Leading The Charge Against The GOP Health Plan, Rep. Mark Meadows Is Right At Home

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chair of the House Freedom Caucus, speaks during a news conference on Affordable Care Act replacement legislation in February.

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Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chair of the House Freedom Caucus, speaks during a news conference on Affordable Care Act replacement legislation in February.

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In this corner of Appalachia, poverty takes a back seat to art galleries, country clubs, golf course communities, five-star restaurants, and multimillion-dollar houses.

From this perch in Highlands, N.C., Congressman Mark Meadows, a real estate entrepreneur who capitalized on the area’s transformation to a prosperous retirement and vacation community, rose to political power quickly. Now, Meadows leads the House Freedom Caucus, controlling about 30 votes and showing few qualms about endangering his party’s best chance to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Meadows, who has called the GOP health bill replacement “Obamacare Lite,” said Thursday on MSNBC: “I am willing to invest the political capital to get it right. The next week is critical.”

And on Saturday, Meadows went

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/20/520557745/leading-the-charge-against-the-gop-health-plan-rep-mark-meadows-is-right-at-home?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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