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Wednesday
May112011

AFP -Big Day in Court on ObamaCare

I'm writing to you from Richmond, Virginia where today Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's lawsuit to overturn ObamaCare was heard before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Americans for Prosperity hosted a rally outside the court house supporting Attorney General Cuccinelli's crucial effort.

A year ago, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously responded to a questioner who asked her about the constitutionality of the health care legislation by flippantly saying "Are you serious?" Well today, AFP grassroots activists and Attorney General Cuccinelli made it clear that we are indeed serious about protecting the Constitution.

AFP-VA State Director Trixie Averill speaks to fired-up activists in front of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today while AFP President Tim Phillips looks on.

Click here for more photos from the rally.














Attorney General Cuccinelli first filed this case against ObamaCare the day President Obama signed it into law. Cuccinelli's health care challenge was upheld in December 2010 when Judge Henry Hudson of Virginia's Eastern District Court ruled that the individual health care mandate was unconstitutional. While today's arguments were paramount to overturning this gross infringement on our health care rights, whichever side loses will undoubtedly appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide on the constitutionality of ObamaCare next year.

But no matter what happens on the legal side, as grassroots activists we must continue educating our fellow Americans on just how dangerous and disastrous this legislation is.

These are just a few of the countless harmful effects of ObamaCare:

  • Costs trillions of dollars, burdening our government with inescapable debt
  • Adds 16,000 new IRS agents who will be administering ObamaCare at the cost of billions
  • Constitutionally flawed, forcing individuals to buy health care or be fined
  • Over 1,000 unions and big corporations have been given exemptions by Obama's HHS Department while no small businesses or individual Americans are exempted

The fight also continues on Capitol Hill as conservatives are still working to dismantle ObamaCare piece-by-piece.  The latest effort is from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Representative Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) who have introduced identical bills to repeal the ObamaCare maintenance of effort requirement that is handcuffing state lawmakers as they grapple with budget deficits.  In the stimulus bill, Obama promised states an easy fix to their budget problems by handing them a big payout for their Medicaid program.  The only catch was that the states had to promise not to reduce Medicaid enrollment or reform their programs in any way that Washington didn't sign off on.  Some states were so desperate for the cash that they took the deal.  Now the money's gone but the "maintenance of effort" mandate is still in place, tying the states into knots.  Hatch and Gingrey are working to repeal the mandates.  Click here to read AFP's letter of support for their bills.   

Rest assured AFP is going to stay on top of this issue as we have been. Today, I spoke to a couple in their 40s from Mechanicsville, Virginia who are caring for their elderly parents. The woman's mother is suffering from chronic heart problems. They told me they live in fear that a public bureaucrat will be deciding if her life merits continued treatment since quality of life is considered in the funding of patient's health care under ObamaCare. Those important health care decisions are between her mother, doctors, and family- not the government.

AFP is committed to ensuring that doesn't happen. We must defeat and overturn ObamaCare.

Sincerely,


Tim Phillips
President
Americans for Prosperity

P.S. If you would like to thank Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for his efforts to overturn ObamaCare, click here.

Saturday
May072011

CEI Weekly: Special Interests Walk Away With Multi-Million Dollar Obamacare Handouts

Friday, May 6, 2011

 

 

 

Feature: The now-broke Early Retirement Reinsurance Program benefitted major corporations and labor unions---and no one else.

FEATURED STORY: Special Interests Walk Away With Multi-Million Dollar Obamacare Handouts

 

Today, May 6th, is the last day that businesses and unions can apply for the Early Retirement Reinsurance Program (ERRP). ERRP is an Obamacare program intended to help employers cover costs for early retireees. It was supposed to last until 2014, but it stopped taking on new applicants far ahead of schedule. That's probably because groups like the United Auto Workers cashed in early and walked away with millions---in UAW's case, hundreds of millions---of taxpayer dollars. CEI Labor Policy Counsel Vincent Vernuccio last week exposed ERRP waste in a National Review op-ed. This week, Vernuccio revisited the issue in BigGovernment to mark the final week of the expensive, short-lived program.

 

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

Maryland's BPA Ban Exposes Children to Greater Risks Than the Chemical Itself

Angela Logomasini's op-ed in The Baltimore Sun

 

The NLRB Overreaches--Once Again

Iain Murray and Ivan Osorio's op-ed in Real Clear Markets

 

Ten Thousand Commandments: How Much Regulation Is Enough?

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes

 

Free Trade Agreements Don't Kill Jobs

Ryan Young's op-ed in The Daily Caller

 

The Washington Post's Junky Rant Against Princess Catherine's Entrepreneurial Family

John Berlau's op-ed in The Daily Caller

 

DOJ's Poker Shutdown: Holding on to Americans' Money

Michelle Minton's op-ed in The Daily Caller

 

Do Americans Care About Climate Change Anymore?

Myron Ebell's citation in U.S. News & World Report

 

Princess Entrepreneur
John Berlau's citation in The Times of India

 

                     

 

CEI PODCAST

 

May 5, 2011: Salt

 

Land Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner looks at China’s experience with high-speed rail, and finds that it may not be a very good deal for the United States. Costs are so high that revenues don’t even cover the interest on the $271 billion of debt that high-speed rail has incurred for China.



Wednesday
May042011

NRN - Must Reads from May 3, 2011

Tuesday
Apr192011

NRN - Must Reads from April 18, 2011

Monday
Apr112011

NHDP -Thanks Mitt! 

Dear Friend,

Tomorrow is a historic day -
the 5th Anniversary of Mitt Romney signing his Massachusetts health care reform plan into law.

Five years ago, Mitt Romney laid the foundation for President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Without Romney, it's hard to see how President Obama would have been able to provide quality, affordable health care for every American.

Take a second today or tomorrow to  thank Mitt Romney for
providing the critical momentum necessary to get President Obama's vision of health reform through Congress and signed into law.   Click here to tweet Mitt Romney and thank him.

Nationally, for more than 100 years, Americans and their elected leaders had debated how to reform a system that left too many people without care because of lack of access, soaring costs or unfair and discriminatory insurance regulations. It's hard to believe that it was only five years ago that then Governor Romney stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Senator Kennedy to sign Massachusetts' historic health care reform law.

 Click here to thank Mitt Romney for making health care reform a reality!

 

 

Thanks for all you do,
Ray Buckley
--
Chairman
New Hampshire Democratic Party