INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana Congressman Baron Hill is on the hot seat in the healthcare reform debate.
Hill is a leader of the so-called Blue Dog Democrats, Moderatesand Conservatives who recently won a health care compromise.
But, his criticism of health care opponents has Republicansdemanding an apology.
Hill traveled outside his southern Indiana district to addressthe Indianapolis Rotary Club Tuesday where he made no effort toavoid controversy, criticizing the health care reform opponents whodisrupt town hall meetings.
"They have only one purpose in mind and that's to blow up themeetings that are being held and that serves no one, ladies andgentlemen," said Hill.
Hill recently called them political terrorists, a term heavoided in his speech but not in a 24-Hour News 8 interview.
"If you just want to blow up a meeting that's a politicalterrorist," said Hill.
Hill sits on a committee that passed one of the reform bills. Hevoted yes after a field hearing was held in his district on July27. As a result Congressman Hill is the subject of reporting in theWashington Post and radio ads from Republicans.
GOP ad: "He folded like a lawn chair. Baron Hill. He threw inthe towel.”
"So, my life started to change about a month ago," saidHill.
Hill told the rotary that it would be a shame if health carereform fails this year and he found a sympathetic audience.
"They have to do something because it's so expensive," said RonZargarian, a Rotarian.
Connie Dillman, a Rotarian said, "People are so frightened andpeople are putting out things that are frightening to people and Iagree with the Congressman that we have to get back to what thefacts are."
But, Baron Hill has no town meetings of his own scheduled, atleast not yet.
"We'll I'm going to hold a town hall meeting, but I want to makesure we get it under control," said Hill.
Before leaving he thanked Rotarians for their civil questions.Hill said that when he holds a town hall meeting it will be adaylong affair.
In the meantime, he plans to meet with constituents in hisoffice in groups of just three or four.
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