PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
01:30
Darrell Issa faces tough crowd at town hall
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
00:50
Tom Price: Individuals will not lose coverage
Ohio Gov. John Kasich ISO for State of the Union.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich ISO for State of the Union.
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
00:54
Kasich: 'Unless it gets fixed, I'm against it'
Tom Price sotu 6/25
Tom Price sotu 6/25
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
02:39
Price won't say if health bill cuts his taxes
PHOTO: Fox News Exclusive
Now playing
01:15
Trump admits he called GOP health bill 'mean'
PHOTO: Senate TV
Now playing
01:24
Senator: GOP making decisions 'in a back room'
trump cbs
trump cbs
PHOTO: "Face the Nation"/CBS
Now playing
02:32
Trump: GOP plan covers pre-existing conditions
US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Syria from the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017.
Trump ordered a massive military strike against a Syria Thursday in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack they blame on President Bashar al-Assad. A US official said 59 precision guided missiles hit Shayrat Airfield in Syria, where Washington believes Tuesday
US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Syria from the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. Trump ordered a massive military strike against a Syria Thursday in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack they blame on President Bashar al-Assad. A US official said 59 precision guided missiles hit Shayrat Airfield in Syria, where Washington believes Tuesday's deadly attack was launched. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: JIM WATSON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Now playing
01:32
Trump: 'No particular rush' on health care
Donald Trump
Donald Trump
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
01:14
President Trump guarantees health care deal
Now playing
01:35
GOP congressman: Greater risk, greater premium
Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
02:39
Race for health care votes is on, again
TRUMP VOTERS
TRUMP VOTERS
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
02:47
Health care failure won't deter Trump voters
Republican Congressman Charlie Dent speaks during an interview at his campaign office in  Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 2, 2016.
Republican Congressman Charlie Dent speaks during an interview at his campaign office in Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 2, 2016.
PHOTO: EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Now playing
01:21
GOP Rep.: Health law failure on Freedom Caucus
Kasich pathetic health care bill bipartisanship sotu_00000000.jpg
Kasich pathetic health care bill bipartisanship sotu_00000000.jpg
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
01:47
Kasich: GOP, Dems not working together is pathetic
Senator Bernard Sanders asks questions to Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Senator Bernard Sanders asks questions to Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
PHOTO: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Now playing
00:55
Sanders urges Trump to join him on drug bill
Paul Ryan health care bill presser_00000000.jpg
Paul Ryan health care bill presser_00000000.jpg
Now playing
01:32
Ryan: This is a disappointing day for us
PHOTO: CNN
Now playing
01:21
Ryan: Obamacare is the law of the land
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol March 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Gillard emphasized the long and strong bond between her country and the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol March 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Gillard emphasized the long and strong bond between her country and the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/File
Now playing
01:38
House Republicans pull health care bill
John Lewis health care bill speech sot_00001310.jpg
John Lewis health care bill speech sot_00001310.jpg
Now playing
02:28
Rep. Lewis' passionate speech against GOP bill
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump has signed S.442 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 into law.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump has signed S.442 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 into law. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Now playing
00:26
White House on health care bill: 'This is it'

Story highlights

The California Republican acknowledged that the GOP needs fixing

Issa said criticism of the Obamacare replacement plan is rooted in wanting to see major changes

(CNN) —  

California Rep. Darrell Issa faced an often critical crowd at his town hall meeting Saturday over his position on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The California Republican declined to say how he’d vote on the Republican plan to repeal the law, unveiled earlier this week, but acknowledged that the plan needs fixing.

Asked by a woman attending the meeting in Oceanside, California, how he would vote on the GOP legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Republican lawmaker said he couldn’t give a definitive answer.

“I understand you’re asking for a ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” Issa said.

“The current bill is not in a form that I approve of,” he added. “I’m trying to change it, but ultimately the Affordable Care Act has problems that have to be fixed, so my intention is to keep working on the fixes.”

Issa was often booed during the meeting with constituents, while protestors chanted and held signs slamming the Trump administration.

When he challenged residents complaining about possible changes to the affordability of health care to be more fiscally responsible, more jeers ensued.

“In return for not having pre-existing conditions not be grounds for refusal or high pay, we’re going to have to say to people, ‘You’ve got to continuously be fiscally responsible,” Issa said.

“If you’re choosing a lifestyle where you’re saying, ‘I can afford everything except healthcare … ’” he said before the boos drowned him out.

Issa said criticism of the Obamacare replacement plan is rooted in wanting to see significant changes. Lawmakers in the conservative House Freedom Caucus complain that the measure doesn’t amount to full repeal and argue that it replaces the law with another entitlement program.

“There are changes in the GOP that we’re looking for,” Issa told CNN Saturday. “Obviously, I have things I want to see in it including a large pool for the plans that remain.”

Since its introduction, the GOP health care overhaul has drawn significant opposition from lawmakers and a range of health care leaders and industry stakeholders, including doctors and major hospital groups.

At a Thursday news conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan set to touting the GOP’s plan.

Paul Ryan’s TED talk ignores conservative split on GOP health care bill

Ryan took three questions from reporters and ignored those asking how he would bridge the divide in his party about the plan.

The Wisconsin Republican didn’t share how much the plan ultimately would cost or how many people would be covered.

While health care was the main topic of Issa’s town hall, he was better received when he spoke about his commitment to seeing a special prosecutor investigate any relationship between Russian officials and Trump associates.

“I was the first Republican to call for the attorney general to recuse himself,” he said, referring to Jeff Sessions’ decision not to involve himself in a federal investigation of the Trump campaign.

Issa said Americans need an investigation that is open and transparent.

“And we need it, as Americans, for half a dozen reasons,” he said. “One is, the Russians tried to interfere with our elections. Two, the Russians are not only bad actors, but they live off of chaos that they continue to try to create in our country.”