Health care hot topic at congressman's Flower Mound town hall

FLOWER MOUND -- Congressman Michael Burgess hosted a town hall meeting with constituents Saturday in Flower Mound.

For two hours, he answered questions on topics ranging from school choice to investigations into Russian election interference, but mostly the focus was on the Affordable Care Act.

Burgess is among Republicans leading the charge to repeal and replace the healthcare legislation. Many people in Friday's audience wanted to know what that will mean for them and their families.

One woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis told the lawmaker her treatment costs nearly $200,000 a year.. She implored Burgess to think of her and her family when making decisions on reform.

Other constituents pressed Burgess on reports of Russian hacking. A self-identified Republican in the audience drew cheers when she asked the lawmaker what he'll do to make sure the public gets answers.

Burgess replied by saying he was upset with Russia's involvement with Ukrainian election. The audience booed and members asked him again about his stance on interference in American elections.

"I will continue to ask for information," Burgess said.

Burgess says most of his focus is on healthcare reform, adding a "reconciliation bill" should be released sometime next week. He says it will more clearly lay out what repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act would look like but wouldn't provide any further details at the town hall meeting.

While many lawmakers across the country are skipping town halls because of large turnouts from constituents upset with the Trump administration, Burgess said he'll continue to hold events. Adding Saturday's event will not be the last of its kind.

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