Brad Miller, David Price and Bob Etheridge are in La-La Land

April 12th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 6 Responses

These fine men think there will be no ramifications of a corrupt and disastrous Health Care Bill that was quite literally shoved down our throats. Let us all let their pictures and what they did to us sink in so we remember to get rid of them in November. Let’s send Larry, Curly, and Moe packing!

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CARY — The Triangle’s three Democratic congressmen said Friday that they were not expecting a political backlash against the recently enacted health care law in the fall elections.

They said GOP efforts to repeal the law would likely fall flat because the law will make health insurance more widely available and affordable to more people, including those with chronic illnesses, those laid off, seniors, college students and others.

“I don’t think there will be any more going back on this than there would be on Medicare or Social Security,” said Rep. Brad Miller, whose remarks were echoed by Reps. David Price of Chapel Hill and Bob Etheridge of Lillington

A statewide poll released this week by the Civitas Institute, a conservative Raleigh group, found that 39 percent support the changes, 50 percent oppose it, and 11 percent are not sure. (The survey of 600 voters was conducted by Tel Opinion Research and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.)

Republicans have sought to capitalize on that skepticism. They have lobbied Gov. Bev Perdue and Attorney General Roy Cooper, both Democrats, to join a lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality. GOP state legislative leaders plan to introduce a bill exempting North Carolina citizens from the requirement that they buy health insurance.

The Democratic congressmen chalked up the opposition to partisan politics.

Miller said the bill that passed Congress is very similar to past Republican health insurance proposals.

“This is the Howard Baker, Bob Dole, Mitt Romney health insurance plan,” Miller said, referring to two former GOP Senate majority leaders and the former Massachusetts governor.

“Massachusetts has something very much like this, and 70 percent of the people who voted in that [Massachusetts Senate election] said they wanted to keep what they had.”

Price said it would be a hard sell for Republicans to argue for repeal. He said many parts of the health care overhaul will be popular: allowing people with pre-existing conditions to get health insurance, allowing parents to keep their children on their insurance policy until 26 years of age, providing tax breaks to small businesses that provide insurance to their employees.

“Take that away: How viable is that as a political position?” Price asked.

“I know there is a certain hard-line element that are going to hold the Republicans’ feet to the fire and they have to be dogmatic about it.”

Etheridge said Republicans have been playing partisan politics around the issue.

“The party bosses in Washington have introduced legislation to repeal it,” Etheridge said.

“These are the same forces who a couple of years ago decided we were going to gamble with Social Security on Wall Street. How would you have liked to have had your money on Wall Street the last couple of years?”

Dallas Woodhouse, state director of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative organization that has sponsored rallies against the health care bill, said he believed the new law would rebound against Democrats who supported it.

“It’s hard to believe politically this is a plus [for Democrats] because so much of the pain is uploaded and so much of the perceived benefits come later – and I’m not sure much of the benefits will come through,” Woodhouse said. “I think, politically, it is damaging.”

The congressmen were praised by Bob Jackson, state director of AARP-North Carolina.

But outside the community center, there was one lone picket, Dave Burton of Cary, who carried a sign with a quotation from the late Sen. Paul Tsongas: “If anyone thinks the words government and efficiency belong in the same sentence, we have counseling available.”



  1. David Pruitt says:

    I will work for anyone that is running agaist eitherone of thim David Pruitt

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    It’s time to say “Bye Bye Bob”

  3. JayCPA says:

    I support the Tea Party’s platform to reduce expenditures. We have to. Right now we stand at revenues of about $2 trillion, and expenditures of $3.5 trillion. Somebody, somewhere should be able to say where we could cut some. Just looked at the webpages for candidates endorsed by the National Tea Party: Marco Rubio (Fla), Kevin Devore (Calif), Sharron Angle (Nev). All mentioned the need for fiscal responsibility; not one of these candidates mentioned $1 that they would cut from the budget, not one dollar. As former Republican senator, Alan Simpson, said, “I am worried for my grandchildren,” I am really worried.

    In the candidates’ favor, they did say that they were against Obamacare, but they offered no alternative. Keeping the system as, which Angle proposes, is will then put the cost burden for freeloaders accepted as emergency care for freeloaders back on taxpayers. At least Obamacare will have some of the freeloaders pay for these costs through premiums. I do not support any of these candidates that the National Tea Party supports. Until a candidate specifies what expenditures he or she will cut, the circus will continue.

    What happened to a reevaluation of the 3 bigdaddies of govt expenditure (60% of expenditures and 85% of revenues): Defense, Medicare and Social Security? What about elminating Dept. of Education/No Child Left Behind? what about cutting NASA science and exploration budget?
    What about salary wide cutbacks across departments? These are tough choices, but if no candidates are willing to say they’ll do it, if the tea party won’t say what could be cut, then all of this is pie in the sky. And our expenditures will keep growing.

  4. robert w says:

    I think we should throw the bums out, at this stage of the game we don’t need waste and fraud in our state goverment also what happen to the state surplus of tax payer dollars we sure could use it now……we also need to stop taxing and spending and get to a point of tax cuts and offer it to small and medium size companys to manufacture and create jobs in north carolinia the rest will come, maybe they will stop sending work to china& other nations

  5. eagle275 says:

    Brad Miller is an idiot lawyer. He talked about health care at our VFW post last year, and I told him to leave my HC the heck alone!

  6. John Dallas says:

    I worked hard to try to get rid of David Price 18 years ago when I lived in Raleigh, at the ballot box that is. Obviously, the state Dems must have gerrymandered the heck out of his district, or he would have been toast long ago. I remember that he brought a $360 million EPA building (an earmark) to RTP, when the EPA could have simply signed a lease at a number of then empty commercial properties. He seemed right proud of himself. If memory serves me right, he is from academia, and to academia (Duke University?) he needs to return. He used to hold constitutent meetings, but he stopped doing that after so many people showed up critical of the out of control tax and spending of the Democrats in Congress. Good riddance to him in advance!