A local congressman could face more criticism Wednesday night, because he doesn't want to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare."
Rep. Robert Pittenger was slated to appear in Matthews on Wednesday for another town hall meeting.
Earlier this month, Pittenger faced harsh criticism from a Charlotte audience for opposing a plan to shut down the government that is gaining momentum among some conservatives.
Pittenger told Eyewitness News on Wednesday he is still very much opposed to the health care plan.
"N.C. premiums are going up as much as 284 percent according to Blue Cross Blue Shield," he said.
However, he said he refuses to force a shutdown because of the effect it would have.
"Seventy-seven thousand servicemen and -women in Afghanistan won't get a paycheck," Pittenger said.
A new ad by the Senate Conservatives Fund attacks North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr for denouncing a "Defund Obamacare" campaign. The group is also running ads against South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
“As much as I want to get rid of Obamacare, I’m not going to deny Social Security payments to our seniors and funding to our military. I think that’s a bridge too far,” Graham said.
Burr supported his position Wednesday. In a statement he said, "Defunding Obamacare is smart, and is a worthy objective. Unfortunately, the 'strategy' of shutting down the government to achieve that goal is not smart."
One political scientist said their decisions could affect them in the future.
"I think the biggest impact is going to be in a primary that's when we see incumbents face the biggest challenge," said Dr. Michael Bitzer.
Pittenger said many realize the shutdown won't work.
"We got to get on a winning strategy. We can't force a shutdown. We're blamed and servicemen and -women don't get a check," he said.
A recent Heritage Action poll conducted in Republican leaning districts, including some in North Carolina, showed that 77 percent of voters favor a slowdown in implementation or an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act.