Alton selectmen plan health care forum
August 27, 2009
ALTON — With Portsmouth and Tilton the closest that proponents of President Barrack Obama's health care reform bill have come to the Lakes Region, Alton's Board of Selectmen announced Wednesday that they have invited New Hampshire's four Congressional representatives to a town hall meeting on the issue at Prospect Mountain High School next week.
Selectman Pat Fuller said invitations to the public forum (scheduled for Wednesday night, Sept. 2) have been sent to Senators Judd Gregg and Jeanne Shaheen, as well as U.S. Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes.
The town hall forum will be run by a moderator, and will provide area residents with an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns about the con-troversial legislation.
According to Fuller, Gregg has expressed interest in attending. The Union Leader reported Thursday that Shea-Porter will be unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict, and that Hodes' office is trying to fit the event into his schedule.
As of Thursday morning, there had been no word from Shaheen's office.
The selectmen have given Hodes and Shaheen until noon on Monday to confirm whether or not they will attend. The time of the forum will be announced Monday afternoon.