State GOP leaders create legislative committee on Obamacare flaws

Two top Republican leaders announced the formation Monday of a joint legislative committee designed to scrutinize the effects of the federal Affordable Care Act in North Carolina.

The committee’s focus will be on negative aspects of the federal health care law, with a press release from State Senate President Phil Berger and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis announcing it will examine  “disruptions in the insurance market place, dropped coverage for families and higher premiums without improved access to providers.”

Phil Berger

Phil Berger

Thom Tillis

Thom Tillis

“This committee will delve deeply into the problems Obamacare has caused to the health insurance marketplace and to our economy as businesses and individuals absorb the costs,” Berger and Tillis were quoted as saying in a written statement.

Tillis is also a U.S. Senate candidate facing a crowded Republican primary this spring.

North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature opted last year not to expand Medicaid. That decision made an estimated 500,000 low-income North Carolinians ineligible for the government-run health care system and also unable to receive subsidies that those with higher incomes can get to buy health insurance on the private marketplace.

The first meeting date as well as the committee members will be announced in coming weeks.

2 Comments

  1. Alan

    January 13, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Is the first meeting taking place in Benghazi?

  2. Frances Jenkins

    January 14, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Questions for the seekers of truth!
    1. How many people in NC have lost their insurance coverage because of the ACA?
    2. Insurance coverage has doubled/tripled for how many people in NC as a result of ACA?
    3. Because of ACA, the number of hourly employees below thirty hours instead forty hours is now how many in NC?
    4. If 107,000 have registered for the ACA in NC and 300,00 have lost coverage, what are you doing to advocate for those people who have lost their insurance?

    Come on Adam and Sarah, seek the truth.