Congressman takes questions from community

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - From global warming to health care reform, a question and answer session got heated in Richmond Saturday, as Republican Congressman Andy Barr made a visit at Eastern Kentucky University.

From issues affecting people with disabilities, to Kentucky's heroin and drug epidemic, Kentuckians cranked up the heat Saturday afternoon as Barr made a visit to Richmond.

Some even drew a few laughs from the lawmaker, and they shared their opinions on President Trump.

Another big talker was the proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, something that some conservatives have claimed is too similar to the current system.

"With all due respect to my colleagues, I don't think it's anywhere close to "Obamacare Lite," said Barr. "Especially after the changes that the Republican Study Committee supported in our meeting with President Trump yesterday."

But from the sounds coming from the lively crowd, not all are happy to see the proposal head that way.

"There are just so many people who are relying on it," said Eddie Kennedy. "Most people in Kentucky say no, Obamacare worked for us. Obamacare changes our lives."

Other big talkers at today's town hall-style visit included global warming, executive powers and threats towards Jewish and Muslim communities across the country- something that Barr adamantly denounced.

"In this country and in every part of the world, religious intolerance is totally unacceptable and I repudiated it, and every public official in this country should repudiate it," said Barr.

The Madison County Democratic Party released a response to Barr's visit- saying they believe his policies will hurt hardworking Madison County residents to benefit an elite few.

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