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08.11.16

Obamacare: ‘Get Ready To Pay More’

'A Quintessential Obamacare Failure Story' Of Higher Premiums, Fewer Choices For Consumers PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I am proud of the policy changes in the ACA and the progress that has been made toward a more affordable, high-quality, and accessible health care system." (Barack Obama, "United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps," The Journal of the American Medical Association, 7/11/2016) REALITY: "'We're paying more for less,' said Jamie Court, the president of Consumer Watch… Continue Reading


08.10.16

Gold Medal For Costly Regulations Goes To… President Obama!

As Part Of A 'Final-Year Sprint,' 'President Obama's Regulators Have Completed Their 600th Major Rule' "…all-time presidential record of costly regulation set by the Obama Administration. … The regulatory crush isn't over." ("The All-Time Regulation Record," The Wall Street Journal, 8/6/16) 'President Obama's Regulators Have Completed Their 600th Major Rule … It Amounts To A Regulatory Tax Of $2,294 On Every American' "Since President Obama took office in 2009, the fed… Continue Reading


08.03.16

Zika Spreads, White House Waits

Obama Administration 'Sitting On Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars That It Already Controls And Could Be Used' Obama Administration Still Hasn't Spent Funds It Already Has To Combat Virus "The Obama administration is struggling to explain why it is pressing Congress for more money to fight the Zika virus while sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars that it already controls and could be used instead." ("Administration Sitting On Unspent Funds For Zika," Roll Call, 8/2/16) "The White Hous… Continue Reading


08.02.16

Obamacare’s Co-Op Collapse Continues

'Fewer Than A Third Of [Obamacare] Co-Ops Will Still Be Open For Business This Fall' "The number of insurers carrying out one of the Affordable Care Act's most idealistic goals continues to plummet, with just seven nonprofit member-run health plans set to take part in the law's fourth enrollment season this fall. That's down from 23 such plans - co-ops, as they are commonly known - that started in 2014. Eleven are still in business, but four in Oregon, Ohio, Connecticut and Illinois will fold s… Continue Reading


07.14.16

‘We’ve Clearly Put The Senate Back To Work’

Stack Of Major Legislation Passed By The Republican Senate This Year Continues To Grow: Combating Opioids, FAA Legislation, Biotech Labeling, Puerto Rico Restructuring, Modernizing The Toxic Substances Control Act, Trade Secrets, FOIA Updates, North Korean Sanctions & More SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): 'We've clearly put the Senate back to work' (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 7/14/16) A GROWING LIST OF 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS CARA: 'A Bill To Tackle The Nation's Opioid Crisis' SEN.… Continue Reading


07.14.16

CARA: ‘The Most Sweeping Drug Legislation In Years’

'Public Health Advocates Have Lauded The Bill As A Crucial Policy Shift,' 'An "Extraordinary" Step Forward' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "This is a comprehensive legislative response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic devastating Kentucky and our nation. I'm happy to see it on its way to the president's desk to be signed into law." (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 7/13/2016) SEN. ROB PORTMAN (R-OH): "This is a historic moment, the first time in decades that Congres… Continue Reading


07.13.16

On Zika, Dems’ Excuses Don’t Stand Up To Scrutiny

'Democrats Are Clearly Very Nervous About Their Decision To Attack Women's Health … With Their Filibuster Of The Anti-Zika Funding Bill' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Democrats are clearly very nervous about their decision to attack women's health and veterans with their filibuster of the anti-Zika funding bill. Who can blame them? They've put forth a variety of tortured excuses that don't stand up to scrutiny." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 7/12/16) RHETORIC: 'Insufficient Funding Th… Continue Reading


07.08.16

‘Inexcusable’

With The Security Situation In Afghanistan 'Precarious' & ISIL On The March, Dems Filibuster The Defense Funding Bill SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I would remind everyone that at a time when we face an array of terror threats around the globe, we cannot afford to put politics above support for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines or our efforts to move the appropriations process forward." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 7/7/16) "Senate Democrats blocked a Defense Department spendin… Continue Reading


07.07.16

End Violent Criminal Sanctuaries

Sen. Toomey: 'The Life Of Kate Steinle Matters. Protecting Our Neighborhoods From Violent Criminals And Terrorists Matters.' "Democrats blocked legislation targeting sanctuary cities - a controversial immigration policy … most Senate Democrats united against a measure that would strip funding from sanctuary cities, which are cities and counties where local police and jails decline cooperation with the feds on immigration enforcement." ("Senate Rejects 'Sanctuary Cities' Defunding Bill," … Continue Reading


07.06.16

‘CARA Is A Monumental Step Forward’

More Than 180 Groups Call On Congress To Act On Conference Report More Than 180 National Anti-Drug Groups: "We …are calling on Congress for quick action to send this to the President's desk for signature." (Letter to Members of Congress on S. 524, 7/6/2016) 'CARA Is A Monumental Step Forward' ADDICTIONPOLICY.ORG: "Let's not play politics; 129 people are dying every day in our country at the hands of this epidemic. CARA has real resources, real policy change, and is part of much larger… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Puerto Rico Bill ‘A Big Win For Limited Government Conservatives’

'Not A Single Taxpayer Dime Will Be Spent On Paying Puerto Rico's Debt' SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): "Today we have an opportunity to help the Puerto Rican people in the face of this crisis and prevent a taxpayer bailout by passing the responsible, bipartisan bill before us. This bill won't cost the taxpayers a dime. What it will do is help Puerto Rico restructure its financial obligations and provide much-needed oversight to put into place reforms." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 6/29/16) SE… Continue Reading


06.29.16

‘Zika Bill Is Blocked By Senate Democrats’

'Guaranteeing That Congress Won't Get Legislation To President Obama's Desk This Month' WALL STREET JOURNAL: "After spending months demanding more funding to combat the Zika virus, [Democrats] voted down their own priority to foment the chaos they believe will work to their political benefit in the fall." (Editorial, "The Zika Democrats," The Wall Street Journal, 6/28/2016) SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): "Democrats are working hard to spin this, but families don't want excuses, they want action.… Continue Reading


06.28.16

‘Senate Dems Block House Zika Funding’

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): 'Pregnant Women All Across America Are Looking At This With Dismay, Utter Dismay' "Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a $1.1 billion Zika virus funding package…" ("Zika Funding Bill Blocked In The Senate," The Washington Post's 'PowerPost' Blog, 6/28/16) "Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a critical funding measure needed to combat the spreading Zika virus, a move that will now make it impossible for Congress to send legislation to President Obama before J… Continue Reading


06.27.16

Dems On Zika: ‘We Cannot Delay Any Longer’

'The Mosquitoes Are Not Going To Be On Recess' SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "Every day we wait, every day is increasing the risk that we will have problems with Zika." ("Sen. Schumer Calling For Nearly $2 Billion To Fight Zika," CBS Albany, 6/20/2016) SEN. DURBIN: 'The Mosquitoes Carrying This Deadly Virus Are On The March' JOSH EARNEST, White House Press Secretary: "…we ask that members of Congress take their job to protect the American people seriously, and we ask them to provide the f… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Sen. Schumer: ‘Every Day We Wait … Is Increasing The Risk That We Will Have Problems With Zika’

CDC Chief: 'To Fully Protect Americans We Must Have The Funds We Need' SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "...the threat from Zika continues to grow larger every day." (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.4432, 6/22/16) 'These Dollars Must Get Out The Door Now' REP. HAL ROGERS (R-KY): "Mosquito season is upon us; these dollars must get out the door now to help control the spread of the Zika virus, and continue longer-term efforts to stop this disease, such as vaccine and treatment development and depl… Continue Reading


06.21.16

ISIL Threat Isn’t 'Contained'

'More Than 1,200 People Outside Of Iraq And Syria Have Been Killed In Attacks Inspired Or Coordinated By The Islamic State' PRESIDENT OBAMA: 'We have contained them' GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC News: "ISIS is gaining strength, aren't they?" PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Well, I don't think they're gaining strength. What is true is that from the start our goal has been first to contain -- and we have contained them." (ABC's "Good Morning America," 11/12/2015) SEN. ROY BLUNT (R-MO): "Our military leaders… Continue Reading


06.16.16

CIA Director: ‘ISIL Remains A Formidable Adversary’

Warns That Islamic State 'Will Intensify Its Global Terror Campaign To Maintain Its Dominance Of The Global Terrorism Agenda' GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC News: "ISIS is gaining strength, aren't they?" PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Well, I don't think they're gaining strength. What is true is that from the start our goal has been first to contain -- and we have contained them." (ABC's "Good Morning America," 11/12/2015) 'Our Efforts Have Not Reduced [ISIL's] Terrorism Capability And Global Reach' CIA D… Continue Reading


06.15.16

President Obama: ‘They’re Not Coming Here’

On ISIL: 'We Have Contained Them' PRESIDENT OBAMA: 'They're not coming here' "…the president would say that he had failed to fully appreciate the fear many Americans were experiencing about the possibility of a Paris-style attack in the U.S. …he has never believed that terrorism poses a threat to America commensurate with the fear it generates. Even during the period in 2014 when ISIS was executing its American captives in Syria, his emotions were in check. Valerie Jarrett, Obama'… Continue Reading


06.14.16

‘We Must Adopt A Strategy Now’

Senate Republicans Demand A Plan To Defeat ISIL: 'What We Need Most Of All … Is Leadership … And A Strategy' FLASHBACK: Obama: "'They're Not Coming Here' . . . He Reassured Her" PRESIDENT OBAMA: "'They're not coming here' . . . he reassured her." "…[President Obama] has never believed that terrorism poses a threat to America commensurate with the fear it generates. Even during the period in 2014 when ISIS was executing its American captives in Syria, his emotions were … Continue Reading


06.10.16

‘Historically Large Health Insurance Premium Increases’

Consumers Hit With 'Double-Digit Increases Again' "During debate on the 2010 health care law, Mr. Obama and members of Congress repeatedly hailed [The Geisinger Health Plan] as a model . . ." ("Why Do Health Costs Keep Rising? These People Know," The New York Times, 6/09/2016) "So when Geisinger requested a rate increase of 40 percent for 2017, consumer advocates were amazed." ("Why Do Health Costs Keep Rising? These People Know," The New York Times, 6/09/2016) "Geisinger has been a pio… Continue Reading

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