Feb 10, 2017 - Health

Town hall crowds turn up the heat on Republicans

Several congressman hosted town halls across the nation last night, and some of the hottest issues that came up again and again were the uncertainty surrounding Obamacare and Trump's controversial executive orders.

Politico's Dan Diamond made a timeline of tweets documenting the rooms overflowing with angry constituents who pushed their representatives to protect their healthcare and dig deeper into Trump:

In other news: the rowdy scene outside of a healthcare townhall in Murfreesboro, TN, tonight: pic.twitter.com/AIIeir61kz— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) February 10, 2017

In a town hall in Michigan, retired health care industry worker and cancer survivor Paul Bonis called on Rep. Justin Amash to protect Obamacare, as his life could depend on it. When Amash said he couldn't do that, the room — filled with 600 mostly liberal constituents — broke out in boos. One protestor screamed, "You are no supporting your constituents!"

House oversight chair Jason Chaffetz was also challenged, according to Politico. His Utah constituents probed him on why he wasn't doing more to hold Trump accountable for his actions — mainly the president's potential conflicts of interest and his controversial immigration executive order. Chaffetz tried to calm the room by explaining how he has requested the ethics office to review Kellyanne Conway's behavior, but didn't address how he'd investigate Trump.

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