Playing Politics with the SPR
WASHINGTON, DC - As gasoline prices continue to climb, anxiety levels among American families and small businesses are rising as well. In response to the potential for panic at the pump, some Democrats are calling on the president to tap into the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Obama's Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner suggested the administration is considering a possible release, telling CNBC on Friday, "There's a case for the use of the reserve in some circumstances, and we'll continue to look at those and evaluate...
Obamacare Mandate Could Mean Steep Fines for Employers who Freely Exercise Their Religion
The First Amendment ensures that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the exercise of religion. These protections have been reaffirmed by Congress and upheld by the courts throughout the history of our nation. However, a recent regulation imposed by the Obama administration turns that history on its head by requiring organizations, including religious organizations, to procure and pay for services that violate their religious and moral beliefs. The mandate sparked an outcry from across the ideological spectrum, and in response, the administration developed what it describes...
As Obamacare Mandates Kick In, Insurance Premiums Spike—Three States See 20 Percent Increases
Candidate Barack Obama promised to "lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year." Instead, news reports today highlighted significant premium increases, with three states now seeing increases of at least 20 percent. Politico Pro reported, "HHS approved premium rate hikes of 26 percent in Alaska, 23.3 percent in Florida and 20.4 percent in Washington state, according to decisions posted on an HHS website. That's after approving a hike of 18 percent for a Montana insurer in November."
The Obama administration even admits the health...
Fact Check: Who Supports the Conscience "Accommodation"?
The Obama administration has claimed endorsements from religious organizations to convince the public that their "accommodation" for conscience rights restores religious liberties that are threatened by HHS' health care mandate. The only problem is, many of these organizations remain opposed to this threat to their First Amendment protections, and they have issued statements making clear that the administration's latest action is still "unacceptable" and "any representation to the contrary is false."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: And the organizations that will be most affected by this...
President's Silence on Entitlement Reform is Deafening
The USA Today editorialized yesterday, "History shows that presidential leadership is an indispensable factor in any serious attempt to get the federal budget under control." Unfortunately, instead of demonstrating that leadership with a serious proposal to get our fiscal house in order, President Obama has just proposed a budget that leaves our nation with a record-level deficit for the fourth year in a row. Trillion-dollar deficits have become so commonplace that these eye-popping figures that were once an attention-grabbing headline are now merely a fiscal footnote.
Voices for Religious Freedom
The Obama administration's decision to force employers and individuals to violate their most deeply held beliefs and moral convictions has set off a stirring national debate about religious freedom and the harmful consequences of government overreach. President Obama's contraception mandate tramples on the conscience rights of employers, violates religious freedom from government intervention, and jeopardizes access to health care coverage, health care services, and charitable functions. Reports are surfacing that the administration plans to offer a "compromise," but as the events of recent days have shown, the First...
The State of President Obama's Promise
During the 2011 State of the Union, President Obama announced his support for medical liability reform. Energy and Commerce members immediately reached out to the president to pledge their intent to work together. Click on the video below to find out where medical liability reform stands one year later.--
Federal Government's Health Care Spending Continues Rapid Increase, Shifting Costs to Taxpayers
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today released an annual report on national health expenditures that revealed health care spending increased by 3.9 percent in 2010, continuing the upward trend in health care costs. But the news that shouldn't be overlooked in the report is the federal government's share of total national health expenditures.
In 2010, the federal government's share increased to 29 percent. This means the American taxpayer will bear the brunt of this rapidly rising health care spending. And there's no relief in...