Florida GOP congressman invokes ‘death panels’ at town hall, gets jeered

Posted by | February 11, 2017 20:49 | Filed under: Media/Show Business News Behaving Badly Politics

Golly, that didn’t go so well

Republicans really have no soul. Watch Bill Akins, a Florida Republican official, tell the crowd what his problems are with the Affordable Care Act.

“And there is a provision in there, that when you’re 74, you have to go before a death panel,” he told them.

The crowd erupted in jeers and shouted him down as he admonished the “children” to calm down.

What a craven, idiotic fool.

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11 responses to Florida GOP congressman invokes ‘death panels’ at town hall, gets jeered

  1. Sy Colepath February 11th, 2017 at 20:58

    Not the response he was expecting, proving simply that he is a dumb-ass.

  2. Snick1946 February 11th, 2017 at 21:19

    These people truly have no soul and besides, they’re stupid as a box of rocks.

    What I m noticing now is how they are rewriting history to claim they tried, oh so hard, to cooperate with the Dems back in 2009 when the ACA was written but were ‘frozen out’. That is not how I remember it, Obama tried everything and they just spat on him.

    • dave-dr-gonzo February 11th, 2017 at 21:21

      Bill Akins just met his political death panel.

      • Suzanne McFly February 11th, 2017 at 21:40

        They believe because the outcome fo last election that their complete ideology has been accepted. They are learning the hard way that a vote does not mean approval, especially when voters refuse to educate themselves on the policies the politicians are promoting.

  3. Guy Lauten February 11th, 2017 at 21:27

    the bubble begins to pop

  4. Suzanne McFly February 11th, 2017 at 21:37

    When the elderly people in Florida are finally willing to see the gop for the group of liars that they have become, you know the end for the far right is coming soon.

  5. labman57 February 11th, 2017 at 22:26

    Foolish Republican relies on 8-year old talking points to fear-monger the audience about the ACA. They aren’t buying it, so he then falls back on Christie-esque tactics by denigrating the attendees (who are clearly more intelligent and informed than is he.)

  6. Jack E Raynbeau February 12th, 2017 at 00:52

    Let’s shed some light on what this fool is talking about. The term is “end of life counseling”.

    I’ll relate my own experience. Seven years ago my mother became quite ill with pneumonia. She was hospitalized continuously for 2 months. Half of that time was in and out of ICU. She was 13 years into a donor kidney which is remarkable for a person of 81. They finally got the pneumonia under control but the kidney began to fail. She also wore a pacemaker. When she was in dialysis her heart began acting erratic so the dialysis was stopped.

    This is where the “death panel” comes. Her doctor took her children aside and told us that she was going to die and die soon. She could have dialysis but she would likely have a heart attack. With no dialysis she would die of toxins. Under Medicare, the doctor was allowed to bill for that counseling. Some insurance companies did not allow billing for that counseling. The ACA required that insurance must provide for that counseling.

    The Republicans turned that around and labeled that counseling as a Death Panel. At no time did a panel sentence my mother to death. The doctor gave us options and told us whatever we choose he will go with that and treat her to the best of his ability for as long as she lives.

    As it turned out my mother chose to discontinue all interventive treatment and go into hospice. She died four days later and at no time did we feel that Medicare abandoned her. At no time did it appear that money was an issue.

    Thank you for allowing me to rant but these Republicans disgust me with their phony fear tactics.

    • Suzanne McFly February 12th, 2017 at 08:19

      Thank you for sharing your story, it is a view in to what these people are talking about, and only some of us have that understanding.

  7. Roctuna February 12th, 2017 at 10:39

    They could get away with that kind of scare tactic before the ACA. Now people have had years of experience with it and they can see there are no death panels and never have been. It’s time to call the GOP out on all their bs. Finally a quote from Dubya comes in handy

  8. Jungle_Bhoy February 12th, 2017 at 15:54

    The lesson from this video is not that the Republicans will continue to lie to you even to your face – the lesson is they think elderly Americans are ‘children” and the elitist Republicans know better.

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