Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Liberals Yell 'Shame' at GOP Rep. for Talking About His Dead Daughter

Liberals Yell 'Shame' at GOP Rep. for Talking About His Dead Daughter

Energized progressives packed a town hall meeting here Wednesday evening to give Rep. Tom MacArthur an angry earful for supporting the Republican healthcare proposal to partially repeal Obamacare that he played a key role in pushing through the House. Then MacArthur introduced himself, beginning to tell the story he often shares of his daughter who was born with special needs and died when she was 11 years old.

In Illinois, liberal protesters laughed and said "ugh" when a Republican congressman was talking about his wife's cancer, and now, in New Jersey, liberal hecklers yelled "shame" when a Republican representative was talking about his dead daughter.

"I hear you, but there are loads of other people who don't feel that way", MacArthur said.

"I'm not going to fight with you".

"I will say, shame on you right now, actually", MacArthur responded.

"How is it ever going to finished if you keep firing the people that are investigating it?" asked one audience member.

At least one constituent was disturbed by the jeering and tried to defend MacArthur, saying, "have some respect", but clearly the town hall could only head downhill from there.

"I don't think he understands what the states will do", she said. "When are you going to decide to be an American and not a politician?"

"You lost a child, that's why I can't grasp why you're doing what you're doing".

The only solution to health care is the single-payer system.

Congressman Tom MacArthur is not ducking and hiding, but his town hall is off to a raucous start.

MacArthur (NJ-3rd), told his angry audience that "if states want to have some flexibility, try to bring rates down again and get more people insured, that is where these waivers exist".

Menendez criticized the Republican plan because it would make deep cuts to Medicaid - almost $900 billion over 10 years, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office - because it would eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, leading to a domino effect that would likely hike health care costs for women who depend on those clinics.

Constituents quizzed MacArthur about the Russian Federation investigation and whether he supports an independent prosecutor. "When you're one of the wealthiest members of Congress, to make a decision that will impact so many, clearly you're not thinking of them", he said.

There were so many cries for single-payer health care - essentially, Medicare that would be open to everyone, and not restricted by age - that MacArthur spent an unusual amount of time arguing its merits. It was five hours, but I promised everyone would get to speak. "But when I drive across the Pinelands. for every one of you, there's someone who totally disagrees with you", the congressman said.

MacArthur started to respond "Well, because the tax cuts perform the same function" before being drowned out by shouts of incredulity.

"Twenty-five percent of the US population is on Medicaid and it's on its way to being a $1 trillion expense", he said, adding that the caps were meant to get states to partner in controlling costs.

There were moments of nervous tension, as some constituents used their question time to grind MacArthur down on details they'd read about.

Among other changes in the bill are the elimination of tax penalties under Obama's law.

The outrageous increase proposed by major health insurance companies has to do with the failure of the Republicans to fund a pool of money to help protect the insurance companies from extreme enrollment of high risk enrollees ("Republicans' fingerprints are all over Obamacare premium increases", May 5). "I hear people shouting curse words", said MacArthur.

"I expected that much anger but not that much disrespect", the congressman told the Courier-Post after the public session ended close to midnight.

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