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Congressman Bacon meets with anti-Trump group

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Posted at 10:10 PM, Mar 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-18 23:10:39-04

They protested in front of Congressman Don Bacon's Omaha office last week, demanding a meeting with the newly elected republican, and it happened.

The anti-President Donald Trump group, Indivisible Nebraskans, had a closed door meeting with Congressman Bacon, a Republican, Saturday. 

The meeting focused on the president's republican health plan that would replace Obamacare if it passes the house and senate.

While Bacon was open to hearing what the indivisible group had to say, he doesn't see eye to eye with them on the Affordable Care Act.

"If you're going to take away people's insurance, which is what this will do, and you're going to have people lose coverage, and ultimately people are going to die, because stuff like this will happen; they're not going to see the doctor, they're not going to get treated,” said Layne Jensen with Indivisible Nebraskans.

Jensen, who is also a critical nurse, was citing a recent report that millions would lose their insurance if Obamacare is repealed.

Bacon was quick to point out that there are many who want Obamacare to go away.

"I've got people begging to come off of their ACA plans,” Bacon said. “They can't afford it."

While Bacon says he wants to repeal Obamacare, he says he is going to take what he learned in Saturday’s meeting to Washington.

Specifically, concerns at the meeting about what the GOP health care plan would do to Medicaid.

"A lot of our folks in the nursing home are relying on Medicaid,” Bacon said. “I will take this back to make sure we understand what the impacts will be on our elderly that are relying on Medicaid in the nursing home."

Indivisible Nebraskans were glad bacon held the meeting, but say it was largely unsuccessful for them.  

"We went through, I think most of the points that we wanted to make with him,” Jensen said. “He was, at times more receptive than others. He committed to looking into a couple concerns that we had. We feel ultimately that he listened to us but we're not really sure that he heard everything we were saying."

One of the group's concerns is that Congressman Bacon has not yet held a town hall meeting.

Bacon told the group that he plans on having one in April.