Washington County's congressmen and health officials who have attended town hall-style meetings on health care reform say the debate so far in Ohio has been passionate but respectful, unlike some of the events across the country.
"There are very impassioned conversations, but (U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio) has been impressed with how respectful audience members in Ohio have been," said Meghan Dubyak, Brown's press secretary.
Since he took office in 2007, Brown has held more than 130 town hall-style meetings, but only the last two - in Cambridge Tuesday and Columbus Wednesday - have focused specifically on health care reform, Dubyak said.
Marietta Memorial Hospital CEO Scott Cantley attended the Cambridge discussion, where about 15 to 20 health care professionals, small business owners and private citizens were invited to the meeting.
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