As the healthcare debate continues across the country, a forum at UNCW Thursday night answered some of the questions folks around here have about the future of the system. The discussion turned out to be a far cry from many of the nation's fiery town hall debates. The future of our nation's health care is one of the most pressing issues facing Americans. A panel of professionals, including doctors, nurses and insurance consultants fielded questions from folks concerned about reforming the system. Hot topics included Medicare and a possible public healthcare option. Unlike many of the heated town hall debates across the country, the UNCW reform event stood in stark contrast. "I was expecting to see a lot of controversy actually; people screaming and yelling and holding flags and it was very informative actually," said John Sharkey of Wilmington. While heads remained cool, there was no lack of passion on the part of those who attended. In part evident by the standing room only crowd. Wilmington’s Rebecca Ficklen said, "I thought it was a very civilized, organized, informative discussion." Panelists overwhelmingly agreed that healthcare reform is necessary, but just how is the question, both in the nation's capitol and close to home. "This is a very complex issue, and its not something that needs to be rushed through,” said Laura Lisle of Wilmington. “When our senators and congressman get back to Washington DC we really need to figure out where we're headed and how we're going to solve the problems."
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