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  • Tax system creates barriers to job creation
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on March 2, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Select Revenue Measures , Full Committee

    Let’s make a bet. Imagine I gave you the task of coming up with a rational tax system. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, I bet that you would create a system nothing like our current one. In fact, you’d be foolish to take that bet, because there is such broad agreement on the need for fundamental tax reform. A recent Rasmussen Poll showed that only 9 percent of Americans think the U.S. has the best tax system in the world. There is good reason for that harsh reality. We need a comprehensive ... Read more

  • What a new GAO report could mean for social program spending
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 8, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Resources, Full Committee

    What a new GAO report could mean for social program spending The Government Accountability Office recently released a seemingly obscure report that could have important implications for the federal-state partnership on social programs in the years ahead. The report has a title only a wonk could love: “Child Support Enforcement: Departures from Long-Term Trends in Sources of Collections and Caseload Reflect Recent Economic Conditions.” It tracks how states responded to federal funding changes in ... Read more

  • Why Congress Should Repeal and Replace the Healthcare Reform Law
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee

    The American people know that when a tree is rotten at the center, you cut it down and plant something new in its place. Congress began that process last week when the House cast two critical, bipartisan healthcare votes. In one vote, we cut down a rotten tree, voting to repeal the law. Then we cast a second vote to replace it, planting the seeds to grow solutions that ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare—regardless of their health condition. Repealing and replacing... Read more

  • USA TODAY: Repeal is first, not last, step
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on January 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    Wednesday's vote to repeal the unpopular health care law was, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, the end of the beginning of our push to make quality health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. Full repeal of the Democrats' partisan health care law is critical to advancing fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually lower health care costs. Repeal serves two purposes. First, it is crucial to getting our economy on a path toward job creation. Each day we learn of ... Read more

  • Repeal and replace ObamaCare
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on November 8, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    Health care costs too much in this country. Spending $1 trillion more on health care, as the Democrats' new law does, didn't reduce health care costs. In fact, it will only make matters worse. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the law will actually increase the cost of insurance for millions of families by an additional $2,000 per year by 2016. Employers and workers have been hit particularly hard by ObamaCare. McDonald's, Boeing, 3M and others have cited the law a... Read more

  • Camp: Health Law Will Hurt Consumers, Business
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on May 27, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The Democratic agenda has been made clear: Tax Americans more so government can spend more. It started with a trillion-dollar stimulus bill that has failed to hold unemployment in check. Then it was a trillion-dollar health care bill that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will increase health insurance premiums for millions of Americans. Adding insult to injury, the health care law increased taxes by more than $500 billion, with much of that burden falling on the middle-class famili... Read more

  • Another missed deadline
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on April 15, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    “These short-term actions are destabilizing medical practices—now on a monthly basis—leaving both physicians and their patients in limbo.” – America Medical Association Executive VP Michael Maves, MD, in April 12, 2010, letter to Congress. During the health care debate, Democrats repeatedly promised to provide a permanent fix to the Medicare doctor payment formula known as SGR, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi describes as “very important” to Democrats. “It’s not in this bill, but we will have it soon... Read more

  • What’s in the health-care bill for you? Have a seat over there and wait
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on March 25, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    With the president’s signature still wet on the Senate health care overhaul, people rightly ask, “what will it mean for me?” For many, the answer will likely be found in your paycheck and in the doctor’s waiting room. As a heart surgeon, I saw a wide range of new health care mandates from Washington, all of which affected care in some way. However, all of those disruptions pale in comparison to the massive, 2,000-plus page bill approved by Democrats in the House and Senate. New taxes and arbitra... Read more

  • What's in the Bill -- Read it and Weep
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on March 19, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    Three weeks ago, at the White House Health Care Summit, President Barack Obama gave Congress six weeks to consider his proposal and chart a course forward. The Democrats are now using every dirty and undemocratic trick in the book to ram this health care bill through Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats have even decided that they will "deem" the Senate bill as having passed the House without directly voting on it, trying to hide the fact they will have blessed the... Read more

  • Democrats Should Shelve New Taxes and Work With GOP on Alternatives
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on January 20, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Select Revenue Measures , Human Resources, Social Security, Oversight, Full Committee, Trade

    While the White House keeps changing their job-calculation methods in a desperate effort to claim their so-called stimulus bill is working, Americans are still asking: Where are the jobs? Facts are facts. Last year, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats spent nearly $1 trillion we don’t have on a misguided, wasteful and ineffective stimulus package. At the time, Democrats claimed the stimulus would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent. Today, however, the national unemployme... Read more