Local Business Owners Call Affordable Care Act Chaotic, Confusing

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GASTON COUNTY, NC — High costs, confusion, and chaos. That’s how some local business owners describe their experience with the Affordable Care Act.

Members of congress heard their complaints in Gaston County Friday.

During the congressional hearing, chants were heard outside the Gaston County Courthouse from protestors in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

Leslie Boyd from Asheville says her son couldn’t get medical treatment he needed, because he was denied health insurance.

“He shouldn’t have died. He should have been able to get insurance. He should have been able to get care. He was a human being,” said Boyd.

Inside the courthouse, business owners were the vocal ones—calling the Obamacare roll-out a disaster.

“Chaos of pricing, policy cancellations, and quality has caused instability,” said Joel Long, GSM Services President.

Congressmen Darrell Issa, Patrick McHenry, and Robert Pittenger took notes as the five witness talked about insurance policies they liked being cancelled and replaced with plans they can’t afford.

“It’s deception, deceit, and falsifying information,” said Sherry Overber, director of the Belmont Crisis Pregnancy Center.

The three congressmen leading the hearing were Republican, and all the witnesses are against the Affordable Care Act. So, some residents who showed up are concerned only one side of the story is being told.

“We’re trying to counter this tactic that Darrell Issa and the Republicans are doing to only bring forward complaints and negative comments about the Affordable Care Act,” sad Skip Edwards, an Asheville resident.

Not much sympathy from Congressman Patrick McHenry, who organized the event and invited the witnesses.

“It’s about hearing their stories. Now, if you wish to go and hear other stories, you’re more than welcome to do that,” said McHenry.

Issa says the goal for this congressional hearing is to take the complaints back to Washington in an effort to delay the Affordable Care Act.

Forbes estimates North Carolinians will pay 136 percent more on their premiums under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the fourth highest increase in the country.