Sun., August 16, 2009 7:52am (EDT)

Health Care Town Hall Draws Crowd
By Susanna Capelouto
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Updated: 5 years ago

JONESBORO, Ga.  —  
David Scott answers questions about health care at Mundy's Mill High School. (photo by Larry Pellegrini)
David Scott answers questions about health care at Mundy's Mill High School. (photo by Larry Pellegrini)
About 600 people showed up at Mundy’s Mill High school in Jonesboro on Saturday for a town hall meeting on health care.

Congressman David Scott organized the gathering.

The low key Democrat found himself in the middle of the national health care battle after a televised confrontation with an opponent of the current proposals.

Scott had a swastika painted on a sign at his district office this week and he’s received racist faxes that use the N-word and accuse him and President Obama of being Marxists and socialists.

At the town hall meeting Scott answered questions for hours standing in hot gym.

There was no air conditioning.

At times the racially mixed crowd full of supporters and opponents cheered, but was well behaved and respectful.

Scott is a supporter of a public option for health care which makes him a target for both sides of the debate.

Supporters came to make sure he does not back down from his position and opponents said they’re afraid the health care overhaul will be too costly.


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