by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON — Mountaineers for Progress and state Democrat officials are accusing Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins of misrepresenting his position on national health care insurance.
The group said they called Jenkins out earlier, after he cast his vote for what they call “Trumpcare.” Legislation has been debated for months in congress regarding Republican plans to replace health insurance commonly known as “Obamacare.” According to Democrats, the Republicans proposed replacement would take health care away from 175,000 West Virginians and risk care for 231,800 with pre-existing conditions in the Third District. Democrat State Chair Belinda Biafore said Jenkins refuses to acknowledge his vote when confronted.
“Evan Jenkins was caught blowing political smoke and lying once again about his vote on Trumpcare,” said Biafore.. “I mean it’s no wonder he can’t face the people he’s taking critical care away from; it’s a serious betrayal of West Virginians, especially those in his district.”
Mountaineers for Progress said they asked Jenkins “tough questions” on the bill at a parade in Morgantown. This came, they reported, after he initially walked away from them and was unwilling to talk.
The group has held sit-ins and demonstrations across the state holding Jenkins, First District Congressman David McKinley and Second District Congressman Alex Mooney, all Republicans, “accountable for their attack on the health care of West Virginia.” They also protested against Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who announced her opposition to the Republican-sponsored health care bill in the U.S. Senate.
“All West Virginians have taken notice. This affects everyone. Everyone’s lives and the lives of our loved ones are on the line,” Biafore concluded.