Wednesday, August 12, 2009

N.C.'s health care townhall disrupted in Rocky Mount

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 11:24 AM

We've been watching the wave of rowdy hecklers at meetings across the nation, it was only a matter of time before they hit our state.

They obviously got the memo about being disruptive. Too bad they didn't get the memo that they've been bought and paid for by Washington lobbyists bent on keeping hardworking Americans under Big Business' thumb.

Amid heckling and boos Tuesday night, North Carolina held its first congressional health-care forum since the issue has become a national flash point.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield was continually interrupted by jeers as he voiced support for President Barack Obama's health-care plan that seems to have increasingly polarized the country in recent days. Tuesday's two-hour forum in a steamy Rocky Mount middle school gymnasium was marked by frequent sharp exchanges.

"Read it!" shouted one man, speaking of the House health-care reform.

"How do you know I haven't read it?" Butterfield shot back.

He was pummeled with questions about whether the health- care legislation would benefit illegal immigrants, about whether he would give up his own congressional health insurance plan, whether he would vote for something unconstitutional, and whether it would allow abortion.

Butterfield, a career judge, maintained his composure.

Read the rest of this Raleigh News and Observer article here.

Watch Rachel Maddow explain who is behind the order to disrupt town hall meetings:

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