Posts Tagged ‘reform’
–SNIP– the notion that Republicans have no plan to replace Obamacare is news to Representative Tom Price (R., Ga.), who in June introduced a comprehensive alternative health-care plan — for the third time since 2009. It was originally introduced as the Obamacare alternative from the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), which Price chaired at the time.
The 250-page legislation, known as the Empowering Patients First Act, has yet to receive a vote in the House, but currently has 32 co-sponsors, including Representatives Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), Tim Huelskamp (R., Kans.), Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas), and Tom Cotton (R., Ark.).
Read more by Andrew Stiles at NationalReview.com
DÜSSELDORF, Germany — The Deutsche Post office across from the train station here offers DVDs, umbrellas, phone cards and toys — with the processing of mail appearing nearly an afterthought. And the facility housing it is not a post office at all. Deutsche Post occupies a corner space in a bank.
With mail volumes decreasing 1 to 2 percent annually in many countries, European postal services from Germany to Sweden to Switzerland have reinvented themselves over the past decade as multifaceted delivery and information companies tailored to the virtual age. Though Deutsche Post by law still delivers to every address six days a week, it has jettisoned tens of thousands of buildings, 100,000 positions and its traditional focus on paper mail.
Read more by ELISABETH ROSENTHAL in the NY Times
In a speech at The Heritage Foundation, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke about Saving the American Idea. The full text transcript of his remarks as prepared for delivery are below:
“Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division”
Thank you so much, Ed, for that kind introduction.
We’re here today to explore the American Idea, and I can’t think of a better venue for this topic. The mission of the Heritage Foundation is to promote the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
These are the principles that define the American Idea. And this mission has never been timelier, because these principles are very much under threat from policies here in Washington.
The American Idea belongs to all of us – inherited from our nation’s Founders, preserved by the countless sacrifices of our veterans, and advanced by visionary leaders, past and present.
What makes America exceptional – what gives life to the American Idea – is our dedication to the self-evident truth that we are all created equal, giving us equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And that means opportunity.
Video and transcript of Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech at Heritage.org
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Monday said Republicans in Washington need to lay out specific alternatives to the Democratic agenda rather than just seeking to block it at every turn.
“As governors, as state leaders, we’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington,” Walker said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We’re not just against something. We’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision. You don’t just sit back and nick the other guy — you have to lay out a plan.”
Read more by Jonathan Easley at TheHill.com
Also see, A Republican Plan to Replace Obamacare
Americans want a step-by-step, common-sense approach to health care reform. Republicans promote health care reforms that focus on lowering health care premiums for families and small businesses, increasing access to affordable, high-quality care, and promoting healthier lifestyles – without adding to the crushing debt Washington has placed on our children and grandchildren.
The following are the key elements of the Republican alternative offered during the debate on ObamaCare. This is not an exhaustive list of all health reform proposals.
Read more at majorityleader.gov
with bill author State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo
at Palermo’s Villa, 3301 W. Canal St. Milwaukee WI 53208
Host Couple: $75
Tours available. Pizza and hors d’oeuvres to be served.
Invited Guests include: State Rep. Rob Hutton, Dale Kooyenga, Mark Honadel, Jim Ott, Dan Knodl, Jeff Stone, Dave Craig, Don Pridemore. State Senators Alberta Darling, Leah Vukmir and Mary Lazich.
Please RSVP by Friday June 21 to email@example.com
More than 300 supporters flocked to Serb Hall Monday night.
The effort to reform Milwaukee County Government received a major boost on Monday night as around 300 taxpayers attended a rally hosed by Citizens for Responsible Government. Our Patti Breitigam-Wenzel was in attendance and provide these photos.
10 years ago, we learned the Milwaukee County Board couldn’t be trusted. That tough lesson cost taxpayers over $200 million and promised reform, never happened.
A decade later, Chairman Dimitrijevic lies to us about secret, illegal negotiations, and cons us with more fake reform. Sounds a lot like Tom Ament.
Opponents of reform claim state legislation interferes with local control. The TRUTH: the bill allows a referendum to be put to a vote, a right all Wisconsin counties have…except Milwaukee.
Demand real, guaranteed reform!
Join Citizens for Responsible Government and Charlie Sykes
Monday May 6th at 6:30pm
at American Serb Hall
5101 W Oklahoma Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53219
Register now at https://www.facebook.com/FixMilwaukee/app_208527462518885
In the aftermath of President Obama’s re-election, in which the implementation of the Affordable Care Act plays a large role, many states are facing an important decision. Should these states act as agents of the Obama administration, and set up state-based versions of Obamacare’s subsidized health insurance exchanges? Or should they say no, leaving implementation of the law in the hands of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius? In this article, I will discuss a third possibility: that states set up their own markets for health insurance, markets that drive down the cost of insurance by ignoring Obamacare’s tangled web of mandates, regulations, and taxes.
Read more by Avik Roy at Forbes.com
In response to this week’s brouhaha regarding attempts by members of Congress to avoid having to enroll themselves and their staff members in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges, Michigan Republican Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has offered a new proposal: Why not put all federal employees on the exchanges? It’s an attractive idea, but it has some downside: it would dismantle a popular model of market-based health reform.
Read more by Avik Roy at Forbes.com
Tuesday’s stunning decision by a Milwaukee County circuit court judge that Milwaukee’s taxicab ordinance is unconstitutional could provide some impetus to a plan touted by Ald. Bob Bauman.
Bauman, whose district includes the city’s downtown area, wants to increase the number of taxicab permits in the city, but it would also update vehicle standards and increase inspections. Bauman’s plan is expected to be discussed at 9 a.m. on Thursday at City Hall.
Bauman said Wednesday that Circuit Court Judge Jane Carroll’s decision “reinforces our need to move forward with some reforms.”
Read more by Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel
A forum on state legislation that would cut the budget of the Milwaukee County Board by two-thirds and its oversight authority will be at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Marquette University Law School’s Eckstein Hall.
A second forum on the legislation also on Thursday is at 6:30 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Ave. in South Milwaukee. Sanfelippo and Supervisor Theo Lipscomb will discuss the measure.
Read more by Steve Schultze of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Two years after state legislation rolled back collective bargaining for public employees and reshaped the state’s education landscape, several Milwaukee-area superintendents on Tuesday praised the overall effects, saying that relations with teachers are solid and that they have more flexibility to help improve student achievement.
Read more by Erin Richards of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Now that the dust has settled and the seemingly endless campaigns are behind us, we have come a long way in the last two years and can finally sit and look at the accomplishments that Governor Walker has put in place to move Wisconsin forward.
When he came into office, he inherited a $3.6 billion budget deficit and under the previous democrat control of the state legislature spending was out of control and no end was in sight.
Governor Walker stepped right into the muck and the mire and with his sleeves rolled up; he made immediate and difficult changes that have put us back on a track toward prosperity.
Read more by Bill Folk at Caledonia Patch
Wisconsin is known for many things, such as our friendly disposition, impeccable beer and cheeses and, of course, our Green Bay Packers. Since I’ve taken office, we’ve gained national recognition for the proven results of our fiscal and economic reforms.
We took a principled stand, confronted our shortcomings and transformed them into real solutions. We’re turning things around and heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, the national outlook isn’t as bright. With growing debt and deficit without a clear solution, the problems we face as a nation are daunting.
Read more by Gov. Scott Walker at TribLive.com