GOP chairman: Town hall protests won't alter ObamaCare repeal plans

GOP chairman: Town hall protests won't alter ObamaCare repeal plans
© Greg Nash

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman 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) said Monday that crowds of people at town halls across the country worried about the fate of ObamaCare will not alter Republican plans to repeal and replace the law.

Brady, a key player on healthcare, was asked by reporters if the pro-ObamaCare sentiment at town halls would “have any impact to the Republican push to repeal and replace.”

"I don't think it will,” Brady replied. 

“I think it's healthy to have these discussions,” he added. “I know at the town hall I held, we had some people who feel strongly for ObamaCare and all those high prices and premiums. I stayed late to make sure we could visit with as many as we could, and so I think all this input is healthy."

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House Republicans are hoping to move forward with their repeal bill next month. 

Brady was faced with a crowd of people angry about his plan to repeal ObamaCare at a town hall in Texas last month. “Where are the plans?” the crowd called out, asking for the GOP replacement plan, the Houston Chronicle reported

A string of Republican lawmakers, including Reps. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTop Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report Former GOP lawmaker on death of 7-year-old migrant girl: Message should be ‘don't make this journey, it will kill you' MORE (Utah), Gus Bilirakis (Fla.) and Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackLamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee Juan Williams: The GOP's worsening problem with women How to reform the federal electric vehicle tax credit MORE (Tenn.), have faced crowds in their districts pushing against the repeal of ObamaCare. Some people have said that they owe their lives to the healthcare former President Obama's signature domestic law provides them. 

Black’s office also vowed to push ahead with repeal last week after a testy forum. 

“While there were strong feelings at this forum, there is no mistaking the clear message Tennesseans sent last November at the ballot box when they sent Congressman Black and President Trump to Washington to repeal Obamacare and put patients back in control of their health care choices,” her office said in a statement.