Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Latest Obamacare Victims: North Carolina Teachers

Every day we learn of the dangers facing millions of Americans due to Obamacare. This week, we learned that our substitute teachers in North Carolina are losing their hours and income. In one North Carolina county alone, as many as 200 teachers are facing fewer options – all because of Obamacare’s employer mandate. Below you will find my full statement about this latest news of the devastating effects of Obamacare.

Also in this newsletter is an excerpt from my op-ed, “Protecting Medicare Advantage,” which appeared this week inThe Washington Times. As a proud supporter of Medicare Advantage, I believe it is our duty to protect it for the sake of our seniors. Robbing our seniors of the benefits they worked hard to earn, in order to pay for a takeover of our health care system betrays that promise, and I will do everything I can to stop it.

I also had an opportunity to learn about an education initiative taking place in local community colleges within our district. Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) has been crucial in establishing two public-private education partnerships within Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties. These initiatives are geared towards assisting our students by increasing the educational opportunities available to them. To learn more about both of these one-of-a-kind initiatives, scroll down to read an excerpt of my op-ed or click to the link to read the entire piece.

Please remind any second district high school artists you know that the deadline to submit an entry to my office for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition is April 4. For information about requirements, please visit my website or contact Pat Fitzgerald in my Dunn office.

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Latest Obamacare Victims: North Carolina Teachers

This week we learned that our substitute teachers in North Carolina are losing their hours and income, and this will affect all counties across our great state. Millions of hard working Americans are told to work less and suffer more in order to comply with the law.

In my own district, substitute teachers are facing the same problem. A Lee County official confirmed this to my office today, saying ‘we are cutting hours for all our part-time people so they don’t trigger healthcare coverage.’ Lee County officials also noted that they are considering sending those employees who are currently over the 30 hours per week threshold to a temporary agency and then hiring them back through the agency to avoid the healthcare costs.

Click here for more information on this subject.

Protecting Medicare Advantage

Here is an excerpt from my op-ed about protecting Medicare advantage which appeared in The Washington Times this week:

Medicare Advantage is under siege. For the past three years, the Obama administration has carried out an orchestrated attack on the funding for Medicare Advantage and the cost-saving mechanisms that have allowed it to provide important care for our seniors. They are doing this in order to divert funding for the aptly-named Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – a law which has already forced millions of Americans off their health plans and caused premiums to skyrocket.

This is no secret. Back when this terrible law was rushed through the Democrat-led Congress in 2009, the law mandated that there be a way to pay for it. After increasing taxes to unprecedented levels, there was still the need to find additional funding for the law that everyone knew would raise premiums, cost jobs and destroy the doctor-patient relationship. The Obama administration needed more money and they found it in Medicare Advantage – to the tune of $200 billion – and now they are looking for even more…

Click here to read the rest of my op-ed on protecting Medicare Advantage.

The Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in North Carolina

Below is an excerpt of another op-ed that appeared in The Sanford Herald this past week. It discusses two revolutionary education initiatives taking place in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties, and I included a brief excerpt below:

During one of my many visits to Lee County, I learned about a one-of-a-kind initiative taking place in our local community colleges. The Central Carolina Works Initiative and the Lee County Innovation Center are two public-private partnerships that are seeking to expand educational opportunities to students across Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties. Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) has played a vital role in securing both of these public-private education partnerships, and it is exactly the type of forward-thinking that our state — and our nation — needs more of if we are to break the mold in terms of providing and increasing educational opportunities. Most importantly, these initiatives have served as an avenue to economic recovery within our rural area, prompting job creation and economic growth, and it is my hope that we will create more in the future.

Click here to read the rest of my op-ed on these education initiatives.

Snapshots from the Week

Speaking Out on Human Trafficking

Thank you to Natasha Robinson and Daystar Church in Greensboro for an incredibly informative and moving discussion on human trafficking that takes place every day in our country. The photo above shows me speaking to attendees at the event in Greensboro last weekend.

Miss North Carolina USA

It was a pleasure to meet Miss North Carolina USA, Olivia Olvera, when she was visiting the Capitol this week. Olivia is a constituent from Fayetteville, and was previously Miss Fayetteville USA. Olivia focuses much of her work on military and veterans affairs.

Springtime in the Second District

In spite of the unseasonably cold weather we have been experiencing, flowers and trees are blooming across the second district.  I asked constituents to share some of their favorite NC-2 spring snapshots with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NC2snapshots. Here are a couple of lovely photos that were submitted by Gary Brown. They were taken in his front yard in Cary.