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Health care discussion

What: Public discussion on health care reform bill, featuring U.S. Reps. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, and Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta

When: 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Gainesville Civic Center

Contact: Reservations required for free event via Brittany Holtzclaw at 770-532-6206 or

Registration is nearly full for an upcoming health care discussion at the Gainesville Civic Center on Wednesday, said Kit Dunlap, president of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

The discussion on the recent health care reform bill, featuring two Republican U.S. congressmen from Georgia, is free to the public, but Dunlap said high demand may mean that the chamber closes the event to reservations soon.

"We can’t accept many more," Dunlap said.

U.S. Rep. and Georgia gubernatorial candidate from Gainesville Nathan Deal and U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta are scheduled to speak at the event.

The chamber invited the two men because of their background and positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, not their political affiliation, Dunlap said.

Deal is the Republican leader on the health subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Gingrey is a physician who founded an OB-GYN practice in Marietta.

Both men have spoken out in opposition to the proposed health care reform bill.

Dunlap said the discussion is not one of the notorious town hall meetings members of Congress have been holding across the country. The discussion planned for Wednesday evolved out of a planned Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce meeting, she said.

"We had a lot of interest so we ended up opening it to the public," she said.

The amount of interest in the event also resulted in it being moved to the Civic Center; it originally was to be held at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

The discussion is set for 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Civic Center. Reservations are required.

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