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U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho Stands By His Actions During A Town Hall Meeting

By on October 22nd, 2013
Congressman Ted Yoho speaks to members of the African American Accountability Alliance before the town hall meeting to discuss his political actions while in office.

Yelena Orrelly / WUFT News

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho speaks to members of the African American Accountability Alliance before the town hall meeting at the Alachua County Health Department on Monday.

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho addressed questions and concerns during a town hall meeting hosted by the African American Accountability Alliance at the Alachua County Health Department Monday night.

Darry Lloyd, president of the 4As, addressed the crowd of about 30 community members and explained that the discussion with Rep. Yoho would provide a platform for constituents to ask questions and express their needs.

“Our representative is here to talk with us and share what’s going on from his experience,” Lloyd said. “And to listen to us about what we can do to assist him and what he can do to assist us.”

Yoho said people want to be self-determinant, self-governing and self-reliant, and that they want a better life for themselves and for their children.

He also said the government is out of control and spending must be stopped before matters get worse.

Following his opening statement, the 4as asked Yoho a series of prepared questions in which they voiced concerns about the actions he has taken while in office, as well as the statements he’s made.

Most of the discussion was focused on his support to defund the Affordable Care Act and his refusal to raise the debt ceiling.

He said that raising the debt ceiling won’t help the US economy improve.

“If raising the debt ceiling was the answer, we wouldn’t have this discussion because we’ve raised it 14 times since 2001,” Yoho said, “and all we’ve done is gain more debt and more interest on our debt.”

During a question and answer session, the moderator cited a statistic from the census bureau stating that more than 16 percent of Yoho’s district does not have health insurance.

Yoho responded by saying that the option of Medicaid and the emergency room exist, both of which have been taxing the system.

“We’ve got the best healthcare in the world bar non,” Yoho said. “What I feel we need to fix is the delivery system.”

Yoho said the Affordable Care Act has many flaws, including the lack of an income verification process. He said it shouldn’t have been presented until all of the kinks were worked out.

Audience members were allowed to ask Yoho direct questions at the end of the session.

One woman said that the Affordable Care Act would help her to attain healthcare, as she is currently uninsured.

Others asked why if he supports fiscal responsibility, he opted for a government shut down.

Yoho stuck by his ideals and reiterated that he was elected under his current platform and said it would be a disservice to those who elected him if he changed his views.

He said that those who elected him wanted him to act as he has.

“If that changes to where people say, ‘I don’t want you to do that,’ I won’t run again,” Yoho said.

Alachua County School Board Member, Eileen Roy, attended the meeting and said she appreciated Yoho’s effort to reach out to the community but was not satisfied with his answers.

“I’m glad he had the courage to come here and face some tough questions,” Roy said. “I was not satisfied with his answers. He had a lot of statements that were flat out wrong.”

However, Yoho said Americans have always been good at coming together, specifically referencing the aftermath of Sept. 11.

“There wasn’t a white American; there wasn’t a black American; there wasn’t Republicans, Democrats, liberals or conservatives — we’re all Americans,” he said. “I’m telling you — actually I’m imploring you — we need to have that moment now.”

Yoho will be up for reelection in 2014.


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  • Doc Bruce

    Once again, Yoho keeps perpetuating lies, even when he knows he is lying. What was really ridiculous was that the one thing Yoho and his compadres insisted on to re-open the government during the shutdown was that language be inserted into Obamacare (ACA) ensuring “means testing (income verification)” before people were given health care subsidies. Of course the Democrats agreed because in point of fact, there already existed an entire section in ACA requiring income verification prior to a person getting a subsidy for health insurance. If only one Republican had bothered to read ACA, they would have known this. Instead, all the GOP did was rail against a law not one of them had read, including Rep. Ted Yoho, at a cost of $24 billion to us taxpayers and finally back down citing victory for their demand to include something that was already included in the law. This is what Rep. Yoho considers good service to his constituents?

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    “Yoho responded by saying the options of Medicaid and the emergency room exist, though both have been taxing the system.”
    1. Doesn’t his party want to do away with Medicaid or at least make major cuts to Medicaid? However, now he says it is an option for the uninsured.
    2. Emergency rooms are over extended and those that will administer medical treatment to the uninsured are passing the costs on to the rest of us and the costs are much higher than visiting a doctor in his office.

    “I’m glad he had the courage to come here and face some tough questions,” Roy said. “I was not satisfied with his answers. He had a lot of statements that were flat out wrong.” Apparently Yoho doesn’t have as much support as he believes.

  • jeremiahtatter

    It’s just not true that America has the best healthcare system in the world. There are not stats that show that this is anywhere near the truth.

  • Jerry N. Wesner

    “He said it (the ACA) shouldn’t have been presented until all of the kinks were worked out.” Has there ever been a complicated process in which all kinks were removed before publication? Setting a high standard is one thing; sticking to reality is another.

  • FoxIsForRetards

    repigliKKKlans are destroying America!

  • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

    “Following his opening statement, the group asked Yoho a series of prepared questions …”

    Prepared questions, Johnny. That hardly reads self-reliant on your part. Reads more like Training Wheels, son.

  • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

    “Following his opening statement, the group asked Yoho a series of prepared questions…”

    “Alachua County School Board member Eileen Roy attended the meeting and said she appreciated Yoho’s effort to reach out to the community but was not satisfied with his answers.

    “I’m glad he had the courage to come here and face some tough questions,” Roy said.

    Who’s worse:

    Yoho, whose cowardice mandated prepared questions?

    OR

    Roy, who downright blatant idiocy called Yoho’s prepared questions “tough” and Yoho’s answering of said prepared questions “courageous”?

  • vernwalters

    As Pope has said a lot of issues are being considered…, health care, gay marriage, war, etc, however none will begin to be approached rationally until we meet the challenge of economic injustice. Yoho addressed this issue along with 70 other co-sponsors of HR 129 the Return to Prudent Banking Act of 2013. When we stop the continuing money drain to bail-outs we can seriously consider a health care delivery system. Until then fugetabout it. All the people bought off by Wall St to keep bailouts going will posture and preen about health care and other irrelevant issues ad nauseum.

 

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