This year's town hall meetings are nothing like they were in 2009, as Rep. Dennis Ross discovered. He can kiss that Tea Party money goodbye too, after his answer.
Noting that Ross and the Republican Party have now voted more than 50 times to repeal Obamacare, the constituent took the Florida GOPer to task. “Why do you think it is so good to deny seniors on Part D to make them pay more, about $4,000 more for medicine, and people with pre-existing conditions get denied insurance, have 26-year-olds have a harder time getting insurance because they can’t get on their parents’?” the voter asked. “Why do you think those are good ideas?”
Despite voting to roll back such protections, Ross said he doesn’t actually think doing so is a good idea. He went on to chastise his own party for not offering any replacement health care bill. “I think one of the most unfortunate things my party did the last three years was not offer an alternative to health care,” Ross said, calling the move “absurd.”
Right. Not only don't they have an alternative, they're now facing the prospect of going back to their districts and owning the fact that they voted not once, not twice, but over fifty times to take those benefits away from their constituents.
Ross danced around the harsh truth: There is no adequate Republican replacement for the ACA, because it was a Republican idea to begin with. They've boxed themselves in a corner and now they can't get out.