11.08.13

Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

For the past several weeks, as Obamacare has been rolled out and its provisions have started to take effect, individuals in North Carolina and around the country have faced cancellation notices and higher premiums despite President Obama's repeated promises that such events would not occur. These reports reveal the broader problems with this law and expose the reality that Healthcare.gov's so-called "glitches" are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the train wreck of Obamacare. I've been sharing some of these news stories on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you all know what we are up against - a law that, according to Forbes, will increase the average North Carolina premium by 136% and cause millions to lose their health coverage. It is extremely disappointing that, despite these challenges, the President refuses to throw a life preserver to the American people and chose instead to grant a special exemption to political allies.

Many of you have shared your stories and expressed your concerns as you face a law that is neither affordable or fair.

These anecdotes go a long way in helping us demonstrate to some of the law's most ardent supporters that real people out there are suffering because of Obamacare. I encourage all of you to continue to share your stories by using republican.senate.gov/yourstory or by contacting my office directly.

This week I had two opportunities to question CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the disastrous roll out of Obamacare and the numerous concerns held by myself and by you, my constituents. I will continue to press the administration for more information to get to the bottom of this mess and expose the fundamental flaws of this disastrous policy.

Senator Richard Burr Questions CMS Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner

Senator Burr Questions Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius

Finally, this week the Senate passed a bill that would help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) meet its goal to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015 and address barriers homeless veterans face accessing VA's homeless programs and becoming permanently housed. To read more about this legislation,click here.