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Cardboard Mark Meadows

Some people in The Mountains are blaming the government shutdown on Congressman Mark Meadows.

On Wednesday, protesters took a cardboard cut out of Congressman Meadows to places around Asheville affected by the government shutdown. They also held a rally in downtown Asheville and asked Meadows to answer their questions about why he wanted the government shutdown.

Protesters say the shutdown cost the 11th District $1 million per day; about $16 million overall. Last summer Meadows wrote a letter to fellow republicans suggesting they could squash Obamacare if they stalled the government.

In a statment Congressman Meadows says:

"What makes America great is the right to freely express our opinions and stand up for what we believe in.  I will defend that right with my every breath.  This group supports the Affordable Care Act.  But the roll out for Obamacare via speaks for itself, with a CBS poll reporting only 12% of people say it's going well.  Hundreds of North Carolinians are losing their coverage, suffering increasing premiums, and seeing their hours cut at work.  I will continue to stand for the hardworking families of Western North Carolina against this destructive law."



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