Chair’s note – Based on the checklist above, the 10th and 11th Congressional Districts are blessed to have two servant leaders. Both have received recent national attention for exemplary demonstration of such. The BCGOP is grateful for the opportunity to bring their service to your attention and invites you to share this post with your friends and others concerned for the future of our communities, region, state and nation.
With this mission in mind, may I offer one additional observation? Though we wish it were possible, there is no human reality where consistent compatibility is an achievable goal – anything beyond 80% is exceptional. A careful voting review of the voting records of both our Congressional representatives reveals a 90%+ sincerity to our Party’s stated platform and principles. Is there room for improvement? Always. Is there a chance of perfection? Never – in any of us. As we press on with our priority of uniting Republicans (and our conservative partners in good governance), please remember that perfection can be the deadly enemy of the good. We are working hard to find positive ways to support our elected officials and privately address votes that seem to drift from our Party’s platforms and principles. In the interim, please remember that when it comes to a choice between Brand-X elected officials who are 90%+ against your conservative values and Republicans who are 90%+ in support, there really isn’t a choice. cm
McHenry steps up as Scalise recovers: He will face some of House Republicans’ toughest votes yet while the majority whip recuperates.
By RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN
Rep. Patrick McHenry could be on the hook for helping to convince an extremely divided GOP conference to pass the Senate’s potentially more moderate Obamacare replacement. | John Shinkle/POLITICO
Rep. Patrick McHenry is about to be thrust into the spotlight during one of the most sensitive — and consequential — moments of the year for House Republicans.
McHenry, a skilled vote counter who currently serves as chief deputy majority whip, will temporarily take over for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, whose return to the House may be weeks or months away after he was shot last week.
That means McHenry could be on the hook for helping to persuade an extremely divided Republican Conference to pass the Senate’s potentially more moderate replacement for Obamacare, as well as passing a 2018 budget and raising the federal debt ceiling — some of the most contentious votes of the year.
At the same time, McHenry is grappling with the tragedy of what happened to Scalise, his close friend. The North Carolina Republican spent hours in a Washington hospital awaiting updates after last week’s horrific incident, and lawmakers said he was visibly shaken by the tragedy.
In a brief interview Monday, McHenry said Scalise built the whip team for success when he picked his deputy whips and his staff, and McHenry said they’ll work closely together to “get the job done” in Scalise’s absence.
“The whip team will remain strong and continue to do what Steve set us out to do, and we’ll be ready for when he returns,” McHenry said. “He’s going to be missed, but he’s set a standard for what’s expected and we know what we need to do to get the job done.”
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FOX news reached out to Congressman Meadows on continuing efforts to find traction with a sustainable Republican healthcare plan. You’ll be impressed with the excellent common sense approach he takes to a tough interview. Lots to be proud of. Check out the link below-
Here’s some more information from Congressman Meadow’s office on his take on current events with healthcare deliberations and their effort to keep our promises to the American people and advance President Trump’s agenda.
- Let’s keep working in August until we have results. #NoResultsNoRecess and finish workon repealing and replacing Obamacare to lower premiums for all Americans.
- Many of us in Congress understand that there are some who like their Obamacare plans—but even to those people, we can’t honestly look them in the face and assure them that their plan will be viable in 2-3 years, or even next year.
- Look at what’s happening to the market, the system is not sustainable. For us to leave Obamacare in place as is would be just as much a disservice to those who like their plan right now as it would be to the countless Americans currently suffering under Obamacare.
- We know that full repeal of Obamacare just doesn’t have the votes at this time, so our priority is to pass a bill that brings down costs & provides greater consumer choice – Sen. Ted Cruz’s consumer choice amendment is a common sense approach to achieving that. The Cruz amendment would allow HHS to grant waivers to states that allows insurance companies to offer an unlimited number of non-ACA compliant health plans if they also offer at least one “qualified health plan” (QHP) in both silver and gold coverage levels.This will allows consumers to choose plans that best meet their needs: i.e. a young person could simply purchase a catastrophic plan, or if someone who doesn’t plan to get pregnant or have a spouse who will can choose a plan without maternity coverage. Essentially, insurance companies could sell any kind of plans consumers want. This reestablishes an actual health care marketplace that creates competition and drives down costs for consumers. History shows that when you introduce forces of consumer choice to the market—or as Senator Paul says, “connect the consumer to the product,”—prices ultimately go down.
- Under the amendment, Obamacare’s insurance regulations are maintained, including preexisting conditions coverage. Consumers would have the option to buy plans subject to these regulations on Obamacare’s exchanges – rather than be required to. Whether you love or hate the AHCA, BCRA, or the ACA, the reality is that the status quo is unsustainable. The Obamacare marketplaces are collapsing and the status quo is unsustainable.
- Premiums would be 20% lower by 2026–that is our vocal point. The CBO is trying to project consumer habits, which is difficult to do–our goal is to lower premiums on the market so that everyone has the freedom of access. (Exact figures: 20% higher in 2018, 10% higher in 2019, 30% lower in 2020, and 20% lower in 2026)
- Obviously lots of chatter about “22 million people losing insurance.” The actual correct way of phrasing this: CBO says that by 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under the ACA. Just for reference–we’re not talking about a universal coverage utopia under the ACA that’s being ruined by the BCRA. There will be almost 30 million uninsured under Obamacare as is. That system is unequivocally broken. The difference between this plan and current law: People won’t be forced to pay a fine without insurance and a large portion of this 22 million CBO number is a reflection of people opting out of buying insurance due to no individual mandate (the AHCA CBO verbatim admitted this).
- There’s been a note or two about the new bill affecting middle-income ($56,000) people in their 50’s and early 60’s (premiums going up from $6,000 to around $20,000 a year for silver plans, for example). We support Senator Thune’s proposal about extending the tax credit program to the older non-Medicare population
- A final note – 5 states released their proposed Obamacare premium increases. Their facts mark our concerns perfectly-
- Maryland (BCBS): 52%
- New York (BCBS): 49%
- Virginia (Cigna): 45%
- Connecticut (Anthem): 34%
- Delaware (BCBS): 34%
Many thanks to Congressmen McHenry and Meadows. Their service model mirrors the dictionary definition noted below…