Missouri’s GOP is in hiding after supporting extreme, unpopular Trumpcare legislation
In case you missed it, USA Today reported yesterday that Republicans in Congress are avoiding public town halls and forums that “directly face constituents over the April recess,” following the GOP’s unpopular health care proposal. The report adds, “The migration away from public forums has been going on for months, despite complaints from constituents and local media.”
Ross Baker, a political science professor who specializes in Congress at Rutgers University, told USA Today: “If there’s anything worse than being on the wrong side of a political issue it’s appearing cowardly and not facing your constituents. Politics is all about accountability.”
In Missouri, the Republican trend of avoiding constituents is particularly bad. Not a single member of Missouri’s GOP delegation – including Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO2), Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO3), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO4), Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO6), Congressman Billy Long (R-MO7), Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO8), and Senator Roy Blunt – is scheduled to hold a public town hall meeting during the April recess, which started on Monday, April 10 and lasts until Friday, April 21.
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber said, “It’s sad that Missouri’s Republicans in Congress are ducking public town halls – but it’s not surprising given the unpopular, extreme policies they’re pursuing in Washington that would slam Missouri’s families and our rural communities. I’d want to hide from the public too, if I were them.”
- The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the GOP health care bill would have offered a $275 billion tax giveaway to the wealthy. (Tax Policy Center)
- As an example of rising costs for older Missourians under Trumpcare, the average coverage cost for a 60-year-old from St. Louis County or St. Charles County with an income of $30k/year would have increased by $6,040 in 2020. The average coverage cost for a 60-year-old from Boone County with an income of $30k/year would have increased by $11,730 in 2020. (Kaiser Family Foundation)
- USA Today reports that “The GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare stood at 17% approval by the time it was pulled from the floor, according to a late March Quinnipiac survey.” (USA Today)