Congressman Barr faces angry crowd at event in Mount Sterling

02/22/2017 02:33 PM

MOUNT STERLING – U.S. Rep. Andy Barr faced an overwhelmingly hostile crowd in Mt. Sterling on Wednesday during his Coffee with a Congressman event.

A standing room only crowd of approximately 100 constituents, many from Lexington and Frankfort, were in attendance at the event often booing and shouting at the 6th district Congressman as he spoke about a number of issues and answered numerous questions.

The tone was set early on as Barr was thanking a few people at the start of the event when he was interrupted by Debbie Winslow, of Lexington, who was upset that Barr had not been in Lexington to talk to voters there.

“Sir, you’ve only given us an hour and we’ve got lots of questions for you,” Winslow said. “We haven’t been able to see you in town halls. You’re not coming to Lexington and Frankfort.”

Barr took the first question asking if he supports independent investigations into President Trump’s alleged connections with Russia.

“Of course we would want to have any independent investigation into any issue which would compromise national security,” Barr said. “Not a single intelligence official has provided evidence yet that there were any improper contacts between the Trump campaign and the intelligence community.”

The biggest issue with those in attendance was repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

As Barr explained his position, he was often shouted at by many in the crowd.

“Four point seven million Americans have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare,” Barr said. “Another fact, the Obamacare exchanges are collapsing right now. Seventy percent of the counties in the United States six years after Obamacare passed have two or fewer insurance choices.”

Barr wants to replace the current health care law with a system that allows people to deduct health insurance costs from their taxes and save money in tax-free health savings accounts as well as keep the current provision that prevents insurers from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions.

While Barr knows that many in attendance weren’t in agreement with him, he appreciated them being there to express their opinions.

“I think it’s fabulous, I think it’s great that people are exchanged and expressing their First Amendment freedom and this makes America better, not worse.”

Barr promised the crowd that he would have future events for people to express their opinions and ask him questions.


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