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Friday
Oct302015

Emily's List - Rep. Frank Guinta Votes for Ryan and Makes Extreme Agenda Top Priority 

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Guinta Voted with Paul Ryan 91% of the Time

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Guinta voted to elect Paul Ryan the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, demonstrating his willingness to put party loyalty ahead of the needs of the people he represents. Earlier this year, EMILY’s List put Rep. Guinta “On Notice” for his extreme agenda, making his seat a top target for Democratic takeover in 2016.

 

“Rep. Guinta’s decision to vote for Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House solidifies his commitment to an anti-woman, anti-family agenda,” said Rachel Thomas, press secretary of EMILY’s List. “Paul Ryan’s infamous budget proposals are bad for women, children, and hardworking families. With Speaker Ryan at the wheel, we will continue to see the attempts to reduce women’s access to health care and once again make breast cancer and pregnancy pre-existing conditions. Paul Ryan’s Congress will continue its genuinely outrageous priorities, taking aim at children, students, and our seniors.

 

“Rep. Guinta votes in lockstep with Speaker Ryan and together, they will push an extreme agenda – which is exactly why EMILY’s List has made Guinta a top target for 2016.”

 

The Ryan-Guinta Agenda:MARGINALIZE THE VULNERABLE, THE MIDDLE CLASS, WOMEN AND FAMILIES:

 

The Majority of Cuts in the Ryan Budget Affected People with Low or Moderate Income.Of the total $4.8 trillion non-defense cuts in the Ryan Budget, $3.3 trillion or 69% of the cuts were from programs that serve people with low or moderate income. [CBPP,4/08/14]

 

Cut Billions from SNAP. The Ryan Budget included a cut of $137 billion over ten years for SNAP which would have resulted in the end of benefits for an estimate 3.8 million low income individuals. [CBPP,4/08/14]

 

Cut Billions from Pell Grants. The Ryan Budget included a cut of $125 billion total from the Pell Grant program, making it significantly more difficult for low-income students to attend college. [CBPP,4/08/14]

 

End Medicare as We Know It. The Ryan Budget would have converted Medicare into a “premium support” system driven by private insurance vouchers. [New York Times, 4/01/14]

 

  • Majority of Medicare Recipients Are Women.According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 56 percent, or 25,872,700 of Medicare beneficiaries in 2013 were women. [Kaiser Family Foundation,accessed 10/23/15]

 

  • Female Seniors Make Up an Overwhelming Majority of Medicare Beneficiaries. According to 2013 American Community Survey estimates, 10,731,591 women over the age of 75 have Medicare coverage compared to 7,372,520 men with the same coverage. [US Census, Medicare Coverage by Age and Sex,accessed 10/23/15]

 

  • Older Women, on Average Are Poorer than Older Men. According to the National Women’s Law Center, elderly women have lower average incomes and are more likely to live at or near the poverty level than elderly men. [National Women’s Law Center,5/23/11]

 

 

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Built into the Ryan Budget was a repeal of the Affordable Care Act which would have resulted in at least 40 million Americans losing health insurance or failing to achieve coverage by 2024. [CBPP,4/08/14]

 

  • Included a Repeal of the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion. As part of the Ryan Budget’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the expansion of Medicaid would have been cut. [CBPP,4/08/14]

 

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    • ACA Expanded Women’s Access to Insurance. Only half of working women are able to get health coverage through their jobs, compared to 57% of men. Under the Affordable Care Act, approximately 8.2 million uninsured women will gain health coverage from expanded Medicaid eligibility and up to another 11 million women who lack affordable insurance through an employer will be eligible for subsidies. Additionally, with the extension of parental coverage until age 26, more than 10 million young women were able to retain insurance coverage. [Kaiser Family Foundation: Focus on Health Reform,12/10; National Women’s Law Center: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Women, accessed1/23/12; US Census 2010, accessed 1/23/12]

 

  • Breast Cancer, Pregnancy No Longer “Pre-Existing Conditions,” Preventative Treatments Essential under ACA. The Affordable Care Act prohibits coverage denials and exclusions for women with “pre-existing conditions” including pregnancies, past C-sections, breast or cervical cancer, or past treatment for domestic or sexual violence. In addition, maternity and newborn care are included as essential benefits in health plans, and the following services are to be provided with no additional costs to women and girls: annual or biannual mammograms for women over 40, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal screenings and tests, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, depression screenings and smoking and alcohol cessation programs. [National Women’s Law Center: What Health Reform Means for Women in Iowa, accessed5/10; National Women’s Law Center: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Women, accessed1/23/12]

 

  • ACA Closed the Medicare Donut Hole for Women. Women will benefit from a provision which closes the Medicare Part D “donut hole,” or the prescription drug coverage gap that requires seniors to pay the entire cost of prescriptions while in the gap. In 2007, 64% of the Medicare beneficiaries that were affected by the “donut hole” were women. [National Women’s Law Center: What Health Reform Means for Women in Iowa, accessed5/10; National Women’s Law Center: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Women, accessed1/23/12]

 

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.

Wednesday
Oct282015

Strong NH - Obamacare Premiums and Penalties Rise in NH 

 

MANCHESTER - As most Americans currently enrolled in Obamacare begin to select their health insurance plans this weekend, they will find they have to pay more for coverage in 2016 than they did this year. Open enrollment begins Sunday and ends January 31.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has reported that New Hampshire, like most states, will see an increase. Those Granite Stateres covered by the "silver plan," which is the second-cheapest option available on the federal exchange, will see a 5.1% premium increase.  

  • The Obama administration projected earlier this month that 10 million would obtain health insurance through the exchanges in 2016; less than half the number the Congressional Budget Office forecasted in March. According to a Fox News report, healthcare analysts have said Obamacare's sustainability depends on more paying customers signing up through the insurance exchanges. If too few customers purchase insurance, companies will have to raise rates on existing customers to ensure they have enough money to pay for healthcare.
Penalties will also be going up. The per-person charge in 2016 jumps to $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, topping out at $2,085 per family, or 2.5 percent of household income -- an increase from this year's penalty.

Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement; 

"This week's report from the federal government regrettably shows that Obamacare's failures will continue to hurt New Hampshire families in 2016. Premiums will increase as fewer Americans than expected enroll. Fines will go up as the federal government continues to force those those who do not want to purchase health insurance to do so.

"It is understandable why a majority of New Hampshire residents oppose Obamacare. Regrettably, Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Congresswoman Kuster, and former Congresswoman Shea-Porter continue to ignore them. Instead, they stand by a law that consistently forces their constituents to stomach higher costs and bigger government."

 

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Saturday
Oct242015

US Rep Guinta - HOUSE-PASSED HEALTHCARE FREEDOM ACT INCLUDES GUINTA’S OBAMACARE TAX REPEAL  

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Frank Guinta today voted for theRestoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act that includes his language to repeal Obamacare's excise tax on healthcare benefits employers offer their employees.

    "When this harmful provision finally takes place, millions of Americans will see tax hikes, the loss of their employer benefits or even jobs, as the federal government increases Obamacare penalties," said Rep. Guinta, Manchester's former two-term mayor and current member of the House Financial Services Committee.

    He said that, since he took office in 2010, constituents in New Hampshire's First District have been expressinganxiety about the so-called "Cadillac Tax" -- a 40 percent tax on employer-sponsored healthcare benefits – which will take effect in 2018."Businesses small and large, as well as municipalities across the Granite State, are preparing to drop coverage or workers," said Rep Guinta."Especially in this poor economy,  neither they nor middle-class families can afford more high costs."

   The reconciliation measure will travel to the President's desk via an expedited legislative process requiring only a simple Senate majority to pass, avoiding a Democrat filibuster. "We're keeping our promise to the millions of people who have lost their insurance policies, or even their jobs, who sent Republicans to Washington to stop the President's law from harming them further."

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports that coming changes under Obamacare, which Democrats passed on a strict party-line vote, could mean approximately 10 million more Americans lose employer-sponsored healthcare coverage. According to earlier reports, an estimated five million Americans with individual insurance plans lost their insurance when the law first struck.

    Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced thatObamacare sign-ups have fallen a striking 10 million short of expectations.

    In addition to repeal of the excise tax, theRestoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Act includes repeal of other unpopular Obamacare provisions,  such as a tax on medical technology, a financial penalty for those who lack insurance, and automatic enrollment for those who fail to re-enroll in Obamacare.

    "The idea has always been to funnel unwilling Americans into another bloated, inefficient and ineffective government program that serves mostly Washington bureaucrats," said the Congressman. "With the freedom to make their own personal choices, Granite Staters will be better able to acquire the quality care they need at a price they can afford."

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Thursday
Oct222015

US REP. FRANK GUINTA’S CADILLAC TAX REPEAL ON HOUSE FLOOR THIS WEEK 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider legislation that includes Rep. Frank Guinta’s repeal of Obamacare’s “Cadillac tax” on middle-class families’ health insurance plans. A coming change under the healthcare law, which passed with only Democrat votes, could mean more Americans lose their insurance plans or jobs,  as both public and private employers cope with a 40 percent tax on the health benefits they offer.

    “Granite State employers requested my help to turn back new levies on benefits they offer employees, to attract the best people and retain them,” said Rep. Guinta (NH01).“Municipalities are facing big new charges, meaning property tax hikes and probably termination of state and local workers. That’s why bipartisan members are supporting repeal of the Cadillac tax, one of Obamacare’s many failures.”

     A study from the non-partisan American Health Policy Institute shows over 12 million Americans will see an average payroll tax increase of $1,050 per year. Rep. Guinta’sAx the Tax on Middle Class Americans’ Health Plans Act was the first stand-alone legislation to prevent higher taxes and job losses associated with the Cadillac tax.

    “Granite Staters’ concerns and counsel were crucial to shaping this bill,” said Rep. Guinta, Manchester’s former mayor and current member of the House Financial Services Committee.“I urge constituents feeling the pain of federal taxes and regulation to contact my office.”

    A vote to repeal the Cadillac tax could come tomorrow or Friday, as part of the largerRestoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which would end other Obamacare provisions, such as automatic enrollment, the individual mandate and medical device tax.

    “This law represents a shocking centralization of power in Washington, where bureaucrats are dictating Americans’ personal choices and siphoning income to federal agencies,”said the Congressman. “I’m committed to returning control to hardworking families.”

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Friday
Oct162015

Daily Signal - Why 6 Government-Funded Insurance Companies Created Under Obamacare Collapsed 

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Oct. 16, 2015
News

Why 6 Government-Funded Insurance Companies Created Under Obamacare Collapsed

Over the last 10 months, six Obamacare co-ops, which collectively received nearly $762 million from the federal government, announced they’re closing their doors and pulling out of the insurance market for 2016.

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The Daring Escape From a North Korean Prison That Took One Life but Saved Another

Speaking to The Daily Signal from the Demilitarized Zone, Shin Dong-hyuk reveals the scars that he suffered as he squeezed through the highly electrified fence that was designed to block him from the outside world since his birth in prison in 1982.

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Conservative Freedom Caucus Promises to Keep Pressure on Boehner During Debt Ceiling Debate

"Legislation to raise the debt ceiling should include reforms that begin the long process of reining in our out-of-control spending," Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told The Daily Signal.

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John Bolton on the Biggest National Security Crisis Facing the Next President

The Daily Signal's Genevieve Wood sat down with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton to talk national security, the Middle East, and what questions 2016 candidates should have to answer.

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How Social Security's Current Way of Calculating Cost of Living Hurts Taxpayers

Lost in the discussion over the fact that Social Security recipients won't get a boost in their benefits next year is that the government's way of calculating cost of living is problematic.

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Food Stamp Recipients in Maine Have Decreased by 22% Since 2012. Here's Why.

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