Protesters greet Republicans in Philadelphia

Published: Jan. 26, 2017 at 3:59 PM EST
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Republican lawmakers stepped away from Washington to work on their party agenda at their annual retreat.

They arrived in Philadelphia greeted by protestors like Greg Rosen who’s worried about the uncertainty surrounding the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“I would never be able to afford my own health treatments. I work full-time but I don’t have a job that would provide insurance so I buy it on the individual marketplace,” said Rosen.

There is also some public support for the President and Republican lawmakers.

“I think it’s very exciting. It’s a good thing, and I hope he does well for Philadelphia and the entire country,” said Bucks County resident Jerry Lambert.

Republicans are discussing healthcare, immigration and trade policy as well as their plans to scale back regulations and reform the tax code.

We asked members of Congress about the protests outside the meeting.

“Those are good Americans outside they care about their country and with very few exceptions they are out there to peacefully have their say and that’s part of what this country is all about,” said Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.

Republican lawmakers left Washington looking for a change of pace and a quiet place to craft their message, but there’s no real escape here in Philadelphia.

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