Scott Walker Likes Heritage’s Plan to Replace Obamacare

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Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pointed to The Heritage Foundation’s health care reform proposal as a conservative alternative to Obamacare.

“I think there are some options,” Walker said when asked about his health care reform ideas. “You look at The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute—both of those are pretty good hybrids.”

Heritage’s plan calls for the repeal of Obamacare and its replacement with a patient-centered, market-based system.

It’s important for more lawmakers to follow Walker’s lead and look to conservative health care solutions, Heritage vice president Mike Gonzalez explains.

Be sure to watch the video above. Walker’s discussion of health care starts at 3:40.

Podcast: 3 Very Real Threats Facing America in 2012

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America faces three threats that could drastically change our country for the worse, Heritage Foundation scholar Matthew Spalding writes in his new book, Changing America’s Course.

Our country faces an entitlements challenge which threatens our economic prosperity, a defense challenge that threatens our national security, and a constitutional challenge that will threaten our self-governing democracy.

Despite these threats, Americans need only to look to their past to remind themselves of their great capabilities. “Americans have faced—and surmounted—similar challenges in the past,” Spalding reminds us. Moreover, “in each case, great leaders emerged and rallied the American people, and freedom emerged triumphant.”

In a new podcast, Heritage Vice President of American Studies Matthew Spalding discusses both the book and Wisconsin’s recall election.

Last week’s unsuccessful recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was only the third gubernatorial recall election in the nation’s history. It serves as a “micro-example” that signals to other governors, members of Congress, and constituents, that changes need to be made in order to save our country from the fiscal crisis we are in.

What do you think are the most important challenges America faces?

Audio: Matt Spalding on Changing America’s Course and Wisconsin

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In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Heritage Foundation scholar Matthew Spalding discusses his new book, Changing America’s Course, and the Wisconsin recall election.

Changing America’s Course outlines the challenges our nation faces and the choices we must make to reduce spending, restore constitutional government and provide for the common defense

Listen online here.

David Weinberger hosts.

Were Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Reforms Actually Radical?

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faces a recall election in part because of his reforms to government employee compensation and pensions. Government employees’ unions called his reforms radical and unconscionable.

But The Heritage Foundation’s Jason Richwine, writing in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, says these pension reforms “are far from radical. And much more remains to be done.”

“Using proper financial accounting methods,” Richwine reports, “the pension plan for most state workers actually costs more than two-and-a-half times what the government’s actuaries claim.”

Under the Walker reforms, government workers must now contribute 5.8 percent of their wages towards their pension. This number has been misrepresented as half of a worker’s total pension cost when it is really just one fifth.

What do you think? Did Wisconsin’s pension reforms go far enough?

Video: Scott Walker Explains the Importance of Wisconsin’s Budget Reforms

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“There are moments in the history of our nation and of our country when ordinary people stand up and do extraordinary things,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Heritage Foundation members in Des Moines yesterday.

Discussing the important spending reforms he spearheaded earlier this year, Walker explained how he stood up to the special interests and how he draws inspiration from leaders like Ronald Reagan.

Watch the video below. Walker’s remarks begin 10 minutes in.

Heritage Foundation Webcasts Tonight and Tomorrow

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The Heritage Foundation is hosting two webcasts for our members this week:

  • Tonight at 11:45 p.m. Eastern (8:15 p.m. Pacific), British MEP Daniel Hannan will speak to a Heritage audience in San Francisco. Hannan is a stalwart believer in both conservative principles and the Anglo-American special relationship. Watch online tonight.
  • Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. Eastern, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will speak to Heritage members in Iowa about standing up to big labor special interests and enacting budget reforms in his home state. Watch online tomorrow.

Wisconsin is Back in the Headlines

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Last June, the U.S. economy added a meager 18,000 jobs nationwide – and 9,500 of them were in Wisconsin alone. Coincidence? Not at all, explains Heritage Foundation investigative reporter Rob Bluey.

Just six months ago, Wisconsin’s new governor, Scott Walker, was making headlines for his controversial budget repair bill. The teachers’ unions claimed the bill would have a catastrophic impact on Wisconsin’s already wobbly economy (more than 150,000 jobs were lost in the three years before Walker became governor.)

But the union leaders were flat out wrong. As the Weekly Standard recently reported, Walker’s new bill actually saved teaching jobs by shoring up money for school districts to avoid layoffs and reduce class sizes.

In addition, the governor has overseen a flourishing of the private job market. Bluey explains that “Since [Walker] took office in January, the state has added 39,300 private-sector jobs. That puts Walker on pace to exceed his goal of 250,000 new jobs in four years.”

Interested in learning more about how pro-growth policies foster healthy competition and job creation? Listen to Heritage’s recent interview with Gov. Scott Walker below. And be sure to leave your comments on MyHeritage.

Limbaugh, Governors Headline Heritage’s Annual Leadership Conference

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Rush Limbaugh, shown here in 2009, addressed Heritage members at the Annual Leadership Conference last week.

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh and three reform-minded conservative governors galvanized Heritage Foundation members at our Annual Leadership Conference this past weekend.

Limbaugh, who delivered the event’s keynote address, addressed a wide range of issues facing the conservative movement and the United States as a whole. He was introduced by a last-minute guest: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose fight for budget and labor reforms has inspired conservatives.

Heritage also presented Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with the Clare Boothe Luce Award, our highest honor. The award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the conservative movement. Continue Reading »

Video: Nationwide Budget Battle Showdowns

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In state houses across the country, the picture is the same. Protests and budget battles are erupting as more lawmakers realize that their states have more fiscal obligations—particularly to government workers—than they have cash on hand.

A newly released video jointly produced by Reason.tv and The Heritage Foundation showcases these battles, and why they are so crucial for each state’s survival.

What do you think of this debate? Tell us in the comments.

Heritage Lands Exclusive Interview with Gov. Scott Walker

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Yesterday’s Morning Bell featured Tina Korbe’s exclusive one-on-one interview with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to discuss the labor showdown in the Badger State.

Subscribers to The Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell were the first to see this interview. And they’re the first to see the conservative take on the day’s issues every weekday morning.

“The Morning Bell is my daily wake-up call for fresh, conservative analysis on the news,” says Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). “Every member of Congress who believes in conserving and renewing the principles of freedom should make it theirs, too.”

If you would like a dose of conservative analysis with your morning coffee, subscribe to the Morning Bell today.

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