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Rep. Omar hosts town hall after being welcomed back to Minnesota

Updated: July 19, 2019 05:34 AM

After receiving a rousing welcome at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) hosted a Medicare for All town hall at the Sabathani Community Center Auditorium in Minneapolis.

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"I know there are a lot of people that are trying to distract us," said Rep. Omar."I want you all to know that we are not going to let them."

"I am going to continue to do the work on behalf of the 5th [Congressional District]."

She explained that under the Medicare For All Act of 2019, everyone would be covered and U.S. citizens would be enrolled at birth. And, there wouldn't be deductibles or copays.

"We have people dying because they don't have health care, so that means our system has failed," said one attendee.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rose Roach, the executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association, Erin Murphy, a former Minnesota House Majority Leader, Minnesota state Sen. Melisa Franzen and Dr. Dave Dvorak, an emergency medicine doctor, also participated in the town hall with Rep. Omar.

Some in attendance showed up to support Rep. Omar, following Wednesday's campaign rally for President Trump where supporters chanted "send her back".

"I think it's racist, as we've been talking about, I also think it's really mean spirited," said one woman at the town hall. "I think it's really important to support her right now."

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