GOP rep faces testy crowd at constituent meeting over ObamaCare

GOP rep faces testy crowd at constituent meeting over ObamaCare
© Greg Nash

Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyKey author of GOP tax law joins Ernst and Young Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game Democrats step up work to get Trump tax returns MORE (R-Texas) on Tuesday had contentious exchanges with some constituents during a local meeting about the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Dozens showed up to a meeting with Brady, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, meant as a chance for "local people affected by ObamaCare" to "share their experiences with rising costs and loss of coverage and choice," the Houston Chronicle reported.

Brady said during the session President Obama's signature healthcare legislation has "hurt a lot."

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"The Obama experiment has failed," he said, mentioning rising premiums and fewer choices.

But he was faced a crowd during the meeting that at times was testy, questioning Brady about what the replacement plans would be and talking about their own experiences with ObamaCare.

"Don't lie!" constituent Emily Hoppel shouted during the meeting, when Brady began talking about defunding Planned Parenthood and using taxpayer money for abortion. 

Hoppel brought up the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion.
 
"Well, we disagree on that," Brady said in response.
 
A woman said she had cancer twice and didn't want to worry about losing healthcare.
 
Another resident questioned what the replacement plans would entail.
 
 
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday found that ObamaCare is more popular today than it has been since 2009.
 
Congressional Republicans voted earlier this month to lay the groundwork for ObamaCare repeal by passing a budget resolution that includes rules for repeal. 
 
But GOP lawmakers and the incoming Trump team have been publicly divided about when to repeal ObamaCare and how to replace it.