North Dakota’s representative in Congress started a week of town hall meetings in western North Dakota today.
Kevin Cramer met a large crowd at a Minot coffee house and the talk centered on his vote to roll back Obamacare.
Some members of the audience wanted to know about the Republican plan’s treatment of people with low income, pre-existing conditions, and costs.
Cramer read a portion of the bill saying it did not allow any provisions that would discriminate based on gender, and would not eliminate people with pre-existing conditions from the plan.
One person asked about the plan’s provision of tax credits for people making under 75-thousand dollars per year.
He worried that the credits would mean nothing to people with low incomes who pay little or nothing in income tax.
But Cramer said the bill pays cash, beyond a person’s tax burden, so long as it goes toward health insurance.
“It’s a refundable tax credit,” Cramer said.
“What is that?” Audience Member
“That is cash as long as you use it for buying insurance. It’s a subsidy from the taxpayers of this country in their generosity, to you,” Cramer said.
Not all questioners were upset with Cramer’s vote, some wondered why the House didn’t fully repeal Obamacare.
Cramer continues his series of public meetings Thursday with meetings in Mandan and Bismarck.