that I was far superior to you and that was taken into account. I can take care of myself without some racist group hanging around in the shadows to cover my back. The fact that you act like such an elitist, like that lying obama, I had forgotton. You can let her rip homey as there ain't nothing you can say to me that will affect my opinion. YOUR president isn't worth the groceries he eats.
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Aug 16, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    Lavon, I am totally confused, lavon, you are the one whining with no reason to whine. Lavon you are the one throwing the race card out. I was just pointing that out Lavon because you lavon, just like our worthless president, are of absolutely no conseqence to me whatsoever. You, Lavon, do get under my skin because when a person, that would be you Lavon, claims how they are sick of "paying out the nose" for something then turns around and hands an illegally elected bigot a blank checkbook, I don't understand it Lavon. What I have for you isn't hate my friend, its Pity, plain and simple. I have never seen anyone who claims to be an adult so blindly infatuated with some one simply due to the color of his skin. And sadly Lavon, he isn't even black. I love your posts, you Lavon, ARE the reason I come to this site. And I am going to beg to differ with you, the Democrat party has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with democracy. You better wake up or we are all gonna be sayin' "massah" soon!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Aug 16, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    Tim- I think your last post was very funny. You sound like a 3rd grader with you whining to WITN. "WITN im mad because Lavon disagrees with me" "WITN will you please tell Lavon to leave me alone" LOL!!!! Just so you know Tim there's a lot of my posts that WITN never post. If they don't post well obviously you said something that they didn't like or ""Broke the rules"" Do like I do and reword what you said until they post it, but for God sakes Tim will you stop your whining!! I mean Tim if you dont like my posts then dont come to the website. Trust me Tim when I say it doesn't make me mad about what anything anyone says to me up here. Tim your mad because what you post to me don't get under my skin like you want them to. This is what Democracy is all about Tim. If you cant take it then dont dish it. Why dont you complain about all the hateful and racist thing that are said about Obama?? Get out of the kitchen Tim, it seems that there's too much heat in there for you. LOL!!
  • by Prez Location: Georgia on Aug 16, 2009 at 01:58 AM
    Hey!-Redneck Racists-get off this forum and go check on your Black grandchildren and great-grandchildren!!! Thank you White Females!!!

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