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Posted by Randy | July 14, 2014
I wanted to share with you a new bill I introduced.  The Independent Research and Repurposing Act, H.R.4287, encourages the development of new medical treatments by repurposing existing drugs to address new ailments, conditions, or diseases. 

Drug repurposing research is already underway in many disease areas, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, depression, sleep disorders, and Post-Traumatic Stress. 

Whether it is a servicemember suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, or a relative recently diagnosed with cancer, discovering treatments and cures for the diseases afflicting many Americans is a priority that transcends politics. Encouraging drug repurposing is a critical avenue for discovering ground-breaking ways to combat - and ultimately cure - these devastating diseases.

I have also introduced the Patients First Act, H.R.1740, to intensify research and human clinical trials using stem cells that are ethically obtained and that show evidence of providing near-term clinical benefit for human patients. This bill recognizes that the twin goals of scientific advancement and the protection of human life are not mutually exclusive; rather, they should be one in the same.
Posted by Randy | February 25, 2014
When it comes to medical research and working to find cures for some of today’s most debilitating diseases, all too often, politics trumps the needs of the patients. This is wrong.

I introduced the bipartisan Patients First Act (H.R. 1740) to intensify research and human clinical trials using stem cells that are ethically obtained and that show evidence of providing near-term clinical benefit for human patients. This bill recognizes that the twin goals of scientific advancement and the protection of human life are not mutually exclusive; rather, they should be one and the same. By setting aside divisive political battles and prioritizing research with proven clinical success, we can finally make long-awaited progress in beating dreaded diseases.

I strongly believe that the federal government should do all it can to encourage the forms of medical research that show the most promise for curing and treating patients so we can combat these diseases.

Currently, adult stem cells are being used to treat over 70 diseases.  I will continue to work to encourage conscientious medical research to ease the suffering of those afflicted by diseases that are yet to have a cure.   
Posted by Randy | February 04, 2014

I wanted to share with you a recent article published by National Review, which details the increasingly apparent risks that Obamacare poses for small businesses. Below is a brief summary.

The Problem: “Small business is thus likely to find itself in the same predicament as individuals, in which cancellation notices abound and immediate answers are unclear or unsatisfactory.”

The Result: “Hundreds of thousands or even millions of small businesses and surely millions of their employees and dependents will have their health-insurance coverage seriously jeopardized.”

In my view, this situation is unacceptable. I supported an alternative (H.R. 3121) to Obamcare, and remain committed to fighting on behalf of our nation’s number one job creators: small businesses.


Posted by Randy | December 04, 2013
On November 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that would update payment policies and payment rates for services provided under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2014.  

Each year since 2002, the statutory method for determining the annual updates to the Medicare physician fee schedule, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system, has resulted in a reduction in the reimbursement rates.  And, each year Congress has passed bills to override the reductions.   In January of this year, Congress acted to delay the previously scheduled reduction of 26.5% in the Medicare reimbursement for physician services through December 31, 2013.   Now, if Congress does not act, CMS projected that the reduction in payment rates, based on the SGR formula, would be reduced by 20.1% for services in 2014. 

Our current Medicare physician payment system is badly in need of reform.  Both the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees have put forward legislation to repeal the current SGR formula, to create a stable system of payments to our doctors, and to maintain quality access to care for our nation’s seniors.   

The way in which our doctors are reimbursed by Medicare is of absolute importance in maintaining a high level of accessible care for all patients.  It is my hope that Congress will act quickly not only to avert the scheduled payment reduction, but to enact a permanent solution to address the Medicare physician payment system. 
Posted by Randy | November 22, 2013
Brain cancer. Breast cancer. Type 1 Diabetes. Parkinson’s disease. Osteoporosis. All of these diseases and more are already being treated through adult stem cell research.

I introduced the Patients First Act (H.R. 1740) to intensify research and human clinical trials using stem cells that are ethically obtained and that show evidence of providing near-term clinical benefit for human patients. This bill recognizes that the twin goals of scientific advancement and the protection of human life are not mutually exclusive; rather, they should be one in the same. By setting aside divisive political battles and prioritizing research with proven clinical success, we can finally make long-awaited progress in beating dreaded diseases.

I also sent a letter to my colleagues encouraging continued support and funding for NIH. With the research community on the verge of numerous medical advancements, it is imperative that we direct taxpayer dollars to medical research that will provide the most benefit to patients in the shortest amount of time.

I strongly believe that the federal government should do all it can to encourage the forms of medical research that show the most promise for curing and treating patients so we can combat these diseases.
 
Currently, adult stem cells are being used to treat over 70 diseases.  I will continue to work to encourage conscientious medical research to ease the suffering of those afflicted by diseases that do not yet have a cure. 
Posted by Randy | November 20, 2013

Putting aside political posturing and partisan talking points, what is the healthcare law's real life impact on small businesses across America? A survey of companies representing 42 million jobs, released this month by the International Franchise Association and Chamber of Commerce, reveals that the law is forcing our nation’s job creators to cut employee hours and halt job creation. Here are some highlights:

  • 64% of franchise and 53% of non-franchise businesses believe the health care law will have a negative impact on their businesses.
  • 29% of franchise and 41% of non-franchise businesses are already seeing health care costs increase due to the law.  
  • Over 50% of franchise and non-franchise businesses are planning to make decisions, such as reducing employee hours, to comply with the law’s employer mandate and definition of full-time employment as those working 30-hours a week, rather than the traditional 40 hours.

To place this burden on the backs of our nation’s number one job creators is both unacceptable and short sighted. That is why I championed solutions to:

  • Fully defund the law (H.R. 2682).
  • Protect businesses from the penalties of the healthcare law (H.R. 2667).
  • Relieve small businesses from burdensome tax reporting requirements (H.R. 4).
  • Amend the definition of full-time employment to restore the traditional 40-hour week (H.R.2575).
I want to hear from small business owners in the 4th District: how is the Affordable Care Act impacting you? Weigh in here.
Posted by Randy | November 18, 2013

In 2014, under the President’s healthcare law, a health insurance tax, amounting to over $100 billion will be imposed on health insurance companies, a burden which will ultimately be shouldered by small businesses and consumers.                     


As a result, the private sector may be forced to shed approximately 146,000 to 262,000 jobs by 2022, according to the National Federation of Independent Business, with over half of those losses negatively impacting small businesses.

Healthcare cannot come at an unacceptable cost to our business community. That is why I cosponsored H.R. 763, which repeals the health insurance tax and protects small businesses and American entreprenuers across the country.

I will continue my fight to entirely defund and defeat this economically unfeasible law.
Posted by Randy | November 15, 2013
On Wednesday, the Administration released data showing that during the first month (October 1 – November 2), only 26,794 individuals enrolled in the federal health exchange, while 79,391 enrolled in a state-run exchange.

Reports show that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that 7 million people would enroll in plans during the open enrollment period between October 1 and March 31.  To date, the Administration has only met 1.5% of its goal. 

Glitches and technical problems with the website have caused delays and difficulties in the enrollment process, but the low enrollment numbers may threaten the functionality of the exchanges as a whole, because the higher cost for insurance paid by young, healthy Americans is necessary to cover the lower cost for those that are sick or elderly.

In response, the President announced a temporary policy that will allow individuals to continue or re-enroll in coverage that was in effect on October 1, 2013, if the insurance company chooses to do so.  In reaction, insurance companies raised concerns about the negative impact that changing these rules could have on the stability of the market and premium costs.  The House will consider the Keep Your Health Plan Act, H.R.3350, which next year, will allow insurance companies to continue to offer for sale (not just continuance) policies that were in effect as of Jan. 1, 2013. 

Question of the week:   Which plan do you support to allow consumers the ability to choose their health care plan? 

( ) I support the President’s plan.
( ) I support the bill in the House of Representatives.
( ) I don’t know. 
( ) Other (leave your comments below).


Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | November 15, 2013

Putting aside political posturing and partisan talking points, what is the healthcare law's real life impact on small businesses across America? A survey of companies representing 42 million jobs, released this month by the International Franchise Association and Chamber of Commerce, reveals that the law is forcing our nation’s job creators to cut employee hours and halt job creation. Here are some highlights:

  • 64% of franchise and 53% of non-franchise businesses believe the health care law will have a negative impact on their businesses.
  • 29% of franchise and 41% of non-franchise businesses are already seeing health care costs increase due to the law.  
  • Over 50% of franchise and non-franchise businesses are planning to make decisions, such as reducing employee hours, to comply with the law’s employer mandate and definition of full-time employment as those working 30-hours a week, rather than the traditional 40 hours.

To place this burden on the backs of our nation’s number one job creators is both unacceptable and short sighted. That is why I championed solutions to:

  • Fully defund the law (H.R. 2682).
  • Protect businesses from the penalties of the healthcare law (H.R. 2667).
  • Relieve small businesses from burdensome tax reporting requirements (H.R. 4).
  • Amend the definition of full-time employment to restore the traditional 40-hour week (H.R.2575).
 
 I want to hear from small business owners in the 4th District: how is the Affordable Care Act impacting you? Weigh in below.
Posted by Randy | October 04, 2013

Obamacare is the worst piece of legislation ever put into law by the United States Congress, period. It will raise costs, limit care, and destroy businesses from Main Street to Wall Street. The current Republican proposals, which aim to delay the Affordable Care Act, will do that and only that.  My plan defeats it. 

My strategic solution offers a way forward to both reopen the government and defeat Obamacare. The IRS is the “teeth” of the President’s healthcare law – by defunding it, we effectively defund the lifeblood of this legislation that is hurting so many businesses and families. 
             
My plan would hold the IRS hostage instead of our seniors, servicemembers, veterans, and hardworking Americans; I believe this strategy will create real leverage for those of us who believe we need effective governments as well as an end to Obamacare.
 
I recently appeared on the Leland Conway Radio Show and John Fredericks Show to discuss my plan to defeat Obamacare and get this country moving forward again.      



My plan has already received praise from leading conservative voices; here’s what they are saying:

 “I think that’s a more reasonable plan and would have put more pressure on the Senators. I’ve known you long enough to know you didn’t go [to Congress] just to make noise, you went there to govern, to create a government that’s more effective and more efficient – I’ve always said that those are the two criteria by which we judge whether or not we’ve been successful.” – Governor Mike Huckabee on The Mike Huckabee Radio Show, 10/1/13
 
“Congressman, you hardly need my reaction, but I would say this of your proposal: It is nice to hear fresh and original thinking about an important issue like this and I would hope that the leadership - that is Speaker Boehner and the leaders of the GOP in the House - would listen to you very carefully… It is an idea worth trying. Anything sounds better than continuing the collision without effect.” – Lou Dobbs on Lou Dobbs Tonight, 9/27/13
 
Read my plan here.