Killing the medical device tax hasn’t boosted jobs as Erik Paulsen claimed it would

The following article by Cory Zorwoski was posted on the CityPages website April 21, 2017:

The Minnesota Republican sometimes dresses as a surgeon while playing the role of a lawmaker who’s supposed to represent the people.

Zimmer Biomet, an Indiana-based manufacturer of artificial joint orthopedics and dental prostheses, has a BFF in Minnesota Congressman Rep. Erik Paulsen.

The tax took effect in January 2013. Its two-year respite started in December 2015.

Coming off his successful November reelection, Paulsen’s “first initiative” in 2017 was introducing legislation that would permanently repeal the tax. (more…)

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Erik Paulsen has 306,400 Reasons Why He Doesn’t Do Town Halls

The following article was posted on the MN Political Roundtable site April 19, 2017:

On March 29, 2017, the Paulsen For Congress Committee recorded two donations from COMCAST PAC … totaling $3,500.

A donation to political campaigns is not shocking … just read Ken Buck’s (R-CO-04) book Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse than You Think

Congressman Ken Buck is blowing the whistle on the real-life House of Cards in our nation’s capital. (more…)

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Families of disabled wait in vain in the rain for Erik Paulsen’s ear on healthcare

The following article by Susan Du was posted on the City Pages website April 19, 2017:


Residents followed their elusive congressman to a Bloomington Chamber of Commerce event in hopes of having a chance to speak with him. Paulsen ignored them.

While Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-Eden Prairie) headlined an exclusive forum hosted by the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning, some of his constituents stood outside, waiting for him in the thickening downpour.

Bearing signs asking, “Where’s Erik?” they say Paulsen’s office has ignored their phone calls and emails requesting a town hall to talk about healthcare.

In January, Paulsen voted to begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act before Congress had come up with a replacement for it. House Republicans’ proposed alternative eventually failed to get enough votes. (more…)

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Was Erik Paulsen Duped By Medical Devicemakers Or Is He Promoting Alternative Facts ?

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.

Background :
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…)

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#badvotes Paulsen Vote Tracker: HR 1430 HONEST Act and HR 1431 EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Reform Act

SUMMARY: 

The HONEST Act (Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act) prohibits the EPA from using data that is not publicly available and requires all studies used by the EPA to be replicable.  At first glance, these may seem like good things.  However, the actual operation of the bill (the intent of the bill?) is to burden the EPA’s rule-making ability. The bill would place burdens on EPA scientists by requiring the EPA use studies that can be identically reproducible, keeping the EPA from using multi-year studies, and requiring the EPA to use only studies for which data is publicly available online or that the agency makes publicly available.  Scientific studies are often based on private data, including individual health information or industry records, that cannot be made publicly available. Furthermore, many long term studies are not immediately replicable. The law would eliminate the use of many studies that cite epidemiological research.  Previous epidemiological studies led to banning the pesticide DDT and leaded gasoline.  Epidemiological studies showed DDT causes cancer in humans and deadly effects in birds like bald eagles. Epidemiological studies linked leaded gasoline to brain damage in children.  (more…)

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Whose privacy doe Paulsen Care about?

Recently Congressman Erik Paulsen voted on two bills that seem to be in conflict with each other.  As a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee he voted against the release of President Trumps taxes.

That’s the second time he’s done so in committee and the fourth overall.  His office has explained to me that he votes this way because he does not believe that an individual should be compelled to release their taxes and that he feels the president should do so voluntarily. (more…)

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Patients can’t go back to pre-ACA

I am twice a cancer survivor.  With my first diagnosis in 1999 and my second in 2001, I felt lost.  I couldn’t see what the future would hold.  My fears lessen as time passes and my treatment has been successful, but a new concern has emerged.  I now have a pre-existing condition that health insurance companies used to claim made people too risky to insure.

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, prohibits such discrimination and implemented many other positive patient protections, that often get lost when we talk about its downsides. The ACA isn’t perfect. But cancer patients and survivors cannot afford to return to a time when insurance is unaffordable, coverage is inadequate and their treatment is at risk. (more…)

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It’s time for a real town hall meeting

Thanks to John Mallo for posing questions to Rep. Erik Paulsen; my hope is that we have the opportunity to hear or see thorough answers to these questions, and not by way of “phone” town meetings. Constituents like me would like to meet with him, perhaps in a real town hall meeting. It’s an important part of what it means to be a democracy.

I would like to add questions about an additional area of concern:  health care legislation. Prior to the withdrawal of the Republican proposal (which I assume Paulsen would have voted for*) his position was:  “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 replacement Obamacare with a plan that will lower costs and give patients immediate relief.” (more…)

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Trump’s budget built on greed, fear

Former Vice President Joe Biden said:  “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value.”

Republican President Trump has just released the short version of his proposed budget. The Trump administration proposes a $54 billion increase in military expenditures. This budget moves us to the ideals of the Roman Empire. Peace through military strength. Rebellions were ruthlessly put down by military might. The wealthy ruled, and the ordinary people were heavily taxed. (more…)

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Congress just made it easier for ISPs to sell your personal information

The commentary by the Editorial Board to the Star Tribune was posted March 31, 2017.  We wanted to make certain the people in CD3 are aware of this vote, and the fact that Rep. Erik Paulsen voted for the bill, for allowing internet providers to sell our personal information without asking us:

Before the public could even figure out what was happening, the Republican-led U.S. House and Senate acted with uncharacteristic speed to repeal Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that would have protected consumers’ personal information from the all-seeing eyes of their internet service providers, or ISPs.

While health care, the budget, climate change, the deficit and countless other issues linger, Republicans moved in quick lock-step to ensure that provider giants Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and others can collect your most personal information without permission and then profit from its sale to third parties if they choose. (more…)

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