Tillis's Obamacare witch hunt commences

Thom Tillis's panel to "examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina" has started.

It's packed with GOP right-wing nut jobs, and its clear intent is to bash Obamacare and by extension, President Obama and Senator Hagan. This is a blatant use of public money for Thom Tillis's senate campaign.

The first speaker? Dr. Chris Conover (the GOP says he's a Duke professor; he's also with the loony American Enterprise Institute.

He's telling horror stories about Obamacare costs and the right-wing nut jobs are lapping it up:

The thing is, Conover's falsehoods have been debunked already.

One economist interviewed said that the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ Paul Van de Water, described [Conover's] calculation as one of the stupidest things he’s read in a long time

But Tillis & co. invited Conover to repeat those falsehoods, and they cheer him on and then spread those lies further.

Funded by your tax dollars.


This should be illegal

This is like Issa's witch hunts, NC version.

The "committee" commences by hearing from one of the most rabid anti-ACA crackpots around, Chris Conover. He's introduced as a professor from Duke University, which he kinda sorta is (he's also with the loony American Enterprise Institute, but they don't mention that. The right-wing nut jobs who were tweeting everything he said seemed surprised when they found this out).

Committee chair Jim Fulofcrap Fulghum said that he would be happy to take suggestions for pro-ACA speakers. Excuse us?!? They've got all their speakers lined up, and as an afterthought, they might consider hearing from someone who would offer a balanced view by providing the benefits of Obamacare?

It's nothing but a partisan political witch hunt.

And we're paying for it. Thank you for your contribution to the Tillis for Senate campaign.

"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

This is it in a nutshell:

Thank you for your contribution to the Tillis for Senate campaign.

And when quotes from this government-funded witch-hunt start showing up in Tillis' campaign ads, an ethics investigation needs to follow immediately.

Could NC's ....

... "Sunshine" laws perhaps be useful to request memos and communications on how these events were put together, who would be speaking, and how the agendas and advertising was framed?

Would, perhaps, some suggestions for these "government" events be coming from individuals associated with groups like Americans for the Prosperous? Or would the memos and emails perhaps demonstrate that the intent behind the events is designed to assist with a certain Senate campaign?

Good questions

I've often wondered how some of their activities get started, how certain people (and orgs) end up being "asked" to take part in discussions, while others are left out. How/why some groups know well ahead of time about committee "fact-finding" sessions while everybody else is kept in the dark.

But I have a hunch there are some "holes" in our open government laws which will keep us from finding some of this stuff, the first one that comes to mind is the "Legislative immunity" crap Republicans recently cited when the courts wanted e-mails associated with gerrymandering.

Debunking Conover

Something to keep in mind about Conover - he's not a "Duke professor".

Conover is officially "staff" at the university (note the directory listing on the right of this page). He's a research scholar with the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research, part of the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

He's not a tenure-track Professor, Adjunct or even a Visiting Prof - he's a peripheral research staff member in a Center.

You can see some debunking of his "Obamacare" "research" here. Even Wonkette's poked fun at his "maths". (And you know if Wonkette's laughing at you, you're really low hanging fruit on the pundit tree.)

Thank you Senator McKissick

Senator McKissick got off a comment in news post Conover - apparently to Chair, asking to have someone brief them who was not anti-ACA. AEI is a fraud like Locke and Civitas, nothing but a propaganda mill full of phony scholars and workers. I also notice the Locke idiots are getting more contrived exposure and Civitas has launched full attack on Dr. Gene Nichol - he should be proud.