Representative Patrick McHenry (R, 10th District) usually has his Town Hall Meetings in August. His office has told me numerous times that he never has them except in the month of August.
Well it’s almost August now, and we’re still waiting for the announcement as to when they will be. Of course, he will wait until the last minute to make that announcement so that his constituents won’t have time to prepare. He might even require you to register to speak ahead of time. You never know. You can rest assured that his Republican cronies will have advanced notice in the hopes that they can stack the hall in McHenry’s favor.
The only weapon we have right now is to prepare for his Town Hall, whenever it is. We have to prepare questions to ask him. The time to start is now.
All Indivisible or Resist groups should prepare a half dozen or so questions and assign people to ask them at the meeting. Follow the Indivisible
Guide to see how to prepare for the Town Hall and ask the questions.
In the spirit of that, I have come up with my own list of questions. Use some of them, all of them or none of them. Here they are.
- One of your major objectives this session is to repeal and replace the ACA. I don’t believe that ensuring “access” to health care, which doesn’t take into account affordability or quality of care, is good enough. Can you guarantee that any replacement plan will cover AT LEAST as many people that would be covered under the ACA? Can you guarantee that no one in our District will lose their coverage as a result of your vote?
- Insurance companies, such as Blue Cross and United Health care, offer no actual health care, rather they act as the gate keepers who decide if, when, where, and from whom we can access ACTUAL health care. Please explain why keeping for profit insurance companies, which offer no health care, in the equation of our health care system is optimal for all of us versus a Medicare for All system, in which we do not have to pay profits for the gatekeepers but only need to pay for health care.
- When is Congress going to force the President to release his tax returns to ensure that he is not putting his business interests above America’s interests? We can only assume, Congressman, since you have been silent on this matter, that you are OK with the President and his family personally profiting from his time in office.
- The Republican President makes a statement or a tweet just about every day talking about “Fake News.” As you know, the free press is the only occupation expressly protected in our Constitution. Why aren’t you sticking up for a free press? Why haven’t you denounced Trump’s attack on the First Amendment?
- If I have an ACA policy today, what happens to that policy after you repeal?
- All of our Intelligence Agencies have stated that they know that Russia tried to interfere in our election in 2016. Regardless as to whether they were successful or not, what legislation has House of Representatives or the Republican President passed or proposed to see that this does not happen again in 2018 or beyond?
There you have it. Come up with better ones than this.