House votes to repeal health care law – USA Today

Response: Thirty third yep 33rd vote, damn this means these jokers are determined to strike down Obamacare. If they could do this they feel they will have a leg to stand on in November.

The Democrats in NC that voted along with them needs to change parties immediately. They are showing who they really are.

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives voted 244-185 Wednesday to repeal in full President Obama‘s health care law in a symbolic display of opposition to the law after the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.

It was the 33rd vote to repeal the law or eliminate funding for its provisions since Republicans took control of the chamber last year. None of the GOP’s efforts stood a chance of enactment because Democrats control the Senate and the White House, which issued a veto threat Monday on the GOP’s repeal bill. (More)

 

Obama Administration Appeals Court Ruling That Struck Down Healthcare Law – Source: The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration Tuesday appealed a U.S. judge’s ruling in Florida that struck down its landmark healthcare overhaul law as unconstitutional because it required Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty. (Read more)

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Meet in Raleigh to stop HB 115: The NC Healthcare Insurance Giveaway Act

Meet in Raleigh to stop HB 115:

The NC Healthcare Insurance Giveaway Act

Rep. Jerry Dockham (R) has proposed an NC Health Benefit Exchange Bill (HB 115) that would basically put the Insurance fox back in charge of the Public hen-house.  Where the new national healthcare reform law requires states to set up a competitive health marketplace, Dockham’s industry-sponsored bill (HB115), would give NC Blue Cross a permanent seat on governing board; essentially restrict board membership to insurance executives; and severely limit the board’s power to insist that only high value and good quality health plans be offered.  In other words, it would permanently cement NC Blue Cross’ dominant market position and kill any true competition.

Please join us this Tuesday, March 8th at the committee meeting to help stop the Republicans from destroying NC Healthcare Reform.

TIME:               10 :00 am, Tuesday, March 8, 2011

LOCATION:    Room 544, Legislative Office Building on Jones Street — behind the Legislative Building at the corner of West Lane and North Salisbury

Directions: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/help/directions.html

Rep. Verla Insko is on this committee and I think she will start trying to offer amendments so it would be good to have supporters there.

We don’t need signs, just large numbers and politeness.

Your friendly Obama-care Advocate

Sally Goerner

NC Roots for Healthcare

NAACP Commends Gov. Perdue’s Veto of a Sick Law

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For Immediate Release

March 5, 2011

 

For More Information, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, 919-394-8137                                    

Re: Statement on Gov. Perdue’s Veto of Right-Wing’s Attempt to Sabotage Health Care for All

Gov. Beverly Perdue Vetoed a Sick Law

 

             The North Carolina NAACP Conference of 120 Branches commends Gov. Beverly Perdue’s rejection of the sick bill that was passed by the Tea Party and other Extreme Right politicians who have hi-jacked Mr. Lincoln’s Republican Party.  The Governor is absolutely right when she rejected these zealots’ efforts to sabotage President’s Obama’s new program that provides health care for millions of poor and working people who need it.  The Governor is absolutely right when she said, "This is an ill-conceived piece of legislation that’s not good for the people of North Carolina."

 

            "The Third Point in our Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Agenda," NC NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II said, "is Health Care for All. Right-wing zealots currently hold the once-proud Republican party hostage in a time of economic crisis.  Their sick law tried to stop the United States from joining with every other developed country in the world in providing access to health care for all our people.  Our Constitution, our religious principles, our history, and our commitment to take care of the least of these are healthy ideas.   And the Governor’s veto is a sign of a healthy new wind blowing across the State.  Thank you Governor Perdue."

 

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Perdue vetoes GOP bill challenging health care law – Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH, N.C. — Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue on Saturday vetoed a Republican bill that would challenge the federal health care overhaul, setting up another political showdown early in the 2011 session. (Read more)

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Republicans Trying To Turn Back The Clock On The Health Care Law

It is so sad the Republicans will not support our President just because he is a black man. It is so sad they want but don’t want others to have. What about doing what is good for the least of these, those who can’t help themselves. Yes there are some folks who will abuse the system but that is within all parties.

Health Insurance – Why has these jokers not been complaining about everyone having to pay for car insurance?

Life Insurance – I wish it was so that everyone was made to have some type of life insurance because everyone is going to die.

Oh well why don’t these jokers bring something to the table except trying to help those who already have.

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Perdue won’t sign challenge to federal health law – Source: News & Observer

CHARLOTTE — Gov. Bev Perdue says Republican-backed legislation pushing North Carolina to join other states fighting the federal health care overhaul law isn’t worth a veto battle. (Read more)

NC challenge to federal health care law faces final vote – Source: WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are one vote away from approving a state challenge to the federal health care overhaul. It’s the second major piece of legislation the new GOP majority will send to the desk of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. (Read more)

Judge Strikes Down Healthcare Reform Law

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the reform law’s so-called individual mandate went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

"Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void," he wrote, "This has been a difficult decision to reach and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications." (Read more)

Note: Not going to touch the technicality of the Judge’s decision and will leave it up to those who know the law in depth. I will continue to follow the healthcare reform saga until the final outcome is reached. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Democrats That Want To Go Against Healthcare For All Has To Go, All Republicans Voted To Repeal

It is sad that atleast Democrats in the House has voted to repeal the Healthcare Law that was recently put in place under our current President. I hope the Democrats whom voted to repeal the law will not be re-elected when their term is up. They must go. It is obviously they don’t have the best interest of the people.

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Congressman G. K. Butterfield’s statement on the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina


 

For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  January 19, 2011

 

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101


 

Congressman G. K. Butterfield’s statement on the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

 

Last year’s passage of the Affordable Care Act was truly historic with roots tracing back almost 100 years. This full repeal would force that process to start all over, and take away many of the new health care protections and freedoms people are only just beginning to enjoy.

 

From discrimination based on pre-existing conditions to lifetime limits on coverage, repeal would put insurance companies back in charge of health care. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, repeal would also increase the deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years, and by over $1 trillion in the second 20 years.

 

And, according to the Medicare Actuaries, the Affordable Care Act extended the solvency of Medicare by 12 years. Repeal would accelerate the insolvency of Medicare – as well as increase drug costs for seniors in the donut hole and increase deductibles and co-pays for preventive services.

 

Report: Health Care Repeal Would Greatly Impact Eastern N.C.

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina


 

For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  January 11, 2011

 

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101


 

Report: Health Care Repeal Would Greatly Impact Eastern N.C.

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield says the devastating impacts of repealing the historic health care reform have been detailed in a new district-specific report.

 

“People may be very surprised by just how big the impacts of repeal would be for people in eastern North Carolina,” Butterfield said. “Insurers have stopped discriminating against sick children; seniors are saving money on prescription drugs; small businesses are receiving tax credits to provide health insurance; and, people with insurance are enjoying new rights and protections against insurance industry abuses. Unfortunately, this would all be rolled back.”

 

This week, Butterfield said, the House is scheduled to consider legislation to repeal the historic patients’ rights, protections, and benefits already in effect as a result of the historic health care law.

 

Butterfield expressed disappointment that here have been no hearings on the implications of repeal.

 

“Sadly, the public may not have an opportunity to fully understand what’s at stake until after a vote has already been taken,” Butterfield said.

 

The minority staff of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has completed an analysis on the impacts of repeal in every congressional district across the country. The analysis is based upon data from the U.S. Census, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Congressional Budget Office.

 

Under the health reform law, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and will be banned from discriminating against adults with pre-existing conditions in 2014. According to the analysis, as many as 261,000 people in the district have pre-existing conditions like diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

 

Repeal would allow insurance companies to refuse to insure these individuals if they seek coverage in the individual or small-group markets. The consequences would be particularly acute for the 19,000 to 50,000 individuals in the district who currently lack insurance coverage and who would be unable to purchase individual policies if the law is repealed.

 

Starting this year, the health reform law provides a 50% discount for prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries who enter the Medicare Part D “donut hole” and lose coverage for their drug expenses. The law then increases the discount to Medicare beneficiaries each year until 2020, when the donut hole is finally eliminated.

 

According to the report, there are 7,300 Medicare beneficiaries in Butterfield’s district who are expected to benefit from these provisions. Repeal would increase the average cost of prescription drugs for these Medicare beneficiaries by over $500 in 2011 and by over $3,000 in 2020.

 

The health reform law provides tax credits to small businesses worth up to 35% of the cost of providing health insurance. There are up to 11,600 small businesses in Butterfield’s district that are eligible for this tax credit. He explained that repeal would force these small businesses to drop coverage or bear the full costs of coverage.

 

The health reform law also allows young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance policies up to age 26. In Butterfield’s district, 2,600 young adults have or are expected to take advantage of this benefit. Repeal would force these young adults to find other coverage or return to the ranks of the uninsured.

 

According to the report, repeal would increase retiree health care costs for employers. The health reform law provides funding to encourage employers to continue to provide health insurance for their retirees. As many as 8,400 district residents who have retired but are not yet eligible for Medicare could ultimately benefit from this early retiree assistance. Repeal would increase costs for employers and jeopardize the coverage their retirees are receiving.

 

Repeal would also increase the cost of uncompensated care born by hospitals. The health reform law benefits hospitals by covering more Americans and thereby reducing the cost of providing care to the uninsured. Repeal would undo this benefit, increasing the cost of uncompensated care by $65 million annually for hospitals in the district.

 

The full report on the impacts on North Carolina’s First District can be found online at: http://docs.house.gov/energycommerce/health_2011/NC1.Butterfield.pdf Reports on every district and metro areas can be found at: http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?q=news/impact-of-repealing-health-care-reform