Health Care reform a big talker during Town Hall

WATERTOWN, SD. (KSFY) - A packed room greeted South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem at the Watertown Police Department Saturday morning.

From climate change to education, Noem took many questions from the public on a variety of topics.

"We tried to bring up as many as we could," said attendee, Melissa McCauley.

But an issue that dominated most of the conversations was heath care.

Under a new Republican health care bill to replace Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office projects 14 million people, including 25,000 in South Dakota, would lose their health care, but Noem says South Dakotans shouldn't be too worried.

"We are not going to shrink the numbers of people that are on Medicaid for the first couple of years. We are going to keep that coverage there, we are going to keep their policies there for the first couple years," said Noem.

Noem says those 14 million will not be forced by the federal government to have insurance.

"When that happens it will be because they made the choice to not have insurance, it won't be because the bill pulled something from underneath them," added Noem.

Along with concerns regarding health care, McCauley traveled from Sioux Falls to hear whats it going to take for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

"We want those tax returns," said McCauley. "If there is no Russian connection then why is it such an issue to release your taxes."

Many of the people here said they hope Senator's Mike Rounds and John Thune can follow suit and host their Town Hall.



 
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