Regarding the Sept. 21 news article “ Hagan touts her work on legislation that makes sense for North Carolina”: The Republican position on gun violence is “We don’t need new laws.” On campaign finance reform: “We don’t need new laws.” On the environment, health care, immigration, education standards, financial regulation and other urgent issues: “We don’t need new laws.” Yet the only criticism they can find of Sen. Kay Hagan is that she didn’t dream up a bunch of new laws.
House Speaker Thom Tillis’ party claims to want to reduce the influence of government. Yet under Tillis’ leadership, the Republicans have promoted and passed laws for nonexistent problems with big emotional appeal. Laws limit access to voting, limit marriage in a way that protects nobody, reject Medicaid expansion, protect agriculture businesses that practice animal cruelty and reduce pay for experienced teachers (by taking away longevity pay and giving a “raise” that does not match the loss.
Hagan helped ensure that people with pre-existing conditions can get insurance, and that people don’t lose their insurance if they get sick. Of course, that is the one law that Tillis wants to repeal.