CO GOP congr'man sneaks out a back door so voters can't discuss REPEAL of Obamacare

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He set up the meeting, apparently wanted small groups of people. Decided that wasn't going to work and got cops to escort him out a back door, leaving his constituents standing there.

GOP Congressman, Overwhelmed by Constituents Concerned About ACA Repeal, Sneaks Out of Event Earl


By Mark Joseph Stern


Republican Rep. Mike Coffman sneaking out of a community event early.


On Saturday, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman held an event for his constituents at a public library in Aurora, Colorado. At least 150 constituents showed up, most of them hoping to ask Coffman about his recent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his plans for a replacement. But only about 70 people got to meet with Coffman: Despite booking a large room with ample space, Coffman allowed in only four constituents at once for five minutes at a time. When the crowd grew restless, police put up crime scene tape and Coffman snuck out the back door—six minutes before the event was scheduled to end.

MARK JOSEPH STERN
Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers the law and LGBTQ issues.

Coffman co-authored a Denver Postop-ed on Friday urging the full and immediate repeal of the ACA. About 419,000 Coloradans have gained health care coverage since the enactment of the law, and many of them stand to lose their insurance if it is repealed. Yet Coffman has not proposed a clear replacement for the law, an issue constituents hoped to ask him about on Saturday. “I am potentially going to lose my health insurance,” Berthie Ruoff told NBC 9 while she waited to meet with her representative. “I've had a preexisting condition. I've had breast cancer. What's going to happen to me? My spouse who had health insurance passed away. What do I do? You know, what am I supposed to do?”

But neither Ruoff nor many other constituents who stand to lose coverage had an opportunity meet with Coffman. When it grew clear that Coffman would refuse to meet with a majority of those at the event, the crowd channeled its agitation into patriotic songs:






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Crowd starts singing while trying to get in to see Congressman Mike Coffman in Aurora. He only agreed with people a couple at a time. #9News
5:18 PM - 14 Jan 2017


This show of unity, however, did not impress Coffman. Indeed, it appears to have scared him: Rather than address the crowd, Coffman had police officers secretly escort him out of the back door before the event was set to conclude.





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While more than 100 people were waiting to meet with him, Mike Coffman sneaks out early from his own community event. #9News
5:58 PM - 14 Jan 2017


A few people noticed Coffman sneaking out and attempted to address him. “Next time,” one woman pleaded, “please be sure you hear all your constituents!” Coffman ignored them, hopped into a waiting car, and drove away....

Rep. Mike Coffman sneaks out of event early as constituents ask about ACA repeal.
 
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Just like Trump, this is becoming a "duck and run" political establishment among the GOP.

Soon, the "press conference" will be reduced to Trump delivering edicts from a podium.

Thx :popcorn:
 
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How long did they event last?
Doesn't MATTER. If he didn't hear all those who wanted to talk to him, they had every right! Is he afraid of talking in public? A few at a time to exert CONTROL? I'm going with door #3. NO VIDEO if he said the wrong thing or any of the audience pitched a fit!
 
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How long did they event last?
Per the link: In a statement released to NBC 9, Coffman insisted that “we only reserved the room at the Aurora Central Library for 90 minutes, which is usually plenty of time to see everyone,” and apologized to “those who were unable to see the congressman today.”

So, if he left 6 minutes early, he met with constituents for 84 minutes, which seems a substantial time to me. Did the column author interview any of the people Coffman met with to see if they got any answers to their questions?
 
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I'm assuming Colorado citizens voted him in, and that he ran as a Republican, and that he was crystal clear about his intentions.

So to the lady with breast cancer who's spouse died so she lost his insurance - and the thousands like her - the answer to "What am I going to do" is "You're going to lose everything you own, bankrupt your kids, and then get free health care as charity from the government that lost you your insurance"

Or you can turn to crime, or start sucking some dicks.

Because that's what was promised. And voted for.

Where was that question on election night? Where all those thousands of people now facing ruin when they were supposed to be voting against the guy promising to destroy their lives.
 
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If the people don't hold the GOP to "repeal and REPLACE", they're simply going to let the GOP gut ACA.

looks like Obamacare is better than Nocare.

I think Americans are getting hip to the GOP's real plan.