Voters protest GOP health care bill, demand town hall with Rep. Will Hurd

San Antonians protest 'Trumpcare', challenge Congressmen Will Hurd

SAN ANTONIO - Dozens of people came out in protest of the new GOP health care bill on Monday.

Voters in Texas's 23rd Congressional District waved signs outside of J Prime Steakhouse, where U.S. Representative Will Hurd was holding a fundraiser.

Rosey Abuabara was one of many hoping to get Hurd's attention.

"It's sad to think that a lot of these people - elderly people - are not going to be able to afford healthcare," Abuabara said.

Voter Elizabeth Packer said she tried calling Hurd's office to voice her concerns every day for the past two months with no luck.

"I am trying to get my congressman to listen to me," Packer said. "We need to have a town hall first and foremost and all views need to be heard." The latest report from the Congressional Budget Office shows a potential loss of health care for millions of Americans if the new plan passes.

The group said Hurd needs to listen to voters, calling it a matter of life and death.

"When our government moves in a direction like that, it poses a risk to many and many of us,"  Darren Meritz said.

Voters said they will keep raising their voice until they're heard.

After his fundraiser, Hurd was escorted through a side door. He did not approach protestors to talk and could not be reached for comment.

Hurd did host a town hall a few weeks ago, but it was via telephone. Critics said he answered very selective questions.

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