jh-siesta.com January 19, 2018

Republican who helped pass health bill faces angry voters

12 May 2017, 12:15 | Ignacio Ramos

Republican who helped pass health overhaul meeting voters

Rep. Tom MacArthur R-N.J. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington following the Republican Caucus meeting. The New Jersey Republican who authored an amendment that helped the GOP-led U.S. House pass an Af

WILLINGBORO, N.J. (AP) — A Republican who played a key role in helping the GOP-led U.S. House pass an Affordable Care Act replacement bill faced angry voters inside and outside a town hall on Wednesday. "I'm going to tell you because this affects my perspective on this issue of health care".

By then the crowd had thinned. He said that instead he would wait for current congressional investigations to run their course.

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), the co-author of an amendment that rescued the House Republicans' health-care bill from the doldrums, told his audience that he'd come to Willingboro - a majority African-American town between Philadelphia and Trenton - for a reason.

In another exchange, MacArthur cast his role in helping craft the bill as not allowing flawless be the enemy of the good ― arguing that members of Congress don't always "vote on the bill they wish was in front of them". Still, MacArthur went person by person, hearing out every question.

But the message of the evening was one that the bill's opponents are determined to get out whether their congressman shows up or not, and it is not likely to dissipate after five hours.

The people in the room interrupted him just as he mentioned them. Another yelled, "Answer our questions".

"Shame", someone yelled. "Enough", another shouted.

At one point when he attempted to discuss the legislation, the crowd started to chant "single payer!" He's the New Jersey Republican congressman who offered up the aptly-named health care amendment that allows states to opt out of pre-existing condition rules set in place under Obamacare.

At another point, a constituent asked everyone with a pre-existing condition to stand up.

"You have been the single greatest threat to my family in the entire world", he bellowed into the microphone, jabbing his finger in MacArthur's direction to cheers and applause.

Geoff Ginter's wife Colette is free from cancer, but they're anxious that the illness will return and that they won't be able to pay for her treatment should he lose his job as certified medical assistant.

"First words you said to us were, 'I'm not Donald Trump.' Well, I got an orange wig, you may as well put it on".

"You are the reason I can't sleep", he added, slamming the moderate Republican for working with "an orange-haired buffoon" in the White House.

"What I'm anxious about is, if I lose my job, I suddenly am no longer in the market, I'm no longer covered, my governor who is not a friend of people like me right now decides to opt out".

"I am sympathetic of your mother".

"We're not trying to take insurance away from anyone", Rep. MacArthur said.

"It's not true at all", Hicks said. "I wonder, I really wonder how any of you would perform in Congress with that attitude".

"I did nothing to cause my fibromyalgia", she said. Without health care coverage, I'm dead.

The loophole in the Republican bill could lead women to routinely pay more for health insurance, as they did before the Affordable Care Act.

MacArthur said he planned on things being different. "He doesn't care about people who can't afford coverage". He heard from a 17-year-old who wanted to know-"yes or no"-whether the Republican bill would allow an insurer to treat rape as a preexisting condition. I will not reduce [rape] to calling it a pre-existing condition", he told a high school student". He insisted under his amendment insurance companies could not discriminate by gender.

But, as with most things in health care, the reality is too complex to reduce to yes and no questions, or simple statements. Several people expressed dissatisfaction with President Trump and his administration. "Folks, I didn't come here to defend the president tonight".

"When are you going to decide to be an American and not a politician?" a man asked at the end of a long diatribe about Trump. Another one referenced the ongoing investigations into President Donald Trump's campaign's connections to Russian Federation.

"I am not here to defend Donald Trump", the congressman replied, but he added that he did not see a special prosecutor as a "magic silver bullet". The crowd, furious, drowned him out with boos.

"I don't want a health care system where the only one making decisions is federal bureaucrats", he said. "For every one of you that feels as strong as you do, there are more than you that feel the other way..."

Other News

Trending Now

How to watch Juventus vs. Monaco in the Champions League semifinals
The Serie A side has not conceded a goal in 621 minutes of Champions League play. "My goal is useless, it's anecdotal". Juventus booked their place in the final of the Champions League courtesy of a 4-1 aggregate victory over AS Monaco.

FBI raids Maryland Republican political consultant's office
No word yet on whether there is a link between Strategic Campaign Group & former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. This firm is known for its pioneering use of technology in political campaigns for GOP candidates nationwide.

Baby Grootcake Is Way Better than a Baby Fruitcake
Many of these same characters are set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War , its sequel, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 . As products or inventions get phased out, there becomes a certain demand for them years down the road for certain reasons.

Two Rhode Island residents ID'd in Billerica auction crash
Ten people are in the hospital, two people with life-threatening injuries and eight others with serious injuries, officials said. There are several lanes inside the auction center and cars are moved around, lined up and paraded through the building.

Australian Bank Stocks Smashed on Rumors of New Levy
But whether this plan will offer more affordable housing depends on the developers, who have every incentive to maximise their profits.

Teen 'owns up to' tossing 68-year-old woman in Florida pool
Leon Balfour , 16, turned himself into police Monday evening, saying 'I messed up and I have to own up to it'. A woman who just wanted someone to turn the music down was attacked and now a teenager is in jail.

Trump Approves Arming Kurds in Syria Over Turkey's Objections
The U.S. military has debated for months how best to proceed as forces prepare to retake Raqqa, ISIS' de facto capital in Syria. Army Rangers to intervene - including by openly flying American flags from their armored vehicles - to separate the forces".

Zidane wary of game against already relegated Granada
Madrid will defend a 3-0 lead when they play the second leg of their Champions League tie against city rivals Atletico on Wednesday before entertaining Sevilla in the league on Sunday.

82 kidnapped Nigerian girls free after prisoner swap deal
Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, and has increasingly carried out attacks in neighboring countries. Neither Nigeria's government nor Boko Haram, which has links to the Islamic State group, gave details about the exchange.

USA close: Markets mixed after solid start
Seven of the 11 major S&P sectors were higher, with energy rising the most by 0.35 percent on the back of higher oil prices. In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region moved mostly higher during trading on Monday.