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Costello’s office again target of protesters

by Kacey Stewart, Daily Local News, 4/19/17

WEST CHESTER >> Protesters gathered again outside the Historic Chester County Courthouse Wednesday evening in support of the Affordable Care Act. Despite a drop in temperature, picketers still turned out with signs, many wearing the pink “pussy hats” made popular at the Women’s March which took place in January. The demonstrators urged U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, to support the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

This was yet another in a string of protests regarding Costello and his stance on health care. A moderate Republican, he has stated that he would be interested in maintaining parts of the ACA, such as coverage of those with pre-existing conditions and the ability for children to stay on their parent’s plan until the age of 26. Costello voted for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in committee, but has said that he would have voted against it in a final vote. After a town hall meeting in which constituents were able to voice their concerns to Costello, many continued to feel dissatisfied with the answers he provided.

Protest organizer Beth Sweet said the protests such as these are meant to remind Costello of the promises made to his constituents regarding health care….

keep reading at Daily Local News. Photo below by Beth Sweet.

Moderate Republican Costello feels health care pressure in town hall

by Eric Bradner, CNN Politics, 4/8/17

West Chester, Pennsylvania (CNN)Thirty minutes before he’d face riled-up constituents in a Saturday afternoon town hall here, Rep. Ryan Costello looked out the window of his second-floor office.

“Give us his tax returns,” he chuckled, reading a passerby protester’s sign.

“A roller-blader now is telling me about it,” Costello muttered five minutes later as another man skated by.

Costello is so attuned to those protesting him that in an interview, he laid out the schedules of each of the groups that protest outside his office in West Chester’s town center daily and weekly. “On good days there’s 50; on bad days there’s 15,” he said.

Costello even asked the local chapter of Indivisible, a group opposed to President Donald Trump’s agenda, to delay its planned noon Saturday protest by two hours to avoid a conflict with a military academy nomination event. It obliged.
“Hopefully there will be more,” he said, looking outside shortly after 2 p.m. ET. “The more people, the better. It’s democracy.”

That Costello is paying such close attention to progressive protesters underscores the pressure he and other more moderate Republicans in swing districts are feeling from an energized Democratic base as House Republican leadership and the White House to discuss repealing Obamacare.

Costello’s district in Philadelphia’s western suburbs voted in favor of Hillary Clinton over Trump by 1 percentage point — and though Costello won his second term by 14 points, in a swing region he’s sure to be a Democratic target in the 2018 midterms. …

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Republicans avoid town halls after health care votes

by Heidi M Przybyla, USA TODAY, April 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — Reps. Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania appear to be the only swing-district Republicans who voted for their party’s bill to replace Obamacare who will directly face constituents over the April recess, according to a USA TODAY analysis of scheduled town halls compiled by Townhallproject.com.

Fourteen Republicans from competitive congressional districts sit on the three congressional committees that voted last month for their party’s controversial health care plan before GOP leaders pulled the bill from the House floor because it lacked support to pass. The lack of town hall meetings in key swing districts during a spring break that lasts until April 23 underscores the party’s precarious political position on health care and peaking civic activism by progressives.

Costello and Lance had both voted for the bill in committee but opposed the final bill, saying changes made by House leaders made it more likely the bill would raise costs and reduce coverage for their constituents.

The migration away from public forums has been going on for months, despite complaints from constituents and local media. There have been roughly 30 recent newspaper editorials slamming lawmakers for avoiding town halls and calling on members to face their voters, not only in bluer portions of the country like New York but also in critical battlegrounds like Pennsylvania’s 6th and 7th districts, represented by Reps. Pat Meehan and Costello.

Costello’s office screened participants for his Saturday town hall through the online reservation site Eventbrite and forbid videotaping, leading the local Democratic Party chair to call the event “staged.” …

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Town hall sparks political passion

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 4/08/17

WEST CHESTER >> Tempers are flaring less than 24 hours before a town hall meeting scheduled by U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello.

Costello, R-6, will meet with constituents Saturday afternoon in the 200-seat Courtroom 1 at the historic courthouse. Demand outpaced ticket availability and several people were shut out.

Some constituents have complained that they don’t have enough access to their second term congressman, while he says he’s listening – but still gets a negative response.

“We are in an environment where no matter what I do, a small group of folks is always going to criticize me no matter what I do,” Costello said. “A few people used to protest me to have a town hall and now I guess they’re going to protest me now that I’m having a town hall.”

“Congressman Costello’s so-called town hall is nothing but a farce,” said Brian J. McGinnis, chairman of the Chester County Democratic Committee, in a press release attacking the event. “We pay his salary and benefits. The least he can do is pay the good people of the 6th Congressional District some respect by answering questions for more than an hour.”

Costello said he had made prior plans and passed on attending a recent town hall at Phoenixville High school that attracted about 350 people. Many voters were dismayed that the rep didn’t show….

keep reading at Daily Local News. See the same writer’s report after the event in “Ryan Costello talks to constituents at town hall,” Daily Local News, 4/8/17