GASTONIA, N.C. -- The fierce fight over Obamacare moves from the chambers in Washington D.C. to the Charlotte area.
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NBC Charlotte has learned exclusively that the Charlotte area will become ground zero in the battle over the Affordable Care Act.
Congress will hold hearings the healthcare reform act next Friday in Gastonia. It’s the first hearing to be announced nationwide and one of only a handful that will be held at all.
The House Oversight Committee tells NBC Charlotte they’ll “examine how the Affordable Care Act is affecting Americans in the Charlotte area who have had their insurance coverage changed because of the ACA.”
The hearing will also examine the law’s impact on small businesses and job creation. The powerful committee is led by Congressman Darrell Issa.
“On the day of the launch, President Obama should have known the harsh lesson we have all learned since that time. And that was they weren’t ready. They weren’t close to ready. This wasn’t a small mistake. This wasn’t a scaling mistake. This was a monumental mistake to go live and effectively on the launch pad,” the Republican representative said.
The Democrats say the GOP has a different problem.
“Nobody in the country believes that Republicans want to fix the Web site. For the past three years, the number one priority of the Congressional Repbulicans has been to bring down the law,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D- Maryland) said.
North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows is also on the House Oversight Committee.
There is a list of witnesses coming from the Charlotte area who are prepared to testify.
The hearing will be held at Friday at 10 a.m. at the Gaston County court house.