Butterfield, Hagan React To Health Care Bill Passage

Congressman GK Butterfield voted in favor of the health care reform bill Sunday night. Following the bill's passage, his office released this statement:

“Like Social Security and Medicare before, these reforms provide a historic step toward making good on the promise of ensuring every American has access to high-quality, affordable health care. These reforms will finally bring an end to the quiet struggle millions of Americans face each day with a system that works better for the health insurance companies than it does for them. When it comes to health care, decisions must be made by patients and their doctors, not the government or insurance companies. And that’s exactly what this bill does – it puts people back in charge. In addition to providing the biggest deficit-reducing measures since the 1990s, these long-awaited reforms make coverage more affordable for everyone and hold insurance companies accountable, stopping the worst practices like denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions, dropping coverage when someone gets sick or arbitrarily hiking up premiums.”

Senator Kay Hagan also supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Her office released this statement following the vote in the House of Representatives:

“The House’s passage of comprehensive health care reform is a milestone achievement that will benefit North Carolina’s hardworking families and small businesses and will finally make health insurance available to people with preexisting conditions,” said Hagan. “Here is why we need reform: ten years ago, North Carolinians paid $6,000 in annual family premiums. Today they pay $12,000. By 2016, it is projected that families will pay $24,000. North Carolina’s families deserve better than this. The Senate will now take up a bill to improve the overall reform package, including the removal of special deals for certain states. For example, I support removing the special Medicaid deal for Nebraska. I am working with my Senate colleagues to send President Obama a package of improvements that will do even more to lower costs for families and businesses.”

President Obama is expected to sign the bill passed in the House this week, while the Senate will work on additional health care legislation.

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  • by Date Man Location: Washington on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    Sorry Jean, I just changed my party to republican today. I am tired of defending the evil the democrats keep pushing. This president really doesn't care about me or what I need. Jean, I am so sorry for my posts, please forgive my foolishness. I am sorry about all my hate to Bush, he actually was a great president.
  • by Anon on Mar 23, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    The United States Government rewards a person for being sorry. It penalizes you for trying to have something in life!
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    This is next to treason for the American people. These two are the worst of the worst.
  • by Jean Location: Pinetops on Mar 23, 2010 at 09:07 AM
    To Data Man: You are so right, Obama is running the show and the country now....INTO THE GROUND!
  • by Jean Location: Pinetops on Mar 23, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    At least we can vote all these people out of office that voted for it in just over 18 months. Again, if the plan is going to be so great, why is it not good enough for Congress?
  • by To Data Man Location: Washington on Mar 23, 2010 at 08:22 AM
    Live with it? You will live with it also, as you pay more taxes just like the rest of us. Great Man? Not in your wildest dreams. He's done nothing but give more people the incentive not to work and just accept the gov't handouts. This is no more than another handout to those that won't work and believe the gov't should take care of them. I as an indy can only hope the Dems are voted out in November and O'bama is a one term'er. ala Jimmy Carter.
  • by Data Man on Mar 23, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    Guess what you repbulicans!? You have no choice but to just live with it!! You lived with bush, I know you can live with this!! Sit back and just see how this great man is running our country! Shut up! Its nothing you can do about it but complain! You should have complained when bush was in office! Obama is running the show now!!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:41 PM
    Ashley Woolard, Washington's own, you have my vote to oust GK Butterfield. Walter Jones, thank you for not voting for this bill.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: washington on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    I am actually starting to come around on this. I may have been wrong, and I apologize.
  • by James Location: Greenville on Mar 22, 2010 at 06:31 PM
    Utterly and completely disgusted. Can't wait to see how much the BCBS of NC insurance premium goes up. Already pay almost $6,000/year for just me... and I'm healthy, responsible, work hard, pay my bills, don't feel "entitled" to anything except the TRUTH. What a bunch of lying thieves in Congress. Backdoor deals, lies, deception and ignorance - oh, and how about selfish SOBs who aren't willing to pay their own health insurance after they're out of their DC jobs, but can waste our hard-earned money like nobody's business. If I ran my business like the government runs our country's "budget," I'd be more than six feet under from stress and depression. I'd like for all of them to walk a year in the "average middle class American's" shoes and see if they could survive. Oh, wait, what middle class? We've been screwed so much we barely exist.

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