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06.16.17

Does ‘All-Out War’ Sound Bipartisan?

Sen. Schumer: '[W]e're Not Going To Sit Down In A Room With Them Once They Repeal And Say Let's Figure Out A Joint Plan' SENATE DEMOCRATS TODAY: "Republicans and Democrats need to come together to find solutions to America's challenges." (Sen. Schumer, Letter to Sen. McConnell, 6/15/2017) PREVIOUSLY: "Senate Democrats are preparing an all-out war to try to save the Affordable Care Act…. And when and if the bill comes to the Senate floor, Democrats will use every tool at their disposa… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Obamacare: ‘Big Insurance Rate Hikes Coming’ In 2018

'[H]ealth Policy Experts Agree The Coming Year Could Be Rough For Remaining Insurers And Even Rougher On Consumers' 'Many ACA Customers Will Pay More For Coverage' "[H]ealth policy experts agree the coming year could be rough for remaining insurers and even rougher on consumers. Already Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City has announced it will not offer plans on the exchange, leaving more than two dozen counties in the region without an insurer." ("Big Insurance Rate Hikes Coming - And… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Iran’s Ongoing Provocations

Missile Tests, Exchanges With North Korea, And Proxy Wars SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES MATTIS: "Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran." ("Indications Iran Doubling Down On Use Of Proxy Forces," Voice Of America, 5/31/2017) "The Senate is expected to vote this week on bipartisan legislation that would expand U.S. sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile program and also target its support for terrorism, human rights violations and transfers of conventional weap… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Unsustainable: Major Insurer Exits Obamacare In Ohio

Anthem's Exit Leaves Over 10,000 People In At Least 18 'Counties Without A Single Insurer' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Every week, it seems we hear more news about the failures of Obamacare. … It has become painfully clear that Obamacare is failing to live up to its promises and is collapsing in front of our eyes. If this failed Obamacare status quo continues, more Americans are likely to lose their insurance options, more Americans are likely to continue seeing their premiums rise, mo… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Putting American Veterans First

'We Cannot Break Faith With The Americans Who Bravely And Willingly Fight On Our Behalf' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "…Americans across the nation are counting on us to help ensure better quality health care for our veterans. This is a critical issue for each of us, no matter what state we hail from, no matter what party we represent. Our veterans have sacrificed so much, and in return, they deserve our support. We must keep the commitment we have to them when it comes to ensuring the V… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Obamacare: States ‘Running Out Of Individual Health Plans’

'Nebraskans Seeking Individual Policies May Not Be Able To Find Health Plans At Any Price,' & 'Iowa Is In A World Of Hurt' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "This year, Kentuckians in 49% of our counties - let me repeat that, 49%, nearly half of the counties in Kentucky - have only one insurer to choose from. And of course, having only one option is really no choice at all." (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 5/16/2017) 'Nebraska Running Out Of Individual Health Plans' "After … Continue Reading


06.01.17

Putting American Families First

Former President Obama's UN Agreement 'Unfairly Jeopardized The American Economy' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I applaud President Trump and his administration for dealing yet another significant blow to the Obama Administration's assault on domestic energy production and jobs. President Obama made commitments in this deal based off a costly power plan that we knew at the time was on shaky legal ground. By withdrawing from this unattainable mandate, President Trump has reiterated his commitme… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Obamacare: Kansas City Area Stranded

67,000 Americans In 32 Missouri & Kansas Counties Lose Their Last Insurer Option On Obamacare Exchanges "Parts of the country are in jeopardy of not having an insurer offering Obamacare plans next year. Many counties already have just one insurer offering health plans in the Obamacare marketplaces, and some of those solo insurers are showing signs that they are eyeing the exits." ("Obamacare Choices Could Go From One to Zero in Some Areas," The New York Times, 3/31/2017) BREAKING NEWS: … Continue Reading


05.24.17

Obamacare: Skyrocketing Premiums

New HHS Report: 'Average Premiums Were 105% Higher In 2017 Than In 2013' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "A new report released last night from the Department of Health and Human Services revealed startling new numbers showing just how substantial premium increases have been under Obamacare. … These figures, which are based on the Obama Administration's own data, show just how the health care law has hurt too many hardworking families - a reality that Obamacare's champions never wanted the … Continue Reading


05.23.17

Obamacare: ‘Rural Shoppers Face Slim Choices, Steep Premiums’

MN Dem Gov: 'The Reality Is The Affordable Care Act Is No Longer Affordable' 2018: "With the latest departures, more than 40 percent of U.S. counties would have only one insurer selling coverage on their marketplaces for next year, according to data compiled by The Associated Press and the consulting firm Avalere." ("More Price Hikes Likely For Government Insurance Markets," AP, 5/11/2017) 2017: "People living in sparsely populated areas who shopped for coverage on the state health insuran… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Dems Slow-Walk Uncontroversial Nominees

FLASHBACK -- SEN. SCHUMER: 'Who In America Doesn't Think A President, Democrat Or Republican, Deserves His Or Her Picks For Who Should Run The Agencies? Nobody.' 'The Process Has Been Mired In Procedural Delays Forced By Democrats' "The process has been mired in procedural delays forced by Democrats… Of the previous four administrations, the median wait time between official nomination and full Senate vote (or presidential withdrawal) was just one day. Trump's median was 25 days." ("T… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Obamacare: ‘It’s Awful’

Families In VT, VA, OR And Elsewhere Face Huge Potential 2018 Premium Hikes "Obamacare's markets are becoming increasingly vulnerable as major health insurers exit, citing financial losses. Some insurers have stayed in but raised the premiums they charge customers by double-digit percentages. Some of the instability has been going on for years, as fewer people than expected have signed up for plans and many have been sicker than insurers accounted for." ("Aetna To Pull Out Of Nebraska's Obamaca… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Tax Reform: ‘A Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity’

After 'Slowest U.S. Recovery Since WWII,' Reform Would 'Increase Capital Spending…Increase Hiring…Accelerate Economic Growth' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader: "…this Republican Congress has been working to get our economy moving again and to spur job creation. … Passing tax reform legislation would mark a major achievement in bringing us closer to that goal. This Republican Congress and administration have made it a priority from the start." (Sen.… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Senators On Obamacare: ‘We Simply Can't Ignore Another Warning Sign’

'The Bottom Line Is Obamacare Has Failed, And It Is Up To Us To Provide Some Relief' 'The Obamacare Market Is "In The Early Stages Of A Death Spiral"' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Obamacare is failing the American people, and it keeps getting worse. Families face skyrocketing premiums, fewer choices, and the risk of losing the doctors or plans they like. Just this week, we saw even more troubling news out of states like Maryland, where one major insurer just proposed a prem… Continue Reading


05.12.17

Insurers Saying ‘Goodbye To Obamacare’

Dem Senator: 'Our Hardworking Families Will Have Fewer Options And Harder Choices' SEN. TOM CARPER (D-DE): "Today, we learned that Aetna is pulling out of all ACA marketplaces in 2018, leaving Delaware with only one insurer in its individual health insurance market. This will mean that more than 12,000 Delawareans will have to find a new insurance plan and our hardworking families will have fewer options and harder choices to make about their health insurance coverage." (Sen. Carper, Press Rele… Continue Reading


05.11.17

14 CRAs: A Victory For American Workers

Repealed Regulations 'Will Save $3.7 Billion In Total Regulatory Costs … And Eliminate 4.2 Million Hours Of Paperwork' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[We have] wasted no time in providing regulatory relief to Americans and restoring legislative power where it rightfully belongs, with the people through their elected representatives in Congress. We have a tool that's proved incredibly helpful in this regard. It's called the Congressional Review Act." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 5/11/20… Continue Reading


05.09.17

‘Massive, Double-Digit Premium Increases’ In MD, CT, VA

Amid Worries Of A 'Death Spiral,' Insurers Are Requesting Massive Rate Hikes Or Quitting Obamacare Exchanges Altogether SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "For years, the American people have suffered under this failed law. They watched their premiums soar. They watched their choices dwindle. Now, they're watching as Obamacare collapses all around them." (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 5/08/2017) MARYLAND: 'Greater Than 50 Percent Rate Increase' Coupled With Worries 'That The Mar… Continue Reading


05.08.17

Obamacare Is Collapsing

'Ominous Signs For Health Care Customers In States Across The County' SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN): Under Obamacare "…exchanges are collapsing, people could be without insurance, premiums will skyrocket if we don't act…" (Sen. Alexander, Press Release, 5/5/2017) In 2018 Individual Insurance 'Markets Could Collapse' In Many Areas "Tens of thousands of customers who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces could lose their coverage for 2018. Several… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Obamacare Continues To Fall Apart

Next Year 'Obamacare Choices Could Go From One To Zero' In 'Many Areas Of The Country' "Tens of thousands of customers who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces could lose their coverage for 2018. Several insurers have already decided not to offer marketplace coverage next year amid financial risk…" ("Thousands Of Obamacare Customers Left Without Options As Insurers Bolt," Bloomberg, 4/27/2017) "In the 2017 open-enrollment period that ended on January 3… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Largest Border Security Funding Increase In A Decade

Funding Bill Provides 'The Tools We Need To Make A Change' SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY JOHN KELLY: "This is our government's largest investment in border security in 10 years. We are … beginning to get the tools we need to make a change." (White House Press Briefing, 5/02/2017) 'The Largest Overall Increase In Border Security And Department Of Homeland Security Funding In The Last 10 Years' "Congress is expected to vote on the biggest increase in border security funding in a long t… Continue Reading

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