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Stimulus for D.C., but Not for Thee!

October 20, 2009 — The Jobs Search

Last week the Obama Administration offered its first peek into where 2009 stimulus funds have been awarded, by state or territory.  That data shows how stimulus funds awarded to date range from a low of $2 per capita in Puerto Rico, $7 per capita in Rhode Island, and $12 ...

Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Herger Questions AARP’s Policy Reversal

October 20, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Wally Herger (R-CA) today questioned AARP’s unequivocal endorsement of legislation expected to be considered in the coming days by the Senate that will result in massive Medicare premium increases for its members.“It makes no sense for AARP to abandon their long-stated legislative priorities, which had ...

CMS Repeals Misguided Gag Order on Medicare Plans

October 16, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Agency was backing away from its inappropriate and unconstitutional gag order on all Medicare Advantage (MA) and prescription drug plans. On September 21, 2009, CMS issued an order prohibiting all MA and prescription drug plans from communicating with seniors about ...

House Democrats Take Health Care Debate Behind Closed Doors

October 15, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Democrats today shut down the committee process, blocking Republicans from offering amendments to H.R. 3200, the House Democrats' health care legislation.  In doing so, Democrats rammed through a letter to the Budget Committee that paves the way for health care to be considered under reconciliation – which requires only 51 votes for passage in the ...

Camp Statement on Announcement of No Social Security COLA

October 15, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement on the announcement by the Social Security Administration that there would be no annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) next year:“Seniors, those with disabilities and their families are understandably disappointed to learn that the annual cost of living adjustment or COLA they expect in ...

AARP: Healthcare Reform Has Become Most Divisive Issue in Group’s History

October 14, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

Healthcare reform is dividing the membership of the AARP more than any other issue ever has.Despite expending vast resources, the AARP has not been able to unite its own membership, Nancy LeaMond, the executive vice president of the organization’s social impact group, told reporters on Wednesday.AARP’s membership is roughly ...

‘Conceptual Language’ Hides Health Care’s Costs

October 13, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

Some of the headlines in recent days are not worthy of belief. No, I'm not referring to the headlines that Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, however odd that many seem to many (including, it seems, Obama himself). I'm referring to the headlines earlier in the week to the effect that the health care bill sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus will cut the federal ...

Setting the Record Straight

October 09, 2009 — The Jobs Search

Exchange at the October 8, 2009 Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on the Effectiveness of Democrats’ 2009 Stimulus LawQUESTION: Rep. John Linder (R-GA), on the effectiveness of Democrats’ 2009 stimulus law:             ...