Where Obamacare repeal stands

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Last Thursday the House passed the American Health Care Act which included a new amendment that gives states the ability to opt out of core elements of Obamacare’s regulatory structure.

Writing in The Daily Signal Heritage experts Bob Moffit and Jean Morrow state:

By passing the American Health Care Act by a vote of 217-213, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken a major step in the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

It’s now time for the Senate to act.

In paving the way for successful House floor action, the House Rules Committee adopted an amendment enabling states to reverse the upward trajectory of premiums in their health insurance markets.

As Heritage analysts have argued, the right policy is to liberate states from Obamacare’s insurance mandates. This is a step in that direction.

Meanwhile, Heritage expert Ed Haislmaier has been busy influencing the repeal process. Even before the bill passed the House, Haislmaier was asked by Senate Conservatives for recommendations on how they could make this bill even better in the Senate.

Though the House bill wasn’t perfect it’s moving health care reform in the right direction.

Do you think the Senate will improve upon the bill?

Former Heritage Trustee’s impact on conservatism

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The patriots that serve on the Heritage Board of Trustees do so because they believe in preserving America for future generations. They see Heritage leading the fight for the conservative principles needed to maintain a strong America.

Not only do they fight for conservatism through Heritage but they also make an impact on their own time.

This is a snapshot of what a former Heritage Trustee has done for the conservative cause.

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Lewis Lehrman served faithfully as a Heritage trustee for nearly two decades before resigning in the mid 90s but his service to the conservative movement, and to Heritage, continued on.

In 1981 he was appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the Presidential Gold Commission. Along with Congressman Ron Paul, Lewis Lehrman collaborated on a minority report of the commission, which was published as The Case for Gold (1982) that explains the reasons for having paper currency backed by gold.

He is also the author of The True Gold Standard: A Monetary Reform Plan without Official Reserve Currencies (2012) that lays out a plan to restore the stability of the American dollar and Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point (2008) which examines the pivotal speech that was a turning point in Lincoln’s life.

Lehrman has also been named to the advisory board of the American Principles Project’s Gold Standard initiative. He heads The Gold Standard Now – a project of The Lehrman Institute. Established in 1972, The Lehrman Institute is a public policy foundation focused on history, economic and foreign policy, education, and local communities.

In the 1990s he generously funded Heritage’s Lehrman auditorium, named in honor of his father, and has been used to host lectures and events promoting conservatism ever since.

In 1994 Lehrman co-founded the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History that’s devoted to the improvement of the next generation of Americans through the study of American history.  The institute has over 60,000 unique historical documents that they use to support tens of thousands of teachers who help change the lives of students. Lehrman was presented the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2005 for his work in American history.

Besides serving as a Trustee of Heritage Lehrman has also served as a trustee of the American Enterprise Institute, the Morgan Library, the Manhattan Institute and New-York Historical Society. He is also a former Chairman of the Committee on Humanities of the Yale University Council.

Now Lehrman is releasing a new book titled Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft that takes a look at the “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain during World War II that cemented the Alliance that won the war in the West. In the book, Lehrman reveals the personal diplomacy, character and statecraft at the core of the leadership of the Anglo-American Alliance through scrupulous research and fair judgement. If you’d like a copy of the book, you can order Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft  here >>

We are thankful to Lewis Lehrman for his support of Heritage and his continued work furthering the conservative cause.

 

Video: Heritage expert weighs in on Russian hacking

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Heritage expert James Carafano went on Fox News this week to explain the latest on Russia’s hacking and the French Presidential election.

Watch the full clip below.

Do you agree with Carafano’s explanation of Russian hacking? Why or why not?

‘Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination’

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Heritage expert Ryan T. Anderson is releasing a new book called Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination that answers the hard questions on religious liberty and discrimination that we face today.

This book is set up in a point-counterpoint style that brings together leading voices in the culture wars to debate the top questions on these issues: John Corvino, a longtime LGBT-rights advocate, opposite Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, prominent young defenders of the traditional view of marriage.

Many such questions have arisen in response to same-sex marriage: How should we treat county clerks who do not wish to authorize such marriages, for example; or bakers, florists, and photographers who do not wish to provide services for same-sex weddings? But the conflicts are not limited to the LGBT-rights arena. And they implicate age-old questions about the role of government, the value of religion, and the challenges of living in a diverse and free society.

If you want to know how to answer these tough questions this book is a must-read.

The book is available for pre-order and you can order your own copy today.

Check out more about Ryan Anderson and explore his latest research.

What’s your biggest question about the religious liberty debate in our country today?

 

 

 

How effective were President Trump’s first 100 days?

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Heritage will host an event next Wednesday called 100 Down, 265 To Go: First Milestone on President Trump’s First Year in which experts will analyze the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration and look forward to what the rest of the first year may look like.

The first 100 days of a President’s term – the time at which his power and influence are historically deemed to be their greatest – are often looked to as a measure of a President’s ultimate success and future effectiveness while in office.

As President Trump approaches this milestone on April 29, The Miller Center and The Heritage Foundation will hold a half-day conference examining two key aspects of his first 100 days – President Trump’s role as chief executive and the relationship between the president and congress.

The event is on Wednesday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

If you cannot attend in person you can watch the live stream of the event by following the link below.

Click here to watch the event live>>

What do you believe were the biggest takeaways from the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration?

Former Heritage staffer making waves

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The Hill just can’t get enough of former Heritage staffer, Paul Winfree.

This week, Roll Call released a piece titled Rising Stars 2017: Administration Staffers which highlighted Winfree’s impact in the Trump administration.

A decade ago, Paul Winfree took his first post-college job as a policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. Today, he serves as deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and director of budget policy for President Donald Trump.

…After a stint at the Senate Budget Committee, he returned to Heritage, where he took the lead in writing a 165-page “Blueprint for Balance” proposal to wipe out the deficit. The plan served as a resource for the Trump transition team, of which Winfree was a member.

Winfree says he leapt at the chance to join the administration, seeing an “incredible opportunity” to develop policy.

But he notes: “I work in policy because I want to have an impact. I want public policy to be based around a trust in adults to act responsibly, while being respectful of individual freedoms through choice.”

We are thankful for Winfree’s service at Heritage and excited about his opportunity to work in the Trump Administration.

What do you think the budget priorities of the Trump Administration should be?

Heritage impacts State Department restructure

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A Politico piece this week described the influence a Heritage report is having in Donald Trump’s plans to restructure the state department.

Conversations with more than a dozen people in and outside of State who are involved in or monitoring the administration’s plans suggest some broad outlines are emerging about State’s future, including from proposed budget cuts accepted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and from a 2016 Heritage Foundation report that laid out some dramatic ways to reshape the department.

Various stakeholders nearly all mentioned the 2016 report by the Heritage Foundation’s Brett Schaefer. A former senior State Department official said Trump transition aides were “enamored” of the report and took it into meetings.

You are making this impact possible.

Thank you.

You can read the full Heritage report to see what changes should be made in the State Department.

Do you believe President Trump is doing a good job restructuring federal agencies to make them more streamlined and cost-effective? Why or why not?

 

Former Heritage Action employee to join Administration

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Russ Vought, former Heritage Action Vice President, was officially nominated by President Trump to be Deputy Director of the Office of the Management and Budget.

In a press release last Friday, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham said:

President Trump made an excellent decision in nominating Russ Vought, one of the most talented conservatives in Washington, D.C. to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Budgets are expressions of priorities, and the American people should know that a principled, courageous leader will be heavily involved in translating the administration’s priorities into conservative budgets. We are grateful for Russ’s willingness to return to public service and are confident America will be a better nation as a result.

The Office of the Management and Budget is responsible for administering the federal budget and ensuring federal agencies are running effectively.

Do you believe federal agencies need to be downsized?

Fixing big government ineffectiveness

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Government intervention to help the poor often has the opposite effect.

In a recent report by Heritage titled, Big Government Policies that Hurt the Poor and How to Address Them, experts Daren Bakst and Patrick Tyrrell clearly explain changes that need to be made in order to boost the American economy and help those in need.

The key takeaways are:

  • Concern for the poor is often equated with expanding government. In reality, government policies often makes it harder for those striving to make ends meet.
  • Many of the policies drive up consumer prices, for items such as food and energy, which disproportionately hurt the poor.
  • All levels of government—local, state, and federal—need to look honestly at how they contribute to the poverty problem.

You can read the full report now or download it for future reference.

What do you believe is the best approach to addressing poverty in America?

The New York Times states Heritage policy influencing U.S. Ambassador

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The New York Times ran a piece last week titled U.N. Envoy Draws From Playbook of an Aide Steeped in Conservative Ideology. The article states:

The American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, has candidly described herself as a newcomer to the world of international diplomacy.

For guidance, she has relied, in part, on an important adviser plucked from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank: Steven Groves.

Mr. Groves, who is Ms. Haley’s chief of staff, has described himself as a champion of American sovereignty and has written forcefully against international agreements.

One of the main issues that Ms. Haley has promised to tackle at the United Nations comes from the Heritage Foundation’s playbook: How to fix peacekeeping operations, the organization’s biggest, most costliest element.

Other Heritage Foundation priorities have already found their way into the ambassador’s own. She dismissed the Human Rights Council as “so corrupt,” echoing criticism from Heritage. And she invited the think tank to join her delegation to the annual Commission on the Status of Women. Whether she will withdraw American funding for the United Nations’ population agency, which Heritage has pressed for, remains to be seen.

You can read the full article to find out more about Mr. Groves’ work.

What do you believe Nikki Haley’s number one priority as U.S. Ambassador to the UN should be?

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