Rep. Alma Adams visits Davidson
DAVIDSON – U.S. Rep. Alma Adams was in town Thursday, May 11, visiting with people at the Ada Jenkins Center and Davidson Housing Coalition, speaking with officials at Davidson College and touring the downtown area.
In the middle of all that, Adams, a Democrat who represents the state's 12th district, held a town hall-type meeting in the Davidson Town Hall.
It was during that exchange with about 25 area residents that Adams tried her best to allay fears that have arisen around the recent passage by the House of Representatives of a revised health care package that many have said guts the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which was known colloquially as Obamacare.
Among those who voiced concerns about health care was Lisa Jewel, who told Adams that she was diagnosed with the same heart defect as the newborn baby of late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, which is called Tetralogy of Fallot.
Jewel said she was born when her father was in the Air Force and that the condition requires a periodical replacement of devices that maintain the function of her heart. Each of the procedures costs $130,000.
“I’ve known my whole life I could never get independent insurance,” she said and expressed concerns that changes to the health care laws could impact her circumstances. “But without insurance, I can’t exist.”
Adams then told the story of how she grew up in difficult circumstance and how her mother worked as a domestic. She said her sister died of sickle cell anemia, a disease whose genetic link is traced back to those of African origin.
“We had to go to the emergency room every time she needed care or treatment,” Adams said. “And people in this country shouldn’t have to do that.”
Adams called the new health care legislation, the “Trump Don’t Care” bill but added that just because it passed the House, does not mean it will pass the Senate and become law – at least not in its current form.
“First of all, health care is not a partisan issue,” she said. “If you need to see a doctor, you need to see a doctor. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican. And what we have on the table right now is so bad…that it is not what we will actually see pass.”
However, Adams said, the whole matter of health care has been placed on the backburner on Capitol Hill and around the nation following the firing by President Donald Trump of James Comey from the directorship of the FBI.
Adams, whose 12th District takes in about 75 percent of Mecklenburg County including the entire northern portion of it, said she and other Democrats want a special prosecutor to get involved in an investigation of any wrongdoings Trump may be connected to either before or during his presidency.
“We have moved passed the point of talking about all these crazy things,” Adams said. “And so at some point – and I think at some point soon – something is going to happen to allow us to get to the bottom of this. A lot of people are speaking up, and the more he does, the more outrage there is. But I still have faith in the process.”
Adams said that for things to move soon regarding a special prosecutor into Trump’s actions, Republicans will have to take the lead.
In describing her visit to Davidson, Adams called the town “beautiful” and that she “had never seen so much green.” She also applauded the hospitality of the town residents and Mayor John Woods and praised the quaintness of the downtown and its shops and restaurants.
Adams made a purchase at The Village Store and was helped by store owner Megan Blackwell, who thanked Adams for her work in Congress.
“I told her that she is a bright spot in a time of great difficulties,” Blackwell said.