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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    (from left) Dan Waters, Sherry Overby, Joe Long, Jason Falls and Tav Gauss are sworn in before they testified at a hearing on the Affordable Care Act Friday morning. The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa (center) of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger (left) and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mattie Adams (right), of Gastonia, says "All Americans deserve health care". The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Kimberley Hallas, of Gastonia, is pro-ACA. She protested the hearing held in the Gaston County Courthouse. The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa (center) of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger (left) and Patrick McHenry (right) also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger (in front of flag) and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry (listens to testimony) also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Rep. Darrell Issa of California, spoke to the crowd seated in the meeting room at the Gaston County Courthouse about the proceedings to follow prior to the meeting. The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    (from left) Dan Waters, Sherry Overby, Joe Long, Jason Falls and Tav Gauss are sworn in before they testified at a hearing on the Affordable Care Act Friday morning. The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry (on monitor) also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa (at dais) of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry (presenting a question) also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa (at dais) of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dan Waters, along with four others testified before a hearing on the Affordable Care Act Friday morning in the Gaston County Courthouse. The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Representative Robert Pittenger shakes hands with Representative Darrell Issa at the conclusion of a hearing held about the Affordable Care Act in the Gaston County Courthouse Friday morning. The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Minister Carolyn Reed-Smith spoke out in defense of the Affordable Care Act after the hearing at the Gaston County Courthouse had adjourned Friday morning. The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jennifer Moody left the hearing on the Affordable Care Act in protest before it even began Friday morning in Gastonia. The Gaston County courthouse was the focal point for further debating the Affordable Care Act on Friday November 22, 2013. Almost 200 people attended the hearing, run by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, and about 50 protested outside the courthouse. Representatives Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also attended and questioned the five people testifying.
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