Hecklers turn Democrats' healthcare forums into 'town hells'
House members stumping for President Obama's reform plans return home to 'recess roasts.'
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The conservative "Blue Dog" Democrat didn’t get to say much. Constituents booed, laughed, and heckled the lawmaker for much of the session.
The once-cozy town hall format has suddenly turned into “town hells” for legislators on the stump for President Obama’s proposed healthcare reform. Some Republicans have taken to calling the disruptions “recess roasts.”
Chased from a weekend event by protesters shouting, “Just say no!” Mr. Doggett later called the crowd “a mob.”
The White House agreed Tuesday, saying it’s ultimately not concerned about the protests. "I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the AstroTurf nature of so-called grass-roots lobbying," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.