GASTONIA, N.C. -- Congressional Republicans are making North Carolina their centerpiece for opposition to the federal health insurance overhaul law.
Republican U.S. Reps. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Renee Ellmers of Dunn were holding an online video conference call Thursday to hear from constituents with complaints about the law backed by President Barack Obama.
Congressional critics of the law meet in Gastonia on Friday to hear from five North Carolina residents. The U.S. House committee headed by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of California plans to hear fears of insurance rate increases.
The committee is hearing from the heads of two local insurance agencies, the president of a Gastonia heating and cooling company, the CEO of a staffing agency based in eastern North Carolina, and the director of an anti-abortion pregnancy center.