An editorial in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer has an extremely understated but accurate headline: “Burr, Tillis fail to lead on health care.” Perhaps there wasn’t enough room for “Burr, Tillis vote to continue outrageous efforts to condemn thousands of their fellow citizens to premature deaths.” Here’s the lead from the editorial:
“Richard Burr and Thom Tillis – we understand they’re the U.S. senators from North Carolina – have had little or nothing to offer their constituents in leadership on the pathetic debate over health care reform in the Senate.
They mouth the predictable doomsday lines about how bad ‘Obamacare’ is and how Republicans have to save the American people from it. They make no bow to the fact that it’s helped more than 20 million people get health insurance, protected those with pre-existing conditions, kept young people on their parents’ insurance and, by the way, has not blown up the federal deficit as Republicans predicted it would. And, they don’t talk much about Republican plans that would have thrown from 20 to 30 million people off of insurance while diminishing coverage for millions more and ruining the Medicaid program. But they keep voting for whatever their leader, Mitch McConnell, tells them to.
NBC News reporter Vaughn Hillyard said Burr told him he wasn’t worried about not knowing what kind of changes were coming up for a Senate vote. Hillyard quoted Burr as saying, ‘It doesn’t concern me. As I said, I’ll vote for anything.’
Meanwhile the growing “Tillis Tuesday” protests have spilled over into Thursday this week as the ranks of angry demonstrators continue to swell. This is from the announcement for today’s effort:
“Protests continue to escalate and outrage grows toward Senator Thom Tillis following his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Thursday at 11:30 am angry constituents will rally for the second time in three days outside Senator Tillis’s RALEIGH office demanding that he vote no on partial repeal of the ACA and any cuts to Medicaid.
WHO: Doctors, nurses, clergy, teachers, artists, engineers, people who stand to lose their healthcare, and activists – from Wake, Orange, Granville, Durham, Franklin, and Alamance counties
WHAT: Rally to demand that Senator Tillis represent the interests of North Carolinians by strengthening the Affordable Care Act in a bipartisan process
WHERE: 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh
WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 2017, 11:30 am
According to the Congressional Budget Office, if the so-called ‘skinny repeal’ of the Affordable Care act is passed, the uninsured would go from 26 million next year to 44 million people.”