Cardboard Mark Meadows
Some people in The Mountains are blaming the government shutdown on Congressman Mark Meadows.
On Wednesday, protesters took a cardboard cut out of Congressman Meadows to places around Asheville affected by the government shutdown. They also held a rally in downtown Asheville and asked Meadows to answer their questions about why he wanted the government shutdown.
Protesters say the shutdown cost the 11th District $1 million per day; about $16 million overall. Last summer Meadows wrote a letter to fellow republicans suggesting they could squash Obamacare if they stalled the government.
In a statment Congressman Meadows says:
"What makes America great is the right to freely express our opinions and stand up for what we believe in. I will defend that right with my every breath. This group supports the Affordable Care Act. But the roll out for Obamacare via Healthcare.gov speaks for itself, with a CBS poll reporting only 12% of people say it's going well. Hundreds of North Carolinians are losing their coverage, suffering increasing premiums, and seeing their hours cut at work. I will continue to stand for the hardworking families of Western North Carolina against this destructive law."