Great moments in saying the quiet parts loud:
A staffer for Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) may have weakened his boss’ already shaky political fortunes when he made one of Washington’s worst political gaffes: telling the truth.
The staff member in Tillis’ Washington office had been called by Bev Veals, one of the senator’s North Carolina constituents and a three-time cancer survivor worried about her health insurance status. Frustrated by the staffer’s lack of empathy, Veals tried to make him understand her and her husband’s situation by asking him to imagine his parents in their position ― out of work, struggling to continue paying their health insurance premiums.
That’s when the staffer, according to Veals, told her that his parents would “gladly die if they couldn’t afford medical care.”
Veals said she was “incensed” by that comment, so she started recording the conversation. She again asked if it was really his and the GOP’s position that if you can’t afford health care, you shouldn’t get to have it.
“Yeah,” the staffer said, according to the recording, “just like, if I want to go to the store and buy a new dress shirt, if I can’t afford that dress shirt, I don’t get to get it.”
“But health care is something that people need,” Veals responded, “especially if they have cancer.”
“Well, you got to find a way to get it,” the staffer responded, with a laugh.
I guess Republican legislators are going to have to hold mandatory training sessions in the Heritage Uncertainty Principle.