A man at U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur’s (R-3) Willingboro town hall had trouble speaking as he recalled his late wife’s illness and how the costs to pay for it would have buried him if he lacked healthcare.
“I don’t understand,” the man, who said he worked in the insurance industry, told MacArthur.
The congressman lost a daughter in 1996, so he should know the hardship and how it would financially impact people without coverage, the man said. Obamacare had its flaws, but the current bill on the table worsens the situation for those who lack insurance, he added.
The man’s relatives held onto him as he struggled to maintain his compose in front off the congressman.
“My fear is if we don’t fix this, people are going to lose their insurance who desperately need it,” MacArthur said.
Moments later, a man upbraided the congressman for constantly referring to his constituents “on the other side of the Pine Barrens.”
“Whenever the people of South Jersey don’t think I’m doing the job, I won’t be there,” the congressman said.