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FILE- In this May 2, 2017 file photo, Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington following the Republican Caucus meeting. The New Jersey Republican who authored an amendment that helped the GOP-led U.S. House pass an Affordable Care Act replacement bill is set to meet with voters in his first town hall since the bill passed. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

New Jersey residents put the hurt on Rep. Tom MacArthur during a five-hour town hall


New Jersey residents put the hurt on Rep. Tom MacArthur during a five-hour town hall

WATCH | New Jersey residents speak to Rep. Tom MacArthur about the AHCA

Rep. Tom MacArthur helped author the amendment that brought the American Health Care Act back from the grave. The bill made it through the House by a narrow margin, but Republicans celebrated its passage with much fanfare. 

Democratic residents in MacArthur's district? Not so much. 

The New Jersey Republican went to Willingboro, New Jersey, a town where he only won 12 percent of the vote, for a town hall where he was heckled and jeered for a solid five hours, reports The Daily Beast

MacArthur began the meeting by acknowledging that President Donald Trump only won 9 percent of the vote, which might not have been the best idea in hindsight. 

The representative was repeatedly questioned about the provisions of the AHCA and the sudden firing of former FBI Director James Comey. 

On the latter subject, MacArthur said that he wasn't ready for a special prosecutor to be appointed, saying that such a person would not be "some silver bullet."

On the former, MacArthur spent a good deal of time emphasizing his belief that the high-risk pools created by the AHCA would ensure the very old and the very sick would not lose coverage. 

He also made a point of saying that not all the provisions in former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act had been gutted by the AHCA. 

“There’s a lot of things in the Affordable Care Act we did not touch,” MacArthur said. 

Three hours in, the Town Hall crowd was still going strong. 

Things were extremely heated for the entire duration of the meeting. 

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