Legislative panel to study health law's impact on NC

Posted January 13, 2014

— House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Monday they are forming a study committee to examine the Affordable Care Act's impact on North Carolina.

The membership and meeting schedule for the joint legislative study committee haven't yet been announced.

Impacts the committee will look at include disruptions in the insurance marketplace, dropped coverage for families and higher premiums without improved access to providers, Tillis and Berger said in a statement.

“Given the steps we have taken over the last three years to reduce taxes and regulations on working North Carolinians, it’s important to get to the bottom of how 'Obamacare' impacts our state’s economy and citizens on a daily basis," they said. "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.”


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  • Atheistinafoxhole Jan 16, 2014

    Additionally, WHO exactly will be paid for this "study?"

  • Atheistinafoxhole Jan 16, 2014

    How much is this "study" going to cost and where will they justify taking the money from if we can't afford to give raises to educators (who arguably have the greatest impact on the future)? We often hear those on the right complain about "offsets" for new spending, so where are they now?

  • crkey2 Jan 14, 2014

    I am a North Carolina and unable to buy ObamaCare Insurance. It is too expensive. I lost my job (lay off) on May 12, 2012. NC stopped my unemployment benefit weekly payments on 6/29/13, although I still had over $6,000 worth of benefits left for my use. I have sold 3/4 of my possessions. On Dec 2, 2013, I left Raleigh after 30+years and moved back to W-S, moving in with my Father. I is supporting me while I continue to look for work. My search is compounded by health issues which is causing no one to want to hire me. I opened an account for Obamacare and was told that I qualified for Medicaid under the Obamacare program, but since NC did not opt to include Medicaid in Obamacare, I could not receive. To sign up for a plan will cost me $432.00 a month with a $5500 deduction before my plan will pay a single penny. I was instructed that MAYBE NC would change the law in the future & I would be able to be covered at that point. There is no way either my Father or me can afford this.

  • mrschizzy Jan 14, 2014

    JackJones - no intelligent person would let the federal (or state for that matter) government run a health insurance market when the corruption, cronyism, and incompetence is well-known.

  • mrschizzy Jan 14, 2014

    Matt_Wood - you are incorrect in your statement. I was forced to sign up for a policy that was more expensive because my OBGYN was not in-network for the other, cheaper plan we wanted to sign up for. In fact, the plans offered the SAME EXACT coverage EXCEPT the more expensive plan had a larger in-network physician pool. Considering I am 10 weeks pregnant and high-risk I was not about to choose a plan that would not include my current OBGYN. Thus I have a higher premium. So yeah, we are paying $100 more a month to make sure we can, in fact, keep the doctors we like. ALL of them!

  • jackjones2nc Jan 14, 2014

    No intelligent person would trust this Republican NCGA or the findings or their fake committee. Stop wasting money, Republicans.

  • matt_wood Jan 14, 2014

    "higher premiums without improved access to providers"

    This is disingenuous, as higher premiums in many cases have nothing to do with access to providers, but rather increased coverage.

  • crkeehn Jan 14, 2014

    So, if the article is correct, they have already determined the findings of the hearing before it is held. Why then, are they wasting time with the hearings. Their time would be much better spent, trying to do something to BENEFIT the citizens of North Carolina.

  • KBUT1 Jan 13, 2014

    This is a laugher as we will be treated to a NC flavored version of Issa's one-sided hearings. There will be multiple witnesses testifying about cancellations, and increased premiums, but not one from persons who are finally able to get coverage. Nor are we likely to hear from any of the thousands of persons who could have been eligible under Medicaid expansion as to the effect that the Repugs decisions have had on their health and well being.

  • sisu Jan 13, 2014

    How about they study the negative impact of NOT accepting the Medicaid expansion?