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Will Sestak's Heath Care Town Hall Meeting Draw Protests?

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak plans to wade into the controversial issue of health care reform at a town hall meeting at a Center City church Wednesday evening. What are the chances that protesters show up for a shouting match? And could that be a very good thing for Sestak?

Will Sestak's Heath Care Town Hall Meeting Draw Protests?

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak
U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak plans to wade into the controversial issue of health care reform at a town hall meeting at a Center City church Wednesday evening.  What are the chances that protesters show up for a shouting match? And could that be a very good thing for Sestak?

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter made national news last week when he came to town with Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama's secretary for Health & Human Services, to discuss health care reform.  Protesters shouted down the duo as they tried to discuss plans being considered by the U.S. Congress. Video of the confrontations at the National Constitution Center played for days on all the national news networks.

Sestak is mounting a 2010 primary election challenge for Specter, who crossed over to the Democrats this year after concluding he could not survive a Republican primary.  We've copied Sestak's news release about the town hall meeting below. 

And we're wondering if a health care shouting match might be just what the doctor ordered to raise Sestak's national profile.  We ran our theory through the Google machine, where a search of "Health Care" and "Specter" and "Sebelius" turned up more than one million hits this morning. That's a lot of attention.

Congressman Joe Sestak Invited to Be Special Guest at Broad Street Ministry Health Care Town Hall

MEDIA, PA - Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Joe Sestak has accepted an invitation, from Broad Street Ministry Pastor Bill Golderer, to speak candidly about one of Pennsylvania's most important issues - Health Care. The Congressman previously spoke at the Church's Avenue of the Arts forum, called "A Vision for a Just Society." He has been invited to return for this forum and will take questions about lowering costs, improving quality of care, increasing coverage, and making the system work better for all Americans.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 12th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE: Broad Street Ministry
315 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
(between Spruce and Pine, across from UArts and Kimmel Center)

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