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Health care debate roils the 'Quiet Corner'

Congressman hosts controversial Town Hall forum

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., responds to an emotional question on healthcare reform, in relation to a bill he is supporting, during a Town Hall forum l at Woodstock Academy. Matt Sanderson. (click for larger version)
August 12, 2009
WOODSTOCK, Conn. — The Quiet Corner had its first taste of the health care reform debate when U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., visited United Services and Woodstock Academy Thursday, Aug. 6.

The sensitive topic remains in the mainstream conversation throughout America, as President Barack Obama completed a Town Hall style meeting held in Portsmouth, N.H. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, touting his healthcare reform plan.

Town Hall meetings have been taking place across Connecticut and the country over the last month, where, some being more productive than others, elected officials have made attempts to promote their vision of health care reform. Some meetings have received optimism and substantial critique from citizens, questioning the government's agenda and role in the reform efforts, while others have drowned out the meetings by booing and heckling the elected official before any real and civil discussion can take place.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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