Congressman John Carter (R, TX-31) doesn’t meet with his constituents in person much these days. He hasn’t held a public town hall since 2013, as far as we know. As of this writing he’s not planning to host any public events during the current recess, due to what his staff describes as safety concerns.
A meeting with John Carter’s staff
Wilco Indivisible member Jennifer Mattingly and others who’d hoped to meet with Carter were able to schedule a meeting with members of his staff last week. Jennifer — a former Williamson County Justice of the Peace — summarized the meeting:
I was in a meeting along with about 12 women with Rep. Carter’s Round Rock office staff on February 16. We mainly discussed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its possible replacement.I talked about how we need the federal government involved in healthcare, because it was only through those mandates that uniform coverage for things like preventive medical procedures and birth control became available to many millions of people who weren’t covered and/or were unable to get coverage before the ACA.We all were concerned about the coverage of pre-existing conditions and many other aspects of our healthcare coverage, which we’re worried about losing. It was possibly a productive meeting, as the staff did listen to us and promised to relay our concerns to Carter. Whether he will do anything about it is another matter, in my opinion.
What’s John Carter’s stance on the ACA?
In case you’re wondering about Carter’s position on the ACA, there’s not much on his website. Healthcare for Americans isn’t listed among the topics on his Issues page at all. A post on his blog simply states that “It’s time to repeal & replace Obamacare with more accessibility and lower costs.”
However, the GOP plan currently under consideration looks like it would make coverage less accessible and affordable to poor and working class families while benefiting the wealthy. That is the opposite of the position Carter took in his brief blog post, so we’d like to know if he supports the GOP white paper or if he’s still interested in pursuing a more accessible, lower cost healthcare insurance alternative like the one he described in his post.
Will John Carter come to our Town Hall Meeting?
To ask Congressman Carter about his position on healthcare and other issues in person, Wilco Indivisible has invited him to a town hall event Wednesday at Champion Park. The event is a public, non-partisan, family-friendly outdoor gathering where constituents can ask questions and share their concerns. The event will go on with or without Mr. Carter.