Month: April 2013

House Should Not Bail Out Obamacare, It Should Defund It

Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson released the following statement on attempts in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass HR 1549, a bill designed to extend an Obamacare program that has run out of money: “House Republicans should abandon their latest attempt to fix Obamacare. Rather than increasing funding for the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan that in spite of having lower than expected enrollment has been overrun with costs, the House should use their Constitutional power of the purse to defund it entirely. “The fact that House leadership has refused to even consider defunding Obamacare to stop the implementation of this Frankenstein-like monster federal health law reflects poorly on their commitment to repeal the law in its entirety. “The health care system concocted by Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi is going to fail under its own regulatory weight, and for House Republicans to attempt to prop up the system through piecemeal fixes at a time when even some labor unions are beginning to urge repeal, makes zero sense.” To view online: http://getliberty.org/house-should-not-bail-out-obamacare-it-should-defund-it/ Source: Press Release – Americans for Limited Government Bookmark It Hide...

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Free-Market Group Presents GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt with Proposal to Simultaneously End Harmful Medical Device Tax and Pay for It by Repealing Federal Wind Subsidies

New Orleans, LA/Washington, DC – At General Electric’s annual meeting of shareholders in New Orleans, Justin Danhof, Esq., director of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project, presented GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt with the National Center’s plan to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax while keeping the move financially balanced by simultaneously ending taxpayer subsidies to the wind power industry. “Mr. Immelt seemed sincerely interested in evaluating our efforts to end both the medical device tax and federal subsidies for wind power,” said Danhof. “Calling the proposal ‘interesting,’ Immelt noted that he had not heard of our specific idea, but seemed to think it merits earnest consideration.” Embedded in ObamaCare is a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers and suppliers that took effect at the beginning of 2013. According to a report by the Milwaukee Business Journal, this medical device excise tax could cost GE Healthcare Services between $100 million and $150 million annually. This new burden has already been blamed for job losses in the health care industry, and some believe it inevitably will hamper investment in research innovations. Support for repeal of the tax has come from ideologically diverse lawmakers such as Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Danhof presented Immelt with a proposal that is analyzed in a new paper by National Center health care analyst David Hogberg, Ph.D. The...

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EPA’s Obstruction of Keystone XL Pipeline Puts Nail in McCarthy’s Nomination Coffin

Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government General Counsel Nathan Mehrens issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to throw sand in the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline through issuing a comment to the State Department’s draft review of the project that complained that the report included “insufficient information” on environmental issues: “The Senate has overwhelmingly made it clear that they want the Keystone XL pipeline built and they want it built now. The EPA’s attempt to further delay this project on specious grounds is evidence of just how far this rogue Agency will go, and how little they care about what Congress thinks. It is time for the Senate to send a clear message to the EPA that they need to get out of the way. “It is time for the Senate to reject the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be the EPA Administrator. “This would send a powerful message to the EPA to rein in their radical policies, but would also be doing what needs to be done by rejecting McCarthy who appears to be failing up through the ranks of the EPA. “Absent the EPA’s meddling in the Keystone XL issue, there have been multiple other serious and legitimate reasons to reject McCarthy’s nomination. “It was McCarthy who was tasked with maintaining the nation’s air radiation monitoring systems. After, the Japanese nuclear power...

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Coca-Cola Executives to Face Criticism for ‘Food Stamp’ Lobbying at Shareholder Meeting

Free-Market Group to Question Why American Taxpayers Should be Forced to Subsidize the Purchase of Soda by SNAP Recipients Citing Respect for Liberty and the Importance of Personal Responsibility, Group to Commend CEO Muhtar Kent for Fighting NY Mayor Bloomberg’s Restrictions on the Size of Soda Cups Atlanta, GA/Washington, DC – At the annual meeting of Coca Cola shareholders in Atlanta, National Center for Public Policy Research Executive Director David Almasi plans to criticize the soda giant’s CEO, Muhtar Kent, over his company’s efforts to keep the federal dollars for soda flowing at the expense of American taxpayers. Currently, the federal Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which administers financial assistance to needy Americans, only restricts the purchase of alcohol and tobacco. Coca-Cola has consistently fought legislative efforts to restrict federal welfare funds to healthy foods and drinks. American taxpayers subsidize the purchase of about $4 billion worth of soda products annually. “I’m all for freedom of choice and respecting peoples’ personal decisions, but Coke lobbying for its share of food stamp money is above and beyond altruism,” said Almasi. “While publicly promoting so-called ‘sustainability’ by hyping good nutrition and active lifestyles, Coca Cola lobbyists are quietly seeking to ensure that American taxpayers subsidize the company’s high-calorie, sugary beverages. Both political parties carp about cutting the budget and fixing the deficit. How about stopping this virtual river of soda being...

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AFP-Michigan: “We Shouldn’t Expand a Failed System”

Michigan should reform Medicaid before considering a one-size-fits-all expansion. LANSING, Mich.—Americans for Prosperity-Michigan Wednesday  urged lawmakers to oppose expanding the Medicaid program, as allowed (but not required) under President Obama’s health care law. The group has also cautioned against reforms that would not give Michigan meaningful flexibility to implement Medicaid in a common sense and compassionate way. “It’s the Obama Administration’s long con,” said Annie Patnaude, Deputy State Director for Americans for Prosperity-Michigan. “The Medicaid expansion is designed to entice state lawmakers into accepting the federal government’s one-size-fits-all approach. We’re here to tell them expanding Medicaid is not the right policy for Michigan.” Americans for Prosperity-Michigan says state lawmakers should petition the federal government for a Medicaid block grant that would provide needed flexibility. So far, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been unwilling to consider block grants. HHS also rejected waiver requests from California, which proposed charging copays ranging from $3 for preferred drug prescriptions to $5 for doctor visits, and Illinois, which proposed a fraud prevention program that would include address and income verification. “It’s a failed system that doesn’t deliver good health outcomes for patients or good value to taxpayers,” said Patnaude. “We shouldn’t expand a failed system, especially when the federal government hasn’t shown any intention of fixing it. Governor Snyder wants to put Michigan in the driver’s seat of a get-away...

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