Congressman Patrick McHenry
February 26, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Discussing the Future of Healthcare in America


With Congress out of session it was great to spend a whole week back home in western North Carolina. As Congress turns its focus to repealing and replacing Obamacare, I spent part of my week meeting with healthcare leaders throughout the Tenth District. On Tuesday I was in Buncombe County where I met with leaders from Mission Health and MAHEC.


Later in the day I was at my Black Mountain office where I met with a group from the AARP's North Carolina Chapter.


On Wednesday I spent the day in Catawba County and had the opportunity to meet with regional healthcare representatives at my Hickory office. Included in the meeting were leaders from Catawba Valley Medical Center, Frye Regional Medical Center, and Catawba County.


In addition to meetings I held in Gaston and Lincoln Counties, each of these gatherings provided me with unique insights that will help shape the legislative package that will replace Obamacare.


Meeting With Tenth District Students


Our area is blessed with numerous great schools and what makes them so special is the bright students and teachers working within them. While home in North Carolina this past week, I had the opportunity to visit two of these great schools. On Wednesday I spent part of my morning at Clyde Campbell Elementary School where I spoke to the entire sixth grade. You can read about my visit to the school here via the Hickory Daily Record.


Then on Thursday I was in Gaston County where I visited Hunter Huss High School. I spent the first part of my visit getting an up close look at the school's career and technical education programs.


Later I learned about the schools fire and EMS career programs. Hunter Huss' program is truly unique, including both a firetruck and ambulance utilized for training purposes and providing graduating students with Firefighter 1 or EMT-Basic certifications.


For additional photos from my visits to both schools, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter and like my Facebook page.


Industry Visits in NC-10


In addition to my meetings with healthcare leaders and school visits, I took time during my week at home to meet with local employers in our area. This began Tuesday morning with a visit to Aeroflow Healthcare in Asheville. There I met with company executives and learned about their work providing durable medical equipment.

 
Later in the day, I headed over to Swannanoa to visit Avadim Technologies which produces a topical solution utilized by many--including our military--to treat and kill dangerous infections.


While in Catawba County on Wednesday, I visited Transportation Insights in Hickory. While at TI, I toured the company's newest facilities that were completed during recent renovations.


Later that afternoon, I headed over to Newton where I toured the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy. The CVFA is a public/private partnership between Catawba Valley Community College and major western NC furniture manufacturers. While visiting, I learned about their programs and met with a number of their students and faculty.


On Thursday I was in Gaston County where I had the chance to visit Tosaf USA, an Israeli company that chose Bessemer City to be home for its US operation which develops and manufactures high quality additives, compounds, and color masterbatches for the plastics industry.


For additional photos from my busy week at home in NC-10, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter and like my Facebook page.


What I Have Been Reading

Trump, GOP Congress have already cut $2.8 billion in regulations

Washington Examiner

One of my biggest frustrations over the past eight years has been the vast expansion of the federal bureaucracy and the job-killing regulations that accompany it. Getting rid of these costly regulations was one of the main reasons that President Trump was elected last November and, as the story above highlights, we are following through on our commitment to dump the Obama era's burdensome rules.


Dallas brewery taproom opens after long wait

Gaston Gazette

It is wonderful to see North Carolina's craft beer industry continue to grow, this time in Gaston County. Ole Dallas Brewery is the creation of a group of North Gaston High alums and, just recently, opened their taproom to customers. 

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