WNC communities organize Town Hall on healthcare; Mark Meadows plays hooky

Residents of WNC gather up and rally – Medicare for All. Photo by: Daniela Gamboa

People from 16 Western North Carolina counties and over a dozen organizations from North Carolina’s District 11 gathered outside of the Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville on Sunday, April 23.

“Where is Mark Meadows?” was the question on many signs of an estimated 450 people standing outside the courthouse in the heavy rain. Meadows currently serves as the District 11 representative in Congress.

Meadows also serves as the leader of the Freedom Caucus, the conservative group pursuing a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Protestors were there to rally with healthcare in mind. Congressmen Meadows did not make an appearance at the event.

“We are his constituents as well and he never will meet with us and we have tried to ask him and tried and he just won’t meet with us,” said Denise Brooker, a resident of Western North Carolina.

See the video package for more on the event.

Video produced by Caleb Peek and Daniela Gamboa.

Representative Meadows was on Western Carolina University campus earlier in April talking with political science students.