All over the country, congressional representatives are holding “town hall” meetings with their constituents. It’s the time of year — August — when our elected officials head off to do some pressing of the flesh, or “pandering to the base” if you’re into accuracy. For right-wingers their town halls serve mostly as free-form political propaganda tapings where they can record a couple hours’ worth of angry conservatives shaking their fists and screaming about socialism, Benghazi and those loose women-folk with their highfalutin contraception contraptions.
These meetings also provide an opportunity, though, for progressives living in red states to make their voices heard too. Down in Swannanoa, North Carolina recently, that’s just what happened. Several residents recently showed up at a town hall meeting held by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) to let him know they were unhappy about his opposition to and attempts to defund Obamacare. One woman who was there to share her story was Leslie Boyd.
Boyd told local news reporter Kimberly King that her son had a birth defect that insurance carriers considered a preexisting condition. That condition prevented him from getting health insurance, which kept him from getting preventative health checkups. By the time he was diagnosed with colon cancer, it was too late and he passed-away. Leslie’s son’s story, sadly, is not unique. There are millions of people in this country who are unable to get insurance because they have conditions that without Obamacare’s provisions would prevent them getting health insurance.
Maybe it’s time for the people living in those states with TEApublican Congressional representatives to take the lead for Leslie Boyd and everyone in Swannanoa this week — attend the meetings and make your voices heard. Word of mouth will spread if enough people in red states that are supportive of the Affordable Care Act showed up at the meetings to be just as loud as those voices screaming to keep the sick uninsured. At the very least it’s worth a shot.
Watch the video here: