Field Hearing on Obamacare’s Impact on Rural America in Gainesville

House Oversight Committee to Hold Georgia Field Hearing on ObamaCare’s Impact on Rural America


WASHINGTON – Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced the witnesses that will appear at the November 25, 2013 field hearing entitled ObamaCare Implementation: High Costs, Few Choices for Rural America” in Gainesville, Ga. This is the second in a series of field hearings on ObamaCare’s impact on Americans.

This hearing will examine the impact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having on families, small business owners and doctors in rural communities and counties. Fifty-eight percent of the rural counties served by the federal exchange have only one or two options for insurers, and prices for those plans are often double the cost of plans in urban areas.

“Millions of Americans are losing their insurance as a result of the President’s health care law and even more are seeing their premiums increase beyond what they can afford,” Chairman Issa said. “This hearing will give the Committee an opportunity to hear first hand from those in rural areas who are being hit the hardest by shrinking choices and skyrocketing costs, and the impact that is having on the their families.”

“ObamaCare used to be a political issue for people in Northeast Georgia, but now it’s personal,” said Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who represents the Gainesville area that will host the hearing. “The impact of ObamaCare in our area is serious, and this is an incredible opportunity for my colleagues in Congress and members of the Northeast Georgia community alike to hear first-hand what ObamaCare is doing to rural healthcare.  We’ve got our work cut out for us getting answers about all of President Obama’s broken promises, but those of us working on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee have not forgotten about the individuals and families who are bearing the brunt of ObamaCare’s failures.”

“I have never supported the government takeover of healthcare imagined by the Affordable Care Act,” said Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga. “Large federal initiatives are often marked by misleading reports and gross mismanagement, and unfortunately ObamaCare is no exception.  Most important to me, though, is how this law is affecting families at home in Georgia.  Too often, Washington simply talks.  This hearing is focused on listening, and as a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I am pleased Chairman Issa shares my interest in hearing what the residents of Georgia have to say.  I hope that a few families have been helped by ObamaCare.  I am certain that millions have been hurt.  I hope that both Congress and the President will listen to what the participants in this hearing have to say, and that we will be able to work together to quickly repeal and replace those areas of concern.”


Hearing Details:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Field Hearing: ObamaCare Implementation: High Costs, Few Choices for Rural America

Full Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA)

10:00 a.m. EDT at Hal County Government Center, Commission Meeting Room

2875 Browns Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 20504



Dr. Jeff Reinhardt

President of The Longstreet Clinic, a privately-owned clinic serving both rural and urban hospitals

Michael Boyette

Small business owner, facing higher premiums under Obamcare

Joshua Kinsey

Former Owner, Cleveland Pharmacy, forced to sell due to uncertainty surrounding the healthcare law

Emma Lucille Collins

Self-employed, concerned about higher premiums and security risks to personal information

Raymer Sale, Jr.,

President of E2E Benefits Services, Inc., expert in employee benefits and HR administration

Press should RSVP to [email protected]





      • Tina Trent says:

        A little facetious and irrelevant, Dave. This is my district; the healthcare in much of it is scaled to a rural population, though the population is growing. Much of the area is rural, dependent on agriculture. Take a look at the district as a whole and at the people who are testifying — just because they’re holding the meeting in Gainesville doesn’t mean they’re from an exurb on the perimeter.

        Try again.

    • Tina Trent says:

      Have you people actually never experienced a congressional hearing? This is supposed to be a political blog, right? Do you actually think that this is some type of unusual activity? What do you think the democrats spend their whole days doing?

      They hold hearings. All hearings are stage managed by someone. What is this, political kindergarden? Get out of the house a bit more, guys.

  1. saltycracker says:

    Obamacare: Signing up might mean you have no reasonable expectation of privacy…so says the source code hidden from applicants

    • KD_fiscal conservative says:

      Being alive(or dead for that matter) in this country, and/or most other westernized countries, means you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. ObamaCare doesn’t change that.

      I’m by no means for ObamaCare, but pretending like ObamaCare is the cause of all past, present and future problems in this country makes no sense.

      • saltycracker says:

        Obamacare should be compliant with the standards set. That’s what the Senator was concerned about.
        One should expect their insurance carrier and financial institutions to do their best to keep your info confidential and safe. Hackers happen.

        There was no attempt to make obamacare the source of all evil. Preetending to be hypersensitive on defending obamacare is delusional.

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