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Rep. Mike Doyle holds town hall on health care

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PITTSBURGH - Dozens of people gathered Saturday for U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle’s town hall meeting regarding health care.

The focus of the meeting was on the American Health Care Act, the legislation being considered by the House of Representatives that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. It would be replaced with different provisions affecting Medicaid, Medicare and the individual health insurance market.

Speakers made opening statements about the impact the new legislation would have on Pennsylvania if passed.

Proponents of the new bill would end tax penalties for people who don't buy insurance, create new tax credits and let states impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. 


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About 300 people attended the town hall in the auditorium at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. About 50 people stood in line to ask Doyle, D-Pa., questions about the new health care plan. 

Doyle and his panel addressed voters who were concerned about how the new legislation could impact their families.

"Health care is a right, not a privilege for the wealthy. And that’s what their bill is about – health care for the wealthy," parent Bob Bonner said.

The vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is Thursday.