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DC Delegate Hosts Health Care Town Hall

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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has hosted one of the first town hall meetings on health care reform following President Obama's address to Congress on the issue. Bllled as a health care fact check, there were no long drawn out speeches from experts, no protesters, just District residents voicing their concerns, like a single woman with chronic asthma.

"I lost my medicaid coverage that I had been on since I was a child. When that happened my nightmare of finding quality medical care began."

Approximately two hundred people attended after being invited by Delegate Holmes-Norton who spoke about the volumes of correspondence she's received on health reform. With the legislative pendulum beginning to swing toward insurance co-ops rather than the so-called public option, She made this prediction about the legislation that will emerge from Congress.

"Let me be completely up front with you. I believe it will fall far short of what deserves to be health care reform.I believe the public option has already been killed in the Senate."

There was absent of the heated exchanges and vitriol that characterized many of the health care town halls held across the country during the past few months. As one staffer put it, only residents of the District were admitted and they were expected to conduct themselves as members of any progressive community would.

Elliott Francis reports...

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