GOP lawmaker faces rowdy town hall on health care

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOvernight Finance: McConnell, Schumer spar over debt limit | WH says tax reform depends on Dems | Mnuchin doubts Trump’s corporate tax goal possible | Dem wants criminal probe of Equifax stock sales | Mystery surrounds Cordray’s plans GOP senator calls for caps on ex-presidents’ benefits Senate approves Trump’s debt deal with Democrats MORE (R-Iowa) faced a heated crowd at a town hall at the University of Iowa on Friday, where attendees booed and jeered the junior Iowa senator over the GOP’s latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

At the town hall, according to the Des Moines Register, Ernst faced questions about her support for the proposal introduced this month by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Finance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-La.). 

That bill aims to do away with ObamaCare insurance subsidies and the Medicaid expansion, and instead convert those pots of money into block grants for the states. 

Ernst sought to defend her position on Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran’s president warns US will pay ‘high cost’ if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE‘s signature healthcare law, saying that the GOP needed to act swiftly to fix the individual insurance market and that the Graham-Cassidy proposal offered states an opportunity to develop health care systems that fit their individual needs.

According to the Register, at least two attendees at Ernst’s town hall were taken out of the meeting by police. 

The Graham-Cassidy proposal was dealt a potentially decisive blow on Friday when Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate’s defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.) announced that he would not vote for the measure.

Republicans face a Sept. 30 procedural deadline to pass such a bill with only 50 votes, and can only afford two GOP defections in order to approve it.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Kent.) had indicated earlier this month that he would not support the proposal, and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Ryan: Graham-Cassidy ‘best, last chance’ to repeal ObamaCare Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort MORE (R-Maine) has said that she’s leaning against voting for the bill. McCain’s defection is likely to prompt others to follow suit.

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