At a forum in Rocky Mount, Rep. Renee Ellmers told an audience that under health reform, a physician would have to submit surgery requests to an unelected 15 member panel. If your active mother breaks her hip, Rep. Ellmers said, this panel could deny her treatment and the doctor would have no option but to dispense pain medication. Scary stuff indeed.
Of course, it is all a fabrication. When reporters called Ellmers to ask about the claim she had no real explanation.
The month before this chamber forum, Ellmers, along with other freshman Republicans in Congress, sent a letter to President Obama requesting an end to these scare tactics. Here are a few salient passages:
We are presented with the opportunity to reset the tone in Washington by ending the partisan bickering. We have all been guilty, at one time or another, of playing politics with key issues facing our country. As a freshman class, we have the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and fulfill the mandate set by the people to strengthen our country for future generations — not continue the petty politics we have seen in the past, which only creates an environment of stalemate. … As new members of Congress, we are committed to having a fact-based conversation immediately.
Apparently that offer expired after a month. Now it’s back to threats and lies.