Missouri’s GOP Officeholders in Congress are Not Holding Public Town Halls Over Recess (AGAIN)

As Congress is in recess this week and with an American public expressing deep worry about the GOP’s proposed healthcare overhaul, Missouri’s Republican members of Congress are hiding by refusing to hold public town halls with Missourians this week.

Why are Missouri’s Republicans not holding public town halls?

None of Missouri’s Republican members of Congress have held a single public town hall this year but all of Missouri’s Republican members in the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the House-passed version of the GOP’s healthcare overhaul. Senator Roy Blunt also remains supportive of the Republican healthcare legislation in the U.S. Senate.

The GOP’s Healthcare would really bad for working Missourians.

According to independent analyses from the Congressional Budget Office, the versions of the GOP’s healthcare overhaul in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will spike costs for older Americans, gut protections for individuals with pre-existing health conditions, and devastate rural hospitals, among other major slashes to healthcare.

It’s also incredibly unpopular.

The Republicans’ proposed healthcare overhaul is opposed by a wide array of major medical, health, and patient advocacy groups, including AARP, the American Medical Association, the Missouri Hospital Association, and National Farmers Union, among others. It also remains deeply unpopular with the public. And last week, USA TODAY reported that the GOP’s healthcare overhaul in the U.S. Senate has a dismal approval rating of just 12%.

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber stated:

“If Missouri’s Republican members of Congress are so confident spiking costs for older Missourians and gutting protections for individuals with pre-existing health conditions is the best way to do healthcare, then they should stop hiding and hold public town halls so any Missourian can show up and hear their concerns addressed.”
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