Tensions were high at Saturday's town hall forum with Representative Bill Huizenga. More than 300 people were in attendance at the town hall to question the congressman on issues such as healthcare, climate change, education, and jobs. The town hall started with some disagreement about the reference of religion, with crowd members citing separation of church and state.
Representative Huizenga stayed more than 4 hours answering questions from the crowd. Many focused on healthcare, desiring to keep the Affordable Care act, with some personally affected by chronic illness, others who work in the healthcare field stood up to ask about the plans for healthcare. Huizenga responded to their concerns by offering the republican alternative to health care, and disagreeing with the current healthcare policy by saying, “I believe and I think most people who have been involved in healthcare, believe that Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act as it's currently constructed is not workable.”
Others focused on international affairs, requesting an independent review of Russia's involvement of the administration, to which Huizenga felt an independent review is not necessary at this point. Congressman Huizenga responded to questions regarding his involvement in the Stop Overreach Act, (HR 637) a bill that removes greenhouse gases as a pollutant, by saying, that there needs to be a balance within the EPA, desiring a “workable common sense EPA that allows businesses to grow and develop and succeed.” Congressman Huizenga also responded to the controversial Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, citing what he called a “failing education system” and spoke of Ms. DeVos dedication to making a difference in education.