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03.22.18

Omnibus Bill ‘A Victory For Families Caught In The Grip Of The Opioid Epidemic’

'It Is Time To Liberate Our Communities From This Scourge Of Drug Addiction' PRESIDENT TRUMP: "It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction." (President Trump, "How We Will Win The War On Opioids," 3/1/2018) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[The omnibus bill is] a victory for families caught in the grip of the opioid epidemic. This bill scales up research, treatment and prevention funding and provides for grants to first responders. It will confro… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Improving The Lives Of The American People

The Major Accomplishments Of The 115th Congress SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "When President Trump delivers his State of the Union address, he will have outstanding news to share. After a decade of sluggish growth and stagnant paychecks, our country is back on the right track. Optimism is sweeping across the country, and the economy is finally gaining momentum. The Trump administration has worked with the Republican Congress to improve the lives of the American people. … Republicans have… Continue Reading


01.24.18

The Longest S-CHIP Extension In History

'Parents Of The Almost 9 Million Children Who Receive Coverage Under The Federal Children's Health Insurance Program, Or CHIP, Can Breathe Easier' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "…I'd particularly like to thank our Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Senator Hatch, for his powerful advocacy for the nine million children in low-income families who rely on the State Children's Health Insurance Program. ... I understand the six-year S-CHIP extension the Senate passed yesterday will be the long… Continue Reading


01.20.18

S-CHIP Regrets, They’ve Had A Few

SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Thanks to the Democratic Leader's decision, along with my friend from Michigan, to filibuster an extension of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, low-income families will slip closer to losing health coverage for their kids. And in many states this is an emergency. There was a carefully crafted compromise that she and every Democrat on the committee supported. The Senate has not reviewed this new proposal. But if members are serious about funding CHIP, t… Continue Reading


01.20.18

Children’s Health Insurance: ‘Vital To Millions Of Children And Families’

Children's Hospitals, Pediatricians, And Health Professionals Warn That 'Congressional Inaction On CHIP Along With A Government Shutdown Is A Dangerous Combination For Families' Health Professionals Urge Congress To 'Pass CHIP This Week' CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION: "The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is vital to millions of children and families…. States are exhausting all available program funds and have announced plans to freeze enrollment and, in some cases, end… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Governors ‘Urge Immediate Action On The Children’s Health Insurance Program’

Govs: 'We Believe Covering Children And Pregnant Women Without Disruption Is One Thing We Can All Agree On' GOVS: 'Give The Families Who Rely On CHIP The Peace Of Mind Of Knowing That Their Children Will Be Able To Get The Health Care They Need' GOV. TOM WOLF (D-PA): "The 178,000 children in PA that rely on CHIP for health care deserve better … We need a sustainable, long-term funding solution for this vital program …" (Gov. Wolf, @GovernorTomWolf, Twitter, 1/16/2018) GOV. W… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Dems ‘Do Not Oppose A Single Thing In This Bill’

Will Democrats Really 'Filibuster Government Funding And Shut Down Vital Programs For Americans'? SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "My friends on the other side of the aisle do not oppose a single thing in this bill. They know they can't possibly explain to our warfighters and veterans, to our seniors, to our opioid treatment centers, to the millions of vulnerable children and their families who depend on S-CHIP for coverage, or to all the Americans who rely on the federal government for critical s… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Bipartisan Govs: ‘Reauthorize CHIP As Quickly As Possible’

8.9 Million Children Nationwide Covered by State Children's Health Insurance Program SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R-UT), Finance Committee Chairman: "[T]he House bill would extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, which is the longest extension since the creation of the program…. I'll remind my colleagues that, this past September, the Finance Committee's Ranking Member, Senator Wyden, and I introduced a long-term, bipartisan CHIP extension bill that was overwhelm… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Act Now On Children’s Health Insurance Program

Dems Rhetoric: 'Stop Playing Political Football With The Health Care Of Our Children,' 'Children's Lives At Risk' FLASHBACK: All Senate Finance Committee Democrats Voted For A 5 Year S-CHIP Extension In October: "The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday approved by voice vote its bipartisan bill to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. … The bill (S 1827) by Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and Wyden would renew funding for the program for five years…" ("Pan… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Tax Reform To Repeal The Individual Mandate Tax

Individual Mandate Repeal 'A Tax Cut For Low-Income Americans' "The tax bill would repeal ObamaCare's individual mandate, a major accomplishment for Republicans in chipping away at the health-care law." ("Week Ahead: GOP Poised To Repeal Obamacare Mandate," The Hill, 12/18/2017) "The tax bill that looks like it's about to become law would strike a blow to a fundamental part of Obamacare. … The bill would repeal the individual mandate, the provision in the ACA that requires individuals t… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Dems’ Selective Outrage

FLASHBACK: In 2014 The Obama Administration 'Delayed The Individual Mandate,' 'Trying To Pre-Empt … Political Blowback' 'Obamacare Liberals Silently Gutting Their Own Creation' "It turns out the Obama team has delayed the individual mandate to buy health insurance - though the announcement was quiet and roundabout, to minimize the embarrassment. What we're left with is a US health-care system whose engine has been partly disassembled…" ("The Obama Team Quietly Gives Up On Makin… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Dem Demagoguery Debunked

JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION: 'There's Nothing [In The Chairman's Mark] That Mandates That People Give Up Insurance' SEN. MIKE ENZI (R-WY): "I've been hearing this word that [repeal of the individual mandate tax is] going to 'kick' 13 million people off health insurance. Is there anything in there that says we're going to 'kick' anybody off?" Joint Committee On Taxation: "The result in terms of changes in the uninsured is a result of decisions made. There's nothing that mandates that people giv… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Medicare Reality: An 82% Increase Is Not A ‘Cut’

MYTH SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "Folks, this tax bill cuts your Medicare, the budget bill that outlines the tax bill that we're doing this week..." (Sen. Schumer, Floor Remarks, 10/03/2017) SEN. SCHUMER: "…that budget is voting to cut Medicare…" (Sen. Schumer, Press Conference, 10/5/2017) FACT SEN. MIKE ENZI (R-WY): "My Democrat colleagues want to try and find a clever way to make the false accusation that somehow through this budget Senate Republicans are cutting Medic… Continue Reading


09.21.17

‘Returning Power To The States’

SEN. GRAHAM: 'Take The Money And Power In Washington And Send It Back Closer To The Patient' PRESIDENT TRUMP: 'Repeal & Replace Obamacare. Money Direct To The States!' PRESIDENT TRUMP: "I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare. Money direct to States!" (@RealDonaldTrump, Twitter, 9/20/2017) TRUMP: "I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions. It does! A great Bill. … Continue Reading


09.19.17

Unwinding Obamacare

'Sending The Money And The Power Out Of Washington Back To Where You Live' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[Graham / Cassidy] would repeal the pillars of Obamacare and replace that failed law's failed approach with a new one: taking decision-making power out of Washington, allowing states and governors to actually experiment with better ideas. Republican governors could do what's best for their states on health care. Democratic governors could pursue the approaches that suit their constituents be… Continue Reading


09.13.17

The Sanders 'Litmus Test'

Left Demands 'Actual Government Takeover Of Health Care' SEN. JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY): "As ObamaCare continues to collapse, options for quality, affordable health care move further out of reach for many Americans. This week, Senator Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and other Senate Democrats plan to offer their solution: a complete Washington takeover of America's health care system. A majority of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of their own 'single-payer' legis… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Jessie’s Law: ‘Another Important Step Forward’ To Fight Opioid Abuse

'Opioid Overdoses Have Skyrocketed In Recent Years … [A]nd There Are Signs That The Epidemic Isn't Abating' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The Senate took another important step forward … in combating the opioid epidemic that is devastating families and communities across the country. Jessie's Law will help medical professionals make more-informed treatment decisions for their patients by allowing past history of drug addiction to be included in patients' medic… Continue Reading


08.03.17

Real Reform For American Veterans

SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Under the last Administration, we learned of a shocking scandal that spread through Veterans Affairs facilities across the nation. Our veterans deserved far better. Ever since, Congress has continued to work on a number of initiatives that are designed to bring more justice to veterans and bring more reform to the VA. Senator Isakson, the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, has been a tireless advocate for our nation's veterans and a driving force on seeing … Continue Reading


07.27.17

Are Dems Really ‘Completely In Support Of Single Payer’?

Senate Dems Are Saying They're 'Completely In Support Of Single Payer,' But How Will They Vote? SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "One idea … from many other Democrats, is to quadruple down on Obamacare with a government-run 'single payer' system. It's called 'single payer' because there is one payer, or insurer, the government. Nearly every health-care decision could be decided by a federal bureaucrat. Taxes could go up astronomically. The total cost could add up to $32 trillion, according t… Continue Reading


07.17.17

Better Care: Reversing Obamacare’s Failures

'This Is An Opportunity To Move In The Direction Of A Better Health Care Plan, A Better Health Care System Than We Currently Have' SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R-TX): "[T]he fact is we know [under Obamacare] millions of people are seeing sky-high premiums, unaffordable deductibles and fleeing insurance markets because insurance companies keep losing money…. So what we are doing is offering a better alternative…. to make sure more people have access to medical care that they can afford, ra… Continue Reading

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