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“Do we have more chairs?” By ten to six Tuesday night at the New Hanover County Library, the Live Oak Room was already packed wall to wall. Concerned citizens from several counties and both sides of the isle gathered to learn more about the negative impacts of Obamacare and the proposition to defund it that is being advocated in town halls across the country while Congress in on its summer break.
Lead by local conservative activists Jude Eden, Ginny Quaglia and Mary Ann McCarthy, the two-hour program consisted of seven speakers followed by Q&A. Empty chairs were labeled for Mike McIntyre, Richard Burr, and Kay Hagan who were each invited but declined. All have stated they are not holding any town halls while on recess.
“We can fund the government and we can fight funding Obamacare. Don’t fall for the false choice,” said co-creator Mary Ann McCarthy. “We’re here tonight to help you understand how crucial it is to defund this huge train wreck.”
Cardiologist, author, and radio talk show host Dr. Tony Maglione said Obamacare would hit the elder population first and hardest. “There are 7 million baby-boomers coming into the market of Medicare every year. They’re going to have the IPAB, fifteen bureaucrats making decisions, which is going to try to control costs. How are they going to do it? They [seniors] are going to end up not having certain procedures, not paying for certain treatments, and that means you’re going to get delays and you’re going to suffer more, and some will die.”
Pattie Curran‘s testimony drew gasps from the audience as she gave example after example of how her family’s costs have skyrocketed, making it nearly impossible to provide her children, who suffer from serious chronic diseases, with the care they need. OB/GYN and U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Greg Brannon focused on the statutes of Obamacare that violate the powers enumerated in the Constitution and infringe on our individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. “It prohibits discrimination of assisted suicide. That’s attacking life. Liberty? With the individual mandate, where’s your right to say no? Pursuit of happiness? Section 9001 is the list of all the taxes.”
Combat veteran and NC3 candidate Jason Thigpen reminded us of what veterans have to go through NOW under the government-run healthcare system that is the VA. Picture the atrocious VA backlog, waiting 18 months on average for a claim, across the whole nation’s health care. Francis De Luca, president of the NC Civitas Institute, explained the process of the continuing resolution, to which Ted Cruz’s defund bill must be attached, and explained the process by which we can ensure the government is funded without funding Obamacare. He explained, “The government runs out of money at the end of September, so in order to continue funding you have to pass a continuing resolution which states which states how much government can continue spending without a budget. All you do in the continuing resolution is say no money can be allocated to implement Obamacare or to write regulations. Very simple. So when people say you can’t do it, yes you can. Now, do you have the political courage?”
NCGOP chair Claude Pope talked about the negative impacts on small business such as reduced hours, layoffs, and more, as well as the NCGOP’s Resolution to Defund. The Resolution recently passed unanimously in Boston. He also spent some time advocating for Republican majorities if constituents want to see the change they’re asking for. This didn’t sit well with conservative talk show host Curtis Wright, who was in the audience and said, “The Republicans telling us that they have these rules we have to play with doesn’t cut it, because when these folks have to carry that burden and push that elephant up the hill, over the hill and over the line, they don’t’ forget that. 2014 and 2016 can’t be about a senator telling us, ‘Well, you don’t understand.’ In particular my frustration is with people like Renee Ellmers who told me over and over again, like many Republicans have, ‘This is what I will do.’ And then when they get there, they don’t do it. We have to have more than just political speech.”
Many Republicans say they will fight for principle when they have the majority. This is backwards. If they fight for conservative principles, they will earn the majority. With an overwhelming majority of the country opposing Obamacare, Republicans should be persuading those Democrats who also oppose it, including its author, Senator Max Baucus) to help vote to Defund what they themselves have called a train-wreck and a disaster.
Attendees left the meeting armed with facts on Obamacare and the defunding process, and empowered to contact their representatives. “Each of us is sovereign, every single one of us, our vote and our voice,” said emcee Jude Eden. “Whatever is going on in our country is our responsibility. It’s our responsibility to speak up when something’s wrong, it’s our responsibility to hold our representatives accountable.” Hundreds of self-addressed postcards to Senator Hagan, Senator Burr & Congressman McIntyre were snatched up in no time and everyone wanted to contact their representatives to urge them to do more than simply say they’re against Obamacare. Constituents want the representatives to SIGN the Meadows and Lee letters to GOP leadership to DEFUND through CR and to co-sponsor the Cruz/Graves Defund Bill.
The Wilmington Town Hall was one of many happening around the country aimed at defunding Obamacare.
For citizens concerned with the direction of our political policies, the August Congressional recess is a great opportunity to talk to representatives at home. But what do you do when your representatives refuse to speak to their constituents? Such is the case in North Carolina where Mike McIntyre, Kay Hagan and Richard Burr have all said they are not holding any town halls while on recess. They have each claimed that they will have other opportunities to speak to those they serve, yet they will not disclose what those opportunities are. Now we are half-way through the August recess and our North Carolina representatives are still MIA.
One of the hottest topics we’d like to discuss with them is Obamacare. This wildly unpopular and unconstitutional law is meeting with overwhelming bipartisan opposition. The unions and Democrats are catching up with the rest of America who have objected to government-run healthcare from the get-go. As I wrote earlier this month, Obamacare is “vastly more expensive than we were told; it doesn’t cover more people; it puts more restrictions and regulations on care givers; and rather than reducing the costs of healthcare, it vastly increases the costs while vastly reducing the quality and timeliness of care.”
Having passed the “Affordable Care Act” without reading it, Washington and America alike are discovering all of the above. Now we are left with one option – defunding. Yet representatives on both sides of the isle, including Republicans who voted for repeal, seem determined to let it pass unobstructed. Senator Burr called defunding Obamacare “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of,” claiming, wrongly, that Conservatives are threatening to shut down the government over it. This is a big, fat, red herring. Defunding Obamacare needs not affect military pay, social security, etc. But Burr himself is not short on dumb ideas: he has been the epitome of the RINO (Republican in name only), voting to proceed on Harry Reid’s gun control legislation in April, signing onto the Gang of 8’s Amnesty bill, not to mention watching the VA backlog expand exponentially under his watch as a ranking member of the VA.
Meanwhile on the other side of the isle Mike McIntyre is hosting the North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit in September while ignoring the biggest negative impact to businesses, the new healthcare law. He himself voted against Obamacare, though he had nothing to lose by it since by the time he voted there were already enough votes to pass. Even so, defunding Obamacare would help both healthcare and the economy, both of which would be benefits for which he could take credit if he got on board to defund. And at the moment comrade Hagan is supporting Amnesty for illegal aliens, opposing Voter ID, and working on lowering student interest rates.
These representatives, who, along with their staffs, will be free of the Obamacare burden as they’re either granted waivers of exemption or the government subsidizes about 70%, are ignoring the very people who are paying for Obamacare and will feel its ill effects the most. This is prompting everyday citizens all across the country to stand up and make their voices heard.
HOLD CONGRESS ACCOUNTABLE
Defund Obamacare town halls are popping up all over the place, including here in Wilmington on Tuesday, August 27th from 6-8pm at the New Hanover County Library NE, Live Oak Room. Though invited via all formats with plenty of notice, McIntyre, Hagan and Burr have all refused. That’s par for the course. We will proceed without them and hold them to account. Anyone in North Carolina who does not sign on to defund Obamacare is putting their political career in jeopardy, leaving the rest of us to hang.
We have an excellent lineup of speakers: Dr. Tony Maglione, M.D. is a cardiologist, who trained at the Cleveland clinic and has been a physician for over 33 years. He authored two books, Obamacare and How to Vote to Save This Country and is a local talk radio host on 106.7 FM discussing healthcare and political issues. Dr. Greg Brannon, OBGYN with 18 years experience, and is running for senate. Both doctors will share their first-hand knowledge of the negative impacts they are already seeing with the implementation of Obamacare. Pattie Curran, whose chronically ill children require special and constant care, has a compelling story showing the brutal reality of what her family is facing under this law. Jason Thigpen, whose credentials include the NHC Veterans Council, NC Military and Veterans Council, the Student Veterans Advocacy Group and Disabled American Veterans, will speak to the special impact of Obamacare on veterans and military members. We also have Francis De Luca, president of the Civitas Institute, which advocates liberty, prosperity, personality responsibility, and the implementation of Conservative principles in North Carolina. Finally, Claude Pope, entrepreneur and Chair of the NC GOP will discuss the NC GOP’s Resolution to Defund Obamacare.
This Town Hall will be both educational and empowering as we close in on the last opportunity to avoid this catastrophic law. See you there!