Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Washington Post -- ‘May you die in pain’: Another GOP lawmaker grilled at health care town hall

The people of California’s 1st District made their congressman see red Monday morning.

Nationally, Congressional Republicans, home for their summer recess, have been confronted with chaos and anger from their constituents.

They faced major demonstrations mostly because of their agenda on health care, demanding an end to their efforts to repeal Obamacare.  

So it’s not surprising that “Like other Republican congressmen before him, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) held a town hall on the ongoing health care debate and the Trump and GOP-led effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

And like some of his colleagues, LaMalfa was met with boos, catcalls and verbal barbs shouted from the 400 person-strong audience, this time at the Chico Elks Lodge in Northeast California . . . ”

“. . . one stood out as particularly tense. I think that your vote to throw 22 million people off of health is reprehensible and in the service of the rich, a resident told LaMalfa on his efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. I hope you suffer the same painful fate as those millions that you have voted to remove health care from. May you die in pain.

It was the most recent of a declining number of health care-focused town hall meetings charged by emotional pleas and debates between constituents and their representatives, which has sparked anxiety among GOP lawmakers heading home to face tough questions.

House Speaker Paul Ryan administers
the House oath of office to
Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif.,
during a mock swearing in ceremony

© AP Photo/Zach Gibson
‘May you die in pain’: Another GOP lawmaker grilled at health care town hall

By Alex Horton