The following post on the Minnesota Political Roundtable website was posted April 17, 2017:
It wasn’t alternative facts when Congressman Tom Price R-GA-06 offered H.R. 4848 “Healthy Inpatient Procedures Act of 2016” or the “HIP Act” … it was greed.
Medicare had announced a new regulation – Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model. The CJR model’s goal was to give hospitals a financial incentive to work with physicians, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities and other providers, promoting coordinated care. (more…)
The following article by Michelle Ye Hee Lee was posted on the Washington Post website April 17, 2017:
Question: “Who pays your salary?” Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.): “I am self-employed, I’ve been self-employed, and I pay more taxes inside my own company personally than I’ll ever receive from being in Congress. I pay my own, and I pay my own insurance. … So don’t mislead and think that you’re paying mine. I do. Also, every member of Congress, they pay for their own insurance, too. We are put into the exchange. We’re not a federal employee. We go into the D.C. exchange and we personally have to pay for 100 percent of it. Not a percentage, all of it.” — Exchange during a town hall, April 10, 2017
Question: “Where do you get your insurance?” Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.): “I will say, just because there’s a lot of misinformation on it: I am on Obamacare. So that’s what Congress does.” — Exchange during a town hall, April 10, 2017(more…)
AHCA was a bill presented in the House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analyzed the AHCA and determined that under the AHCA:
24 million would lose their health insurance;
$880 billion dollars would be cut from Medicaid;
Insurers would be allowed to charge five times more for older enrollees than younger ones;
Social Security expenditures would decrease by $3 billion due to earlier mortality;
Taxes on the top 5% of income-earners would be reduced.
A revised version of the bill was offered, which attempted to woo votes from the Freedom Caucus Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. The revised version stripped away essential health benefits in insurance policies, so that insurance companies could sell “insurance” that did not cover hospitalization, maternity care, prescription drug benefits, etc. The revised bill was pulled without a vote after House Speaker Paul Ryan determined that it did not have enough votes to pass.
Paulsen’s position: Paulsen supported the bill to the end. He spoke on the House floor in support of the bill minutes before the bill was pulled with no vote.
Paulsen is now on record for ardently supporting the failed AHCA which would have taken health insurance away from millions of Americans.
Regarding Rep. Paulsen’s claim of Congress on Your Corner events, we can find nothing listed on his website and no posting of events in local newspaper or even the StarTribune for anything for years, although he does have photos on his government website page. Events held at businesses and organizations with leadership who support (and, perhaps, contribute to?) Mr. Paulsen don’t constitute public town halls. Tele-townhalls have people screening questions before the caller is allowed to speak to Mr. Paulsen. And, it’s much easier to avoid answering questions any any follow-up questions when it’s a phone call controlled by your staffers. Many constituents have gotten robocalls saying “sorry I missed you” for a tele-t0wnhall from Rep. Paulsen while they were obviously able to take the tele-townhall call. So, Rep. Paulsen, not matter what you say it really isn’t an effective way to reach out to your constituents.
The following article by William Bornhoft was posted on the Minnetonka Patch website March 16, 2017:
“We are replacing Obamacare with a plan that will lower costs and give patients immediate relief,” Rep. Erik Paulsen said.
Last week, Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen, who represents the suburbs in the west Twin Cities metro, voted in the House Ways and Means Committee to advance the American Health Care Act, saying it will give Americans access to quality, affordable health care options that are tailored to meet patients’ needs.
“After many years and countless stories of patients facing skyrocketing premiums, losing their health care plan, and not being able to see their doctor, we are replacing Obamacare with a plan that will lower costs and give patients immediate relief,” Paulsen said in a statement. (more…)
The following article by Mary Sanchez was posted on the National Memo website March 13, 2017:
Conservatives are a curious bunch. They profess a sunny faith, most of the time, in the unique power of free markets to lift society’s poor and afflicted. Yet when markets fail and government steps in to deliver social goods or services, to alleviate suffering or poverty or misdistribution, conservatives switch their tune to moral outrage.
Case in point: the current debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The health care system set up by this law, commonly known as Obamacare, is not perfect but it made huge strides toward two vital social objectives: decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and putting a brake on the spiraling trend of national health care costs.
Some conservatives hate Obamacare because of the president whose namesake it is. Others hate it because they think anything the government does to soften the blows of free-market discipline is immoral. It spares the poor from their deserved punishment. And, of course, Obamacare operated through a framework of taxes and mandates and regulations — all things that good conservatives execrate. (more…)
The following article by Lena Sun was posted on the Washington Post website March 11, 2017:
Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a U.S. House committee this week becomes law.
In general, employers don’t have that power under existing federal laws, which protect genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. But a bill passed Wednesday by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce would allow employers to get around those obstacles if the information is collected as part of a workplace wellness program.
Such programs — which offer workers a variety of carrots and sticks to monitor and improve their health, such as lowering cholesterol — have become increasingly popular with companies. Some offer discounts on health insurance to employees who complete health-risk assessments. Others might charge people more for smoking. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are allowed to discount health insurance premiums by up to 30 percent — and in some cases 50 percent — for employees who voluntarily participate in a wellness program. (more…)
The following article by MNCentral was posted on the MNPoliticalRountable website March 14, 2017:
Gosh, it seem like just yesterday that the candidates were in campaign mode … announcing their vision and goals …
Q: Why are you seeking election to the 3rd Congressional District?
Washington has been on the wrong track for far too long, and it is critical that we enact real, meaningful reforms that will put people back to work, while finally putting our nation on track for a sustainable economic recovery so that we can provide a healthy fiscal future for our children and grandchildren. (more…)
On March 14, Bill Catlin wrote an article posted on the MPR website regarding the Minnesota delegation’s position on the GOP’s health care bill (ACHA).
Now that we know the CBO’s analysis of the bill, which “math guy” Rep. Paulsen voted to move out of the Ways and Means Committee without knowing it’s financial impact on the people he represents. Here’s what they report Rep. Paulsen said:
Paulsen said in an interview that the bill could help bring premium costs down and encourage more young, healthy people to buy in. And in the short term, under a repeal and replace of Obamacare, people will still have insurance.
“You’re still going to have the exchanges there. You’re still going to have Medicaid expanding, and there are even another 2 million people that are going to choose not to buy health insurance even if they can do so at work,” Paulsen said. “The main thing is about affordable health care coverage as opposed to just insurance coverage.”