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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 3:45 PM

Tom MacArthur, R-New Jersey, is presently officially facing a challenge in New Jersey'south Third Congressional District. Andy Kim, a former National Security Council staffer who advised President Obama on Iraq, formally announced his running for Congress Monday after attending various town halls across the district and raising over $50.000 dollars on a crowdfunding site for political campaigns, Crowd Pac.

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A key architect of the House GOP-passed American Health Care Act Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-New Jersey, is presently officially facing a challenge in New Jersey'south Third Congressional District.

Andy Kim, a former National Security Council staffer who advised President Obama on Iraq, formally announced his running for Congress Monday after attending various town halls across the district and raising over $50.000 dollars on a crowdfunding site for political campaigns, Crowd Pac.

Kim previously advised Mr. Obama on counterterrorism efforts including the ongoing fight in Iraq and the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Kim, thirty-four, is running primarily on stopping what he calls "Trumpcare 2.0," GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. He's directly criticized MacArthur for his role in crafting amendments to the AHCA. In a written statement announcing his run, Kim said that MacArthur is "hopelessly out of touch" with NJ families.

MacAthur'south amendment to the House GOP healthcare map would authorize states to get a federal waivers to the ACA regulation requiring ill and healthy people to be charged the same premiums. If the House GOP version passes, the modify could've a significant impact on consumers who live in states where the waivers are granted. While consumers would still have to be covered below the AHCA, those with pre-existing conditions could look their premium costs rise if they don't have continuous health coverage. MacArthur has said those consumers with pre-existing conditions would be covered by high-risk pools.

The American Healthcare Act would give states $100 billion over the following decade to assistance with high-risk pools.

Kim told CBS News he decided to examine a running for Congress the day MacArthur released his amendment.

"In New Jersey, we've an estimated 3.8 million non-elderly people who have pre-existing conditions, over 300.000 just in the Jersey third District. MacArthur didn't just vote for TrumpCare, he wrote it. He needs to be held accountable," said Kim.

While Republicans celebrated after the bill'south House passage at a White House ceremony with Mr. Trump, MacArthur faced a very different crowd back home.

In May, a grouping of protesters exterior a MacArthur town corridor in NJ lay on the ground with tombstones during a die-in, while inside, MacArthur answered heated questions about the health bill and President Trump. Some Kim supporters chanted "goodbye" to MacArthur, referring to his two thousand eighteen race against Kim.

"I hear people calling their congressman an idiot," MacArthur said. "I wonder, really wonder, how any one of you'd carry out in Congress."

MacArthur said he came to the Democratic portion of the third Congressional District for his first town corridor since the health care bill passed because he wants to represent both sides and he'south alert of the "anxiety" over health care.

MacArthur has since resigned as the co-chair of the moderate Tuesday Group, citing div with the group, saying many members were unwilling to compromise over the most recent health care debate.

"More than half of the number votes for the AHCA came from Tuesday Grouping members, despite nearly every one of our members voting numerous times to repeal the ACA," MacArthur said in the letter announcing he was stepping down. "Arguably we've a Congressional majority because of this very issue. Frankly, inaction on healthcare was a non-starter for me, and it should be for our all party. We owe it to the American people who elected us to fix the Obamacare mess. Just because it'south tough cannot become an excuse to do nothing."

Kim said that while he doubts the health care bill will successfully pass in the Senate, the focus should stay on whether more Americans are covered, as well as out-of-pocket costs for Americans

"We necessity an open and deliberate process that gives the American people information, CBO scores, expert testimony in public hearings," said Kim in response to Republicans closed-doors meetings on the health bill. "The rushed process of the House vote and the MacArthur Amendment goes against what's best for the American people."

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders sounds alarm on GOP health bill

When asked what was his biggest challenge was in facing MacArthur, Kim said "I just wish to create sure I've the opportunity to connect with as many people as I can in the district to speak to them about my to growing up in the Jersey third, my work as a public servant, and how I wish to work with them going forward."

He added, "It'south a large district and I wish to create sure my message is getting across and I've the opportunity to define myself."

According to the NY Times, Kim is hoping to utilize fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff'south running in Georgia'south special election for the state's sixth Congressional District as a model for his own race, hoping to harness the same energy Ossoff and the party is projecting behind the candidate.

Kim believes the third District, which voted twice for Mr. Obama, is "looking for someone who'll represent them specifically."

"MacArthur isn't from the District and moved there when he saw a political opportunity," Kim said. "He sees the Jersey third as a stepping stone. I look it as home. I wish to represent everyone in the District."

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