MacArthur to Host Town Hall in Majority-Democratic Town

Rep. Tom MacArthur. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Rep. Tom MacArthur, who was instrumental in crafting the revised version of House Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, will be holding a town hall meeting in a majority-Democratic town early next month.

The town hall is scheduled for May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center in Willingboro.

MacArthur’s office has been the site of regular protests since the first, unsuccessful Republican push last month to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation. He has also faced a wave of attack ads from both left-leaning groups, who accuse him of endangering patients’ coverage, and right-leaning groups, who saw an earlier draft of the bill as making insufficient cuts.

“Throughout my time in Congress, being accessible to my constituents has always been a top priority,” MacArthur said in a statement. “Crisscrossing this district in my pickup truck for the past several years has led me to some incredible places with the people who have sent me to Washington to represent them.”

He added: “This is the second open public forum I’ve held in the past year in Willingboro, where I barely got 10 percent of the vote. I am looking forward to visiting Willingboro again to discuss the issues of critical importance to the community.”

Although MacArthur has declined to meet with protesters, he said at a recent event in Marlton that he is open to discussion with constituents who oppose his views at scheduled times.

Obama received over 90 percent of the vote in Willingboro in 2012, and it is the most heavily Democratic town in MacArthur’s 3rd District. MacArthur received just 12 percent of the vote there when he was reelected last year.

Correction (1:20 p.m.): A previous version of this article mistakenly said MacArthur had not yet announced the location of his town hall.

MacArthur to Host Town Hall in Majority-Democratic Town