Meadows invited, but unlikely to attend, town hall rally on Sunday

Apr 19, 2017

On Sunday, April 23, 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.

“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.

The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23, in front of the history courthouse, 285 N. Main St., Waynesville. More information is available at www.bit.ly/NC11TownHall.