Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash on Wednesday confronted a hostile gathering of Democrats and progressives who took over a town hall event to demand that the U.S. government enact a single-payer health care system, MLive reported.
Speaking to his constituents at Ottawa Hills High School in Michigan’s 3rd District, Amash faced boos and insults from the crowd as he attempted to explain his support for the American Health Care Act, the House-passed bill designed to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, according to MLive.
During the town hall, a man who said he was a Vietnam veteran voiced his concern that funding for his PTSD treatment would be dropped under the AHCA. And a woman expressed her worries about the costs of her husband’s battle with cancer.
“The bill is not as dramatic as some Democrats are making it seem,” Amash said of the AHCA, trying to assuage their fears. “This bill is very similar [to Obamacare]. It keeps in place the guaranteed issued provision and essential health benefits.”
This was reportedly greeted with chants of “single payer, single payer” from the crowd, lasting nearly a minute.
Amash, a Libertarian-leaning Republican, told the crowd that if they want a single-payer system, then it should be done on the state level, not the federal level.
“If people in Michigan want a single-payer system, they should be permitted to have that,” Amash said. “But people in Oklahoma should not have to have the same health care as people in Vermont and so on.”