(Alexandria, VA) March 21–The Supreme Court ruled today in favor of an Idaho couple, Chantell and Mike Sackett, who were building a home in a residential neighborhood but had fallen victim to an Environmental Protection Agency compliance order. Their building permit was revoked after the EPA charged that they had violated the Clean Water Act by filling in their lot with rocks and dirt.
But today’s unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court allows them to appeal the order in court instead of going through a lengthy, expensive wetlands permit process.
In its briefasking the court to hear the case, written by General Counsel Peter Ferrara, the ACRU argued that:
“The Sacketts were denied any hearing to contest the Compliance Order by the EPA … the Sacketts had the choice of bearing the intractable costs of applying for a permit to discharge pollution into the navigable waters of the United States by building their home on a residential lot, as if they were a major industrial enterprise actually engaged in real pollution, and then seek judicial review of any such denial, with no prospect of getting back the intractable costs of any such application. Or they could ignore the Compliance Order, running the risk of bankrupting fines and even criminal liabilities…
“This Hobson’s choice violates the constitutional requirements of Due Process of Law, which unquestionably protect Petitioners’ property interest in building their own home. It involves a regulatory taking as well in violation of the Takings Clause, as the Sacketts are indefinitely denied the use of their property….”
Ferrara praised the ruling today, saying, “The Supreme Court today terminated a long running EPA abuse, interpreting ‘navigable waters of the United States’ to include former puddles on residential lots. Hopefully this is a sign of the coming restoration of the rule of law to be re-imposed on the EPA.”
Lately Mitt Romney has taken to thanking his campaign opponents for their spirited efforts. It’s a little jarring given all the slash-and-burn attacks of his campaign machine. But then politics is not a calling for the faint-hearted.
The thank-you’s are clearly in order. The former Massachusetts governor has had to go into overdrive to close the sale and convince a very skeptical Republican electorate that he deserves their support. And along the way he has become a much better campaigner. He clearly understands that the focus of the voters is on the economy and on America’s stature in the world, not the social preoccupations of Rick Santorum or whatever Big Thought Of The Day has captivated Newt Gingrich. Now maybe Romney would have preferred not to work so hard. But competition has forged a greatly improved product, which should be no surprise at all to the party that has traditionally stood for the dynamism of a free economy.
Romney gave an excellent speech after his convincing victory in Illinois. Phrases like “America’s economy is fueled by freedom” and people have “Had Enough” of Barack Obama will resound with the voters if Romney sticks to them. So let’s hope he stays on message. Indeed, let’s hold his feet to the fire to make sure he does!
From the LVRJ:
A poll released today by Rasmussen Reports has Sen. Dean Heller up 47-40 over challenger Rep. Shelley Berkley, the first Nevada Senate survey in months showing either candidate in a lead greater than the margin of error.
It is Rasmussen’s first poll in the Nevada race, so it is difficult to judge it against earlier efforts. Plus, Rasmussen limits its crosstabs to paying subscribers so it is difficult for the public to dissect its findings.
But most recently, Berkley grabbed headlines but also mixed reviews on a couple of high-profile issues. Earlier this month she demanded radio talker Rush Limbaugh to be taken off the air for insulting a law student who advocated for government-mandated insurance coverage of contraception.
PAUL RYAN RELEASES THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS’ BUDGET
Step In The Right Direction When It Comes To Reducing Spending
Arlington, VA – Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) today released his proposed House Republican budget for the federal government’s upcoming fiscal year (FY2013), which runs October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. The blueprint is a bold proposal when it comes to reducing spending and tackling the drivers of our mounting deficit and debt. The plan looks to reduce runaway spending, stimulate economic growth and begin the necessary reforms vital to saving entitlements for current and future retirees.
“What the American people need is action. Americans have heard plenty of talk and already seen numerous proposals. But words are only relevant if Congress can muster the political will to restrain our nation’s out-of-control spending and enact real, meaningful fiscal reforms.
“Though Ryan’s budget is a step in the right direction, the real proof of Congress’ commitment to serious stewardship of our economy will be whether it makes fundamental reforms.
“Congressman Ryan’s budget is not the final answer, but it is an important step forward in the process in that it cuts spending in the short term, but more importantly, addresses the unsustainable growth of entitlements in the long term.
“While there is a lot of work to do and reason for skepticism due to recent growth in the national debt to more than 15 trillion, today marks an opportunity whereby our elected officials in Washington have the rare occasion to come together and affect meaningful change benefitting our nation and their constituents for generations to come.”
For more please see A Budget in the Works: The House Budget Committee’s Proposal
As The President Brings His Campaign West, Nevadans Continue To Suffer From Obama, Reid & Berkley’s Failed Energy Policies
Gas Has Risen By Over $2.00 A Gallon Since Obama Took Office
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is campaigning in Boulder City, Nevada, today and – while his liberal pals Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley stay back in Washington – Nevadans are paying dearly for their failed energy agenda.
When Barack Obama took office a gallon of gasoline was $1.85, but today it’s $3.86, an increase of over $2.00. Additionally, the average price of gas has reached a record high price for the month of March.
Berkley also supports Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s job-killing cap-and-trade bill, which if passed would result in higher energy bills for families in Nevada.
Notably, Berkley joined with Barack Obama in blocking the Keystone Pipeline – legislation that would create 20,000 American jobs.
“After three years of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Shelley Berkley’s failed energy policies, Nevadans have seen their gas prices increase by over $2.00 a gallon,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Between Berkley’s support for cap-and-trade and her fierce opposition to the Keystone Pipeline, it’s clear Nevadans can no longer afford the Obama-Reid-Berkley job-killing energy initiatives.”
The Failed Energy Polices Of Barack Obama & Shelley Berkley
HIGHER GAS PRICES
When Barack Obama Took Office, The Price For A Gallon Of Regular Gasoline Was $1.847. (Energy Information Administration, Accessed 2/7/12)
The Price For A Gallon Of Regular Gasoline On March 19, 2012 Was $3.867. (Energy Information Administration, Accessed 3/20/12)
The Average Price Of A Gallon Of Regular Is At The Highest Ever Recorded Price In March. “The average price of a gallon of regular is now $3.87, the highest recorded price in March. The average price is up nearly 4 cents from a week ago, and over 30 cents from a year ago, according to the Department of Energy, as more drivers face gas prices of $4 a gallon or more across the country. Last week, the average gas price was $3.83 a gallon, the previous record according to data going back to 1990.” (Zunaira Zaki, “Highest Gas Price Recorded In March,” ABC News, 3/19/12)
A JOB-KILLING CAP-AND-TRADE BILL
In 2009, Berkley Voted For Passage Of A Bill That Created A Cap-And-Trade System For Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Set New Requirements For Electric Utilities. “Passage of the bill that would create a cap-and-trade system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and set new requirements for electric utilities. The EPA would be allowed to auction emission allowances to permit the buyer to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases. Under the bill, three-quarters of emission allowances would be provided to polluters free of charge, based on formulas, when the cap-and-trade program would begin in 2012. Remaining allowances would be sold at auction. By 2030, 75 percent of the allowances would be sold to polluters by EPA. The bill would limit emissions at 17 percent below current levels in 2020, 42 percent in 2030 and 83 percent in 2050. Companies such as electric utilities, refineries and factories could buy and sell pollution allowances and get credit for funding special projects to reduce emissions on farms and in forests. It would require utilities to produce 15 percent of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020, with another 5 percent energy savings from efficiency. States could petition to bring the renewable mandate down to 12 percent, with 8 percent from efficiency. It would set new emissions standards for coal-fired power plants, and new energy efficiency and water use standards for buildings and products. It would establish programs to assist energy consumers with higher utility bills as a result of the system. It also would create programs for electrical transmission lines, smart grid technologies, modernizing electricity infrastructure to respond to changing conditions, reduction of emissions, increased energy efficiency, and carbon capture and sequestration.” (H.R. 2454, CQ Vote # 477: Passed by a vote of 219-212: R 8-168; D 211-44, 6/26/09, Berkley Voted Yea)
BLOCKING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE
Berkley Voted Against Requiring The White House To Make A Permitting Decision On Keystone XL By November 1, 2011. “Passage of the bill that would require the administration to make a permitting decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline within 30 days after the final environmental impact statement is issued or by Nov. 1, whichever is earlier. It would direct the president, working through the Energy secretary, to coordinate with federal agencies to make sure necessary review stages are expedited.” (H.R. 1938, CQ Vote #650: Passed by a vote of 279-147: R 232-3; D 47-144, 7/26/11, Berkley Voted Nay)
Berkley Voted Against A Payroll Tax Extension Bill That Required The President To Approve The Keystone XL Pipeline Within 60 Days. “Passage of the bill that would extend the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate through 2012. It also would provide for a 1 percent increase in Medicare payments rates to doctors in 2012 and 2013, preventing a reduction scheduled to occur in 2012. The bill also would extend workers’ eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits through January 2013 and would make certain changes to eligibility criteria for the benefits. It also would reduce the maximum duration of benefits from 99 weeks to 59 weeks. The bill would increase the fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for guaranteeing home loans by at least 0.1 percentage point and, beginning in 2017, would raise Medicare premiums paid by people making over $80,000 per year. It also would require the president to approve the Keystone XL pipeline permit application within 60 days of the bill’s enactment unless it is determined that the pipeline is not in the national interest.” (H.R. 3630, CQ Vote #923: Passed By A Vote Of 234-193, R 224-14; D 10-179, 12/13/11, Berkley Voted Nay)
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The Democrats’ Health Law Has Failed To Deliver On Promise After Promise
PROMISE #1: ‘If You Like Your Plan, You’ll Be Able To Keep It’
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that: if you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep it.” (President Obama, Remarks At The White House, Washington, D.C., 7/21/09)
‘The Law Could Leave More Than Half Of Employers Without A Grandfathered Plan’
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The law could leave more than half of employers without a grandfathered plan in 2013, the draft estimated. Its worst-case assumption is that 80% of small-employers will lose grandfathered rights by 2013. New plans would have to comply with all the bill’s requirements; grandfathered plans could avoid elements such as limits on cost sharing.” (“Draft Health Rules Set Hurdles,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/12/10)
· Obama Administration: “Under this assumption, the Departments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013. The low-end estimates are for 49 percent and 34 percent of small and large employer plans, respectively, to have relinquished grandfather status, and the high-end estimates are 80 percent and 64 percent, respectively.” (Federal Register, Vol.75, No.116, P.15-16, 6/17/10)
PROMISE #2: ‘I Will Protect Medicare’
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “So don’t pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut … that will not happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)
$529 Billion Cut From Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Medicare Advantage, And Much More…
SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “Some of our critics on the other side of the aisle have said, ‘you know, they’re [Democrats] going to cut hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicare.’ and the simple answer is, yes.” (Sen. Durbin, Floor Remarks, 3/4/10)
More Than $150 Billion In Cuts To Hospitals, Nursing Homes, And Hospice
“Ensuring Medicare Sustainability… -156.6 [Billion Dollars].” “TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle E—Ensuring Medicare Sustainability; 3401 Revision of Certain Market Basket Updates and Incorporation of services Productivity Improvements into Market Basket Updates that do not Already Incorporate Such Improvements (effect of productivity adjustment for home health included in estimate for section 3131)… 2010-2019… -156.6 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, P.14, 3/18/10)
More Than $200 Billion In Cuts To Medicare Advantage
“Medicare Advantage Payments… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].” “TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle C—Provisions Relating to Part C; Medicare Advantage Payments… 2010-2019… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.13, 3/18/10)
“Medicare Advantage Interactions… -70.4 [Billion Dollars].” “Interactions; Medicare Advantage Interactions… 2010-2019… -70.4 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.18, 3/18/10)
CBO: Medicare cuts could “reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P. 1, 17, 11/18/09)
PROMISE # 3 ‘This Law Will Lower Premiums’
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Families will save on their premiums.” (President Obama, Remarks After Meeting With Senate Democrats, 12/15/09)
· OBAMA: “Your employer, it’s estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent … which means they could give you a raise.” (“Will Health Care Bill Lower Premiums?” The Associated Press, 3/17/10)
· OBAMA: “This law will lower premiums.” (President Obama, Remarks To ‘Families USA,’ 1/28/11)
SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “Bringing down costs of health insurance and making it more affordable is job one for this health care reform.” (Sen. Dick Durbin, Floor Remarks, 12/18/09)
CBO: The Law Will Increase Premiums On Families By $2,100 Per Year
CBO: “Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law. The weighted average of the differences in those amounts equals the change of 10 percent to 13 percent in the average premium per person…” (Emphasis In Original; CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Bayh, P. 6, 11/30/09)
WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The health-insurance premiums paid by employers rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
· “The average annual family premium for 2011 was $15,073, up from $13,770 last year.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
· “…increase was tied to provisions of the federal health care overhaul…” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
PROMISE #4: ‘Slow The Growth Of Health Care Costs’
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)
CMS: ‘Expenditures Under The Health Reform Act Would Increase By A Total Of $311 Billion’
CMS ACTUARY RICHARD FOSTER: “[W]e estimate that overall national health expenditures under the health reform act would increase by a total of $311 billion (0.9 percent) during calendar years 2010-2019…” (CMS Actuary Richard Foster, Memo, P.4, 4/22/10)
· FOSTER: “The NHE share of GDP is projected to be 21.0 percent in 2019, compared to 20.8 percent under prior law.” (CMS Actuary Richard Foster, Memo, P.16, 4/22/10)
CBO: “The legislation will increase the federal budgetary commitment to health care (the sum of net federal outlays for health programs and tax preferences for health care) by $390 billion over the next 10 years.” (“The Effects Of Health Reform On The Federal Budget,” CBO, 4/12/10)
PROMISE #5: ‘Federal Conscience Laws Will Remain In Place’
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up — under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” (President Obama, Remarks To A Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)
HHS Regulations ‘Would Force Practically All Employers, Including Many Religious Institutions, To Pay For Abortion Inducing Drugs’
ARCHBISHOP DOLAN: “…on January 20, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a decision to issue final regulations that would force practically all employers, including many religious institutions, to pay for abortion inducing drugs, sterilizations, and contraception. The regulations would provide no protections for our great institutions—such as Catholic charities, hospitals, and universities—or for the individual faithful in the marketplace. The regulations struck at the heart of our fundamental right to religious liberty, which affects our ability to serve those outside our faith community.” (Archbishop Dolan, Letter To U.S. Bishops, 2/23/12)
PROMISE #6: ‘My Plan Won’t Raise Your Taxes One Penny’
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “And if you’re a family making less than $250,000 a year, my plan won’t raise your taxes one penny — not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Orlando, FL, 8/3/08)
TAX HIKES: Billions In Taxes On Small Businesses, Private Health Insurance Plans, Medical Device Manufacturers, And Others
SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA): “Yes, we’ve had to raise some taxes and fees to pay for this bill.” (CSPAN’s Washington Journal, 12/22/09)
$50 BILLION IN TAXES ON EMPLOYERS
· “Penalty Payments By Employers… 2010-2019… -52 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, P.8, 3/18/10)
$30 BILLION IN TAXES ON PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS
· Tax On Private Health Insurance Plans: “32.0 [Billion Dollars].” JCT: “I. Revenue Provisions 1. 40% excise tax on health coverage in excess of $10,200/$27,500 (subject to adjustment for unexpected increase in medical costs prior to effective date) and increased thresholds of $1,650/$3,450 for over age 55 retirees or certain high-risk professions, both indexed for inflation by CPI-U plus 1%; adjustment based on age and gender profile of employees; vision and dental excluded from excise tax; levied at insurer level; employer aggregates and issues information return for insurers indicating amount subject to the excise tax; nondeductible… 2010-2019… 32.0 [Billion Dollars].” (“Estimated Revenue Effects Of The Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To H.R. 4872, The “Reconciliation Act Of 2010,” In Combination With The Revenue Effects Of H.R. 3590, The “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (‘PPACA’),” As Passed By The Senate,” Joint Committee On Taxation, P.1, 3/18/10)
· “The fee on health insurance providers… Taxes may be borne by: consumers in the form of higher prices; owners of firms in the form of lower profits; employees of firms in the form of lower wages; or other suppliers to firms in the form of lower payments. … we estimate that eliminating this fee could decrease the average family premium in 2016 by $350 to $400.” (Thomas Barthold, Chief Of Staff Joint Committee On Taxation, Letter To Sen. Kyl, P.2, 5, 6/3/11)
$20 BILLION IN TAXES ON MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS
· “Excise Tax On Manufacturers And Importers Of Certain Medical Devices… 20.0 [Billion Dollars].” JCT: “Impose 2.9% excise tax on manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices… 2010-2019… 20.0 [Billion Dollars].” (“Estimated Revenue Effects Of The Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To H.R. 4872, The “Reconciliation Act Of 2010,” In Combination With The Revenue Effects Of H.R. 3590, The “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (‘PPACA’),” As Passed By The Senate,” Joint Committee On Taxation, P.2, 3/18/10)
PROMISE #7: Mandate Not ‘The Solution’
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “Here’s the concern. If you haven’t made it affordable, how are you going to enforce a mandate. I mean, if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.” (CNN’s “American Morning,” 2/5/08)
· CBO: “Federal mandates that apply to individuals as members of society are extremely rare. One example is the requirement that draft-age men register with the Selective Service System. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is not aware of any others imposed by current federal law.” (“Budgetary Treatment Of An Individual Mandate To Buy Insurance,” Congressional Budget Office, P.13, 8/94)
“Penalty Payments By Employers And Uninsured Individuals… 2010-2019… 36 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P.6, 11/18/09)
· INDIVIDUALS: “A person without insurance could be required to pay a financial penalty, starting at $95 in 2014 and rising to $750 in 2016, with a maximum of $2,250 for a family.” (“Senate Health Plan Seeks To Add Coverage To 31 Million,” The New York Times, 11/19/09)
· COMPANIES: “Firms with more than 50 workers that did not offer coverage would have to pay a penalty of $750 for each full-time worker if any of their workers obtained subsidized coverage through the insurance exchanges; that dollar amount would be indexed.” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P.7, 11/18/09)
PROMISE #8: ‘Broadcasting Those Negotiations On C-SPAN’
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are, because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process.” (Sen. Obama, Presidential Debate, 1/31/08)
‘C-SPAN Cameras Won’t See The Real Action’
“After months of buildup, the historic debate on health care reform opens on the senate floor Monday — but the C-SPAN cameras won’t see the real action.” (“Dems Seek Deal As Sen. Debate Begins,” Politico, 11/30/09)
“But now, as a senate vote on health-care legislation nears, those negotiations are occurring in a setting that is anything but revolutionary in Washington: three senators are working on the bill behind closed doors.” (“Small Group Now Leads Closed Negotiations On Health-Care Bill,” The Washington Post, 10/18/09)
· “…there are controversial special provisions of the Senate health reform bill … First up, the ‘Louisiana Purchase.’ … Landrieu said in a speech on the Senate floor Feb. 4th that critics should ‘shut their mouth.’” (“White House Cuts Special Help For Nebraska, But Other Deals Remain In Reform Bill,” ABC News, 2/22/10)
· “[Nelson’s] involvement with the Affordable Care Act–including the ‘Cornhusker Kickback,’ or the perception that he tried to sell his vote for favorable language in the bill–left a bad taste in voters’ mouths.” (“Nebraska Yet Another Blow To Senate Democrats’ Hopes,” U.S. News & World Report, 12/28/11)
· “… a backroom deal for Florida that was nicknamed ‘Gator Aid.’” (“Florida Poll: Healthcare Law Hurts Obama, Democrats,” The Miami Herald, 3/28/10)
· “…calling the carve-out the ‘Bismarck Bank Job.’” (“Conrad Drops Support For North Dakota Provision To Avoid Controversy,” The Hill, 3/18/10)
· “Critics are mocking it as ‘the Rocky Top vote swap.’” (“Health Bill Vote In Sight, Dems Seeking Gains Include Provision For TN Hospitals,” Knoxville News, 3/20/10)
PROMISE #9: ‘Will Not Sign It If It Adds One Dime To The Deficit’
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)
‘New Reform Law Will Raise The Deficit By More Than $500 Billion During The First Ten Years’
DAVID BRODER, The Washington Post: “Every expert I have talked to says that the public has it right. These bills, as they stand, are budget-busters.” (David Broder, Op-Ed, “A Budget-Buster In The Making,” The Washington Post, 11/22/09)
DOUG HOLTZ-EAKIN & MICHAEL RAMLET: “A more comprehensive and realistic projection suggests that the new reform law will raise the deficit by more than $500 billion during the first ten years and by nearly $1.5 trillion in the following decade.” (“Health Care Reform Is Likely To Widen Federal Budget Deficits, Not Reduce Them,” Health Affairs, 6/10)
PROMISE #10: Medical Liability Reform: ‘This Is Going To Be A Priority For Me’
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “I want to work with the AMA so we can scale back the excessive defensive medicine that reinforces our current system, and shift to a system where we are providing better care, simply — rather than simply more treatment. So this is going to be a priority for me.” (President Obama, Remarks To The AMA, Chicago, IL, 6/15/09)
‘Tort Reform Is Not In The Bill Is Because The People Who Wrote It Did Not Want To Take On The Trial Lawyers’
“It is the sense of the Senate that— health care reform presents an opportunity to address issues related to medical malpractice and medical liability insurance.” (S .Amdt 2786 To H.R. 3590, “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act,” P. 1858)
HOWARD DEAN, Former DNC Chairman: “The reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on. And that is the plain and simple truth.” (Howard Dean, VA Town Hall Event, Minute 2, 8/26/09)
PROMISE #11: ‘Those Who Voted For Health Care Will Find It An Asset’
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “By November, those who voted for health care will find it an asset, those who voted against it will find it a liability…” (“Schumer Predicts Health Care Popularity,” Roll Call, 3/28/10)
‘Healthcare Reform Law Cost Democratic Incumbents 5.8 Percentage Points Of Support’
“Democrats grossly underestimated the political damage of pushing through health care reform and that the issue is a primary reason democrats are set up for big losses come November.” (“Just How Damaging Was The Health Care Debate For Dems?” Time’s “Swampland” Blog, 9/1/10)
“Democrats in the lead-up to the elections took a number of tough votes — notably on the Wall Street bailout, the stimulus and cap-and-trade — but none was as unpopular as their support for the healthcare reform law.” (“Study: Votes In Favor Of Healthcare Reform Cost Dems 5.8 Points In 2010 Vote,” The Hill, 3/8/12)
“Voting for President Obama’s healthcare reform law cost Democratic incumbents 5.8 percentage points of support at the polls in 2010, according to a new study in the journal American Politics Research.” (“Study: Votes In Favor Of Healthcare Reform Cost Dems 5.8 Points In 2010 Vote,” The Hill, 3/8/12)
· AMERICAN POLITICS RESEARCH STUDY: “Our results suggest that the apparent effect of health care reform is not the result of extrapolation. The vote share of Democrats who supported health care reform was 5.8 points lower than that of the most comparable Democrats who opposed the bill.” (American Politics Research Study, Pg. 18, 3/6/12)
“Party officials in Washington can’t identify a single house member who’s running an ad boasting of a ‘yes’ vote.” (“Democrats Run Away From Health Care,” Politico, 9/5/10)
THIS MONTH: “The poll found that 35 percent of Americans support the health care law overhaul, while 47 percent oppose it… Opposition remains strongest among seniors, many of whom object that Medicare cuts were used to help finance coverage for younger uninsured people.” (“AP-Gfk Poll: Obama’s Health Overhaul Still Unpopular, But Fewer Expect Own Care To Worsen,” The Associated Press, 3/9/12)
McMorris Rodgers Reacts to Geithner Testimony on
IMF Funding & Transparency
“Administration Continues to Discount the Riskiness of
U.S. Involvement in the European Bailouts”
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference and author of H.R. 2313, which would rescind a $100 billion line of credit to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is being used to bail out European countries, released the following statement today after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testified before the House Financial Services Committee on several issues, including the IMF and the “state of the international financial system”:
“I appreciate the Administration’s stated concern about what is going on in Europe. However, Secretary Geithner was unconvincing in his remarks about America’s role in the European bailouts, including the most recent bailout of Greece announced last week. With the Administration’s support, the IMF – of which the U.S. is the largest contributor – has already committed tens of billions of dollars to Greece, a country which is technically in default. As Representative Neugebauer noted today, U.S. money at the IMF is ‘safe’ in the same way that U.S. money at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was ‘safe’ before the 2008 financial crisis. By continuing to dismiss the riskiness of these loans – including his own Department’s estimate of a $5 billion loss at the IMF – Secretary Geithner failed to reassure Congress, and more importantly, the American people, that our tax money is safe.”
In addition, Secretary Geithner was asked today if he would seek Congressional approval before rolling in the $100 billion line of credit (known as the “New Arrangements to Borrow”) to fulfill his commitment to double America’s quota at the IMF. The Secretary replied, “Yes, we will.”
On March 6, Rep. McMorris Rodgers sent a letter to Secretary Geithner insisting that he would need to come back to Congress before taking this action.
H.R. 2313 has 93 cosponsors.
A compilation of the Congresswoman’s work on this issue can be found here.
WITH TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY APPROACHING,
THE CONSEQUENCES OF REID, PELOSI & BERKLEY’S HEALTHCARE LAW
Premiums Have Increased
Berkley, Reid & Pelosi Claimed ObamaCare Would Lower Premiums
WASHINGTON –When liberal U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley voted for President Barack Obama’s job-killing healthcare law – which was written by Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid – she specifically promised the legislation would lower premiums, but nearly two years later families are now paying more money for their health insurance.
Additionally, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that in 2011 the average healthcare premium climbed from $13,770 to $15,073, which amounts to a 9 percent increase.
As the New York Times reports:
“The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any growth in workers’ wages and adding more uncertainty about the pace of rising medical costs. A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group that tracks employer-sponsored health insurance on a yearly basis, shows that the average annual premium for family coverage through an employer reached $15,073 in 2011, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.” (Reed Abelson, “U.S. Health Insurance Cost Rises Sharply, Study Finds,” The New York Times , 9/27/11)
“Shelley Berkley’s decision to make Barack Obama’s healthcare bill the law of land has increased the average healthcare premium by $1,300,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “With so many Nevadans already suffering from the failed economic and energy policies of Harry Reid and Shelley Berkley, this is just another costly burden that Berkley has placed on the Silver State.”
Shelley Berkley Promised That Government-Run Healthcare Would Lower Premiums
SHELLEY BERKLEY: On Sunday, March 21, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health Care for America Act. The passage of health insurance reform legislation represents a historic victory for the American people. … It makes health insurance affordable for middle class families reducing premiums and out-of-pocket costs. (Shelley Berkley, Health Reform Information And Resources, Accessed 03/19/12)
But Since ObamaCare Has Passed Healthcare Premiums Have Skyrocketed
2011: “The health-insurance premiums employers pay rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
- “The average annual family premium for 2011 was $15,073, up from $13,770 last year.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
- “Still, with rising costs, workers paid more, up an average of $132 a year for family coverage. Since 1999, the dollar amount workers contribute toward premiums nationally has grown 168 percent, while their wages have grown by 50 percent, according to the survey.” (“Cost Of Employer Insurance Plans Surge In 2011,” Kaiser Health News , 9/27/11)
- “The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any growth in workers’ wages and adding more uncertainty about the pace of rising medical costs.” (“U.S. Health Insurance Cost Rises Sharply, Study Finds,” The New York Times , 9/27/11)
“The 9% average increase in family premiums for 2011, reported in an annual poll of employers performed by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, comes despite a continued trend toward more limited use of medical services in the U.S. Last year, family premiums rose just 3%, the survey found.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
“Aetna, One Of The Nation’s Largest Health Insurers, Said The Extra Benefits Forced It To Seek Rate Increases For New Individual Plans Of 5.4% To 7.4% In California And 5.5% To 6.8% In Nevada After Sept. 23. Similar steps are planned across the country, according to Aetna.” (“Health Insurers Plan Hikes,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/8/10)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 20th, 2012
FIRST “HYBRID” SUPER PAC TO RESTORE AMERICA LAUNCHES
Restoring America Project Formed to Give the Governance of the United States back to the The States and The People.
Phoenix, AZ – An aggressive new type of “Super PAC” called a “Hybrid PAC” has launched to challenge the party establishment and the political status quo. This new type of political action committee (PAC) can do what a traditional PAC can do in the way of directly supporting a candidate or candidate’s committee while also having the ability to take in unlimited funds and to spend unlimited amounts on Independent Expenditures like a “Super PAC”.
Unlike the traditional Super PAC, which can only focus on media buys, Restoring America Project (RAP) will also directly benefit political candidates chosen through a strenuous vetting process by directly contributing to candidates’ campaigns and providing forums and events to be heard by a wider audience.
Restoring America Project is being organized by a coalition of Tea Party organizers who are working to push back against what they believe is a coordinated attempt by the party establishment and career politicians to increase government spending, debt, and intrusive regulation without the consent of the governed.
The patriots behind this new Hybrid PAC are: Tim Selaty Jr. and Tim Selaty Sr., a Arizona based internet businessmen and founders of the Tea Party Tribune online news agency; Ken Crow, an Iowa based Tea Party activist and conservative rally organizer; Richard Disney, a Nevada based businessman and activist; and Kevin Jackson, a leading national spokesman and voice of the conservative movement.
“I’ve seen how the GOP establishment operates in my own run for office here in Nevada. I’ve also seen a movement come into play that is changing the game, and I believe 2012 is our chance to turn the entire political ship around,” said Richard Disney, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations of the new Hybrid Super PAC. “We’re not going to let the establishment skate by in the primary, and we’re certainly not going to let Obama keep his seat next November.”
Restoring America Project is looking at Senate and House of Representative races in which to get involved. The group is already vetting candidates which it will actively and directly support in the coming months. Although Restoring America Project PAC is not endorsing a primary presidential candidate, the RAP PAC will do everything possible to support Obama’s opponent in the general election.
About a year ago we got our first look at DARPA’s Cheetah ‘bot via a concept drawing that looked more like a storyboard frame for a Transformers film than real, live robotics. Today, we get to see much more than a concept. In a video released by DARPA, the Boston Dynamics-built Cheetah hits the treadmill, notching what DARPA says is a new land speed record for legged robots at 18 miles per hour. More