But at town-hall meetings since the start of the recess, tax reform has hardly come up; health care has dominated. At a Monday town hall in Flat Rock, N.C., Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) pitched a plan to devolve ACA programs to the states, then found himself fending off constituents who backed universal Medicare.
“You can take the top one percent and tax them fully, and it still won’t pay for Medicare,” said Meadows.
At a town hall in Chico, Calif., in the most Democratic portion of a deep red district, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) found himself fending off furious complaints about the repeal vote, with constituents accusing him of acting to bring about their death.
“I hope you suffer the same painful fate as those millions that you have voted to remove health care from,” one constituent told LaMalfa. “May you die in pain.”
Carter’s town halls did not reach that boiling point, but they revealed what the tone of congressional listening sessions has become — angry, wistful and loaded with progressive activists.
The 1st congressional District, stretching from Savannah to the Florida border, has been held by his party since 1993. In 2016, the Trump-Pence ticket carried the district by 15.5 points, while Democrats could not find a candidate to run against Carter.
It’s strange. You promise to repeal Obamacare with a magic replacement that will give everybody access to cheap health insurance, and then offer to repeal the ACA by taking away insurance from 23 million people and make the insurance of the people who retain it much worse in order to pay for a massive upper-class tax cut, and people don’t like it. You were just trying to fulfill a campaign promise!