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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

 1:46 PM 

Obey plans telephone forum on health care

U.S. Rep. Dave Obey has announced plans to answer questions on health care reform Monday through a district wide telephone forum.

Obey, D-Wausau, writes in a message on his House Web site that the approach will allow thousands of people from across the 7th CD to participate in the event in "the most constructive way to involve the largest number of people possible in a good discussion on this important topic."

Dem lawmakers have faced a series of hostile crowds across the country, and Wisconsin Republicans have been trying to pressure Obey, chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, to meet with constituents on the topic.

"I'm looking forward to a good discussion with people from all over the District, a chance to separate fact from fiction, and an opportunity to ensure that people have accurate information -- not misinformation -- about what's going on," Obey writes on his site.

The call is expected to begin around 7:30 p.m. on Monday. A computerized program will randomly contact 50,000 households in the district to allow people to be connected to the discussion, according to Obey's site.

Alternatively, the page also provides a link for those who are 7th CD residents to sign up. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

UPDATE: Ashland Co. DA Sean Duffy, who's running against Obey as a Republican, criticized Obey for settling on "a single, impersonal conference call"

"It's time for Dave Obey to stop dodging voters," Duffy said in a statement. "He needs to put down the phone and have a real, meaningful conversation with the hard-working families and seniors of the 7th district."


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