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Town hall calls for leaders to "Defund Obamacare"

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Several panelists spoke to a packed audience in Wilmington. Several panelists spoke to a packed audience in Wilmington.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Hundreds piled into a town hall meeting Tuesday night to learn about a movement aiming to "defund Obamacare."

Heritage Action hosted the event with a panel that included doctors, candidates and other Republican leaders.

Several speakers spoke to the need for people to urge their elected leaders to support measures that would stop the Affordable Care Act in its tracks. They want Senators and Representatives to leave out the act when allocating money in their next continuing resolution.

Some in the crowd took issue with Senator Richard Burr, a Republican, who reportedly does not support the defunding movement. The NC GOP passed a resolution supporting it.

Chairman Claude Pope said that someone should speak up if an issue is that vital, but agreeing with an elected representative 80% of the time is still a good representative.

"Even if it's the most conservative Republican in the world," he said. "There are still some things that we're going to disagree on."

Don't forget about film incentives

One issue that the party and several local lawmakers disagree on is the future of film incentives. Both Democrats and Republicans from the Cape Fear area have shown support for incentives and the regional film industry.

Pope said Tuesday night that the NC GOP does not support any form of incentives, including those for the film industry.

"To target one industry is un-American," said Pope.

Representatives Rick Catlin (R – New Hanover) and Chris Mills (R – Pender) showed that local support for incentives is not unanimous. The two added their names to a bill that essentially ended incentives. The bill did not make it out of committee.

At the time, Catlin said he didn't think the bill would go any further, but he wanted to begin the discussion of reform. Tuesday, Pope pointed to tax reform as a solution to the film incentives that are set to expire at the end of 2014.

State lawmakers passed a tax reform plan this year. Pope said the key is lowering the income tax rate so the state won't have to "buy-off companies coming here."

"You get that rate down to zero," he said. "You tell the film industry, "You're welcome to come to North Carolina...but we're not going to write you a check."

Leaders in the TV and film industry have said talk of reforming film incentives is already affecting future productions locating to North Carolina.

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