Barr was at
"You deserve the truth," Barr said after one round of boos. "This is the truth."
"I'm not going to vote no on something that's better than the status quo," Barr said when asked if he would vote against the bill. "I'm going to vote yes enthusiastically."
Barr said the bill will lower health insurance costs for many, provide people with more choices and will eliminate a government mandate to buy insurance.
"We don't believe that the government should coerce you into a plan that you don't need," Barr said.
He said the bill keeps some popular elements of Obamacare, which he called a disaster, such as ensuring coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parent's insurance plans until they turn 26.
Plus, Barr said, the bill would reduce the federal deficit and would cut taxes by
The audience wasn't buying it.
They cited a report issued by the
Barr criticized the CBO, which is non-partisan, saying it made inaccurate predictions about Obamacare and that it didn't consider all three phases of the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.
When one constituent asked about her son, who received
"If your son is currently enrolled in
That is true, but many
In addition to health care, the audience peppered Barr with questions about a variety of other policy changes being pursued by the
One constituent asked Barr about his stance on global warming.
Barr said he knows it's happening but that there's no scientific consensus over whether it's caused by humans ("there is," an environmental scientist in the audience responded) and that he doesn't think regulations are the right way to address the problem.
They also asked Barr about Trump's newly-released budget proposal, which would pay for increased defense spending and a
"I think it's helpful in the budget process to have the president submit his priorities," Barr told reporters after the event. "But
Barr said he didn't like Trump's proposal to eliminate the
There were moments when the crowd praised Barr, such as when he condemned hate crimes against Muslims. But he quickly lost that support when he used the question to talk about terrorism.
"Some of you agree with what I'm doing in
"No," some in the audience responded.
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