Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Health care

Just how affordable is the Affordable Care Act?

For 2016, health insurance companies nationwide are seeking rate hikes approaching 54%, a staggering figure experts warn will have a significant impact on American families.  Here in North Carolina, Blue Cross Blue Shield requests a 25.7% increase for customers covered under Obamacare, which is double last year’s 13.5% increase.

Constituents complain of higher premiums, steep rate hikes, reduced hours due to Obamacare restrictions, and tough choices between keeping your plan or keeping your doctor.

This is not the “hope and change” hardworking Americans were promised.

The Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell to rewrite Obamacare confirms the legislation’s hasty, shoddy authorship.  Judicial activism to save a flawed bill is a Band-Aid and should not be considered a long-term solution.  President Obama claimed he would “work with anybody to implement and improve” Obamacare, but his repeated attempts to modify or delay portions of his health care law without Congressional input speak otherwise.

We must repeal and replace Obamacare with a truly affordable health care plan based on freedom of choice, protection for those with pre-existing conditions, and increased competition to lower costs for every American.

As a Member of the Republican Study Committee’s Steering Committee, I partnered with 31 colleagues this June to co-sponsor the American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 2653), which would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a health care plan that puts patients first.  Utilizing the power of free market competition and consumer choice, the plan offers lower costs, smarter deductions, portability, and coverage for American citizens with pre-existing conditions.  The bill also creates a $25 billion risk pool for Americans who have difficulty getting insured and a $15 billion research pool to identify cures for major diseases.

By researching major diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes, American scientists and medical professionals continue to make major strides.  However, translating scientific discovery into medical innovation has proved challenging, which is why I co-sponsored the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6).

This legislation, approved by a strong bipartisan vote in July, will save lives and save money.  The bill promotes research collaboration, modernizes clinical trials, and invests in a new generation of scientific innovation.  Additionally, by enacting bipartisan entitlement reform and supporting the U.S. medical device industry, the 21st Century Cures Act is paid for as it reduces the deficit by $500 million over the first 10 years and saves taxpayers $7 billion in the second ten years.

The 21st Century Cures Act demonstrates Congress’ ability to work across the aisle and enact meaningful health care legislation.  Our efforts will aid crucial research to identify treatments for costly diseases.

Quality and affordable health care is critical to our continued success as a Nation.  President Obama’s health care law was poorly thought out and poorly executed.  As your Congressman, I’m working to fully repeal Obamacare, replace it with common sense reforms, and foster the next generation of medical innovation to develop lifesaving cures.

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Jan 25, 2017 Press Release
As a recognized pro-life leader on Capitol Hill, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) helped pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7), of which he was an original co-sponsor.
Jan 17, 2017 Press Release
A federal judge agreed with Congressman Pittenger's position and suspended Governor Cooper’s illegal attempt to expand Obamacare. Congressman Pittenger issued this statement:
Jan 13, 2017 Press Release
In the first legislative step toward restoring affordability and freedom of choice in America’s health care system, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined the U.S. House of Representatives in approving S. Con. Res. 3, which provides Congress with the legislative tools to responsibly repeal and replace Obamacare.
Jan 9, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08) urged the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reject North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s illegal proposed Obamacare expansion.
Jan 5, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin to discuss House Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Dec 1, 2016 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives passed comprehensive, bipartisan, fiscally-responsible legislation to increase funding for medical research and streamline the process of bringing new treatments to patients.
Oct 19, 2016 Press Release
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch have joined Congressman Robert Pittenger’s effort to block the Obama Administration’s backdoor bailout of Obamacare.
Oct 18, 2016 Press Release
President Obama’s health care law suffered another failure Monday when Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced a 24 percent rate hike for Obamacare customers in North Carolina.
Oct 14, 2016 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives has filed an amicus brief outlining why the Obama Administration’s attempt to settle Obamacare “risk corridor” lawsuits subverts the law and U.S. Constitution.
Oct 5, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) received the results of an investigation regarding Salisbury VA Medical Center staff who manipulated patient wait time data in order to appear to meet performance criteria.