House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will have a Republican primary challenger for his California House seat in the 2018 election cycle.
Joe Aleman, 41, will make a long-shot challenge to the six-term congressman and told the Los Angeles Times that the incumbent lawmaker’s handling of repealing Obamacare inspired him to seek his party’s nomination.
He said that the House GOP-backed American Health Care Act goes too far so he feels compelled to challenge McCarthy next year in a primary.
Aleman, who has never run for office, specifically opposes the AHCA because it could cause 24 million people to lose health insurance coverage and the lifting of bonus caps for insurance executives.
The Daily Caller reports:
He said he’s worried the changes to health care under the House plan could affect his family personally, citing his wife’s fibromyalgia as a cause for concern.
“The difference between us and the rest of the world is how we treat our poor and those who don’t have anything,” he said. “We’ve lost something in this. This is people, this is people’s babies. The greater ill is for us to show our lack of humanity.”
The AHCA passed the House last Thursday by a 217-213 vote. The measure is now sent to the Senate, where senators are already saying it needs improvements.
Aleman, who works as a photographer and artist, said he knows “God is behind opposing Kevin with me.”