NC GOP's anti-Obamacare obsession threatens autism coverage

Who said lapel pins couldn't make a difference?

In 2013, the state House passed a bill that would have required insurance companies to offer coverage for autism-related services. That measure stalled in the Senate but would be eligible for the "short" legislative session, which begins on Wednesday.

In the interim, a committee appointed to study the state's response to the Affordable Care Act crafted a two-pronged bill. One part of that measure would require insurers to display the added cost of the Affordable Care Act on people's insurance bills. The other part of the measure would commit the state to not imposing any new insurance mandates – requirements for coverage – for two years, starting in 2015.

Proving once again, it doesn't matter what (little) good the NC House can accomplish, if the power-hungry Republicans in the NC Senate refuse to act on it. And you know why they do this? Because it sends a clear message to all the lobbyists and wealthy businessmen just exactly where their campaign contributions need to be spent, if they want something done. In case you're wondering about the "lapel pins" reference:

Operation American Spring brings out the NC extremists

Operation American Spring, as reported by Raw Story, is an event styled on the #Occupy and Arab Spring protests where ten to thirty million self-described "patriots" will show up in DC this Friday to drive Obama out of office.

Yes, you read that sentence correctly.

“We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration,” said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, leader of the Operation American Spring protest group. “They have all abandoned the US Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”

Double-registered Legislators caught up in their own meme

Suffering from foot-in-mouth disease:

"Before legislators get carried away with their rhetoric, they need to know that they could be indicting themselves," said Bob Hall, the director of Democracy North Carolina. The first and last names and birth dates of democrats Representatives Duane Hall and Rodney Moore and republicans Rep. Charles Jeter and Senator Ronald Rabin are found on other voter rolls and North Carolina's voter roll.

Rep. Jeter contends he notified South Carolina election officials he was leaving the state years ago. Jeter said Democracy North Carolina never contacted him about this issue. "There is no desire, no one has suggested that we are going to go into this General Assembly in the short session and pass any legislation regarding voter ID and for him to imply it is disingenuous,” said Jeter, who represents Mecklenburg County.

He was talking about your rhetoric, which has been waist-deep since the NC BOE gave their little presentation about duplications on voting rolls. That rhetoric is a desperate attempt to justify voter suppression tactics that are being raked over the coals in the courtroom, and some of you GOP Legislators have taken the rhetoric nation-wide:

excusatio non petita accusatio manifesta

Prior to this year's Primary race for the 2nd Congressional District, Keith Crisco's name rarely came up here at BlueNC. But on the rare occasion that it did, he was "not treated well," to put it mildly. He had at least three strikes going against him: 1) he was viewed as part of the "old guard" of NC Dems who seemed to continually produce jail-bound embarrassments, 2) he served as a conduit for "business-friendly" policy proposals, which often did not serve the best interests of the majority of North Carolinians, and 3) he was both a cheerleader and manager of the wildly unpopular incentives program.

Congressional candidate Crisco dead

It's being reported on Twitter, but WRAL has the full story - Keith Crisco, who was Clay Aiken's opponent for the Democratic nomination in Congressional District 2, died in a fall at his home today. Crisco was trailing Aiken by 369 votes in the primary.

"This is a shocking day," Crone said. "I have known Keith for nearly 30 years and consider him a good friend. He has done a great deal for his community and his state. I will miss his insights and his wry sense of humor and his keen mind for math and statistics."


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