Protest to Precede Obamacare Field Hearing

This morning at 10, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a field hearing in Gainesville in order to examine the effects of Obamacare on small businesses and rural communities. Four witnesses, including a clinic owner, a small businessman, a self-employed person and an insurance broker will testify. A fifth scheduled witness is unable to attend.

The hearing is not designed to take comments from the audience, and now the liberals over at Americans United for Change are complaining that the hearing won’t feature an opportunity for those supporting the Affordable Care Act to testify. So, they are scheduling their own protest, beginning at 9:30.

On Monday, Nov. 25 at 9:30 am, Georgia residents will demand to testify at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing is entitled, “Obamacare Implementation: High Costs, Few Choices for Rural America.”

What the chairman of the Oversight Committee Rep. Darrell Issa is over looking is the numerous Georgians who would like to testify about how the Affordable Care Act has been an asset to them. Georgia residents will attend Congressman Issa’s committee to demand they testify and share how the Affordable Care Act will benefit them.

The hearing, of course, is a sham. It is a partisan tactic and is intended only to trash the Affordable Care Act, instead of genuinely trying fixing or improving the law. Georgians will also demand the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hold a hearing on the benefits of Medicaid Expansion in the state of Georgia.

For those interested, you can watch the hearing (but likely not the protest) live here.

Update: the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform notes that no members of the Minority party chose to attend today’s hearing, nor did they ask to have a witness appear.


  1. Scott65 says:

    Ah, truth and transparency in government…NOT. I wonder if their small businessman has 50 employees, or if the self-employed guy is entitled to subsidies. I have to agree that this looks like a sham, and its a pretty stupid thing to do…if you read the above piece, it gives credibility to the opposition…not a good idea when you are ahead. People are figuring out that this is working in the states that embraced it (KY,CA for example), and the narrative used by the left that the right hates the poor and middle class is going to solidify if these goons aren’t careful…even in GA where Ralph Huggins is the lefts best thing to come around in a while…he personifies it.

  2. Jackster says:

    There are two congressmen running for senate here, along with the local reps for the district. I’m starting to think this is more of a show where they’re preaching to the choir.

    My questions:

    1) Why are the maps and codes for how the ACA’s geographical areas not published anywhere? This would tell us how the lines and risk pools have been defined.

    2) If there are only one or two options for ACA plans for certain areas, then perhaps there should be the option to purchase Medicare as an option, or a cash option, where there is a set cash price.

    3) To bring the costs down and provider numbers up, could there be a waiver to having a dual fee structure for insurance and self pay patients?

    4) Kentucky looks to have gone the esurance route where the consumer doesn’t need to register and determine the subsidy before seeing plans, options, and costs. Can we force these exchanges to allow for browsing before committing?

    5) If Insurance companies are going to game the law, then to me it seems like a futile effort for the government to regulate this space. Given that, it seems to make an argument for a single payer with a cash option for those who would like to opt out. In essence, you deregulate the industry by killing the product as it currently exists.

    • mpierce says:

      I got the 1M cancellations from CBS, not Fox. Did you even read the motherjones article? It basically says the cancellations don’t count because those plans didn’t meet ACA standards.

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