Nearly 150 residents gathered at Clubhouse Five in Laguna Woods Village on Friday to listen to Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Beach, talk about what’s going on in Washington D.C., ranging from North Korea to health care.
Walters was a guest speaker for the Republican Club’s monthly meeting, which was open to members and nonmembers, who accounted for a row of about 10 people the audience. During a 30-minute speech and a 15-minute Q&A session, Walters expressed her views on a variety of topics, including the state of the nation and the Republican Party.
“There’s a lot of stuff going on in Washington D.C. and there’s a lot of noise out there,” she said. “The media’s not really reporting on the kind of work that we’re doing. We are actually working very hard — since President Trump took office, the House (of Representatives) has passed 321 pieces of conservative legislation.”
Of the 60 pieces of legislation the president has signed into law, Walters said the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act — which ensures VA employees who “don’t do their job are fired,” and strengthens whistleblower protections for those who report misconduct — is one she strongly supports.
“Anybody who has served this country and protected our freedom needs to be treated as best as we can treat them and to give them the health care they need,” she said, followed by applause from the audience. “We have seen that our men and women who have served in the military have not gotten what they needed through the VA.”
Walters discussed her view on Obamacare — that it needs to be repealed and replaced because of increased premiums and unaffordability. She also noted the back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans on health care in general.
“(Democrats) want socialized medicine and we cannot let that happen,” she said. “That is going to destroy our health care system.”
Barbara Coulter, Laguna Woods resident and non-member of the Republican Club, said she felt uncertain about what Walters had to say.
“I believe that she definitely is saying things that are probably making this group of people fearful,” Coulter said. “She certainly has gone very quickly over the particular items like tax reform and health care,…