Congressman Ron DeSantis was in Mount Dora on Saturday afternoon, where he held a town hall to discuss his recent initiatives on Capitol Hill. The lively 90 minute discussion had plenty of cheers and boos throughout the entire discussion.
After a brief ceremony honoring his fellow military veterans, the Congressman immediately launched into a question answer session that lasted the entirety of the 90 minute program. The repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare was the most controversial topic covered with Republicans rolling out their replacement proposal this week.
“There are a lot of inequities and people don’t think it’s a good plan.” said DeSantis “We’ve got to do things where we’re following through with the promises we’ve made and then making sure the final product is going to get us to patient centered care.”
Many of the attendees wore “Repeal Obamacare” stickers while Obamacare supporters asked DeSantis questions challenging the new plan. There were several times when visitors on both sides of the issues began shouting at each other.
The conversation eventually moved on to national defense, where the Navy Vet applauded President Trump’s push for more defense funding, while pushing for a stronger Navy that he says will deter many threats including Chinese activity in the South China seas.
DeSantis also believes his “Drain the Swamp” act, which places tougher restrictions on lobbyists and imposes term limits on lawmakers, will get an audience with the President and ultimately a vote in the House of Representatives.
“President Trump is going to tell Paul Ryan he would like a vote on this in the House of Representatives” he said “I think it’s something that Trump gets behind because he supports it and eighty percent of voters support it.”
The town hall in Mount Dora was the third stop in the “Discussions with DeSantis” town hall tour which also made stops in St. Augustine and Daytona Beach and also featured contentious discussion regarding the future of health care. Mount Dora, a conservative Lake County stronghold, was added to sixth district after redistricting last year.