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Sestak to hold town hall on (gulp) health care

Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) will hold a town-hall meeting Wednesday in Philadelphia on health care, a topic that has generated vitriolic shouting matches at similar events this summer.

Sestak to hold town hall on (gulp) health care

Richard Junod gave a thumbs-down at the town hall meeting at the National Constitution Center.
Richard Junod gave a thumbs-down at the town hall meeting at the National Constitution Center. MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer

Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) will hold a town-hall meeting Wednesday in Philadelphia on health care, a topic that has generated vitriolic shouting matches at similar events this summer.

The Senate candidate said he was invited to speak at the Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St., by Pastor Bill Golderer. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

You might recall that Sestak's opponent, Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) got rough treatment from opponents of President Obama's health-care reform plan during a town-hall meeting Aug. 2 at the National Constitution Center. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who accompanied Specter, was shouted down by the standing-room-only crowd.

Will Sestak's event get hijacked by the forces of disinformation? Here's hoping that participants in such forums going forward will debate the subject civilly and passionately without simply trying to drown out the other side.

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