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Republicans Face Protests Across Country At Town Halls

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Across the country, groups of people are protesting Republican politicians at town halls about health care

On Feb. 9, Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Diane Black of Tennessee were each confronted at separate events, reported CNN. And many of the shouts and pleas from protesters were reactions to Chaffetz's and Black's opposition to Obamacare, as well as the protesters' resentment of President Donald Trump.

"Folks -- I get one sentence into it, you say I'm not answering the question," Chaffetz said in Salt Lake City, as protesters continued to interrupt him. "I am answering the question, OK?"

And during a talk at Middle Tennessee State University, people protested outside the hall where Black spoke, chanting slogans like "Health Care Is A Human Right" and "No Wall, No Ban."

Inside the hall, Black was confronted with questions about Obamacare.

"I have to have that coverage," said MTSU student Mike Carlson, according to the Daily News Journal. "I am an overweight person. I have to have that coverage to make sure I don’t die. People with cancer (have to have that coverage) to make sure they don’t die, and you want to take away this coverage and not replace it with anything."

"We want to have patient-centered health care," said Black, who favors a free market approach to health insurance, but opposes Obamacare, which makes it mandatory people buy from the free market of health insurance.

In Roseville, California, on Feb. 4, Republican Rep. Tom McClintock of California had to be escorted out of an event by police after hundreds of protesters gathered outside his town hall event and many of the people inside barraged him with questions about healthcare.

"It's the first time I've ever had a police department have to extract me from a town hall, and I've done well over 100 of them in Congress," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Sources: CNN, Los Angeles Times, Daily News Journal / Photo Credit: Don LaVange/Flickr

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