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...
Selectively Shielded from Obamacare
The Obama administration this afternoon released a final list of health plans, unions, states, and others that are being granted a reprieve from the costly mandates of the president's unpopular health care law. Although the waivers were initially handed out on an annual basis, earlier this year the administration changed course and decided to provide these extensions for as long as possible, granting them now to last all the way through 2014.
As the data released today show, virtually every plan that got a preliminary waiver...
Committee Releases Analysis on Obamacare Bailout
The Energy and Commerce Committee today released a follow-up memo on the funding status of the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, an initiative created as part of President Obama's health care law that is quickly running out of money. Earlier this year, the committee released a staff memo that exposed how this $5 billion program used taxpayer funds to bailout state governments, Fortune 500 companies, and Hollywood unions. --Obama administration officials admitted at the time of the initial committee staff review that they...
Worst Week in Washington: Obamacare
The president sold his health care reforms with three key promises: health care premiums would decrease by $2,500 per family; if you like your current plan, you can keep it; and, small business tax credits would encourage employers to provide coverage. An annual survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that by the president's own standards, the health care law is a failure.--
Broken Promise #1: "Bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family."--
Eighteen months after the reforms...
Pitts, Herger Statements on the Negative Impact the Democrats' Health Law Has Had on American Job Creators
Washington, DC - Today, Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Wally Herger (R-CA) released the following statements on the 18 month anniversary of the health care law to highlight the reform's negative impact on job creators:
Rep. Pitts: "It has become abundantly clear that the â€˜if you like it, you can keep it' promise the president made to the American people has been broken. The health reforms fail to decrease the rising cost of health...
Small Businesses Aren't Buying Obamacare
The National Federation of Independent Business today released a study that reveals small businesses aren't buying the new health care law.-- The study provides insight into why employers may be hesitating.
Twenty percent of small employers currently offering benefits expect to "significantly change their benefit package and/or their employees' premium cost share"by either a decrease of benefits, an increase in employee cost-share, or bothwhen they renew their current plans. Translation: Employees can't keep their current health plan and their new, Obamacare-approved plan--will most likely cost more....