Friday Gastonia rally organized to protest latest GOP “Attack Obamacare” hearing

As reported in the NYT today, GOP lawmakers implacably opposed to the Affordable Care Act are opening a new front starting with a hearing tomorrow morning at 9am in Gastonia, NC with a “Congressional Field Hearing.” I testified at one of these hearings a few months ago and I can comfortably report that there is no fact-finding or real discussion that goes on at one of these things. Rather the whole point seems to give whatever Congress members holding the hearing a platform to pontificate at length against whatever the issue of the day is, in this case health care for everyone.  My guess is the members of Congress in attendance won’t be laying out their own plan to make sure people can get the same health insurance they have themselves.

Luckily there are some folks organizing some sanity as a response to this push. Check our Protect Your Care’s info on the rally they are planning for outside the “Field Hearing” tomorrow at 9am.


  1. Frances Jenkins

    November 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Citizens do not need a rally to attack ACA. Citizens are outraged. They have lost their insurance coverage or the price has increased by 25%. Democrats are done for a very long time.

  2. Alan

    November 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Frances, I beg to differ…. I think the GOP is done for a very long time, from self-inflicted wounds. The only way the GOP will retain control here in NC is if they manage to rig the election in their favor, but that wouldn’t happen, would it?

  3. Frances Jenkins

    November 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Democrats have rigged elections for the past 140 years. Even PPP results are beginning to show the Democrat Party is in serious trouble. Old Kay had dropped ten points and the more she lies, the more she drops. Companies are slicing benefits/ hours and the public at large blames Obama and his followers.

  4. Alan

    November 22, 2013 at 7:33 am


    I see you were up late defending team Civitas… the public at large is not blaming Obama, only in the myopic world of the GOP. Your hysteria is getting the better of you, do you seriously believe the ONLY way Democrats have ever won is by rigging elections? PURE….TIN…..FOIL…..HAT material.

  5. Bill Current

    November 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Attended the event. Seemed to be very sincere concerns about how health care is paid for. I wish we could get passed looking ror someone else’s money to pay for our health needs, the cost of which.rise unabated Hopefully the hunt becomes obviously futal,and our country realizes that competition is the only answer, known as capitalism. Thus the cost and quality would be realized for the majority in my opinion This majority will have the resources and the compassion to provide for all who cannot do for themselves

  6. Alan

    November 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm


    I have to respectfully disagree with your last statement, “This majority will have the resources and the compassion to provide for all who cannot do for themselves”. I’m not aware of any society where this would ever happen. Sadly, it’s not in everyones DNA to assist those less fortunate in society. We only need to look at our current healthcare (and pre-ACA) system to see that we already have a 2-tier (or more) system whose outcomes very much depend on personal financial status.

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