"This was not the rowdy town hall meeting on healthcare that Americans have come to expect this summer. A lone heckler left after a sheriff's deputy told him to cut it out. The audience listened quietly to a PowerPoint presentation on ``single-payer'' healthcare. And the two South Florida congressmen on stage received standing ovations. The key to an orderly town hall meeting, it seems, is a closed door. The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans turned its annual healthcare forum into a ticketed event mostly for its members, ensuring a friendly audience for Democratic U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings of Miramar and Robert Wexler of Boca Raton."
It's not a "town hall" meeting if the town isn't invited.
And, if they're afraid to invite the public, maybe they're doing something wrong.