Hundreds protest Rep. Upton's support of new health care bill

Published: May. 11, 2017 at 6:35 AM EDT
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Hundreds gathered outside Congressman Fred Upton's office in St. Joseph on Thursday afternoon, upset with his decision to vote "yes" on the American Health Care Act.

At first, Upton said he was opposed to the bill, which sought to repeal and replace many facets of Obamacare.

After a meeting with President Donald Trump, in which the president promised his policy would protect those with pre-existing conditions, Upton switched his vote, outraging some constituents.

"He is our representative for all people, not just the people in St. Joe, but the people in Benton Harbor and other areas like that. I think sometimes he caters to the people that get him his vote, and not to all the people that he should be representing," said Tony, a St. Joseph resident.

The American Health Care Act is now in the hands of the Senate.