November 4, 2013
Congressman Walter B. Jones Press Office
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) called for congressional hearings regarding the cancellation of health insurance plans and dramatic increases in premium costs that individuals in Eastern North Carolina and across the country have suffered as a result of Obamacare. In a letter to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Congressman Jones pointed out that not only are individuals watching their rates skyrocket, they are being removed from their current insurance plans in favor of new, more costly plans that often include less coverage – a situation which President Barack Obama explicitly promised would not occur. In light of the president’s false statements, Congressman Jones requested the chairmen hold hearings in their respective committees to allow individuals who have suffered these unfortunate changes to their insurance plans the opportunity to testify before Congress.
“Individuals in Eastern North Carolina and across the country are being forced to pay exorbitant rate increases for new insurance plans that they do not want while being prohibited from visiting the doctors that they need,” said Congressman Jones. “This runs directly contrary to the president’s promise that ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan’ and is further proof that this law is an unaffordable burden to the average American.”
After the rollout of the Health Insurance Marketplace last month, Congressman Jones asked residents of the Third District to contact him and describe their experiences with the new insurance requirements. He received hundreds of calls and emails from Eastern North Carolinians who have been notified by their health insurance providers that their insurance plan has been canceled or that they will be forced to pay a substantially higher monthly premium. Congressman Jones’ request for congressional hearings comes as a result of these responses, many of which he has also shared with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Congressman Jones voted against Obamacare each time it was considered in the House, and he has cosponsored every bill aimed at repealing all or part of the law.
For additional information or to speak directly with individuals in Eastern North Carolina who have experienced a dramatic rate hike, please contact Sarah Howard in Congressman Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415.