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Obamacare protest shows division in NC delegation

Posted August 28, 2013

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act gathered in Raleigh Aug. 28, 2013.

— A group known as the "Tea Party Express" protested the Affordable Care Act in Raleigh Wednesday.
The group gathered outside the Sheraton Raleigh to encourage Congress to oppose any spending bill that includes funding for the health care law. Among those in attendance was Greg Brannon, a Republican running to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

There is a difference of opinion about the law across the North Carolina congressional delegation, and it has become a partisan sticking point as Congress considers a continuing resolution for federal funding.

Fourth District Congressman David Price, a Democrat, said he wants to fund it. 

Republican 13th District Congressman George Holding issued a statement Wednesday saying he approves of stalling federal funding so long as the law is included. 

"'Obamacare' should be repealed and replaced with patient-centered health care reform," Holding said. "We should do whatever we can to prevent its implementation including leveraging the continuing resolution.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, was even more adamant in her opposition to the health care law. “Anything short of full repeal will be incapable of stopping Obamacare and its largely mandatory funding streams," she said. 

6th District Congressman Howard Coble said his vote on a spending bill would not be decided by the presence of the health care law in the bill.

He and Holding added their signatures to an Aug. 21 letter to congressional Republican leaders that said, in part, "We should continue our efforts to repeal 'Obamacare' in its entirety this year, next year and until we are successful."

"Congress should not play political games with keeping the government running," Hagan said. She supports funding the Affordable Care Act.


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  • BGJ Aug 30, 2013

    Being reported that Obama is considering.... - josephlawrence43

    For those of you absolutely dedicated to defunding the ACA and willing to default on US debt to get your way, "here is a tidbit of just how logical and fair" that really is:


  • josephlawrence43 Aug 30, 2013

    For those who are so absolutely dedicated to Obamacare--here is a
    tidbit of just how logical and fair it really is: Being reported that Obama is considering taking the money intended as subsidies for poor people to be used to buy insurance, and giving that money to the unions for their members--each of whom already has full coverage.

  • ids Aug 29, 2013

    Odd - doesn't everyone remember when this all started - it was just going to be 1 option, a public governemnt run option for those who couldn't get insurance - remember those high risk pools...It was all those RPEs who started screaming about Government takeover and Death Panels....so, now, good - after its passed, and settled, maybe both the DEMs and REPs will work together and get the Health care lobbyists out of washington

  • BGJ Aug 29, 2013

    1redcent - Have you tried http://www.inclusivehealth.org/ ??

    It's NC's high risk pool insurance....Supposedly, they are able to provide coverage to new enrollees under specific circumstances.

  • 1redcent Aug 29, 2013

    Hmmmmmm, could it be STATE REGULATORS???? - stymieindurham

    I'm out of the loop on this one, please explain.

    My earlier comment:
    One of the major benefits of the Affordable Healthcare Act is that insurance companies have to cover you regardless of pre-existing conditions. I am self employed, my insurance company and no other insurance will renew or provide me with a new policy because I am now sick. Even though there is no telling how much I have paid in premium to my current insurer (I'm 46 and have been with them since I was 21)they will not renew my policy. The Affordable Healthcare Act makes it possible for me to get insurance. I will still have to do without insurance for several months while I wait for the Act to begin in January, 2014. Things like this are why we need insurance reform of some kind, and, at least, President Obama is trying.

  • BGJ Aug 29, 2013

    "Then why won't the open market offer insurance to everyone instead of excluding those with pre-existing conditions?"
    Hmmmmmm, could it be STATE REGULATORS???? - stymieindurham

    Rarely are they actually excluded, just simply priced out of the market; or, that particular diagnosis is not covered for a certain number of months or removed completely from coverage thereby lowering the premium but the individual has to bear the brunt of the actual cost of care.

  • BGJ Aug 29, 2013

    However, if you become sick before you decide to SEEK coverage, well . . . . . . . . . . . - stymieindurham

    They go to the emergency room which is more expensive and is written off as charity care which is then built back into premiums thus increasing the burden on the healthcare system. Since the ACA penalizes you for not obtaining insurance, your scenario will be less likely in the future as the penalties increase.

  • teleman60 Aug 29, 2013

    If Obama hadn't been trying to win repub votes by using an already successful republican healthcare plan as a basis - we might have gotten single payer much to the chagrin of a FOR PROFIT healthcare system that SHOULD NOT BE A FOR PROFIT BUSINESS!

    Thanks junkmail5

  • stymieindurham Aug 29, 2013

    "Then why won't the open market offer insurance to everyone instead of excluding those with pre-existing conditions?"

    Hmmmmmm, could it be STATE REGULATORS????

  • stymieindurham Aug 29, 2013

    " . . . . . VASTLY less per patient, with BETTER outcomes . . ."

    You're living in a dream world.