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.

More on Health care

Oct 18, 2017 Press Release
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced Obamacare premiums will rise 14 percent in 2018, blaming President Trump’s decision to end certain insurance bailouts for the increase. “Does anybody really believe that?” asked Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09). “Blue Cross has raised Obamacare premiums every year, totaling 176 percent since 2013. President Trump did the right thing by upholding the Constitution, which clearly states that appropriations originate in the House, not the Oval Office. A federal court validated this position. Nonsense on the rhetoric from Blue Cross.”
Sep 22, 2017 Press Release
North Carolina stands to gain $7 billion in additional federal healthcare funding under the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform legislation, with up to $1.4 billion of that additional funding dedicated to Medicaid.
Jul 28, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement following last evening’s Senate vote on healthcare reform:
Jun 29, 2017 Press Release
Much of the current debate on the American Health Care Act and Better Care Reconciliation Act focuses on a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score showing 22 million more Americans without health coverage by 2026.
Jun 27, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and other leaders of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus met with House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) to discuss key pro-life provisions in proposed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
May 30, 2017 Press Release
Two recently published articles in the Charlotte Observer omitted relevant facts and did not provide readers with a thorough account of Congressman Pittenger’s policy positions. In response, Congressman Pittenger wrote two separate Letters to the Editor to provide clarification for his constituents.
May 25, 2017 Press Release
Using Obama Administration criteria, the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday released a report finding premiums on the individual health insurance market have more than doubled since Obamacare took effect in 2013.
May 4, 2017 Press Release
Prior to voting on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored and introduced by Congressman Robert Pittenger to block the so-called “Congressional healthcare exemption.”
May 4, 2017 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives will consider legislation to eliminate the so-called “Congressional healthcare exemption” included in the American Health Care Act.
May 4, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to repeal Obamacare and repair America’s broken healthcare system through the American Health Care Act.