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Hudson Puts Constituents First in Health Care Reform

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March 8, 2017
 
Hudson Puts Constituents First in Health Care Reform
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a leader on the Energy and Commerce Committee, shared real life stories from North Carolina’s Eighth District about why we must repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that put patients first. He presented the following opening remarks during today’s Energy and Commerce Committee markup on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. To watch, click here.
 
“Thank you Mr. Chairman. Today’s a great day for America.
 
Today’s about Sandra in Stanly County, North Carolina whose deductible has increased from $200 a month before Obamacare to over $3,000 a month. She told me that she actually some months has to decide between going to the doctor and buying groceries.
 
It’s about Kevin from Cabarrus County, North Carolina whose insurance premiums rose from $110 a month to $730 a month – a 700% increase – with a deductible of $7,600. That means he’s got to pay $16,000 out of pocket before he even accesses health care.
 
This is about Colleen, a small business owner who started a business in her garage, now has 30 employees. After the Affordable Care Act passed, she got a letter saying her insurance company was dropping her coverage – they were saying no thanks. This is about real people out there who are being hurt, and today we begin the process of bringing them relief, of putting them in control so that they can decide what kind of health care they want and they can get it at a price they can afford.
 
Mr. Chairman, I look forward to working with you on this. It’s not a perfect bill, but it’s the right direction. Thank you.”
 
As a Member of the influential Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Rep. Hudson is on the frontlines of health care reform in Congress. Congressional Committees are holding legislative hearings to deliver relief for Americans struggling under Obamacare and implement a patient-centered health care system that prioritizes affordability, quality, and choice.
 
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