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Congressman faces angry constituents after health care vote


    Rep. Tom Reed was among the few members of Congress who held town hall meetings after the controversial health care bill vote. The Republican legislator got an earful of loud, angry voices from more than 100 people who came despite the rain.

BUSTI, N.Y. >> A Republican congressman from western New York has gotten an earful from constituents over his vote to repeal the federal health care law commonly called “Obamacare.”

The Post-Journal of Jamestown reports Rep. Tom Reed was booed during a town hall meeting Saturday in Busti.

Reed defended his vote Thursday to repeal the Affordable Care Act and said there is “misinformation” about the replacement bill that narrowly passed the House of Representatives.

Some residents brought signs that said “Repeal and Replace Tom Reed” and “Reed Took Away Pre-Existing Coverage.”

Attendees at an earlier town hall in Hinsdale said they’re afraid they’ll lose coverage for pre-existing conditions, including cancer and diabetes.

Reed told them he hopes the new health bill will bring down costs. He said the current law is collapsing.

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