GOP Rep. Rod Blum: “if you’re currently getting your health insurance through Medicaid, nothing’s going to change”
Iowa town hall crowd: pic.twitter.com/rBs55iouoA
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 9, 2017
Congress is on recess this week and we all know what that means: town hall meetings packed to the rafters with furious constituents.
Iowa Republican Rod Blum had a distinctly chaotic town hall, which he had attempted to rein in by screening the audience to ensure they were all from his district. Yet those attempts did not stop the rowdy crowd from skewering Blum for his vote for the American Health Care Act.
Blum stood through more than an hour of questions from angry constituents, who often shouted “YOU LIE!” and “SHAME!” at the congressman.
Watch above to see a video, via MSNBC, of Blum drowning in a wave of boos after trying to convince constituents that their Medicare and Medicaid will not be touched.
Blum also fielded some tough questions from constituents, including this one over his campaign funding, caught by Politico reporter Dan Diamond:
Woman: “You voted yes because the bill was made so much worse that it satisfied the Koch brothers.” Will you vow never to take Koch money? pic.twitter.com/n88brp54Fr
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) May 9, 2017
Blum’s rocky town hall came just hours after he stormed out of an interview when a reporter grilled him over his decision to prescreen the audience.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, a young congresswoman from New York who voted for the AHCA, was also held to the fire by constituents Monday night.
Hundreds of protestors greeted Stefanik outside the town hall, chanting ‘SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!’ and holding signs that read “Repeal & Replace Elise.” Protestors also displayed a coffin emblazoned with “pre-existing conditions”:
Coffin has names of pre-existing conditions at Stefanik protest. pic.twitter.com/IxeU2JzVTm
— Ashleigh Livingston (@AshJLivingston) May 8, 2017
Inside the forum, Stefanik faced a mixed crowd of 100, with hecklers accusing her of dodging questions on her vote.
On Sunday, fellow New York congressman Tom Reed held a series of meetings with raging constituents, who reportedly held signs that read “Why do you want to kill my daughter?” and “GOP Disaster.”
In three small forums, constituents grilled Reed about his health care vote, and also intermittently chanted “SHAME!”
In one video that has since gone viral, an Air Force veteran slammed Reed and made a forceful case for single-payer health care:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 7, 2017
Town hall meetings will continue this week, for Representatives brave enough to face them.
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