Across the country, town hall discussions about health care are being drowned out by mobs of booing, threatening, and screaming activists. The phenomenon has worsened to the point that some, like Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin, are refusing to hold such events at all during the recess--reasoning that disagreement is welcome, but "I don't have to put up a stage for them."

What's making these town hall meetings so frustrating? Click through this video slideshow to see some of the drama.

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--Elise Foley and Noah Kristula-Green