It’s high time to repeal Obamacare

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Despite years of campaign promises, Obamacare remains the law of the land. With midterm elections rapidly approaching, lawmakers are quietly planning to bail out this failing law.

This would be a terrible decision.

In a recent op-ed, Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Mike Needham and Heritage health care expert Marie Fishpaw warned that some Republicans “have reportedly persuaded GOP leaders to plug the cracks in Obamacare’s failing edifice with piles of cash.”

One scheme is headed up by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). They propose appropriating cost-sharing-reduction payments to insurers which would provide more federal money to help insurance companies. A second effort is an even greater corporate give-away led by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) which requests an additional $10 billion in federal cash to prop up failing insurance markets and fund states’ high-risk pools.

Both options fail to address Obamacare’s regulatory regime, which is driving up costs and reducing choice.

We have a different solution.

Heritage’s plan starts with giving patients more options by redirecting federal health care funding into block grants to the states.  This is the “disrupter” that will help to reset our health care culture. Our plan will allow states to innovate to cover the people not enrolled in employer-based health care plans. States also would be given the flexibility and tools they need to lower patients’ health care costs – starting by clearing out the web of Obamacare’s federal mandates that drove up costs and broke the private market.

The goal is simple: take power away from Washington Bureaucrats and allow states to innovate.

Read the full plan to reform our healthcare system >>

Since last October, when Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the Senate, Heritage has been convening all the major federal and state policy experts to have the difficult conversations and sort through the hard questions in order to build consensus on the path forward for health care reform.

Thank you for making this work possible.

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Former Heritage Trustee continues to make an impact

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Lewis Lehrman, who served as a Heritage trustee for nearly two decades, is a great example of someone who loves Heritage and loves our country.

His contributions to Heritage and to our nation are vast and are well worth remembering as we shared with you last year.

The author of many books, Lehrman just released his latest book this week titled Lincoln & Churchill: Statesmen at War which examines the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill to learn what made them succeed as leaders–specifically as they led their countries through war.

Lehrman is able to pull back the cover on these two iconic leaders and give an insider look into their lives in a way that no one else ever has.

According to leading historians and authors:

For years, I have longed to be in the same room with Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. And now Lewis Lehrman has given all of us that chance with this sweeping, yet intimate study of the war leadership of both remarkable men.

With penetrating insight, Lehrman unfolds the contrasts and similarities between these two leaders: their points of origin, their temperaments, the nature of their ambitions, their leadership styles. I savored every page of this magnificent work. Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian

Few men have more profoundly shaped modern history than Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. In this enlightening, original analysis of their leadership, Lewis E. Lehrman not only sheds a bright light on their remarkable achievements but he also deepens our understanding of the nature of statesmanship.

How two leaders of such radically different backgrounds and temperaments led their nations to victory in wars of national survival ‐‐ thus vindicating government of the people, by the people, and for the people ‐‐ is an inspiring story, based on deep research, told by Lehrman with great skill.

Admirers of both leaders, as well as history fans in general, will enjoy this very well written book and wonder why no previous historian has undertaken such an important comparative study. Professor Michael Burlingame holds the Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois‐Springfield

If you are an admirer of the leadership Lincoln and Churchill displayed throughout their lives then you will love this book.

Order your own copy today >>

Please join us in thanking Lehrman for his contributions to Heritage and to our nation.

World leaders come to Heritage

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This week, Heritage hosted numerous leaders and foreign dignitaries each day.

A few of the leaders at Heritage this week were:

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Secretary Ben Carson
  • Senator Ted Cruz
  • Senator Joni Earnst
  • Senator Orrin Hatch
  • 14 Ambassadors
  • And 20 additional foreign dignitaries including:
    • Finland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs
    • President of the Parliament of Montenegro
    • Hong Kong’s former Chief Secretary
    • Former Prime Minister of Ukraine
    • Friends of Israel delegation
    • Arctic Affairs Ambassador for Finland
    • Bosnian delegation
    • Republic of Korea’s National Assembly Member
    • Vice president of the Congress of Costa Rica

Some of these leaders attended various meetings throughout the week while many of them attended a special event Monday that honored Heritage’s founder, Ed Feulner, and welcomed Heritage’s new president, Kay Coles James.

Watch the event >>

Heritage has long been a place to convene leaders together to further the conservative movement and this week’s guests are a testament to that history.

Your support makes this possible.

Why do you think it is important to constantly host today’s leaders?

A look at the ways you made America stronger

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A strong national defense is critical to maintaining a stable, vibrant country…especially with today’s increasing global threats.

You made a lot of progress through Heritage in strengthening our national defense this past year.

These are a few examples of the tremendous work you’ve made possible.

Strength through expert personnel:

Former Heritage Asian studies expert, Lisa Curtis, was appointed to the National Security Council as the senior director for South Asia. Previously she worked in the U.S. government on South Asian issues for 16 years. During that time she worked as a staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs, an analyst for the CIA, and as a diplomat in the U.S. embassies in Pakistan and India. We are excited for her new role.  Read more about her appointment >>

Ranking our military strength:

Assessing U.S. national interests and America’s ability to defend those interests is one of the foremost responsibilities of the federal government. For that purpose, Heritage released the annual Index of U.S. Military Strength that has become a key resource for policymakers. It contains the latest assessments of global threats, operating environments, and the status of the U.S. military. Read the index >>

Changing Policy:

Heritage’s defense team, unmatched by other think tanks with their real world experience, had many of their recommendations incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act. Read the recommendations >>

The Pentagon has reportedly formed a team to figure out how the United States can return to a “two-war” posture–something Heritage has been advocating for since the introduction of the Index of U.S. Military Strength in 2015. “This provides America the ability to engage in a major fight with the confidence that we have the wherewithal to deter and fight an opportunistic enemy who might take advantage of our commitment elsewhere,” says Tom Spoehr, director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense. Find out if the U.S. military is strong enough >>

Bringing leaders together:

Heritage hosted the Directors of the DNI, NSA, and FBI to discuss America’s security….specifically, the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which provides invaluable information on non-U.S. people oversees. Some estimates say that Section 702 is responsible for more than 25 percent of all current intelligence collected. Watch the event >>

Since the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, Tehran has continued its malign policies in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Iran’s expanding influence in these war-torn countries has been facilitated by the strategic dividends and sanctions relief provided by the nuclear deal. Heritage’s recommendation has been to pull out of the Iran Deal entirely and that was the purpose of this event at Heritage.

Heritage also hosted the Ukrainian President for a private briefing with Heritage leadership and policy experts to discuss relations with Russia.

Testifying before Congress:

General Thomas Spoehr, retired Army lieutenant general and director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his recommendations for a future National Defense Strategy. Read his rules to get defense strategy right >>

Heritage’s National Security team briefed the House Armed Services Committee and laid out key assessments of our military drawing from Heritage’s 2018 Index of Military Strength. Overall, the 2018 Index concludes that the current U.S. military force is likely capable of meeting the demands of a single major regional conflict while also attending to various presence and engagement activities but that it would be very hard-pressed to do more and certainly would be ill-equipped to handle two nearly simultaneous major regional contingencies.

Preparing for the future:

There is a great need for national security leaders who can think critically about the issues our nation faces today. To train and educate the next generation of these leaders, Heritage partnered with the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security  which focuses on educating and training leaders for the national security and intelligence communities. Read more about this partnership >>

Heritage is also the first and only organization to track and compile all Islamist terror plots and attacks against the U.S. homeland since 9/11 through their homeland security research team. “We have the most robust and respected program in town,” said Carafano. “Much of the credit goes to David Inserra and his consistent work with the House Homeland Security Committee over the years.” Read more about the team and the work they have done >>


Take a moment to re-read the work you’ve made possible.

America is safer today because of your support of Heritage.

Thank you.

What are the top 3 national defense areas President Trump’s Administration should focus on in 2018? Why?

You turned the American economy around

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You have made an enormous difference strengthening our economy during 2017.

Heritage experts started working around the clock leading up to the beginning of 2017 to get conservative fiscal policy positioned to be adopted in 2017.

These are a few of their accomplishments.

To start, Paul Winfree, Director of Heritage’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, was appointed by President Trump to serve as the Director of Budget Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Thus, the person who had been responsible for crafting Heritage’s budget spent the entire year working on the Trump Administration’s budget.

Next, former Heritage economist James Sherk joined Trump’s Administration as his labor adviser. Sherk worked hard to reduce excessive federal spending–so much so that his plans were picked up by the Washington Post.

A small Heritage team also worked closely with the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, to ensure that his goal of 3% growth was reached. Mike Needham, Heritage Action’s CEO, Salim Furth, Heritage’s macroeconomics research fellow, and Steve Moore, Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom distinguished visiting fellow were all part of this group. As we’ve now seen, the economy has experienced tremendous growth this past year and set many new records.

In addition to this working group, an op-ed in The New York Times by four leading conservatives inspired President Donald Trump’s outline for tax reform, according to The Hill. Steve Moore, distinguished visiting fellow in Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity and Steve Forbes, a long-time member of Heritage’s Board of Trustees, were two of the authors.

Throughout the year Heritage experts also worked hard to push tax reform forward. A constant stream of articles, charts, and events kept the conversation alive until we received one of the largest tax cuts in more than 30 years.

At the beginning of 2018 our nation is experiencing one of the strongest economies it has had in years due largely to your support of Heritage.

Thank you for making this possible.

What is the next economic reform you would like to see passed?

Your role in slashing government regulations

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President Trump’s administration has brought about many de-regulations this past year that were recommended in Heritage’s Mandate for Leadership policy agenda.

According to Heritage expert Diane Katz:

Federal rulemaking slowed dramatically in 2017, with the Trump administration issuing two-thirds fewer regulations in its first year (1,136) than both Presidents Barack Obama (3,356) and George W. Bush (3,927).

The White House has also committed federal agencies to more than 400 deregulatory actions in 2018.

Here are 10 of the past year’s most consequential actions to rein in the regulatory excesses of previous administrations.

Find out the top 10 ways the Trump Administration beat back excessive regulation in 2017 >>

These are huge steps forward in decreasing the power of federal agencies.

With fewer government regulations the economy will be able to grow stronger and more power will be given back into the hands of congress and the American people instead of unelected, power-hungry agencies.

Thank you for making this possible.

What other areas of the Federal government should be de-regulated more?

Ask your question!

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Do you have any follow-up questions for Mrs. James after watching the Imagine America event?

Explaining the nuclear threat

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Heritage hosts numerous events each week in order to examine the pressing issues of our day and facilitate a place where experts can gather to share ideas and find solutions to our nation’s problems.

Many of these events can be viewed live online by simply going to Heritage’s events page.

Last week, Heritage hosted General Kevin Chilton, USAF (Ret.) to explain the importance of maintaining the U.S. nuclear deterrent and the challenges our nation faces in the future.

For many decades U.S. nuclear forces have aided in global nonproliferation and provided a deterrent against large-scale conventional and nuclear attacks that threaten the American homeland, forward-deployed troops, and allies.

However, the value of U.S. nuclear forces depends upon the credibility of the U.S. nuclear deterrent – credibility that is threatened by neglect of U.S. nuclear infrastructure and capabilities.

The nuclear threat environment is dynamic and proliferating, with old and new actors developing advanced capabilities while the U.S. enterprise is relatively static, potentially leaving the United States at a technological disadvantage.

Watch his presentation below:

What do you think the greatest threat to U.S. national security is?

President Trump’s Administration adopts Heritage’s recommendations

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As a Heritage member you’ve just made a tremendous impact on our country.

Heritage just finished a comprehensive review that examined the policy recommendations that President Trump’s team embraced last year.

You will be thrilled to know what they found out.

President Trump’s Administration has adopted or embraced over 64% of Heritage’s recommendations for the administration’s policy agenda from Heritage’s Mandate for Leadership.

This Mandate for Leadership is a comprehensive, conservative policy agenda that Heritage provides for each new administration.

That means your conservative beliefs are making enormous headway in Washington.

Read Heritage’s Mandate for Leadership >>

This is a huge testament to the impact your membership at Heritage is making.

Even the New York Times released a story this week on the significance of these policy adoptions. the story states:

The Trump administration has pursued policies that have hewed remarkably close to the recommendations of a leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, which found in a new review that nearly two-thirds of its ideas had been carried out or embraced by the White House over the past year.

The results, Heritage found in its review, exceeded even the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, whose tenure has long been the conservative gold standard.

Thank you for making this possible.

What other policy changes would you like to see President Trump’s Administration adopt in 2018?

Shaping the message to Congress

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This past Tuesday, Ana Quintana, Heritage policy analyst for Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security.

She discussed the Obama Administration’s failed policy approach to the Castro regime in Cuba, and what can be done to establish more effective policy toward Cuba.

From Quintana’s testimony:

The Obama-era Cuba policy has been a demonstrated failure for both U.S. national security interests, the rule of law, and the future of a free Cuba. The failures were not contained to Cuba either, as the regime’s destabilizing role in the region was never contained.

Watch her testimony below:

As a Heritage member you are shaping the message to Congress.

How should the U.S. approach its relationship with Cuba?

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