Rep. Ellmers: Obamacare Wages 'War on Women'

Saturday, 07 Dec 2013 10:01 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Obamacare is an example of the "war on women," North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers said in Saturday's weekly GOP address,  as the Obama administration is using its healthcare plan to say what's best for families.

"It's often women who make the healthcare decisions for our families," said Ellmers, who represents North Carolina's Second Congressional District. "We put a lot of time and thought into these choices and how they'll affect our budgets."

Ellmers, calling on the president to get rid of the law or at least delay it, said people will be spending the holiday season "wondering 'what's next,'" and that Obamacare relies too much on big business and insurance companies and not enough on the needs of the people.

Ellmers, who chairs the Republican Women's Policy Committee, said that as a nurse and the mother of a college-age son, she's "frustrated with the president's healthcare law, especially where jobs and working families are concerned."

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Canceling insurance policies, despite President Barack Obama's promises  to allow Americans to keep their plans, means the Obama administration is essentially saying it knows what's best for you and your family," said Ellmers.

"Not only that, they are making you pay more – usually much more – and in many cases, taking away the doctors you've been seeing for years."

She gave examples of residents from her state whose premiums are getting ready to jump; in one family's case, the premiums went from $248 to $968 per month.

"Seeing so many hardworking people have to spend the holiday season wondering ‘what’s next?’ – it’s heartbreaking," said Ellmers. "And it's so wrong."

She said America's families would not be having problems if the people who wrote Obamacare had listened to the taxpayers instead of insurance companies and big business.

"Even now, these same entities are the ones getting special delays, breaks, and workarounds from the White House," said Ellmers. "Families who work hard and play by the rules deserve some basic choices, fairness and relief."

The House passed the legislation to delay the individual mandate for all Americans, noted Ellmers, and said the proposals are being stalled by the Senate.

Meanwhile, she said Republicans will keep pressuring Obama on his signature healthcare law.

"If the president won't scrap this law, isn't it time for him to delay it for all Americans before it does further harm?" Ellmers said.

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