Republican Legislators are getting worse, taking the prize for callousness. Sinking to such a low is quite impressive – if you find sinking to a new low impressive. At least Democrats don’t rush to sign a bill before the CBO has scored it. At least Democrats don’t rush to sign a bill so that they don’t have time to reading it. If Republicans are going to agree to the leadership without scoring and without reading, who needs them? Fire their asses and let Paul Ryan be their only Representative. Hire a few more aides. This saves time and money. Only 5% -10% conduct Town Halls. No one listens to Town Halls anyway. Paul Ryan thinks he knows better, anyway. Fire all the Republican Representatives, get rid of Town Halls, save money. It’s the Republican Way.
“Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) held a contentious town hall on Monday where he fielded questions from several angry constituents over his yes vote on the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“This is not law yet,” Blum explained to one constituent who was upset about his vote. He added that the Senate may yet change the legislation.
One woman stood up and decried the process in which Republicans passed the bill ― including their decision to not wait for the Congressional Budget Office to analyze its cost and coverage projections. She also claimed Blum’s staff told her the congressman had not read the bill.
“You voted for this bill in a rush. There were no committee hearings. This is my life,” she said. “The Congressional Budget Office didn’t score this bill … what was the rush?”
“I have always said the process was bad,” Blum responded. “It was rushed. There should have been hearings.
“The bill is better than what we have [under the Affordable Care Act]. It’s heading in the right direction,” he added, to boos from the audience.
An older constituent stood up and told Blum she was concerned about protections for pre-existing conditions under the GOP plan. “The coverage may not always be a good coverage,” she said of the potential loss of protections against insurers charging sick people more than healthy individuals for the same policy.
“It’s just not true,” Blum responded, disputing that the bill would weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
At one point Blum appeared to be frustrated with the audience, which repeatedly booed and jeered his answers, telling an aide that “nobody’s listening.”
Blum is one of only 14 House Republicans who voted for the health care bill to schedule a town hall meeting with constituents this week. A total of 217 GOP House members voted for the legislation. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rob-blum-health-care-town-hall_us_5911190ae4b0d5d9049f60e7?xt&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009