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Wednesday
Feb092011

AUFC - New Ad Hits Rep. Charlie Bass For Voting to Put Insurance Companies Back in Charge 

Listen Here: “Equal Protection”

Washington, DC -  In the wake of Congressman Charlie Bass’ vote last month on the backwards-looking, job-hurting, deficit-increasing bill to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, progressive issue advocacy group Americans United for Change and progressive blog Daily Kos are teaming up to hit the airwaves in New Hampshire with a new radio ad calling out Bass for voting to let the insurance industry off the hook and to take away the welcome new consumer health protections already making a difference in peoples’ lives between having access to quality, affordable health care and not. If the health care law was repeal, 910,000 residents of New Hampshire would suddenly find themselves again facing lifetime limits while 64,000 New Hampshire residents would be at risk of losing their insurance the minute they get sick or have an accident.

See the script below for “Equal Protection” which will begin airing today on WTPL FM in Bow, WEEI in Keene, WNTK in New London and WTSL FM and WUVR FM 98.9/AM 1490 in Lebanon, challenging Charlie Bass on his efforts to prevent the health protections he enjoys as Members of Congress from extending to all American families. Listen to it here: http://www.dailykos.com/tv/w/002813/index.html

In addition to this ad decrying Rep. Bass’ vote to allow insurance companies to go back to maximizing profits by dropping people when they get sick and need coverage the most, Daily Kos will start airing another radio ad in Wisconsin condemning Rep. Paul Ryan’s vote as well. 

Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “Talk about mixed up priorities. Instead of focusing on creating jobs, Congressman Bass and his Republican colleagues are doggedly focused on repealing the new health law, which would actually hamper job growth by up to 400,000 a year.  Strengthening the economy should be Congressman Bass’s #1 priority; instead he’s working to make it legal again for insurance companies to drop someone when they get diagnosed with cancer, to impose a lifetime coverage limit on someone with diabetes, or to deny coverage altogether to a kid who happened to be born with a disability. Given all the time and energy Congressman Bass has devoted to taking away these new consumer health protections from New Hampshire families, you would think he’d have said ‘no thanks’ to his government sponsored health benefits.  Not a chance.”

Chris Bowers, Daily Kos: "Voting to slash the health care benefits of their constituents in the name of "saving money," while simultaneously accepting new government-subsidized health care benefits for themselves, is a galling example of heartless elitism from Representatives Paul Ryan and Charlie Bass. They ask working families to make sacrifices, but make none for themselves. We're going to make sure their constituents know what's happening, so that Bass and Ryan can be held accountable for their cruelty."

As part of this larger effort, the Blue America PAC has radio ads in Rep. Sandy Adams’ (FL-24) district and Rep. Leonard Lance’s (NJ-7)

See: Ad Campaign: Netroots Turns Its Sites From Obama To The GOP

Equal Protection - Script

Equal protection.  It’s the American way.

But when it comes to HEALTH CARE protections, Congressman Charlie Bass thinks he deserves better than you.

Congressman Bass gets affordable health care, with protections against insurance companies cutting him and his family off.  No lifetime limits.  No annual caps.  No preexisting conditions.

But last month Bass voted to deny you and your family these same protections.

That’s not equal.  That’s not fair.  

Even worse, Congressman Bass voted to:

– raise health insurance premiums

– take away prescription drug benefits for seniors

– let insurance companies charge whatever they want and deny insurance for sick kids

That will make it tougher for you to get affordable health care.

But don't worry, Congressman Bass is all set – since his vote didn't apply to the health plan he gets as a member of Congress.

Call Congressman Charlie Bass at 202-225-3121 and tell him: 

Health care protections that are good enough for Congress should be good enough for ALL of us.

Paid for by Daily Kos and Americans United for Change."

Monday
Feb072011

CEI Daily - Blue Laws, Unions for Obama, and the Age of Civility 

 

Blue Laws

 

Blue laws that ban the sale of alcohol on Sundays are especially frustrating on Superbowl Sunday.

 

Director of Risk and Environmental Policy Angela Logomasini explains why there are still restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales---and why the restrictions are wrong.

 

"The main proponents of such limitations are the few retailers who don’t want to be open on Sunday — and they don’t want their competition to fill that void. They partner with religious groups — in a bootlegger-and-Baptist coalition — who think Sunday should be reserved for worship not drinking or even shopping. Now if you are religious, you might say they have a point. As a Catholic, I understand that the work of shopping on Sunday isn’t really permitted beyond perhaps picking up essentials for a meal. Of course, for me, wine is an essential! But more importantly, those sentiments belong in the private sphere. I can decide not to do my heavy shopping on Sunday, to attend mass, and relax with family — but I don’t have the right to ban commerce on Sundays any more than I have the right to mandate that people attend services. At the end of the day, the pursuit of a religious conviction is only good when it is voluntary."

 

 

Unions for Obama

 

Labor unions have been strong supporters of Obama and Obama's policies.

 

Research Associate Trey Kovacs notes that many union members would lose their health care plans under Obamacare.

 

"[U]nions support Obamacare and EFCA/card check. However, it has been reported that 40 percent of employees at companies receiving waivers from Obamacare compliance are union members. They need these waivers because the union members under Obamacare would lose their health care plans. Did union officials not realize the negative affects the bill would have on its members or was it a matter of incompetence? Neither bodes well for the rank and file union members."

 

 

Age of Civility

 

After the Tucson shooting, members of the media called for an age of civility.

 

Senior Counsel Hans Bader says that such calls for civility were largely superficial and disingenuous.

 

"Even as it prattled about the need for civility, the New York Times editorial board directed readers to its earlier diatribe that baselessly accused Republicans, the Tea Party, and conservative media of creating a climate of “division” and “anger” that made the Tucson shootings possible. The Times did so even though a column by its own David Brooks had earlier pointed out that there was “no evidence” that the shooter was influenced in any way by conservatives."



Saturday
Feb052011

CEI Daily - Judge Vinson, Tolls, and Online Porn

 

Judge Vinson

 

Liberal journalists like Ezra Klein claim that the federal judge who ruled against Obamacare is engaging in extreme judicial activism.

 

Senior Counsel Hans Bader explains why the judge's decision has a sound legal basis.

 

"[Judge Vinson] struck down the entire law, not just the individual mandate [...] for two reasons. First, the law lacked a severability clause (a clause declaring that any unconstitutional provision should be severed from the law rather than striking down the law as a whole), even though such clauses are typically found in federal laws. Second, the individual mandate couldn’t logically be severed from the rest of the law, since Congress deemed it essential to the law’s overarching goals, and it was intertwined with the law’s other provisions."

 

 

Tolls

 

Several stretches of road that were to be converted to toll roads now will not be, thanks to anti-toll lobbying.

 

Policy Analyst Marc Scribner criticizes groups who fought against the move to tolls. 

 

"Foolish opposition to tolling runs across the ideological spectrum among those with little understanding of how to actually improve transportation. This past summer, the right-wing Washington Times published an editorial on the subject and actually lamented the fact that generally wealthy, long-distance commuters from Spotsylvania County would be charged for premium high-speed freeway use. The humanity!"

 

 

Online Porn

 

Judges have ruled against Kevin Cammarata of Los Angeles, who had brought a suit against websites that offered free porn on the grounds that the the sites were guilty of predatory pricing.

 

Policy Analyst Michelle Minton explains the decision.

 

"Luckily, the judges on the panel did not agree with Cammarata’s assertion. [...] Not only did the judges find the free porn business model was fair and competitive, but they also defended free online pornography by categorizing it as protected speech."



Saturday
Feb052011

CEI Weekly: Florida Judge Strikes Down Obamacare

Friday, February 4, 2011

 

 

Feature: A federal judge held that the individual mandate renders the entire health care law unconstitutional.

 

FEATURED STORY: Florida Judge Strikes Down Obamacare

 

Judge Vinson ruled that the Interstate Commerce Clause does not give Congress the authority to pass an individual health care mandate and that the entire federal health care bill was therefore unconstitutional. CEI released a statement immediately following the decision with commentary from Senior Counsel Hans Bader, who also blogged about the case here. CEI had earlier filed an amicus brief in the case of behalf of Governors Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) and Donald Carcieri (R-R.I.).

 

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

The Rush to Condemn Genetically-Modified Crops

Greg Conko and Henry I. Miller's article in The Hoover Institution Policy Review

 

Empire State or Nanny State: Suffolk Should Not Ban Energy Drinks

Michelle Minton's op-ed in The Daily Caller

 

No, There Was No Public Offering Made

John Berlau's letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal

 

Politicized Science: "The Erin Brockovich Chemical"

Angela Logomasini's op-ed on Pajamas Media

 

Liberating Credit Unions and Entrepreneurs

John Berlau's column on CampaignforLiberty.org

 

With Energy Czar Gone, Michigan Wins

Chris Horner's citation in The Detroit News

 

Obama Pushing Energy Agenda Already Rejected by Voters

Marlo Lewis's citation in The Washington Examiner Blogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

 

CEI PODCAST

 

February 3, 2011: The EPA vs. West Virginia

 

Energy Policy Analyst William Yeatman looks over the EPA’s recent decision to deny a mining permit in Logan County, West Virginia that would have created 250 jobs. William believes the EPA has overestimated the proposed mine’s environmental effects. Jobs, he contends, are being treated as less important than bugs. The decision has also set up a heated political conflict between West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

 



Friday
Feb042011

NRSC - Our Fight Begins 

Can you guess who said this?

“If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.”

Incredibly, that was Barack Obama…when he was a candidate.  It’s a quote Judge Vinson cited in ruling Obamacare unconstitutional.

Emphasizing the principles of limited government our constitution is meant to enshrine, Judge Vinson’s ruling compares Obamacare’s overreach to the governmental excesses that led to the Boston Tea Party:

"It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place."

This is a big victory in the fight to stop Obamacare, but it’s going to take continued pressure from Americans like you to force repeal.

Now we must finish the job.

“If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.”

Again, that quote came from Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign, misleading the American people into believing he would defend the Constitution. Instead, he and the Democrats ignored the American people and enacted one of the largest expansions of government in our history.  They seem to know Obamacare is unconstitutional, and simply don’t care.   It’s going to take all of us working together to remind Democratic Senators what’s at stake in 2012 if they vote against repeal.

Republican Senators even brought a bill to the floor yesterday calling for a full repeal of Obamacare, but Harry Reid and his loyal liberal followers defeated it.  Once again, the Democrats defied the will of the American people, and proved that only our hard work getting Republican Senators elected can make the difference in repealing Obamacare. 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is doing everything we can to repeal the bill, but your help makes the difference. Will you join us by calling your Senators, volunteering, or financially supporting our efforts at
http://donate.nrsc.org?

Sincerely,

Rob Jesmer 

P.S. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is investing all resources at our disposal to force repeal. This includes launching ads targeting Senators to vote “Yes” on repeal. We hope you will help us launch these aggressive ads by contributing $25, $50, $100, or $500 to our efforts.