During the first US Congressional recess of the year, Florida District-2 Representative Dr. Neal Dunn met with supporters of the Affordable Care Act during his visit to Tallahassee on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017.
Dunn was in town for the opening of the VA Clinic. Dunn said, “It was an honor to take part in the opening of the new VA health care facility in Tallahassee. My hope is that the opening of this facility and the dedication of the men and women who will serve our veterans here in Tallahassee represent a positive step toward fulfilling our nation’s promise to our vets.”
The ACA meeting was set up at the request of Tallahassee citizens who are concerned about the current GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
After the meeting, one of the participants of the meeting asked Dunn to meet with protesters gathered in front of City Hall. Dunn declined.
Despite his meeting with proponents of the ACA, the Tallahassee Democrat chose to focus on Dunn’s decision not to meet with the 60 protesters. The Tallahassee Democrat published two stories that painted Dunn as being non-responsive.
Based on reports from around the US, Dunn and other Republicans are not willing to appear before constituents who want to create staged news stories of protesters yelling at elected officials.
Ironically, Dunn addressed one of the major concerns voiced by supporters of the ACA.
Dunn said, “our plan will lower the cost of health care and expand access for all. There will be a managed transition with no gaps in coverage. Those with pre-existing conditions will have the peace of mind of knowing they cannot be denied coverage.”
During the recess Dr. Dunn also visited Apalachicola to answer questions about the ongoing battle between Georgia, Alabama and Florida over water flows.
Dunn said, “I visited Apalachicola to announce the latest chapter in the fight for our fair share of water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. I introduced legislation that will nullify an unfair Washington regulation that does real harm to our state. As elected officials, we owe it to the families and fishermen who live and work here to do everything we can to fight for their livelihoods, their communities, and their environment.”