Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Saturday faced tough questions from constituents on his controversial decision to back President Trump’s healthcare bill.
Issa at one point ignited a testy exchange with town hall attendees when he discussed the American Health Care Act’s penalty on not getting continuous coverage. The House passed the AHCA by a 217-213 vote last month.
Issa appeared to veer off to comment on the attendance at the town hall.
“Sometimes you see 200 of your constituents, 500 of your constituents and see the same ones again and again,” Issa said. “And many of you are that 500 constituents.”
“How rude!” someone yelled in response to his comments.
One constituent said that Issa’s vote for the AHCA goes against promises that people with pre-existing conditions should be protected. The AHCA, which partially repeals Obamacare, does keep Obamacare’s mandate for insurers to guarantee coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
However, it does let states opt out of a mandate that prevents insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions more.
Issa downplayed the AHCA, saying that there is a lot more to do on the bill.
“I voted for it that moves a process that includes penalties for those that choose not to be insured and I stand by that,” he said, referring to the AHCA’s penalty for people who don’t get continuous insurance coverage.
Issa is a very vulnerable House Republican, winning last year by only 1,600 votes.
Darrell Issa faces angry town hall questions on healthcare