There's Something Happening Here. What It Is Ain't Exactly Clear.
Over the past week or so, there've been several eyebrow-raising videos posted from Republican Congressional Town Hall meetings across the country. They show huge crowds of protesters demanding that the ACA be saved, ironically remnisicent of the Tea Party protests which showed up at Democratic Town Hall meetings just 7 years earlier.
There were two in particular from last night which caused Twitter to explode, however. The first is of Jason Chaffetz of Utah:
— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) February 10, 2017
The second, while quieter, is even more stunning to watch, especially for those who follow this site:
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) February 10, 2017
Her "Aetna/merger" comment, of course, refers to this.
The CNN reporter, MJ Lee, has a story up which goes into more detail about the Tennessee event:
More than seven years after angry anti-Obamacare town halls erupted across the country, raw emotions are boiling over again -- this time, as the Republican Party under President Donald Trump gears up to dismantle Barack Obama's legacy.
And the fury is flaring up in some of most conservative corners of the country.
On Thursday night, two Republican members of Congress -- Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Diane Black of Tennessee -- were each confronted with impassioned constituents during simultaneous events. The shouted questions, emotional pleas and raucous protesters of the evening crystalized the GOP's tough political road ahead as it forges ahead with rolling back Obama's accomplishments, including the Affordable Care Act.
...Jessi Bohon, a 35-year-old high school teacher who lives in Cookeville, Tennessee, was visibly emotional as she stood up and posed her question.
"As a Christian, my whole philosophy in life is pull up the unfortunate," Bohon said, a comment that drew verbal affirmation from others in the room. "The individual mandate: that's what it does. The healthy people pull up the sick."
Bohon went on to ask how Congress could be OK with "punishing our sickest people" rather than trying to "fix what's wrong with Obamacare," the sweeping healthcare law that covers 20 million Americans.
Something tells me I might not be pulling the plug on this website quite as soon as I recently thought after all. This is an amazing and heartening development.