21 graphs that show America’s health-care prices are ludicrous

Every year, the International Federation of Health Plans — a global insurance trade association that includes more than 100 insurers in 25 countries — releases survey data showing the prices that insurers are actually paying for different drugs, devices, and medical services in different countries. And every year, the data is shocking.

The IFHP just released the data for 2012. And yes, once again, the numbers are shocking.

This is the fundamental fact of American health care: We pay much, much more than other countries do for the exact same things. For a detailed explanation of why, see this article. But this post isn’t about the why. It’s about the prices, and the graphs.

One note: Prices in the United States are expressed as a range. There’s a reason for that. In other countries, prices are set centrally and most everyone, no matter their region or insurance arrangement, pays pretty close to the same amount. In the United States, each insurer negotiates its own prices, and different insurers end up paying wildly different amounts. That’s what Steven Brill’s explosive article was about, and it’s why you see U.S. prices expressed as a range rather than a single number.

Read more by Ezra Klein at WashingtonPost.com

Branch, County & District Caucuses in 2015

RPW STATE CONVENTION: May 15-17, 2015, The LaCrosse Center, LaCrosse, WI
register at http://www.wisgop.org/convention

WI Federation of Republican Women Luncheon on Saturday May 16, 2015, LaCrosse, WI
register at https://wfrwconventionluncheon.eventbrite.com/

DISTRICT CAUCUSES:
*First District Caucus: Sat. March 21, Registration at 8:30, Caucus at 9:00. at Copper Falls Restaurant, 102 Allen St., Clinton, WI
*Fourth District Caucus: Sat. March 28, Registration & Buffet Breakfast begins at 9:30am. Caucus starts around 10 - 10:30am. Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI.
*Fifth District Caucus: Sun. March 22. Hilton Gardens Hotel at Park Place. The location is right off Hwy 41/45 at Good Hope Road. We will have the brunch followed the our caucus business.
*Sixth District Caucus: Sat. March 28 at Kestrel Ridge Golf Club in Columbus, WI.

COUNTY CAUCUS:
The official caucus of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County (RPMC) will be on Sat. February 21, 2015.
Special guests are Vicki McKenna of WISN Radio and 6th CD Rep. Glenn Grothman.
Registration at 8:00am. Breakfast will be served at 8:30am. The caucus will begin at 9:00am.
Location: Radisson Milwaukee North Shore, 7065 North Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217
THIS IS A MEMBER EVENT ONLY. Membership renewals must by made no later than Thursday February 12, 2015 to be eligible to vote. New members must join no later than Friday January 23, 2015 to be eligible to vote and attend the meeting.
Caucus agenda includes election of Executive Board officers and members-at-large for 2015 to 2017; adoption of rules, credentials, resolutions; constitution changes tabled from last year; vote on delegates/alternates; and any other business to come before the caucus.
REGISTER ONLINE FOR COUNTY CAUCUS

If you want to be on the RPMC Exec Board, contact Jay Hintze.
SIX BRANCHES OF THE RPMC:
There is no admission charge for branch caucuses (caucii?), but you must be a current member of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County to participate in your local caucus.
If you want to be on the board of a local branch of the RPMC, contact the current branch chair, and attend your local branch caucus.

1. Milwaukee North: Sam Hagedorn, chair
Tues. January 20, 2015, 7pm at Mama’s on 78th & Burleigh.

2. Milwaukee South: Michael Murphy, chair
Mon. January 19, 2015, 6:30pm, at Joe’s K Ranch, 4840 S. Whitnall Ave., Cudahy, WI 53110

3. Northshore: Avi Zarmi, chair
Wed. January 21, 2015, at the Glendale Radisson Hotel. The Lincoln Dinner starts at 6:00; the caucus will be at the end, probably 7:30 or so.

4. Southwest Suburban: Roseann Dieck, chair, swsrepublicans@hotmail.com
Wed. January 28, 2015, 6:00pm, at Franklin Public Library, 9151 West Loomis Road, Franklin, WI

5. Wauwatosa: Becky Geary, chair
http://wauwatosarepublicans.com
Wed. January 21, 2015, 6:30pm, at the Wauwatosa Fire Department on Underwood.

6. West Allis/West Milwaukee: Ron Rieboldt, chair
Thur. January 29, 2015, 7pm at the RPMC HQ.

Important Spring Election Information

Dear Friends,

On April 7th, 2015, Wisconsin voters will elect the next Supreme Court Justice for a ten year term, and vote on a GOP-backed constitutional amendment to determine how the Chief Justice is chosen. It is vital that our supporters vote YES on this amendment to secure a more efficient and effective State Supreme Court.  Please review the information below to learn more:

What is it?

Today, under existing rules, the longest-serving Justice on the Supreme Court holds the chief justice position.  Wisconsin is one of only five states in which the chief justice is based solely on seniority.  In the State Legislature, the Assembly and Senate both elect their own leaders.  The committee of 10 chief judges who lead the circuit courts in Wisconsin elect their own leader.

This constitutional amendment would allow a majority of the justices serving on the court to elect their chief justice to a two-year term.  This common-sense amendment inserts democracy into the process – and will result in a more efficient and effective Supreme Court.

What will the ballot question look like?

Ballot Question: Shall section 4(2) of article VII of the constitution be amended to direct that a chief justice of the Supreme Court shall be elected for a two-year term by a majority of the justices then serving on the court?

A “Yes” vote will allow a majority of Justices to elect their chief justice to a two-year term.

How can I help?

Pass this information along to your social circles to ensure our supporters are aware of the upcoming spring election and become educated on what will appear on the ballot.

With your help, we can secure a more efficient and effective State Supreme Court, and join the vast majority of states that allow a majority of justices to elect their chief justice.

On Wisconsin,
Brad Courtney
Chairman
Republican Party of Wisconsin

Digital Strategies Fuel 2016 Campaign Launch Decisions

Rand Paul sends Snapchats, Jeb Bush makes his own Instagram videos, and Hillary Clinton comments on current events and policy through Twitter. Soon, they may all be broadcasting major speeches and private events through Meerkat—if they haven’t already. In the social-media-driven world of modern politics, “digital first” is the mantra of presidential campaigns.

As if to underscore that point, Ted Cruz announced the official launch of his campaign for the Oval Office through a simple tweet just after midnight Monday morning. “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support,” said the tweet, which included a link to a 30-second video. The conservative firebrand is the first potential candidate to enter the 2016 race, and will kick off his campaign at Liberty University on Monday, the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act.

Digital strategies—once novelties in 2004, add-ons in 2008 and must-haves by 2012—are now the engine rooms of presidential campaigns. The considerations about digital, touching every aspect of presidential bids, even influence how and when the campaigns for the White House will launch, experts told RCP in interviews.

Read more by By Alexis Simendinger & Caitlin Huey-Burns at RealClearPolitics.com

West Allis/West Milwaukee Branch Mtg on Thu March 26

at the RPMC Office 1488 S. 84th St. Starting at 7:00 pm.
Topic: marriage

Israel: Beware of Obama

First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.

He lies to the public, ignores the Constitution, inflames race relations and urges Latinos to punish Republican “enemies.” He abandons our ­allies, appeases tyrants, coddles ­adversaries and uses the Crusades as an excuse for inaction as Islamist terrorists slaughter their way across the Mideast.

Now he’s coming for Israel.

Read more by Michael Goodwin at NYpost.com

Find Your Local RPW Field Office

As part of our commitment to build our Party and steadily prepare for the next election in 2016, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is now 6 offices strong across the state. Find your local office and get involved today to help spread our message.

Be a part of expanding our base and growing the Party. Contact your local field director today!

Milwaukee Regional Field Office
Field Director: David Bredemus
Address: 500 W Brown Deer Rd STE 208, Bayside, WI 53217
Contact: dbredemus AT wisgop.info

Waukesha Regional Field Office
Field Director: Nick Colletti
Address: 1701 Pearl Street, Waukesha, WI 53186
Contact: ncolletti AT wisgop.info

See the complete list at http://www.wisgop.org/volunteer/

Come visit your local Republican Party of Milwaukee County office
Mail: P.O. Box 14665
Office: 1488 So. 84th St. (Just south of Greenfield Avenue)
West Allis, WI 53214

A Simple Question “What has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished?

It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished.

The two Democrats immediately sidestepped the question and started reciting their talking points in favor of Hillary. But O’Reilly kept coming back to the fact that nothing they were talking about was an accomplishment.

For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a Senator and then a Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has nothing to show for all those years — no significant legislation of hers that she got passed in the Senate, and only an unbroken series of international setbacks for the United States during her time as Secretary of State.

Read more by Thomas Sowell at Townhall.com

Obama Is The Worst President Ever

We Disagree


http://www.investors.com/editorial-cartoons/michael-ramirez/744344-foreign-affairs

The Scott Walker File

Tracking Wisconsin’s governor and the 2016 presidential campaign

JSonline.com

It’s Better To Be On Disability Than Work Minimum Wage

The sad truth in the USA, as we explained in great detail here, incentives to ‘work’ are increasingly non-existent. Thanks to a never-ending stream of benefits from the great and powerful Oz, as CNBC’s Rick Santelli notes, Disability payments (of which there are 14 million people covered in the US - none of which count towards the unemployment rate) pay around $13,000 per year (versus $15,000 for minimum wage work). However, Santelli exclaims, the people on disability get healthcare; and this program costs the US $300 billion per year. Is it any wonder that only 1% of those who were on disability in Q1 2011 have left? Santelli comments, “I’m not saying there aren’t people that are on disability that shouldn’t be, but much of it is illnesses like back pain… it’s a judgment call,” adding that, “without incentives, large issues go …totally unfixed.”

From ZeroHedge.com

Always ask The Magic Question: What gets rewarded?

Sign Up for membership in the Republican Party of Milwaukee County

By joining the Republican Party of Milwaukee County you will have the opportunity to learn about upcoming events and meet your elected officials and candidates for office. You will also be able to meet and work with like-minded people that could lead to a lifetime friendship.

https://secure.yourpatriot.com/ou/rpmc/membersignup.aspx

Happy Birthday Republican Party!

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The first public meeting where the name “Republican” was suggested for a new anti-slavery party was held on March 20, 1854 in a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin.

SRWC Mtg on Thur March 19

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Michael Gableman

TOPIC: Voting. History. Justice.

We’re honored to hear from Justice Gableman again! This is NOT a fundraiser.

RSVP by Tues., Mar. 17 for our luncheon program–earlier makes our job easier. Payable to SRWC ($18 members & their first-time guests; non-members after the 1st visit $22). Membership through 2015 is $20.

Suburban Republican Women’s Club (SRWC)
http://www.srwcmilwaukee.com/

Obama calls for mandatory voting in U.S.

President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year’s midterm election due to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday.

“It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in Cleveland. “That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”

Mr. Obama raised the subject during a discussion of curbing the influence of campaign donations in U.S. elections. The president said he had never discussed the idea publicly before, but said Australia and some other countries have compulsory voting.

Read morey Dave Boyer at WashingtonTimes.com

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