Rep. Diane Black took part in an Affordable Care Act town hall in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Like Republicans nationwide, the congresswoman from Tennessee met with angry constituents who wholly reject the Republican plan to repeal the ACA instead of fixing parts that need work. Jessi Bohon, a 35-year-old teacher, prompted raucous applause with her question. Watch below and see Rep. Black’s unsatisfactory answer.
Black’s response? Read it for yourself.
Black responded that Obamacare's individual mandate -- which requires everyone to have health insurance or pay a penalty -- still allowed millions, including many young and healthy people, to be without coverage.
"About 20 million people did actually come into the program who were uninsured," Black said. "You don't want to hurt one group of people to help the another. We can help both groups at the same time."
Bohon shot back: "How many of those people were in states where they played a political game with people's lives?"
Black appeared flustered, and declined to continue. "I'm going to pass this one," she said.
You aren’t going to be able to take a pass forever, Rep. Black. It was your party that refused to expand Medicaid in Tennessee. And bless your heart, Rep. Black. In 634 short days, your name will be back on that ballot. November 6, 2018, is going to come at you fast, fast, fast.