Who said lapel pins couldn't make a difference?
In 2013, the state House passed a bill that would have required insurance companies to offer coverage for autism-related services. That measure stalled in the Senate but would be eligible for the "short" legislative session, which begins on Wednesday.
In the interim, a committee appointed to study the state's response to the Affordable Care Act crafted a two-pronged bill. One part of that measure would require insurers to display the added cost of the Affordable Care Act on people's insurance bills. The other part of the measure would commit the state to not imposing any new insurance mandates – requirements for coverage – for two years, starting in 2015.
Proving once again, it doesn't matter what (little) good the NC House can accomplish, if the power-hungry Republicans in the NC Senate refuse to act on it. And you know why they do this? Because it sends a clear message to all the lobbyists and wealthy businessmen just exactly where their campaign contributions need to be spent, if they want something done. In case you're wondering about the "lapel pins" reference:
Word in the legislative hallways was that that top House leaders, including Speaker Thom Tillis, did not want to force their members to vote for a bill that would anger those in the autism community. Tillis has worn a lapel pin featuring the logo for Autism Speaks in a campaign commercial, and it is an issue he appears ready to use during his U.S. Senate campaign.
But voting against the bill would mean voting against the state's response to the Affordable Care Act, what some call "Obamacare."
"That's a difficult position for a lot of my colleagues," said Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg.
That's because a lot of your colleagues
are assholes have banked their entire political future on attacking something that helps people. Being a one-trick pony can entertain a lot of people for a short period of time, or a handful of idiots indefinitely, but it won't allow you to keep your elected seat for very long.