Charleston, W.Va. – Jack Deskins, a father of four in the Charleston area, questioned Congressman Alex Mooney during a keynote speech he gave this afternoon at the “West Virginia on the Rise: Rebuilding the economy, Rebuilding lives” conference sponsored by the American Conservative Union Foundation and Cardinal Institute in Charleston. Mooney was criticized for his vote for the AHCA earlier this year, a bill which would have eliminated health insurance coverage for more than 170,000 West Virginians.
“I need to know how someone who was elected to serve people could somehow think it’s a good idea to strip healthcare coverage away from millions of people,” said Deskins.
Constituents have noted that it has been impossible to meet Mooney in a public forum since the election. Today’s forum marks the first occasion when Mooney has spoken at a free event in Charleston this year. He has still not held any public town hall meetings in his district.
While the House of Representatives passed an Affordable Care Act repeal bill in May, the Senate has so far failed to pass a companion bill. The latest version of ACA repeal, the Cassidy-Graham bill, will likely be taken up by the Senate within the next week.
“We were very disappointed by Congressman Mooney’s vote to eliminate health care for thousands of West Virginians. We hope that Senator Capito will make the right choice – and support health care for all West Virginians, not the latest repeal bill,” said Cathy Kunkel, a Rise Up West Virginia spokesperson.
A video of the event is available at Rise Up West Virginia’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RiseUpWV.