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Saturday
Aug162014

NHDP - ICYMI: Primary Candidates Hammer Failed CEO Walt Havenstein for ACA Hypocrisy at GOP Debate

Manchester, NH – Failed CEO Walt Havenstein's record of cashing in on the ACA as CEO of SAIC, despite now pledging to deny the law's health care benefits to 50,000 Granite Staters, continues to haunt his flailing campaign as made clear during the GOP gubernatorial debate earlier this week.

After struggling to defend his opposition to the ACA, despite previously using the health care law to boost his company's profits, Havenstein's primary opponents hammered his stance as “disingenuous” and a troubling sign of putting profits before principles.

As the Ledger-Transcript reported, “The candidates were never pushed too far out of their comfort zone during the debates, save one moment: After Havenstein referred to New Hampshire’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act as 'nothing short of a disaster,' Hemingway blasted him for his oft-publicized connections to the act. Havenstein's Virginia-based company, SAIC, received over $5 million in federal contracts relating to the rollout of 'Obamacare.' Even then, Havenstein didn't stray too far from his talking points, arguing that he was acting as a CEO, not on his personal beliefs.”

The Ledger-Transcript added, “Smolin took that opportunity to pile on. 'As governor, you are the CEO of the state,' Smolin pointed out; did that mean his personal beliefs would never come into play if he was elected?”

Read the full Ledger-Transcript recap of this week's debate here: http://www.ledgertranscript.com/home/13126836-95/political-hopefuls-bring-their-platforms-to-region

See ACA-related footage from the debate here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9kWhkVmB5s&feature=youtu.be

Friday
Jul042014

CEI Today: Federal regulations growing, EPA targets Arizona, Obamacare lawsuit, and labor union violence 

Thursday, July 3, 2014
In the News Today

FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON THE INCREASE - WAYNE CREWS

CEI.org: The Expanding Code of Federal Regulations


Since 1975, the total pages in the complete CFR have grown from 71,224 to 175,496 at year-end 2013, including the 1,170-page index.



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CLEAN AIR ACT - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Uncooperative Federalism: EPA Issues 51st Clean Air Act FIP of the Obama Age

Last Friday, EPA Region issued a pre-publication version of the agency’s 51st regulatory takeover of a state Clean Air Act program. This time, the victim was Arizona. To be precise, the agency imposed visibility improvement requirements, known as
Regional Haze, on at a number of stationary sources in Arizona.

Compliance will cost the affected entities millions of dollars; the “benefits,” alas, are apparitional. The regulation won’t engender a discernible improvement in visibility. > Read more

> See also: Primer: The Ongoing Controversy over Whether Clean Air Act §111(d) Authorizes EPA’s Clean Power Plan


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A BIGGER OBAMACARE LAWSUIT

Halbig v. Burwell


Jonathan Turley wrote in the Los Angeles Times this week that an imminent Obamacare lawsuit, is a "far more fundamental challenge to Obamacare" than Hobby Lobby. Halbig vs. Burwell challenges IRS implementation of the law's penalties and subsidies as applied to states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges. A decision is expected very soon by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "If Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig vs. Burwell could trigger a full cardiac arrest," Turley predicted.

Michael A. Carvin of Jones Day is lead counsel in the case. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is assisting in the lawsuit’s coordination and funding.
> Read more

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UNION VIOLENCE - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

Workplacechoice.org: Senator Vitter Follows Proud Tradition of Fighting Against Union Violence


On June 26, 2014, Senator Vitter introduced a bill S. 2535 to amend the federal extortion statute named the Hobbs Act. Senator Vitter is to be commended for addressing the scourge of union violence. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research reports, as of May 2013, that

“[U]nion violence is responsible for at least 203 Americans deaths since 1975; 5,869 incidents of personal injury; and more than 6,435 incidents of vandalism and tens of millions of dollars in property damage…
> Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

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CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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Thursday
Jul032014

CEI Today: A bigger Obamacare lawsuit, federal regs on the increase, and a Supreme Court win for women

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
In the News Today

FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON THE INCREASE - WAYNE CREWS

CEI.org: Cumulative Final Rules in the Federal Register


The cumulative effect of regulation on the national economy and at the family and personal levels matters a great deal despite yearly fluctuations.

The good news is that, final rules issued by federal agencies last year did dip a little. [The bad news is] proposed rules ominously are on the increase, and the president promises to go around Congress to shape society according to his left-wing biases and intractable redistributionist mindset. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews


A BIGGER OBAMACARE LAWSUIT

Halbig v. Burwell


Jonathan Turley wrote in the Los Angeles Times this week that an imminent Obamacare lawsuit, is a "far more fundamental challenge to Obamacare" than Hobby Lobby. Halbig vs. Burwell challenges IRS implementation of the law's penalties and subsidies as applied to states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges. A decision is expected very soon by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "If Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig vs. Burwell could trigger a full cardiac arrest," Turley predicted.

Michael A. Carvin of Jones Day is lead counsel in the case. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is assisting in the lawsuit’s coordination and funding.
> Read more

> Interview an expert


SUPREME COURT RULING ON LABOR UNIONS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN


CEI.org: Harris v. Quinn: A Human Interest Angle

The Harris v. Quinn decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court is a major human interest story. In total, eight women petitioned for their rights before the Supreme Court against a state governor and two massive unions. What’s more, all eight of these women were participants in a Medicaid program that afforded benefits for their loved ones who have been ill.
> Read more

> Related: Harris v. Quinn Gives Home Care Workers Renewed Opportunity to Get Back Compulsory Dues

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Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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Tuesday
Jul012014

NHDP - Monitor: Republicans should realize ACA is working 

Last spring, at an event in Hancock, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, a conservative Republican seeking to unseat Congresswoman Ann Kuster in the fall, sharply criticized her opponent for supporting the Affordable Care Act. Garcia fairly asked how an insurance marketplace with only one choice of company, Anthem, could be a marketplace. “Now we’re down to one,” Garcia said of marketplace participants. “What’s next, zero?”

The right answer, as Garcia and other critics of what’s popularly known as Obamacare would soon learn, is five, the number of insurers now signed up to offer an astounding 50 different plans to consumers in the fall.

The Affordable Care Act is working.

More than 11 million Americans, most of them previously uninsured, now have coverage under the act or the expanded Medicaid program. It’s good coverage that doesn’t limit benefits or exclude people with a pre-existing condition. Some 40,000 New Hampshire residents are now covered, and that number is expected to grow as competition on the exchange lowers prices.

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People who did see an increase in cost over the price of their old, bare-bones policy got much better coverage for their money. The young can buy good policies that include no co-payments or deductibles for preventive care, for the price of a cell phone plan. When more people have insurance, everyone benefits. Cost shifting from the uninsured to those with coverage decreases. Unaffordable medical bills cause more than half of all personal bankruptcies in New Hampshire. Fewer occur when borrowers have good insurance, which means fewer businesses and their employees suffer.Thanks to tax credits and subsidies, many enrollees paid $50 per month or less for coverage. Silver plan purchasers – the popular middle tier, pay an average of $69 per month, a figure that was closer to $100 in New Hampshire, where health care costs are among the nation’s highest.

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect. It was the best outcome achievable at the time, and it will need constant improvement and greater participation.

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The bugs have been worked out. Enrolling under the Affordable Care Act and shopping on the exchange now can take an hour or less.

Republican congressional candidates, among them Garcia, Scott Brown, Bob Smith and Jim Rubens, continue to demonize the Affordable Care Act and promise to repeal it if elected. The more voters learn about what the act can do for them, and to slow the rise in health care costs, the more they’ll want to know why.

Friday
Mar212014

SNHU - Free Affordable Care Act Forum 

A free healthcare forum designed specifically for small business owners.




Many business owners still have questions and concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act. The Center for Women’s Business Advancement and Northeast Delta Dental has designed a forum with small business owners in mind.

Event Date: Thursday, April 10, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Location: Southern New Hampshire University's Dining Center Banquet Facility

The forum is FREE but registration is required. Please go to the CWBA's website to register.

 This forum has important topics and presenters that you won’t want to miss, including:

  • The ACA and Small Business Update – SBA Regional Administrator, Seth Goodall
  • Regulatory and Legislative Update - Roger Sevigny, Commissioner, NH Insurance Department
  • A Business Perspective – Tom Boucher, Great NH Restaurants, Inc.
  • Responsibilities of an Employer – Nicholas Vailas, Founder, Compass Health Care Advisors 
  • Tax Transitional Rules for 2015 – William Enck, CPA, CPC, APA, Senior Manager, BerryDunn

Moderated by Tom Raffio, President & CEO, Northeast Delta Dental, the panel will also include presentations from the following carriers:

  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, William Graham, Esq. Public Affairs and Government Programs
  • Northeast Delta Dental, Christine Alibrandi, Esq. & Jodie Hittle, VP, Sales & Marketing
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield – Maria Proulx, Senior Legal Counsel 

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