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Hill Tries to Sell Town Hall Crowd on Heath Care Legislation

During a Wednesday town hall meeting in Bloomington, Ninth District Congressman Baron Hill sought to ensure people who already have health insurance they won’t be negatively affected by changes proposed in the healthcare reform bill currently before Congress.

Those in attendance at Bloomington High School North repeatedly asked the Congressman about their current insurance policies, voicing concerns that their employers could dump them from their plans if a governmentally-funded health care option becomes available. Hill saidthat won’t happen.

“There’s language in there that says that employer must provide health insurance for their employees if they have a payroll that’s $500,000 or more,” Hill said.  If they decide that they’re not going to do it, then there’s a large penalty that is financially an incentive for them to go ahead and provide insurance for their employees.”

Supporters and detractors engaged in a few shouting matches during the hour-long talk, but Hill pronounced himself proud of those in attendance, saying he was happy to hear from people with strong opinions. Hill said he’s glad the event did not devolve into an arguments with lawmakers like many other town hall meetings across the country this summer. Hill also addressed fears that the bill may force rationing of health care for seniors, reiterating there is no such language in the bill.

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