Congress members on break are facing the wrath of constituents at town hall meetings over the the latest healthcare bill. Nathan Frandino reports.
New Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur is feeling the heat, and giving it back. "I would say shame on you actually." He, like most representatives, is back home and hearing from constituents... most of whom want to talk about the Republicans bid to overhaul healthcare. One attendee asked whether rape was considered a pre-existing condition affecting insurance coverage "Yes or no" "You cannot be charged more because of that." "Yes or no" "Yes or no Can rape be considered a pre-existing condition." "You cannot be denied coverage or chargd more because of that. That is the answer." The bill, now before the Senate, does not specifically classify rape as a pre-existing condition. However, victims of trauma and sexually transmitted diseases stemming from the rape, could face higher costs of treatment. That depends on whether states apply for a waiver, allowing insurance companies to raise their rates. In Wamego, Kansas, Congressman Roger Marshall is also facing questions. "This is people really concerned about healthcare for their families." "Across many counties across the country have no insurance companies who will do the exchanges. It's broken. We cannot keep doing this." Though some in this audience weren't convinced by his reponse. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATHAN SCHMIDT, TOPEKA RESIDENT, SAYING: "Was to answer the more convenient questions and leave the more difficult ones up for speculation." And in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Congressman Rod Blum is defending his support of the bill. Although again, constituents appear unimpressed with his answers. "There are always agendas, always agendas." Agendas that have emerged on both sides of the debate about American healthcare, and who should pay for it.