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President: Government-Run Health Plan Will “Always [Be] Having Problems”

August 12, 2009 — The Prescription Pad

In his health care town hall meeting yesterday, the President was asked by an audience member, “who can compete with the government?”  The President responded:“I think private insurers should be able to compete. They do it all the time. I mean, if you think about -- if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, ...

Camp Statement on July Jobs Report

August 07, 2009 — Press Releases

Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement today in reaction to the July jobs report and a statement by Christina Romer (Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors) that the Stimulus bill passed by Congress was "

Davis: Put health-care reform on hold

August 04, 2009 — Op-eds and Speeches

In this column, U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, says Congress needs to slow down on health-care reform because current proposals are greatly flawed. Following is the full text of that column.On July 31st, the House of Representatives adjourned for the August district work period without voting on H.R. 3200, the so-called America’s “Affordable” Health Choices Act. ...

White House Admits Middle Class May Pay More in Taxes

August 03, 2009 — Press Releases

Two senior officials made startling admissions on yesterday's Sunday talk shows -- the President may increase taxes on the middle class. This despite the President's own promise:"I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital ...

Camp Statement on the Second Quarter GDP Estimate

July 31, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, D.C.- Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) today made the following comment on the release of the advance estimate of the second quarter GDP:"Today’s GDP data simply confirms what American families already know – our economy is shrinking and causing thousands of Americans to lose their jobs.  The national unemployment rate ...

Brady Warns Administration Against Weakening Protections for U.S. Investors

July 29, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC -- Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) today testified at a joint hearing held by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Trade Representative on U.S. investment policy and the language in the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty.  His full remarks are provided below.

President Calls Tort Reform a “Real Issue”

July 29, 2009 — The Prescription Pad

President Obama¸ when speaking before the American Medical Association (AMA), stated: “I understand some doctors may feel the need to order more tests and treatments to avoid being legally vulnerable.

Analysis: Most Small Businesses Subject to Democrats’ 8% Payroll Tax

July 28, 2009 — The Prescription Pad

Despite unemployment fast approaching 10 percent, a new analysis shows the Democrats’ health care plan could force as many as 61% of small businesses who already provide health insurance and as many as 40% of large firms that already provide health insurance to pay a new 8% payroll tax.  So, while Democrats tell the millions of employees who have coverage today not to worry, the ...

CBO: Even When the President Empowers Bureaucrats to Cut Medicare, the House Bill Still Leads to Rivers of Red Ink

July 27, 2009 — The Prescription Pad

The non-partisan number crunchers at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) were busy this weekend.  In addition to fending off partisan attacks from the White House, CBO released two key findings after Congress left town Friday.  The first concerned the President’s much ballyhooed Independent Medicare Advisory Commission (IMAC), while the second focused on ...