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Why These NC Republicans Oppose GOP Health Care Reform

Jeff Tiberii
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WUNC

At least three Republicans in North Carolina's Congressional delegation are not satisfied with the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The bill known as the American Health Care Act has gotten significant opposition ahead of a vote in the House on Thursday.  Some Republicans say it does not go far enough to roll back subsidies and Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) says the leadership has been too eager to pass it, and he has gotten strong feedback from his constituents.Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) talks with WUNC's Will Michaels about why he opposes the American Health Care Act.

"We've had well over 800 emails and telephone calls in the last few days asking us not to vote for this bill, and we've only had four calls or emails asking us to vote for the bill," Jones said on Wednesday.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm representing a majority of people in my district who do not think this is the right direction to go as it relates to health care."

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

Jones says he believes there is enough opposition to stop the bill. North Carolina Reps. Ted Budd and Mark Meadows also oppose it.

"This bill leaves the structure of Obamacare in place and does not provide the relief that North Carolina families need from high premiums," Budd said in a statement.

"I am completely committed to repealing Obamacare and do not think that Congress should take a recess until we have done so."

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Will Michaels started his professional radio career at WUNC.
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