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Health care proponents and opponents converge on Modesto

Modesto had its own town hall meeting over health care reform Friday — only it didn't include a town hall.

Nearly 200 people gathered downtown during lunchtime to rally in support of or against changes to the U.S. health care system.

The rallies took place at Tenth Street Plaza, in front of the office of Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced. Unlike many of his colleagues across the nation, Cardoza isn't holding town hall meetings during the congressional recess to discuss reforms.

On the west side near Brenden Theatres, about 30 people supported reform that would provide universal medical care. They first rallied at 9 a.m. on the corner of 10th and J streets, but they returned to rebut the opposition's gathering at noontime.

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