Health care reforms: What’s in store in N.C.? – News & Record

GREENSBORO — Even at their best, Medicaid and health care reforms seem like a complicated mess.

Throw in years of questionable state software projects, damning audits and one of the most complex pieces of federal legislation in history — President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is intrinsically tied to Medicaid — and the whole thing becomes nigh impossible to follow. (More)

Swing states to Romney: Hands off my Medicare!

Washington Post’s Dana Milbank and economist Jared Bernstein dig into new poll numbers to explain why swing-state voters in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin trust President Obama with health care and Medicare – and why, contrary to Paul Ryan, his plan will affect current retirees. (More)

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Butterfield to Focus Week in District on Economic Development, Healthcare, and Education



For Release:  Immediate



Date:  August 13, 2012


Contacts: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury            

Office:     (202) 225.3101               

Butterfield to Focus Week in District on Economic Development, Healthcare, and Education

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will travel throughout North Carolina’s First Congressional District to participate in a groundbreaking, highlight healthcare initiatives, and encourage educational achievement within the region.

On Tuesday, Butterfield will attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility of Ahoskie Fire Department.  The site’s construction was funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The Congressman will later travel to Jackson to celebrate the expansion of the Nurse-Family Partnership into four northeastern counties.  The Partnership will provide first-time, income-restricted parents with skills and resources to improve child developmental health, well-being, and self-sufficiency.

On Wednesday, Butterfield will join local seniors at a roundtable discussion on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and prescription drug coverage.  Butterfield will use the latter portion of the day to take part in a virtual tour of the new solar panel project at Warren County High School.

The Congressman’s week concludes with an open house celebration of a newly erected residential complex on the campus of Chowan University.

Butterfield’s full public schedule follows.

WHAT: Butterfield to Focus Week in District on Economic Development, Healthcare, and Education


Tuesday, August 14

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Ahoskie Fire Department Groundbreaking Ceremony

                                           301 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (formerly Rhue Street)

                                             Ahoskie, NC 27910                                


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Nurse-Family Partnership Launch

                                             Northampton County Recreation Department & Cultural and Wellness Center

                                               9536 NC 305 Highway 

                                                Jackson, NC 27845          



Wednesday, August 15 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Healthcare Conversation with Seniors

                                                436 West Franklin Street

                                                Warrenton, NC 27589


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Warren County High School Solar Project Virtual Tour

                                            Warren County High School

              149 Campus Drive

              Warrenton, NC 27589



Thursday, August 16

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Chowan University Residential Complex Open House

                                         1 University Place

           Murfreesboro, NC 27855





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PRESS RELEASE: More Than 12,000 Residents Attended Butterfield’s Telephone Town Hall on Healthcare Reform



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Date:  July 12, 2012


Contact: Kezmiché "Kim" Atterbury 
Office:    (202) 225.3101

More Than 12,000 Residents Attended Butterfield’s Telephone Town Hall on Healthcare Reform


WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) held a telephone town hall meeting to answer residents’ questions on how the Affordable Care Act will affect North Carolina families.  The live telephone town hall began at 6:00 p.m. and lasted over an hour.  More than 12,000 district residents joined the call.


“There is a lot of misinformation and disinformation surrounding the costs and benefits of healthcare reform,” said Congressman Butterfield.  “Because of this, I thought it was important to hold a forum to give residents direct access to the information they need by answering questions specific to them.”


In June, President Obama’s signature health care reform law survived a repeal threat when the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the law and its constitutionality.


In North Carolina’s First Congressional District, under the law, 94,000 seniors have received Medicare preventive services without paying anything out-of-pocket; more than 5,000 young adults have coverage through their parents’ health insurance; about 400 small businesses received tax credits to expand care to employees; and 34,000 children with preexisting health conditions are no longer denied coverage by insurers. 





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Lawmakers split along party lines on health care ruling – Rocky Mount Telegram

Lawmakers representing the Twin Counties reacted along party lines Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the national health care reform law.

The court’s 5-4 ruling upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, including the hotly disputed individual mandate that requires virtually all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. (More)

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Today, the Supreme Court issued a historic ruling: They upheld the Affordable Care Act and ensured that millions of American families will have access to health care and protection from the worst abuses of the insurance industry.

Lots of people have questions about the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court’s decision, and their health care coverage. We’ve pulled together the most useful information — including President Obama’s remarks after the announcement — at

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Because the law has an impact on so many Americans, it’s important to understand its basic parts. We’ve also put together a list of facts about the Affordable Care Act. Will you give it a read, and then pass it on?

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Congressman discusses health, debt issues – Rocky Mount Telegram

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Seniors and local elected officials were given a refresher Thursday on the spending crisis in Washington, the future of the Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as a call to action to get out and vote in November courtesy of U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District. (More)

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Former Romney advisor: Obama health care reform law is ‘the same f**king bill’ as Romney’s MassCare – Source: Daily Kos

Via Greg Sargent, Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who helped both Mitt Romney and President Obama draft their health care reform plans, unloads on Romney for claiming his plan is different than Obama’s: (Read more)

Obama Health Care Reform Ruling: Appeals Court Upholds Law

WASHINGTON — A conservative-leaning appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, as the Supreme Court prepares to consider this week whether to resolve conflicting rulings over the law’s requirement that all Americans buy health care insurance. (Read more)

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Health Care Benefit Cuts Being Mapped Out By House Republicans–Source: The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — House Republicans will "lead with our chin" and offer politically explosive cost curbs this spring on programs like Medicare, Medicaid and perhaps Social Security, the party’s point man for curbing crippling budget deficits said Thursday. (Read more)

Is ‘racial resentment’ behind health reform backlash? – Source: The Grio

Remember all of the anger at town hall meetings across America during the national debate over health care reform, when some people said they wanted to take their country back? A racist even painted a swastika outside the district office of black Congressman David Scott (D-Georgia), who was inundated with racially threatening faxes, emails and phone calls. And Tea Party supporters hurled racial and anti-gay epithets at Congressional lawmakers who gathered outside the Capitol in support of health care.

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