House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., opposed the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and his constituents love him for it, according to a Monday report from Politico.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan attempted to pass the bill that would eventually replace the Affordable Care Act’s provisions with the full support of President Donald Trump last week, but the bill was unable to get the full votes required to pass the House by Friday, a deadline set by the Trump administration.
“This is the face of leadership!” a local tea party’s poster read. “Thank Mark and all those who gave us an opportunity to get health care right.”
“I respect him for staying true to his principles,” local resident Jerry Moore told Politico. “Trump promised repeal. That was no repeal.”
Voters in Meadows’ North Carolina district didn’t view the Republican bill as an actual replacement of Obamacare, and view the Freedom Caucus’ refusal to budge on the issue as simply keeping to their promises.
Despite supporting Trump from the beginning, the president called Meadows out specifically when he came to Capitol Hill last week.
“Mark, I’m gonna come after you,” Trump said at the meeting last Tuesday, half jokingly.
Not everyone supported the Freedom Caucus’ decision. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, officially resigned membership of the group of lawmakers Monday, citing concerns with the group’s strong opposition to the Republican health care plan.
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