Mar 162017

By Lisa O’Donnell, Winston-Salem Journal:

imageMarch 16, 2017 — About 20 people braved the cold and wind in Clemmons Wednesday to send a message to U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, that they are not happy with the proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act.

Christy Robinson of Winston-Salem said the American Health Care Act, a plan put forth by House Republicans last week, would leave too many people without health insurance.

“If there needs to be tweaks to the ACA, we are for pursuing those options, rather than racing to repeal it with a subpar plan that is inadequate,” Robinson said.

She is a member of Women of Action, a newly formed group of Winston-Salem women who joined a rally at Foxx’s district office in Clemmons.

Indivisible Piedmont NC, a grassroots advocacy group, organized the rally. For the past several weeks, the group has presented its concerns to Foxx’s office.

It did the same Wednesday, meeting with a Foxx staff member, and it added some sign-holding on a sidewalk that runs along Clemmons Road.

Sherrod McDaniel, a Lewisville resident and member of Indivisible Piedmont NC, said they represent the 40,000 people in the Fifth District signed up for the ACA, also known as Obamacare, as well as 550,000 recipients of ACA in the state.

“We are not going to let this go,” she said. “We are going to keep pushing.”

Foxx backed the AHCA in a speech on the House floor on March 7, saying it includes common-sense reforms that will give people more choices while lowering costs.

Beyond dissatisfaction with the AHCA, people at Wednesday’s event repeated their demand that Foxx come to her district for a town hall-style meeting.

“She needs to know that we are looking for her to be responsive toward us,” said Anne Peterson of Elkin, who added that it feels as if Foxx is dismissing her and others with Indivisible Piedmont NC.

Foxx is not currently planning a town hall meeting, spokeswoman Sheridan Watson said on Wednesday. Watson released this statement from Foxx:

“It is important to use many different ways to gather information from North Carolinians on their concerns,” the statement said. “There are ample opportunities for constituents to tell me what they think on any issue: in person, in letters, over e-mail, on the phone, etc. I typically return home every weekend and attend several public events so I can hear from people directly.”

Several members of Indivisible Piedmont NC plan to protest U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s speech Friday at the annual Forsyth County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner.


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