The Trump administration is finding out what past administrations also found out the hard way: Rebuilding the health care system might not be the best way to begin your domestic policy agenda. Hillarycare failed in President Bill Clinton’s first term both legislatively, and politically as voters in the 1994 midterm elections vented their ire against Democrats. Obamacare succeeded—at least legislatively—but, again, voters showed their disapproval in the 2010 midterm elections.
Now Republican legislators are being greeted by angry constituents who ask: Just what are you going to replace Obamacare with? As of now, reports the New York Times, Republican lawmakers do not have a cohesive and comprehensive response.
That’s the situation Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, faced during a town hall meeting in his district on Saturday. “If I could give you an answer today, I would, but I can’t,” the Times quotes Sensenbrenner saying to about 70 people who packed said at a town-hall-style meeting on Saturday, where about 70 people packed a room at the Pewaukee Public Library.
Sensenbrenner got off easy, the newspaper reports. It’s gotten ugly in some places.
“In California, Representative Tom McClintock was escorted by police officers after a town-hall-style meeting this month; in Utah, the crowd chanted ‘Do your job!’ at Representative Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the Oversight Committee. At a meeting last week, House Republicans were advised on security precautions so they would be prepared for protesters at town-hall-style meetings or their district offices.”
Source: New York Times