Republican legislators face fiery town hall meetings, as constituents fume over figures that say 22 million would lose insurance under their plan
Anger over Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to spill over into town hall meetings, as voters express fears that they and millions of others could be left uninsured by any Trump-endorsed healthcare legislation.
At a town hall in Baton Rouge on Friday, Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana faced angry questions over the Senate healthcare bill.
A medical doctor and an opponent of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), Cassidy is co-sponsor with Susan Collins of Maine of an ACA replacement called the Patient Freedom Act. On Friday he spent more than an hour meeting constituents, at a meeting that was called to discuss flood recovery.
Amid heckling and chanting, Cassidy attempted to describe his efforts to draft new legislation and answered angry questioning about the Senate healthcare plan which did not come to a vote this week, after party leaders realised they did not have enough votes to pass it. On Monday, a Congressional Budget Office analysis said the Senate plan would result in 22 million Americans becoming uninsured by 2026.