More than 200 Ohioans on Tuesday participated in a tele-town hall with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Lorain, to discuss pending health care reform.

The Mansfield native answered 19 questions directly from callers and also questions submitted online via Twitter and the Web site of ProgressOhio -- the host of the event. While no Ashland County residents were identified during the call, about a dozen registered for the event.

Brown expressed his disappointment in the Senate bill, which was fraught with Democratic concessions. However, despite the changes in the Senate's bill from the more liberal version approved by the House, Brown called the bill "a major step forward," an achievement he attributed to the tenacity of activists.

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