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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.
Posted by Randy | September 25, 2013

The bottom line:

 The Obamacare bill was 2,801 pages, with $1 trillion in new taxes that is now resulting in health insurance cost increases and hiring reductions.  Citizens and their physicians should have authority over health care decisions, not bureaucrats.  It is time to shut Obamacare down. 

My Plan to End Obamacare:   

  • Championing legislation to fully defund Obamacare.  H.R. 2682
  • Voted 41 times to repeal or defund Obamacare.
  • Introduced bill to stop IRS from implementing Obamacare and using it as their next political bludgeon.  H.R. 1993
  • Demanding halt to $12 million in taxpayer dollars spent on Obamacare advertising. Read letter.
  • Championed bill to repeal Obamacare board of bureaucrats that could lead to health care rationing. H.R. 351
  • Relieved small businesses from burdensome tax reporting requirement. H.R. 4
  • Supported repeal of individual and employer mandates. H.R. 582
  • Opposed tax on the sale of medical devices. H.R.523
  • Protected the right of employers not to be forced to provide coverage for abortion services due to religious objections.  H.R.940 and letter
Posted by Randy | September 20, 2013
According to reports from Politico and National Review, the Obama Administration is preparing for a multimillion-dollar onslaught of television ads designed to promote Obamacare insurance exchanges.  Reports indicate that at least $12 million of advertising airspace has already been reserved in thirteen states. 

This week, in response, I joined with colleagues to send a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, demanding a halt to this use of taxpayer dollars.  I voted against the bill in 2010, and remain committed to defunding the law.

Question of the week: Do you believe television advertising campaigns promoting Obamacare are an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars?
 
( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) 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 | August 07, 2013

Last month, the administration announced that implementation of the employer mandate in the health care law would be delayed until 2015, due to “concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively.”  When I asked you whether the individual mandate should be delayed as well, 76.1% said yes. 

Following administrative delay of a major piece of the law, and a vote in the House to also postpone the individual mandate, debate in Congress has now turned from delaying implementation to defunding the health care law as part of any measure to fund the federal government for the next fiscal year.  

Funding for Fiscal Year 2013 runs out on September 30th.  Before that date, Congress must agree on funding for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins October 1st and runs through September 30th of next year. 

Question of the week:
 Do you believe that trying to defund the health care law is worth risking a government shutdown? 

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) 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 | August 05, 2013

I wanted to share this press release following a House Ways and Means Committtee hearing, indicating that administration officials refused to confirm that Americans’ health care premiums will decrease, as the President promised. I am pleased to see that Chairman Camp and Members of the Committee are continuing to push for answers on these important questions.

I will continue toward defunding and repealing this burdensome and costly law, and will work with my colleagues to enact meaningful reforms to our health care system that do not come at an unacceptable price to families, seniors, and businesses.  Read more about these efforts here.

 
 

With Only 60 Days to Go, Administration Refuses to Confirm Americans Will See the President’s Promised $2,500 Cut in Health Care Premiums
Thursday, August 01, 2013

 Today, during testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, a key official from Health and Human Services leading implementation of the President’s health care law, would not confirm that Americans will see their health insurance premiums lowered by $2,500 – despite that is exactly what President Obama promised when selling the law to the American people.  With just 60 days before the health care exchanges are scheduled to open, it is clear the Administration still cannot tell hardworking families what their health insurance will cost.  Unfortunately, this should not surprise hardworking families, given that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has acknowledged that premiums will actually increase as a result of ObamaCare.