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Thursday
Apr032014

ALG's Daily Grind - Will the Government Accountability Office be allowed to look at the Internet giveaway before it happens? 

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April 3, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Will the Government Accountability Office be allowed to look at the Internet giveaway before it happens?
Commerce Department supports international, "multistakeholders" reviewing the plan to turn over the Internet's most critical functions, but refuses to support Congress merely calling for a GAO study to look into the matter, and is puzzled why anyone would think the transition might result in censorship.

Cartoon: "Victory Speech"

Governor Jindal's health care reform plan is blueprint to ending Obamacare mess
Plan restores market principles to the health system Obamacare is destroying.

First Trust: Fed repudiates Milton Friedman
"[I]f banks expect excess reserves to stay in the system longer, perhaps even permanently, it is almost certain they will become more aggressive about lending even as they move up their expectations of when and how much short-term rates will rise. This, in turn, would boost the money supply sharply, driving up asset prices, economic activity and inflation in the months and years ahead."

Wednesday
Apr022014

NRSC - Shaheen Put ObamaCare Before New Hampshire 

OBAMA'S RUBBER STAMP

Jeanne Shaheen Stands With ObamaCare, Against Granite Staters
 Votes with Obama a Shocking 99% of the Time





While today is April Fools' Day, Jeanne Shaheen's record on ObamaCare is no joke for most Granite Staters. The vulnerable Senator voted with Obama a staggering 99% of the time, while consistently deceiving voters on the devastating impact that ObamaCare has had on families, workers and businesses in New Hampshire.

Jeanne Shaheen remains stubbornly out of touch with Granite Staters. In reality, a majority of Granite Staters oppose this disastrous law, revealing that Jeanne Shaheen is more in touch with the liberal Obama agenda then she is with what is in the best interests of New Hampshire. 

When selling ObamaCare to her constituents, Jeanne Shaheen repeatedly echoed President Obama's broken promise that if you liked your doctor, you would be able to keep your doctor. Yet, many Granite Staters are in jeopardy of losing their doctors, health plans, and will see costs dramatically increase. Unfortunately, Jeanne Shaheen has a habit of making false claims about ObamaCare to Granite Staters including:

  • Slashed: In 2010 Jeanne Shaheen voted to cut Medicare Advantage to pay for ObamaCare.
  • Lied: Jeanne Shaheen promised ObamaCare would "make health insurance more affordable for families and businesses."
  • Misled: Jeanne Shaheen repeated the Obama mantra, "everyone will have the freedom to keep their health care plan if they like it."
  • Cancelled: In September 2010 Jeanne Shaheen voted to prevent insurance companies from keeping their grandfathered status.

"Jeanne Shaheen repeatedly promised Granite Staters that ObamaCare wouldn't harm seniors, families, and middle class workers, but that simply wasn't true," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "The real April Fools this year are Democrats like Jeanne Shaheen, who've spent years peddling falsehoods, spin, and lies about ObamaCare. Granite Staters can't trust Jeanne Shaheen to be honest, but they are excited about electing a new Senator who will put the interests of New Hampshire before the interests of Barack Obama and Democrats in Washington."

BACKGROUND

Jeanne Shaheen Promised Americans They Can Keep Their Coverage

SHAHEEN: “Now, Under The Current Legislation, Everyone Will Have The Freedom To Keep Their Health Care Plan If They Like It.” (“Shaheen In 2009: ‘Everyone Will Have The Freedom To Keep Their Health Plan If They Like It,’” www.youtube.com, Uploaded 10/31/13)

SHAHEEN: “The Health Care Plan We Are Working On In Congress Will Let People Keep Their Doctor And Their Insurance Plan If They Like It, expand coverage options for people that need it, and stabilize costs for families, businesses and our economy. I look forward to continuing the effort and to achieve comprehensive health care reform that works for all Americans.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Discusses Health Care With New Hampshire Seniors,” Press Release, 8/21/09)

Jeanne Shaheen Promised Americans ObamaCare Would Lower Costs

SHAHEEN: “Today, Our Nation Took A Historic Step Forward In A Quest That Has Spanned Generations - To Provide Better Quality And More Cost Effective Health Care To All Americans.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Statement On Passage Of The Senate Health Care Reform Bill,” Press Release, 12/24/09)

In December 2009, Shaheen Said The Health Care Law Would Slow Down The Growth Of Health Care Costs. SHAHEEN: “Controlling health care spending is critical to address the fiscal health of this Nation--no pun intended. This legislation takes a very important first step in slowing down the growth.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Congressional Record, 12/22/09, p. S13737)

Shaheen Said The Health Care Bill “Will Make Health Insurance More Affordable For Families And Businesses.” SHAHEEN: “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will make health insurance more affordable for families and businesses, reduce the deficit, and stop insurance company abuses, like denying coverage because of preexisting conditions. More than 30 million uninsured Americans will be able to get the care they need when we enact this legislation. It is necessary we pass and enact this legislation as soon as possible so that health care costs cannot continue to bankrupt middle class families, businesses, and our nation.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen: Cost Savings Measures Included In Senate Health Care Reform Bill,” Press Release, 12/21/09)

In December 2009, Shaheen Said The Health Care Law “Lowers Costs For Seniors.” “Through increased efficiency, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extends the life of Medicare, removes waste and fraud, lowers costs for seniors, and protects Medicare benefits.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Applauds Passage Of Preventative Health Care, Medicare Protection Measures,” Press Release, 12/3/09)

Jeanne Shaheen Promised ObamaCare Wouldn't Harm Medicare

In 2009, Shaheen Said ObamaCare “Protects Medicare Benefits.” “Through increased efficiency, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act extends the life of Medicare, removes waste and fraud, lowers costs for seniors, and protects Medicare benefits.” (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, “Shaheen Applauds Passage Of Preventative Health Care, Medicare Protection Measures,” Press Release, 12/3/09)

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-NH): “There are significant savings” in Medicare Advantage (CNN’s “State Of The Union,” 11/22/09)

Jeanne Shaheen Supported The Obama Administration’s Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations

In September 2010, Shaheen Voted Against A Resolution To Nullify An Obama Administration Rule Preventing Insurance Companies From Keeping Their Grandfathered Status If They Make Changes To Their Plans. “Enzi, R-Wyo., motion to proceed to consideration of a joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval of a rule regarding grandfathering of health insurance plans under the 2010 health care overhaul law.” (S. J. Res. 39, CQ Vote #244: Motion rejected 40-59: R 40-0; D 0-57; I 0-2, 9/29/10, Shaheen Voted Nay; Chris Frates, “Senate Democrats Supported Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations,” CNN, 10/31/13)

The Rule Essentially Prevented Insurance Companies From Keeping Their Grandfathered Status If They Made Changes To Their Plans. “The rule essentially prevents insurance companies from keeping their grandfathered status if they make changes to their plans. In practice, insurance companies are loath to leave their plans unchanged so grandfathered plans are disappearing, and people are being forced to change their plans to meet Obamacare’s more robust coverage requirements.” (Chris Frates, “Senate Democrats Supported Rule That Led To Insurance Cancellations,” CNN, 10/31/13)

Wednesday
Apr022014

ALG's Daily Grind - Can Obama give away the Internet without Congress? 

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April 1, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Can Obama give away the Internet without Congress?
Wall Street Journal's L. Gordon Crovitz: "The Property Clause of the Constitution says Congress must pass legislation to effect a transfer of government property. Arguably the president could no more transfer the valuable control over the naming and domains of the Internet than he could give Alaska back to Russia."

Cartoon: Sham Wow

Clouds on the solar horizon
Solar panel buyers beware.

Ace of Spades: Less than one-quarter of Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsured; Three quarters were people thrown off their existing insurance
Rand Corporation study: "[O]f the people who have paid their first month's premium on the Obamacare exchanges, and are thereby enrolled in coverage, 76 percent were previously insured, and 24 percent were previously uninsured."

Wednesday
Apr022014

NHDP - ALL of the Out-of-Touch, Koch-Backed Republican Federal Candidates Oppose Extending Health Insurance

NHGOP Recruits for Senate, Congress Running on “Repeal” Agenda, Aligned with Third Party Special Interests

Concord, NH—Last week, as Governor Maggie Hassan signed a law that will give 50,000 New Hampshire families access to health insurance, ALL of New Hampshire’s Republican candidates for federal office continued to stand in fierce opposition to Medicaid Expansion, even while a majority of the Republican caucus in the State House supported the measure. By opposing Medicaid Expansion, Republican candidates Scott Brown, Frank Guinta, Dan Innis, Marilinda Garcia, and Gary Lambert continue to prove they are members of the Republican establishment who havedrank the Kool-Aid, running on a Koch-Rove agenda at the expense of New Hampshire’s families.
 
 “Frankly, it’s no surprise that all of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s candidates—Brown, Guinta, Innis, Garcia, and Lambert—are opposing a bipartisan, commonsense initiative that will expand health coverage to 50,000 more families in our state,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “This was an important compromise made between both parties in the New Hampshire Legislature and Governor Hassan to ensure that tens of thousands of families will no longer have to choose between getting the care they need and going bankrupt. New Hampshire families deserve representatives that put their concerns before the third party special interests spending millions of dollars to get their candidates elected so they can represent Big Oil and Wall Street.”
 
Republican Senate President Chuck Morse praised the bipartisan Medicaid Expansion compromise as “a New Hampshire solution.”  The New Hampshire Business and Industry Association announced support for expansion, citing that “health care providers aren’t reimbursed for treating uninsured patients, which ultimately impacts the amount cost-shifted onto other payers, such as businesses and their employees.”  The state senate passed expansion with broad bipartisan support including the more than half of the Republican caucus. And Republicans Fergus Cullen and Rep. Herb Richardson have publicly stated that they have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, the latter even interrupting Brown’s speech in his home to tell him that the ACA has been a “financial lifesaver.”
Wednesday
Apr022014

AFPNH - It’s No Joke! 

Representative Annie Kuster refuses to relent in her support of ObamaCare, which has caused too many New Hampshire residents to lose their coverage, lose their doctor, lose access to their hospital or have to pay more just to keep their health care coverage.


Join us this Thursday to let Representative Kuster know this is no joke.

Go here for more details and to RSVP.

We will gather outside her Nashua office located at 70 East Pearl Street in Nashua at 11AM.

Representative Kuster's unwavering support of Obamacare has resulted in over 24,000 Granite Staters losing their health insurance and many thousands more facing increased premiums. Help us hold her accountable this Thursday in Nashua at 11AM!

If you want to do even more to push back against ObamaCare, remember to join us this Wednesday (and every Wednesday from now through November) as we meet in our Manchester office for free dinner and phone banking from 6PM-8PM. Our office is located at 340 Granite Street in Manchester.

I hope to see you this week!

Live free or die,

Greg Moore
State Director
Americans For Prosperity - New Hampshire
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