‘OK, Children!’: GOP Exec Mocks Town Hall Crowd After He’s Booed for Claiming There Are ACA Death Panels
During a town hall for Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) today, the secretary of the county’s Republican Party was met with loud jeers and chants of “liar” when he made the claim that there’s a “death panel” provision in the Affordable Care Act.
Speaking to the crowd, Bill Akins attempted to explain why he was against Obamacare, but found resistance after he made a specific claim.
“Here’s the problem I have with the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “Number one, there is a provision in there that anyone over the age of 74 has to go before what is effectively a death panel.”
The moment after he uttered those words, the audience went ballistic, with many shouting “no” and yelling that Akins was lying. As they went nuts, Akins asserted he was correct and that the death panel provision was in there. (For the record, the death panel claim was rated as PolitiFact’s ‘Lie of the Year’ in 2009 with NPR noting that the lie has continued to live on.)
“OK, children. Alright, children,” Akins stated, mocking the crowd.
Town halls for GOP representatives have grown very contentious of late as the members of Congress have faced large crowds filled with Democrats confronting them about issues such as repealing Obamacare. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) faced an angry audience earlier this week, with many expressing outrage over the House Oversight Committee chair not going after President Donald Trump over ethics concerns.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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