Conservatives force health care vote to be pushed back

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Yesterday, in a major win for conservatives, a scheduled vote on the House leadership’s health care plan was pushed back due to conservative members unwavering stance against this terrible bill.

This is a testament to the pressure House members felt from their constituents who wanted actual repeal of Obamacare.

Heritage President Jim DeMint had this reaction:

As a broad spectrum of conservative policy experts have been explaining for weeks, the House health care bill was a perfect marriage of bad policy, bad process and bad politics.”

Since the day it was introduced, this was presented as a false choice of this bill or nothing, and that strategy was proven very wrong. Congressional leaders should use this opportunity to start over with a bill that truly repeals Obamacare and move forward in a transparent process.

It should include the repeal of costly Obamacare regulations that have driven premiums up by 68% for many Americans, with up to 90% hikes for young Americans, which we know may be able to pass in reconciliation.

The need to truly repeal Obamacare is as urgent as ever, as it is crushing Americans every day with high health costs and fewer choices. 70% of U.S. counties now only have one or two insurers.

Conservatives are thankful to Congressional leaders who consistently fought for real repeal and commonsense solutions, and we will continue to fight for lower costs and more choices for all Americans.

Also, in a piece in The Hill, Jim DeMint further explains why Obamacare repeal is needed and why the current GOP repeal bill falls far short of actual repeal.

Heritage has long pushed for full repeal and replacement of Obamacare and will continue to until the end.

Read our full plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Do you think House leadership will change their bill so that it fully repeals Obamacare?

Heritage is leading the way in social media outreach

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Heritage is currently ranked #1 in social media outreach according to the latest Forbes report.

When looking at think tank presence in the most popular social media platforms, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, The Heritage Foundation continues to be ranked first among free-market groups.

Your support enables us to continue to take a lead role in ensuring your conservative voice is heard across multiple media channels.

Thank you.

Read more about the impact Heritage is having through social media.

If you aren’t already, make sure to follow our social media accounts to stay even more updated on the issues of the day.

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Additionally, for the latest news updates, follow The Daily Signal on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

What sources do you use to stay informed on the news?  

 

What you need to know about the Gorsuch hearings

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The Daily Signal has done an incredible job covering the Supreme Court hearings for Judge Gorsuch this week.

Below you will find the top stories from the week that explain how the hearings have gone.

Currently, the committee plans on voting for Gorsuch’s nomination on April 4 followed by the Senate’s vote on April 5.

Follow The Daily Signal for updates on the nomination process.

Do you think Democrats will try to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination in the Senate?

 

Mainstream media gangs up on The Daily Signal

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Reporters at the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal are attacking The Daily Signal for their press access to the White House.

They are afraid The Daily Signal is providing an alternative to the usual left-wing or establishment media spin and are using their “mainstream” media influence to bully The Daily Signal.

And guess what? The Daily Signal does exist as an alternative to the mainstream media. They exist because you deserve the truth about what’s going on in Washington. You deserve the facts — not the liberal spin.

And no amount of bullying from the “mainstream” media is going to stop the work of The Daily Signal.

Read what The Daily Signal’s editor-in-chief, Rob Bluey, had to say about this.

‘What’s a legitimate news outlet?’

Apparently not The Daily Signal, if you believe the self-proclaimed arbiters of journalism who represent the “mainstream” media.

I have news for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and any other media outlet that tries to bully us: We’re not going to be pushed around. And when it comes to covering the White House, we’re here to stay.

The Daily Signal’s work is supported by conservatives like you.

Let’s help them continue to provide exceptional coverage of Washington politics.

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Jim DeMint met with Donald Trump on Obamacare repeal

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In case you missed it, last week Jim DeMint met with President Donald Trump at the White House to share the conservative plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.  DeMint made clear conservatives have serious concerns about the current bill, but that we are ready to work with the White House to repeal Obamacare, lower costs, and increase choice in health care.

Later, DeMint went on CNN to discuss the new healthcare plan.

Here is Jim DeMint sitting across from President Trump in the Oval Office:

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And later that day, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted this picture. DeMint is sitting right next to the Vice President.

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Here are five reasons why the current Obamacare repeal plan isn’t real repeal.

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Do you believe House leadership should change the current Obamacare repeal plan to truly implement real repeal?

Sharing the conservative message through video

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You are helping to spread the conservative story through videos that Heritage and The Daily Signal produce.

These teams work hard to make sure the videos are not only produced well but also released at the perfect time to create maximum impact.

Below you will find the top three videos from the past month-each with over one million views.

How Trump Saved Wollman Skating Rink

1,534,390 views.

Pipeline protestors leave behind potential environmental disaster

1,076,418 views.

Happy birthday, Ronald Reagan

1,527,297 views.

You can view more videos by going here or here.

Enjoy.

What do you think of the videos?

Proposed health care bill ‘missed the mark’

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This week House Republicans released their health care bill to replace Obamacare. It’s terrible.

Heritage health care expert, Ed Haislmaier, explains why the proposed bill does not fix the failings of Obamacare.

The key problem with the draft House health care bill is that it fails to correct the features of Obamacare that drove up health insurance costs. Instead, it mainly tweaks Obamacare’s financing and subsidy structure.

Basically, the bill focuses on protecting those who gained subsidized coverage through the law’s exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion, while failing to correct Obamacare’s misguided insurance regulations that drove up premiums for Americans buying coverage without government subsidies.

That is both a policy problem and a political problem.

Read Ed’s full explanation to find out why this bill fails to address Obamacare’s issues.

Why do you think House leadership proposed a bill like this?

Donald Trump’s revised Immigration ban is constitutional: Here’s why

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Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky explains why Donald Trump’s revised executive order is not only legal but makes common sense.

President Donald Trump’s revised executive order restricting travel from terrorist safe havens is just as constitutional and legal as his original order, despite what some courts such as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said about the original order.

But the revisions he has made, which clarify that the executive order does not apply to any foreigners who already hold visas to enter the U.S., will make it tougher for activist judges to justify any injunction orders they might be inclined to issue against it. Yet there is little doubt that progressive groups will seek such orders.

Read the rest of Spakovsky’s analysis.

Do you agree with Trump’s revised executive order?

Heritage experts weigh in on Trump’s first speech to Congress

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Heritage experts weighed in on President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

Economy

“The president’s commitment to tax reform is welcome. Tax reform holds the promise of dramatically improving the incomes of working Americans and restoring prosperity.”

Immigration

“In his first address to Congress, Trump reiterated that he intended to keep his promises on immigration, from building a wall to securing our southern border to finally enforcing our immigration laws and removing illegal aliens—’the bad ones’—who endanger our country. As he said, ‘we’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross—and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.'”

Foreign Policy and National Security

“Trump in his remarks reiterated U.S. support for the NATO alliance and America’s commitment to collective defense. Trump’s statement of U.S. support for NATO is a clear message that will be received by friend and foe alike. This important message was communicated as well by Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis on their recent visits to Europe.”

Legal

“Tonight, Trump reminded Americans that he fulfilled his promise to pick a constitutionalist judge from his list of 21 candidates. With his nomination of 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch, he has chosen, as the president said tonight, ‘a man of incredible skill, and deep devotion to the law.’ Gorsuch has a strong record that demonstrates his fidelity to the Constitution and his willingness to put the law as written above his own political views or policy preferences.”

Infrastructure

“Although Trump’s speech did not yield many hard details, it’s clear that enacting a “new program of national rebuilding” to fix the nation’s “crumbling” roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways continues to be a priority for him. (It must be noted that federal data show that the real state of highways and bridges is solid and is improving).”

Education

“‘Education is the civil rights issue of our time,’ observed Trump in his joint address to Congress, before he went on to urge Congress to advance school choice options.”

In addition, you can read Donald Trump’s full speech on the Daily Signal’s site.

Which policy is the most important to you?

 

Obamacare repeal in jeopardy–here’s why

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Heritage expert James Wallner explains in The Daily Signal why Obamacare repeal is in jeopardy:

Members of Congress should reject draft legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare that is currently being circulated in the House of Representatives.

At this point in the debate, they should focus their efforts instead on repealing Obamacare and transitioning out of its destructive effects.

Regrettably, the House proposal combines the repeal and replace efforts into one bill, jeopardizing the success of both.

The reality is that Obamacare cannot be repealed and replaced simultaneously. This is due to the political dynamic of the current debate and the special restrictions associated with the budget reconciliation process, which must be used to repeal Obamacare because it allows a bill to pass with 51, not 60, votes.

It will be virtually impossible to secure bipartisan support for any replace provisions if they are included in a bill that repeals Obamacare. It is unrealistic to expect that members of Congress who originally voted for Obamacare will now agree to repeal and replace it in a single bill.

Click here to read the rest of Wallner’s explanation on why lawmakers should reject the current draft legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Heritage has long advocated the full repeal of Obamacare as one of the first priorities of 2017.

You can read our full plan here.

Do you believe members of Congress will follow through on their promises to repeal Obamacare before it’s too late?

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