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Trumpcare Opponents Protest On Lake Next To Thom Tillis’ House

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Huntersville, NC — This week would be a perfect opportunity for Sen. Thom Tillis to hold a town hall meeting to discuss his support for Trumpcare with his constituents with the U.S. Senate on recess. Unfortunately, Tillis continues to refuse to meet with the people who elected him.

TrumpcareSo on Friday, July 7, opponents of Trumpcare from across the state boarded several pontoon boats on Lake Norman and held a “Sink Trumpcare Flotilla” protest next to Tillis’ house on the lake. Speakers included North Carolinians who owe their lives to the Affordable Care Act, and have been trying to meet with Sen. Tillis regarding the Senate version of Trumpcare — which would eliminate health coverage for 22 million Americans.

“Thom Tillis says he represents the people of North Carolina, but continues to duck his constituents as the Senate tries to pass a health care bill that will be disastrous for our state,” said Donna Marie Woodson of Mecklenburg County, a cancer survivor. “Since Tillis refuses to hold a town hall meeting, we decided to go to him — right to his own backyard.”

“Last year, even on Medicaid, I was forced to forgo medication in order to afford basic necessities like food, rent, and utilities — and Trumpcare will only make things worse,” said Connie Lazenby of Alamance County. “I have no wish to die because politicians are intent on dismantling the Affordable Care Act just to give rich people a tax cut.”

“What we are dealing with here is incredible cruelty,” said Patrick O’Neil of Wake County. “For Sen. Tillis to support this monstrous health care bill without holding a single town hall meeting with his constituents shows he couldn’t care less for families like mine.”

Join the NC NAACP in Winston Salem on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6pm for a Health Care Moral Monday at Sen. Richard Burr’s Office – 2000 W 1st St #508, Winston-Salem NC

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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