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Rep. Tom Reed faces contentious crowd in Town Hall meeting

June 03, 2017 11:39 PM

A lot of yelling, booing, and chants of “vote him out."

That’s what Congressman Tom Reed faced today in a Town Hall meeting.

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The representative of New York’s 23rd district discussed several hot button issues with hundreds of people in Geneva.

Reed and other Republican lawmakers have faced angry crowds over the last several months. Today is no different. Some constituents held signs criticizing Reed’s vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

For the first half of his town hall meeting, Congressman Reed struggled to talk over the choruses of boos and jeers.

But later on he was able to discuss important issues beginning with health care.

Someone from the crowd said, “You made your decision in spite of your constituents. And not based upon what your constituents need.”

Rep. Tom Reed: “Healthcare and health insurance are two separate things in my mind. And how will you drive healthcare cost down will help us a great deal in regards to health insurance marketplace across America.

On climate change:

Rep. Tom Reed: “I support the efforts to take on climate change. I'm one of the few Republicans that have joined the Climate Change Caucus.”

The budget and increase in military spending:

Rep. Tom Reed: “I will tell you, I support those increases for our vets and for our men and women in the military because we’re at the point where we have seen firsthand different reports, different examples where we’re sending our men and women into harm’s way with antiquated equipment.”

Some say they left with more questions than answers.

Eileen Santipadri says, “His solutions benefit more the wealthy than they do regular folks like myself: middle class.”

While Congressman Reed faced tough criticism, some were there to show their support like Tom Bartlett. Bartlett said, “He's answering people's questions and he's being very patient. I think the people are being a little over aggressive. They should be quiet and let him answers questions.”

Constituents also brought up a controversial portion of the new American Health Care act which seek a waiver that allowing insurance companies to raise premiums for people with pre-existing conditions. But, Congressman Reed defended the bill saying it continues to protect and cover individuals with pre-existing conditions.

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Nina Porciuncula

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