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GOP congressman reports that ‘women are in my grill’ about Obamacare

January 31, 2017

A Republican congressman is apparently put off by the complaints of his female constituents who don’t want Obamacare repealed. At a gathering of conservative groups on Saturday evening, U.S. Representative Dave Brat of Virginia spoke candidly of his constituents’ reactions, particularly those voiced by women, to congressional Republicans’ bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. “Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go,” Brat, whose remarks were recorded on video and posted to Facebook, told the gathering. “They come up — ‘When is your next town hall?’ And believe me, it’s not to give positive input.”

Brat, living up to the connotations of his surname during an interview with The Richmond Times-Dispatch, went on to suggest that the women approaching him in public, calling him on the phone and posting on his Facebook page are part of a concerted effort of paid protesters. “I had one woman on my Facebook say she was going to get up in my grill,” Brat said, using the grill metaphor again. “There’s paid protesters … paid activists on the far left, not my Democratic friends I go to church with,” he continued. “They’re being paid to go around and raise havoc.” Of course, one woman who spoke to the Times-Dispatch, said that simply wasn’t the case, and that she was just worried because health coverage she obtained through Obamacare insures her whole family.

Watch Brat’s complete remarks in the video below.

Dave Brat meets with District 1 at Hanover Tavern 1/28/17

Thoughts?"When is the next Town Hall meeting?" is not an accusation, it's a question. Congressman Dave Brat, your constituents would like to hear from you. You ran on a platform that you would be more accessible and we could hold you accountable, right? We would love to hear more about things you talked about in this video. #AskBrat

Posted by 7th District Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2017

Read the full story at New York magazine’s The Cut blog.

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