GOP Rep. Defends O'care Repeal Plan As Town Hall Crowd Shouts 'Vote Him Out'

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chair of the House Rules Committee, faced a raucous crowd at a town hall event in Texas on Saturday as he attempted to explain Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Before taking questions, Sessions used a slide show presentation to explain Republicans' legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to a crowd of about 2,000 people, according to the Texas Tribune. As he was met with shouts, Sessions at one point told the crowd, "It’s obvious to me that if we continue this, no member of Congress will want to meet with people."

Sessions appeared to grow frustrated with the crowd, and told them, "You know what? I know why you’re so frustrated: You don’t know how to listen," according to the Texas Tribune.

During the question and answer portion of the town hall, the congressman told the audience, "We are going to make the changes, we are going to pass the bill and we are going to repeal Obamacare."

That comment was met with a chant of "Vote him out!"

Though he defended Republicans' legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, he did take issue with some proposals in President Donald Trump's budget blueprint. Sessions said that he would like to save funding for the National Institutes of Health and programs like Meals on Wheels, according to the Texas Tribune.

Watch clips from the town hall via the Dallas Morning News:

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