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Obama braces for 'vigorous' town hall health talk

UNDATED (AP) - The White House is prepared for what may lie in store for President Barack Obama Tuesday, when he holds a town hall on health care in New Hampshire.

Obama is praising what he calls the "vigorous debate" that has popped up at Congress members' town halls across the country. Democratic lawmakers, however, had a less positive view of the rowdy meetings. In an article, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wrote: "Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American."

Republicans say the heated debate is a sign of widespread public dissatisfaction with Obama's ideas.

Obama, however, says the debate is a healthy thing, but he says the dynamic will change once Congress is back in session. Obama says once people look at the legislation being proposed, more "sensible and reasoned arguments will emerge." He predicts his legislation will pass this fall.

The White House turned to the Internet to challenge what the administration contends are misconceptions about Democratic plans. The government Web site takes on claims made by critics that the changes would result in rationing of health care, encourage euthanasia or endanger Medicare.


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