San Diego Congressman Holds Town Hall For Seniors

Friday, September 22, 2017
By Susan Murphy
Photo by Susan Murphy / KPBS
Above: Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) talks to seniors at the Serving Seniors Center in downtown San Diego ahead of a scheduled Senate vote that would repeal and replace Obamacare, Sept. 22, 2017.

California faces drastic federal funding cuts under a Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Among the hardest hit populations would be low-income seniors. Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, held a town hall Q & A Friday with a group of seniors to talk about their concerns.

The event was held at the Serving Seniors center downtown, which offers meals and services to hundreds of seniors. The seniors packed a dining hall to tell Peters their worries about Medicare and Medicaid.

The congressman said the GOP bill is being rushed through without expert analysis or a thorough discussion in the House of Representatives.

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"If this bill passes that the Senate's considering — Graham Cassidy — that means tens of billions of dollars of lost Medicaid money for California. And it's really gonna hit this group of people really hard," Peters said.

Peters said he plans to continue fighting the proposal when he returns to Washington on Monday.

The seniors also shared concerns over the region's hepatitis A outbreak. Peters said he has requested for the Centers for Disease Control to provide additional treatment programs and oversight.