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Tuesday
Mar232010

NHDP - Ayotte Ducks and Dodges JUA as Flip-Flops Haunt Campaign

New Email Released Shows Ayotte Heaped Praise on State Budget
 
CONCORD - In the latest example of Kelly Ayotte's continuing flip-flop on New Hampshire's JUA decision and her approval of last year's state budget, an email surfaced over the weekend where she praised passage of the budget, citing tough economic times [Nashua Telegraph, 3/21/10]. The budget included the nearly $110 million borrowed from the Joint Underwriting Association (JUA), a move that had been green-lighted by then-Attorney General Ayotte's Office.
 
The email released over the weekend contains further evidence of Ayotte's involvement in and support for last year's state budget, as she writes that she is "pleased to announce that the budget that was passed by the Legislature funds our budget at the level proposed by the governor much earlier this year. This is positive news given our economic situation" [Nashua Telegraph, 3/21/10]
 
"No matter how fast she runs, the JUA decision keeps catching up with Kelly Ayotte," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "She's doing everything she can to duck, dodge, and place responsibility elsewhere, but every week we see new evidence that she actually praised and defended the use of the JUA. This latest flip-flop just shows how Kelly Ayotte will say or do anything for political gain."  
 
Ayotte has been persistently dogged by the JUA decision on the campaign trail. Because the move was lambasted by Republicans across the state, Ayotte has been desperate to distance herself from the decision, stating last month that she said that she "didn't weigh in one way or another," and "only gave a legal opinion." Ayotte said she was actually opposed to the decision and would have voted against it were she a legislator [Union Leader, 2/4/10]. The Governor's Office has been quick to contradict her account, saying that "The Governor worked closely with the Attorney General's office on the development of the JUA policy. Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte never once raised an objection during the process." [WMUR, 2/3/10]

Tuesday
Mar232010

Shea-Porter to Attend White House Signing Ceremony Tuesday 

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, March 23rd, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will attend a Bill Signing Ceremony at the White House for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  On Sunday the House of Representatives passed this historic health care legislation that will lower costs, expand coverage, and reduce our nation’s deficit.  According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the bill will reduce the deficit by $143 billion in the first ten years and by $1.2 trillion in the second ten years. 

On Sunday afternoon, Shea-Porter spoke on the floor of the House in support of the bill. Click here to watch her remarks.

The Bill Signing Ceremony will take place in the East Room with President Obama at 11:15 a.m.  

Tuesday
Mar232010

Shea-Porter on Health Care  

Last night Congresswoman Shea-Porter spoke on the House floor in favor of the health care bill.  http://www.shea-porter.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=610&Itemid=71

Tuesday
Mar232010

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network

John P. Allen
Veterans Today Calls for Immediate Resignaton of Congressmen "Baby Killer" Neugebauer
Veterans Today Calls for Immediate Resignaton of Congressmen Baby  Killer NeugebauerTexas congressman admits yelling 'baby killer'
Decency in all Leaders Demanded Now! 

A Republican congressman from Texas on Monday admitted he shouted "baby killer" from the House floor as Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., defended his change of position on health care legislation on Sunday. But Rep. Randy Neugebauer said that his remark was a comment on the bill itself and not directed at the Michigan lawmaker.

Veterans Today is sick and tired of this lack of decency and respect for others. It's hurting our country and our people from the top down.

If the Republican party is really serious about being a decent serious party for the American people, Veterans Tdoay demands that the GOP leadership ask for and get the resignation of this poor excuse for a congressmen.  Replace him with someone who can speak intelligently, communicate your position, and do so with respect for others.
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Monday
Mar222010

CEI on Obamacare Debacle 

Gregory Conko:
 
Doctor/patient relationship -
"The great tragedy of today’s health care legislation is not simply that it seeks to exert more control over the provision of health insurance and medical services per se, but that by doing so, it takes us farther and farther into a future in which the relationship between physician and patient will be irreparably severed."
 
Gov't control means less power for consumers - 
"The legislation seeks to cut hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicare, while spending those “savings” and hundreds of billions more in new tax revenue to subsidize private sector health insurance coverage.  The inevitable end result will be less and less decision-making power in the hands of American health care consumers."
 
Fatal conceit of central planners - 
"As in any kind of economic transaction, someone needs to determine what’s worth paying for.  When government picks up most of the tab, giving every patient every treatment that might possibly provide some benefit is a surefire way to bankrupt the public fisc. The fatal conceit of health care central planners is their belief that they can use cost-benefit or comparative effectiveness analysis to determine, with precision, which patients ought to receive which treatments."
 
Demise of innovation -  
"In the near term this means that, in order to cut costs, countless patients are likely to receive inappropriate treatments.  In the long run, this will put a drag on medical innovation, as R&D expenditures will shift to respond to the price signals sent by government.  We won’t have the treatment innovations that patients want and need, but those that government bureaucrats find most appropriate for the median voter.  Everybody else will be out of luck."
 
 
Hans Bader:
 
Obamacare means massive new taxes on investors & married couples -
"The new tax on investors is a classic example of the marriage penalty, since it kicks in at $200,000 if you are single — that is, $400,000 for an unmarried couple — but only $250,000 for a married couple."
 
Fallacy of CBO estimates -
Amazingly, the CBO, under orders from Democratic leaders, has understated the bill’s cost for the first decade by including the present fiscal year — in which ObamaCare is not yet law and thus has no costs — while excluding its last year from cost calculations.  The result was to reduce the projected price tag for the bill from $1.2 trillion to $940 billion.
 
> Read all the latest CEI commentary on health care issues at Openmarket.org.