The Detroit Free Press
August 10, 2009

[efoods]U.S. Rep. John Dingell was greeted with jeers and cheers Thursday as he tried to explain why changing the nation’s health care system — as he has advocated for more than a half century in Congress — makes sense.

Despite what some protesters said, “there will be no payment of taxpayer funds for abortion,” Dingell, 83, told the crowd.

As Dingell opened the forum, Mike Sola of Milan interrupted the congressman as he pushed his son, Scott, in a wheelchair, to the podium. He said proposed changes wouldn’t help Scott and called Dingell a fraud.

Even before the Romulus town hall began, opponents engaged backers.

“You may be dead in five years!” shouted Val Butsicaris, 60, of Taylor. “They may euthanize you!” She referred to concerns of government rationing of care for elderly people.

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