Congressman Bobby Scott holds town hall to discuss health care

Residents let Congressman Bobby Scott know exactly how they feel about the GOP health care plan

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC)  As protesters flocked the U.S. Senate and House office buildings to protest Trumpcare, here in Hampton Roads a town hall meeting with Congressman Bobby Scott was far less vocal. 

About 100 people attended the meeting inside the Kings Fork Middle School auditorium. A few voiced their opinions why they disliked the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, like Phil Pistolllarides.

"I'm self-employed, I'm a working man and I'm very angry that I have to take care of people who don't want to get to work," stressed Pistollarides.

However, many of the people who spoke to Congressman Scott voiced their support for the ACA and the expansion of Medicaid. 

Milena Wood said she and her spouse, together have nearly 50-years in the military and her spouse suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and her teenage daughter suffers from depression.

Wood became emotional when she spoke at the Town Hall meeting and she said if congress takes away the ACA she fears it would literally be the death of her family, "I do not want to deal with my family dying because some billionaires think they need extra money!" Wood exclaimed as she was followed by applause.

In the meantime, Suffolk resident Lee Ann Reeder asked Scott to get members of congress to work together,

"I surely hope the Democrats and the Republicans will say okay, we both tried, let's try to do this together," said Reeder.

Scott said he was not sure if Republicans would try to pass Trumpcare, but he said Democrats are willing to work with Republicans to improve Obamacare.

"It's hard to say but I think people have figured out Trumpcare is worse in terms of cost, the number of people being insured, 22-million fewer people getting insurance, the quality of insurance worse so no matter what you think of the Affordable Care Act why would go backwards to make things worse?" asked Congressman Scott.

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