Protesters expected at Bridenstine town hall

A spokesman said U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, is hoping for a big crowd of supporters at an upcoming town to offset an expected group of protesters.

Bridenstine will host the “Securing America Town Hall” from 6:30-8 p.m. April 11 in the ORU Mabee Center at 81st Street and Lewis Avenue.

In February, President Donald Trump suggested that ex-President Barack Obama was behind the rash of protests that Republican congressmen are finding at their town hall meetings.

“I also think it’s politics,” Trump said.

“Our country is facing multiple national challenges at home and abroad,” said Bridenstine, who represents the First District. “How we respond to ISIS, our broken healthcare system and the crisis on the southern border is critical to our nation’s future. Please plan to attend the Securing America Town Hall on April 11 at 6:30 p.m.”

Bridenstine announced that he would vote for the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace Obamacare, even though the bill is not perfect. Ever since Bridenstine was elected in 2012, he has fought for the repeal of Obamacare. That bill by House Speaker Paul Ryan was pulled when he couldn’t guarantee enough votes for its passage.

Bridenstine indicated he would talk about “ the Obamacare death spiral” and the “new race for space” at the Tuesday town hall.

“Americans have lost their plans, their doctors and their ability to choose what health care plan best meets their needs,” Bridenstine said. “Premiums, deductibles and prescription costs continue to skyrocket.

“The United States has lost its pre-eminence in space, putting our national security and very way of life at risk. China and Russia are capitalizing on our lack of focus.”

No ticket is necessary for the town hall. The doors will open at 6 p.m. For information, go to www.bridenstine.house.gov.