Town hall meeting focuses on Affordable Care Act

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott’s concern is that the Republican-controlled House and Senate will succeed in dismantling the  Affordable Care Act without replacing it with any other plan.

Well over 100 people came to hear Scott (D-3rd) speak about the potential fate of the ACA on Saturday afternoon. He hosted the town hall meeting in an amphitheater at the Regional Workforce Development Center of Paul D. Camp Community College.

Joining him for the occasion was Elise Brown, a certified navigator and team leader for Enroll Virginia. She manages marketplace education for 20 counties and six cities. Brown also fielded questions from some visitors wondering about their qualifications to enroll.

The congressman said that many people are willing to work with people who want to get rid of ACA, but not if there’s not going to be anything for the millions of Americans who depend on “Obama Care,” as it’s also known — so named for former President Barack Obama.

Scott’s fear is that to get rid of the ACA without a safety net will cause, in his words, “total chaos,” a phrase he used repeatedly in the conversation.

“There’s never been any serious discussion and now here we are,” he said. “Public sentiment needs to be clear.”