Over pastries and warm cups of coffee, Congressman David Rouzer tuned in as a group of Sampson County residents voiced their concerns about political matters and social matters.
It’s the reason he met with them Thursday at the Piggly Wiggly inside the Jordan Shopping Plaza. The visit was part of Rouzer’s “coffees” across North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. Some of the other stops in the representative’s 7th Congressional District included Whiteville, Wilmington and Beulaville.
During the visit, he presented a comprehensive policy platform — “A Better Way.” The ideas unveiled from House Republicans centered around poverty, national security, economy, constitutional authority, health care and tax reform.
Rouzer stressed the importance of improving America through economic growth and getting control of a debt which is close to $14 trillion. One idea was getting rid of rules and regulations, which he believes is hurting business owners.
“I know people who started a business with $500 and a prayer,” Rouzer said to the group. “You can’t do that today.”
In 2015, supporters of “A Better Way” program believe regulations cost the country $1.89 trillion in lost productivity and growth.
While going over the key points, Rouzer also brought us repealing the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare). Opponents of the program, enacted by President Barack Obama, believe that it’s not making the health care system better. According to facts presented in the “A Better Way” plan, 2 million jobs are expected to be eliminated by 2025 because of the penalties. The plan also said the health plan cam with $1.058 trillion in tax hikes.
Under the proposed plan presented by Rouzer, some of the listed ideas is to provide Americans with more choices, lower costs and to have a competitive market where people can receive treatment across state lines.
Rouzer mentioned how doctors are seeking a way out because of regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act. One of them included rules about how much can be charged for services.
“It’s one thing for everyone to have insurance, but it’s another if you don’t have anyone to go to,” Rouzer said.
He also discussed the importance of supporting the military and stopping cuts to spending.
“If you don’t have your national defense, we don’t have anything,” Rouzer said.
In addition to military and veteran matters, attendees also brought up complicated topic such as religion, immigration, social security and drug abuse. Rouzer is seeking re-election in November. He will face J. Wesley Casteen from Wilmington.
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