Tillis's Obamacare witch hunt skewered

This Raleigh News & Observer editorial is pure stark truth about Thom Tillis's taxpayer-funded Obamacare bashing stunt.

The committee’s meeting was designed to showcase one side and one side only in the health care debate. Republicans have at every turn tried to make it harder for people in North Carolina to access the ACA’s benefits. They even turned down an expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled, although the federal government would have paid the cost.

Trying to find political cover for the unwise decisions to throw hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians under the bus without healthcare insurance, Tillis is apparently worried that people are realizing that the ACA is a good thing.

Insurance companies, including the state’s largest in Blue Cross and Blue Shield, have raised premiums because they now have to cover more people with pre-existing conditions who couldn’t find insurance before the ACA. But in time, if younger and healthier people follow the law and get insurance, rates across the board should stabilize or come down.

That’s a forecast Republicans don’t like. Their burning political opposition to all things associated with President Obama long ago took away their perspective and their ability to discuss policies such as the ACA – whose constitutionality the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld – in a fair and rational way.

It's cruel to deny quality healthcare to half a million people, and require others to pay more for healthcare insurance, for no good reason.

It's an arrogant abuse of power to use tax dollars to propagate lies about Obamacare in a pathetic attempt to score political points.

What kind of people play politics with people's health?


Attention NC GOP

We got it -- we know that you hate Obamacare. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

But people will die if you continue to persist in denying the already-funded Medicaid expansion. Yes, really.

Surely you realize which one of these is more important, right? Right?

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014