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Butterfield to use new post to defend Obamacare from GOP attacks

Congressman G.K. Butterfield of Wilson has been appointed to a seat on the influential House Energy and Committee Subcommittee on Health, where he says he wants to protect the Affordable Care Act.

The subcommittee will give him jurisdiction over such issues as Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance, public health, hospital construction, health information technology, privacy, cyber security, medical malpractice and drug abuse.

“My chief responsibility as a new member of the Health Subcommittee is to protect and defend the Affordable Care Act against Republicans' flagrant efforts to dismantle it,” Butterfield said in a statement.

“I played a leading role in the development of this landmark law that has given millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans access to affordable healthcare,” he said.

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