Press release courtesy of Ashley McDermott, Communications Director, Our Revolution Asheville.
Waynesville, NC - On Sunday, April 23rd, people from across North Carolina’s 11th congressional district will gather in front of the Haywood County Courthouse in downtown Waynesville for a rally and town hall on the last day of congressional recess. Congressman Mark Meadows has been invited to attend to address questions concerning his agenda for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The event has been put together by the NC-11 coalition (a group of organizers and county party auxiliaries that represent all 16 counties in the district), and over 1,000 people are expected to attend.
“Meadows wants a full repeal of the ACA's rules guaranteeing coverage for preexisting conditions, caps on what insurance companies can charge, and essential health benefits, all of which will hurt the people of Western North Carolina,” said Matt Coffay, Director of Our Revolution Asheville. “He’s been in his own district during recess but ignored requests for a town hall, and people are demanding that their voices are heard. It's time we had a health care system that works for everyone, not just a handful of insurance and pharmaceutical company CEOs.”
To honor the forum of a town hall, attendants will have an opportunity to write their health care questions on postcards to be delivered to Meadows thereafter, should he not attend the event. The event will also integrate components of a rally including signs and music; a speaker panel will address the topic of a Medicare-for-All system. Speakers will represent a spectrum of voices in the community, including local small business owners, medical professionals, community organizers, and health care activists. The Facebook Event is coordinating details such as ride shares from each county and other community updates.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, cuts to Medicaid in the recent GOP health care bill would force North Carolina to raise taxes by $6 billion while reducing coverage to seniors, children, and people with disabilities. Additionally, out-of-pocket health care costs would increase by an average of $7,549 per year for people with coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. While the bill failed to pass, it's been reported that Meadows and House Republicans are discussing a new version which will cut Medicaid and raise out-of-pocket costs even more.
Attendees to the Medicare for All Town Hall are asked to arrive at 3:00 PM in front of the Haywood County Courthouse. More information is available at www.bit.ly/NC11TownHall.
What: Mark Meadows Medicare-for-All Town Hall
When: Sunday, April 23, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Lawn of the Haywood County Courthouse, 285 N. Main St., Waynesville, NC 28786
Who: Event presented by the NC11 Coalition, representing organizations, county Democratic auxiliaries and parties, & groups from all 16 counties in the district. All constituents with questions and/or comments for Congressman Mark Meadows are invited to attend.
About Our Revolution Asheville
Our Revolution Asheville is a local chapter of the national organization. Our Revolution works to transform the Democratic Party—starting at the grassroots level—into a party that represents the working people of America. For more information about Our Revolution Asheville, visit their Facebook page or their website.
About NC-11 Coalition
The NC-11 Coalition is comprised of organizations and Democratic party auxiliaries throughout the 11th congressional district dedicated to leveraging a greater voice for their members.