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Saturday
May162015

AFP - An easy fix... 

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When we launched Reform America 2015, we set out an achievable agenda for lawmakers in Congress. It's full of changes they can make immediately to get government out of the way and improve lives.

Then we vowed to keep the pressure on every politician, from House to Senate, from newly-elected to veteran, from Democrat to Republican. Now, thanks to your efforts, we've had some great achievements!

As part of a monthly update, we will keep you informed about meaningful steps taken to advance these key legislative goals. Take a look at the progress below:

 



The medical device tax should be an easy fix for Congress. The U.S. is the only country on earth that imposes a tax on the sale of medical devices like insulin pumps and heart valves. As a result, these astoundingly high tax rates cripple medical innovation and increase the cost of life-saving devices.

The medical-device tax threatens thousands of jobs, disproportionally harms small businesses, and should be repealed.
Please join AFP in urging your representatives in Washington to repeal the medical device tax. Click on the "!" buttons above to demand action!
Thank you, and let's keep reforming America!

Brent Gardner
Vice President of Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity

 
 
 
 
 
Thursday
May142015

NHDP - ICYMI: “GOP should stand proudly with Planned Parenthood” 

Concord, N.H. – Last week, Kelly Ayotte's New Hampshire Republican Party renewed its extreme position on women’s health, forcing RNC Committeeman Steve Duprey to issue an apology and admit he made a mistake for supporting Planned Parenthood.
  
Responding in a Concord Monitor op-ed, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund’s Jennifer Frizzell writes that protecting women’s health is a goal that members of both parties should be able to support “without apology.”
 
See below for the full op-ed:
 
My Turn: "GOP should stand proudly with Planned Parenthood"
By Jennifer Frizzell
http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/16870551-95/my-turn-gop-should-stand-proudly-with-planned-parenthood
 
A recent New Hampshire Republican party leader’s attendance at a Planned Parenthood event has prompted a public conversation about what it means to be both a Republican and a Planned Parenthood supporter. Of concern, the coverage to date seems to be motivated by ideological politics and ignore the reality of peoples’ lives.
 
I grew up in a New Hampshire Republican household with a steady stream of community and civic engagement. My parents raised three daughters and discussions about protecting our health and taking charge of our futures never came with a political label. Individual freedom, personal responsibility and limited government were always GOP core principles. In fact, many Republicans have told me that’s why they have long supported family planning and Planned Parenthood’s mission – to ensure all women have the information and resources they need to control their own reproductive health.
 
For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has focused on the importance of providing access to reproductive health care for women and families, and in New Hampshire and across the country we depend on leaders on both sides of the aisle to help us continue this work.
 
In many parts of the country, Planned Parenthood was founded and supported by Republicans, and a number of Republican presidents have demonstrated strong commitments to federal family planning programs that provide affordable access to birth control and other preventive care.
 
Nowhere is that history more established than right here in New Hampshire, where the Legislature has a long track record of ensuring that women have access to the health services and the freedom to make decisions about their reproductive lives. 

Earlier this year, a bipartisan majority in the New Hampshire House continued this tradition by defeating an effort to block women from getting basic preventive services at health centers across the state – including affordable birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing and other essential care. This outcome was achieved with the vote of 76 pro-women’s health Republican representatives.
 
Leadership from prominent New Hampshire Republican officials has also been critical to protecting this access to care on a national level, including the late senator Warren Rudman and former congressman Charlie Bass. Both were outspoken about the importance of ensuring women have the freedom to make their own health care decisions rather than having the government make these decisions for them.
 
Planned Parenthood serves as an essential source of primary and preventive health care in New Hampshire, with 33 percent of Planned Parenthood health centers providing care in rural or medically underserved areas. Planned Parenthood patients come from every walk of life, every part of the country, span race, gender and economic background. And the 2.7 million patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers each year for lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment aren’t coming because of politics – they come because they care about their health and their lives.
 
Planned Parenthood is also proud to provide abortion, a safe and legal medical procedure that is supported by more than 73 percent of New Hampshire residents – the highest number of residents in any state in the country. And while labels don’t reflect the complexity of the issue or how people feel, a recent Suffolk University Poll shows nearly half of Republicans identify as “pro-choice” in New Hampshire. Like the majority of Americans – we can all agree that decisions about abortion should be left to a woman, her family, and her faith with the counsel of her doctor – and without government intrusion.
 
Reproductive health is not separate from economic concerns – they are deeply linked in women’s lives. When women can decide whether and when to have children, they are more able to pursue an education and achieve economic security.

We welcome a conversation about the role that Planned Parenthood health centers play in women’s lives, and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and our New Hampshire advocacy organization play in ensuring that people continue to have access to those health care and education services. By providing comprehensive reproductive care, Planned Parenthood is improving the health of women and communities and fueling a healthier economy. By advocating for laws and policies that protect women’s health, and educating voters about how candidates’ positions would affect women’s health, the Action Fund is helping to keep New Hampshire moving forward. These are goals the GOP should embrace – without apology.
 
(Jennifer Frizzell lives in Concord and works as the vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund.)

Friday
Apr172015

CEI Today: Obamacare subsidies, Ex-Im Bank, and EPA's Clean Power Plan in court 

Friday, April 17, 2015
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES - SCOT VORSE

 

New Report Shows States Had Serious Questions about Obamacare Tax Credits in 2011

A new CEI report shows many states knew as early as 2011 that they might not receive tax credits if they opted out of establishing a state-based health insurance exchange. Whether nonparticipating states had adequate knowledge that they were putting their Obamacare subsidies at risk is a critical question in CEI’s Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell.  > Read more 
 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG


Fiduciary rule elicits mixed reactions

 
This week, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing, where Ex-Im head Fred Hochberg defended his agency from Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), who wants to close the bank. Also this week, the Justice Department charged former Ex-Im employee Johnny Gutierrez with bribery.  > Read more 

 

> Interview Ryan Young 
 

EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - WILLIAM YEATMAN

 

CEI's William Yeatman on the Murray Energy Challenge to the Clean Power Plan
 

This week, oral argument in the Murray Energy case against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took place before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. CEI's William Yeatman said: "In making the case that the court has jurisdiction to hear their challenge, Murray Energy and the interveners on their behalf advance two premises: First, that EPA doesn’t have the authority to issue the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to begin with. Second, that state regulators and utilities have no choice but to start complying with the proposed Clean Power Plan now, because they are capital-intensive businesses that must plan years in advance." > Read more






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White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


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Tuesday
Apr142015

NHDP - Legislature’s Failure to Protect Medicaid Expansion Could Lead to Increased Rates

Legislature’s Failure to Protect Medicaid Expansion Could Lead to Increased Rates for All Granite Staters on the Health Insurance Marketplace
 
Concord, N.H. – After the O’Brien-Jasper House budget removed the Governor’s proposal to continue New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion plan, the Associated Press highlighted that the longer the legislature waits to act, the greater the effect could be on rates for all Granite Staters on the Health Insurance Marketplace.  
 
Jennifer Patterson of the state’s Insurance Department told the AP, "The decisions that (insurance companies) make and any uncertainties that result from what's going on in the legislative process, all of that gets played out in the rate development, and that is reflected across the entire private market."
 
Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire, told the AP, "It has huge implications on the prices people pay." 
 
“Even if the legislature eventually agrees to do the responsible thing and continue the state’s successful Medicaid expansion plan, by dragging their feet New Hampshire Republicans could cause increased rates for all Granite Staters on the Health Insurance Marketplace,” added New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.  
 
“The evidence shows that New Hampshire’s expansion plan is working, and it’s time for members of both parties to come together and maintain our commitment to New Hampshire’s people, businesses, and economy by continuing the state’s expansion plan,” added Buckley.
 
BACKGROUND
 
Steve Ahnen and Henry Lipman: “Medicaid expansion is unquestionably helping Granite Staters”
… the question many will, and should, ask as the debate over reauthorization of the NHHPP goes on is: “Is it working?” While we are only a few months into the implementation of the NHHPP, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.” … As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, hospitals across New Hampshire saw a 17 percent reduction in the number of people who were treated in the emergency department who did not have insurance. We are also seeing reductions in the number of patients being treated in the inpatient and outpatient departments as well. We will continue to monitor these trends, but we expect that number will grow as more people become eligible for the program. [Union Leader, 4/13/15]
Wednesday
Apr082015

CEI Today: Retirement reform & Obamacare, White House petition, union subsidies 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE + RETIREMENT REFORM? - JOHN BERLAU

 

IBD: ObamaCare Is Worst Possible Model For Retirement System Reform
 
Given the political fallout from ObamaCare — with stories of patients losing access to their doctors and choices of medical services — one would think the Obama administration would be wary of using medical analogies to sell another industry overhaul.
Yet in recently unveiling the Department of Labor's revised "fiduciary rule" governing 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts, top administration officials repeatedly invoked the doctor-patient relationship. > Read more
 


PETITION THE WHITE HOUSE - MICHELLE MINTON


White House Petition Asks President to Veto of Online Gambling Ban
 

A week after members of Congress debated a bill that would forbid states from legalizing online gambling, the Poker Players Alliance have issued a petition asking the White House to veto the measure. In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. 
 
Despite having legal and effectively regulated online gambling in America for more than two years, some in Congress insist that allowing states to legalize and regulate the activity is too dangerous for America. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton 


UNION SUBSIDIES - TREY KOVACS 

 

Washington Teachers’ Union Boss Compensation Not Unusual
 

A recent article in the Yakima Herald-Republic describes a union subsidy, which pays 75 percent of the teachers’ union president’s salary, as “unusual.” Unfortunately, that is far from the case, and similar compensation packages are common across the country at every level of government. > Read more


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KING v BURWELL

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