Angry protestors say Bright's ignoring them

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The debate over healthcare brought an angry group to the Alabama State Capitol building Friday. They say they're against the current healthcare proposal and they want that message carried back to the U.S. Congress.

The protestors say they're concerns are falling on deaf ears because their congressman won't hold a town hall meeting.

"He is afraid to come up and face us because we're mad," said a man standing at the podium. Next to him, a stuffed, life-sized man with Congressman Bobby Bright's image papered to the face; a doctor's stethoscope hanging from his neck. "And he won't do it for us here, how is he going to do it for us 850 miles away?"

Many of the people that stood on the lawn of the capitol say they've got plenty of questions and concerns about the nation's health care issue, and they are looking for some answers from Congressman Bobby Bright (D-Montgomery).

"The Obama health care is an abomination of America," said Bratt Hall, A Montgomery resident. "We can't turn the government a loose on our health care."

The group held no punches when it came to how it felt about Congress and its efforts to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, and they believe the residents of Alabama's Congressional District Two have been left out of the public debate. They claim they've been trying to get a meeting with Bright, but to no avail.

But according to Bright's office, he's not opposed to meeting with the group at all. In a statement he wrote, "I have told my constituents that I or my staff would be glad to schedule a meeting to discuss any healthcare bill in-person. That offer was made to many of those demonstrating today, and it still stands."

Bright says he's made 108 stops in the district in the month of August alone in an attempt to address citizen concerns. He adds that his goal is to visit each of the 93 cities within his district by the end of the month.

Bright held a telephone town hall meeting earlier in the week where more than 4,000 people across District Two voiced their concerns.

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