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Congressman's Town Hall
Congressman Mark Meadows(R-11th), knew his Asheville town hall would likely be his liveliest exchange with constituents yet. Talk of an organized protest before his question and answer session at T.C. Roberson High School, had already begun among democratic groups the week before. Tuesday night people held signs outside the school's auditorium displaying their displeasure over Rep. Meadows' attempt to gain support for repealing Obamacare in Washington D.C..
As he began to answer questions on a range of topics from immigration to the potential U.S. intervention in Syria, the discussion always seemed to come back to national funding for healthcare.
Rep. Meadows said he was approached by a local businessman.
"I talked to owner of the business and in order to implement Obamacare it was costing them 1.5 million and in addition they made a decision not to hire any full time employees for six months," said Meadows to the crowd.
"Every other industrialized nation in the world has some form of universal healthcare," said John Spitzberg, a veteran who came to protest against Rep. Meadows' healthcare stance. "As a veteran I'm worried that myself and my family are going to lose out."
Rep. Meadows received applause from his supporters in the approximate 300 person crowd when he spoke of his support for North Carolina's voter id law. Though he pointed out he had no role in its passage he did say he thought it was "a good law." The comment was met with boos from some members of the audience and cheers from others.
by Kimberly King
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