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Friday
Jul172009

ALG Calls Upon House to Adopt Fleming Resolution Calling for End to Congressional Exemption from Obama Health Care 

"It's time for Washington to stop acting like an aristocracy,

where Congress treats itself to luxuries and forces everybody

else into convoluted, inefficient, and low-quality so-called

'options,'" —ALG President Bill Wilson.

 

July 16th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government president, Bill Wilson, today called upon members of the House of Representatives to adopt a resolution (H. Res. 615) stating that "Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, Federal Government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option."

 

The measure is sponsored by Congressman John Fleming and currently has 42 cosponsors. On his website, Fleming writes, "Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill. If Members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run health care is the best solution for hard working American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way."

 

"What's good for the goose is good for the gander," said ALG's Wilson. "If members of the House are expecting everyone to be a part of this government-run system, then they should be taken off the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan and put on to this so-called public 'option' since they like it so much."

 

Currently, members of the House and Senate are covered by a health care plan offering a wide variety of options, including private coverage, according to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan website, "Federal employees, retirees and their survivors enjoy the widest selection of health plans in the country."

 

As participants, members of Congress can choose from "Consumer-Driven and High Deductible plans that offer catastrophic risk protection with higher deductibles, health savings/reimbursable accounts and lower premiums, or Fee-for-Service (FFS) plans, and their Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), or Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) if you live (or sometimes if you work) within the area serviced by the plan."

 

"It's time for Washington to stop acting like an aristocracy, where Congress treats itself to luxuries and forces everybody else into convoluted, inefficient, and low-quality so-called 'options,'" said Wilson.

 

"Members of Congress know that the system they are proposing will be much, much worse than the health options they currently have," Wilson added. "What they need to acknowledge is that it will also be much, much worse than the options the American people currently have."

 

Wilson also called upon the House Committees on Education and Labor, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce to adopt a binding measure that would require all members of Congress to enroll in the government-run health insurance option if lawmakers adopt one.

 

A similar provision, proposed by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), has already been adopted in the Senate version of the bill. In order for it to be included in the House version, the "three-in-one" committee currently considering the legislation needs to add it in.

 

The Coburn amendment passed by a vote of 12-11 in committee with Senators Chris Dodd (D-Conn) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) voting with Senators John McCain (R-Ariz), Orrin G Hatch (R-Utah), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn), Tom Coburn (R-Okla), Pat Roberts (R-Kan), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) in favor.

 

In committee, Senator Coburn said, "Let's demonstrate leadership—and confidence in the system—by requiring that every member of Congress go into it." 11 Democratic members voted no, including Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), who said, "I don't know why we should require ourselves to participate in a plan that no one else needs to participate in."

 

"Senator Bingaman is still sticking to the big lie that the public 'option' will at all be optional," said Wilson.

 

"The unfortunate impact of this government-run health care proposal will be to crowd out private options, leaving Americans in the end with no other option but to use the Orwellian, abominable, government-run plan that will burden taxpayers with an insurmountable level of debt. This will be the largest government entitlement in human history, and it will break the public treasury," Wilson concluded.

 

Friday
Jul172009

Editorialist: Constitutional Justifications, and Webolutions 

Backlash of the Basics
New legislation from Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) will put Congress back in touch with it's long lost father: The Constitution.

 

In Honduras and Iran: How the Web Can Control Government
The "webolution" has begun. Are you apart of it?

 

Reid Pushes Hate Crimes onto DOD Funding Bill
The Arkansas GOP Wing mentions Americans for Limited Government's Executive Editor Carter Clews and his piece on the Hate Crime Bill.

 

Friday
Jul172009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

YELLOW TO THE CORE:
ARMY MAJOR REFUSES DEPLOYMENT

by Gordon Duff, Staff Writer

 

REAR ESCHELON COMPUTER GEEK OFFERS

AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMY

"Jackass" and "worst person in the world," DOD Information Technology contractor and reserve Major Stefan Cook refused non combatantdeployment to Afghanistan claiming fear of being tried as a war criminal unless he can see President Obama's birth certificate. Neocon websites around the internet including www.worldnetdaily.com and their anti-American mirror sites are openly advocating troops to begin disobeying orders and refusing combat operations through their open support, during wartime, of " Stefan bin Laden."

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Friday
Jul172009

DSCC - NH: Tausch Expands Media Buy After Ayotte Announcement 

Analysis: Tausch spent nearly 400k on TV and radio

 

Wednesday, July 15 2009 10:38 AM

MANCHESTER -- Merrimack businessman Fred Tausch has spent nearly $400,000 in the past month on television and radio ads for his S.T.E.W.A.R.D. campaign, an analysis compiled by a potential opponent suggests.

 

The analysis, given to NHPoliticalReport.com, shows Tausch's media buys getting bigger after a University of New Hampshire poll showed he had little name recognition and in a time when there has ben a lot of activity in the U.S. Senate race he might join. Specifically he went from spending $26,000 a week beginning on June 9 to over $77,000 this week, the analysis showed.

 

 

 

Thursday
Jul162009

NRSC - Will Hodes Rubber Stamp Pelosi's Job-Killing Small Business Tax Hike? 

WASHINGTON – House Democrats introduced their trillion dollar government-run health care bill yesterday and now U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) is faced with an important decision on whether he will support Nancy Pelosi’s latest burdensome tax hike on the small businesses that fuel New Hampshire’s economy.

 

According to today’s The Wall Street Journal, “House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled sweeping health-care legislation that would hit all but the smallest businesses with a penalty equal to 8% of payroll if they fail to provide health insurance to workers... The relatively low thresholds for penalties triggered the sharpest criticism yet from employer groups, who said the burden on small business is too high and doesn’t do enough to help them expand insurance coverage.”

 

In addition to taxing small businesses that propel the American economy, the trillion dollar legislation will ultimately leave 15 million to 20 million Americans uninsured in the next ten years if passed into law.

 

USA Today notes, “The proposals being shaped in Congress — including the $1.042 trillion bill unveiled by House Democratic leaders Tuesday — offer subsidies to fewer moderate-income families than originally intended, bar most workers from choosing to leave their employer-provided plans and likely drive up Medicaid costs for states... At the end of a decade, 15 million to 20 million would remain uninsured, according to assessments by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office — a sticking point for critics who argue the whole enterprise doesn't get enough bang for the buck.”

 

“If Paul Hodes wants the people of New Hampshire to give him a promotion to the U.S. Senate, he should start demonstrating that he can make tough decisions in favor of the people of New Hampshire and reject this job-killing tax on small businesses,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson.

 

“Health care reform is a critical issue facing America, and voters in New Hampshire deserve to know: Will Congressman Hodes continue to blindly rubber stamp Nancy Pelosi’s agenda in Washington, or will he step up and reject this legislation, which will leave millions of Americans uninsured?” Wilkerson concluded.