- The Washington Times - Friday, May 12, 2017

Rep. Tom MacArthur said Friday that his town hall lasted five hours because “people are scared” of the new health care bill.

“People are scared. I get that. Part of my job, a big part of my job, is explaining to people what I’m trying to do here,” Mr. MacArthur, New Jersey Republican, said on Fox News.

“I’m trying to protect them from a system that’s going to collapse and hurt millions of people. If we don’t get this right, it’s going to hurt millions of people,” he said.

The congressman was heckled and yelled out during a town hall in his state Wednesday night, including by one man who called Mr. MacArthur “the single greatest threat” to him and his family.

Mr. MacArthur is one of the primary lawmakers involved in drafting the House Republicans health care repeal, but he said he understood people’s reaction.

“There’s a lot of fear. I heard that all night from people. There’s fear, there’s anger, and I think we’re going to have press through it and really have people understand,” he said.

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