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Congressmen hear from NC opponents of health law

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – Opponents of the federal health care overhaul testified before congressional Republicans at a North Carolina hearing that the law’s supporters called a political stunt.

About 200 people attended a Gastonia hearing Friday by a U.S. House Committee headed by Obama administration critic U.S. Rep Darrell Issa of California.

Three House Republicans heard from five people chosen beforehand who read their pre-submitted statement.

Sherry Overbey of Belmont says her new health premiums will skyrocket from $396 to $713 monthly in 2014, with higher deductibles. She is among the millions nationwide whose policy was canceled because the law considers it substandard.

About three dozen protesters gathered outside the Gaston County Courthouse.

Gerrick Brenner of Progress North Carolina Action says the law’s glitches need to be fixed, but the hearing was a sham.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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