Health Reform Support Stings NH Congresspeople

Reps. Shea-Porter and Hodes get earful at recess public meeting
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2010 1:10 PM CDT
Health Reform Support Stings NH Congresspeople
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H.   (AP Photo)

New Hampshire’s two congresspeople, both Democrats, have spent a good part of the Easter recess reliving last summer's town hall ire over health care reform. In meetings with their constituents over the break, both Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes got an earful over their yea votes for the new law. “I don't want to shake your hand,” one senior told Hodes. “You voted for health care, so just go.”

But the Medicare doughnut hole will be closed by 2020, Hodes pleaded. “We'll all be dead by then,” was the response. Shea-Porter was asked if she was “a princess or a representative.” Pro-reform attendees didn’t hold back, either. “What, are you employed by some insurance company? Shut up!” said one attendee. Hodes doesn’t seem perturbed. “You're going to see growing acceptance,” he tells Politico. (More Paul Hodes stories.)

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