Rand Paul’s Obamacare Replacement Plan

4 pages.

read it yourself.

here are the highlights:

Dr. Rand Paul’s Obamacare Replacement Act, S. 222:

Legalizes Inexpensive Insurance Plans:

  • Ensures that Americans can purchase the health insurance coverage that best fits their needs.
  • Eliminates Obamacare’s essential health benefits requirement, along with other restrictive coverage and plan requirements, to once again make low-cost insurance options available to American consumers.

Protects Individuals with Pre-Existing Conditions:

  • Provides a two-year open-enrollment period under which individuals with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
  • Restores HIPAA pre-existing conditions protections. Prior to Obamacare, HIPAA guaranteed that those in the group market could obtain continuous health coverage regardless of preexisting conditions.

Helps More People Save To Buy Health Insurance and Cover Medical Costs:

  • Incentivizes savings by authorizing a tax credit (up to $5,000 per taxpayer) for individuals and families that contribute to HSAs.
  • Removes the annual cap on HSAs so individuals can make unlimited contributions.
  • Allows HSA funds to be used to purchase insurance, cover premiums, and more easily afford a broader range of health-related expenses, including prescription and OTC drugs, dietary supplements, nutrition and physical exercise expenses, and direct primary care, among others. 

Guarantees Fair Tax Treatment of Health Insurance:

  • Equalizes the tax treatment of the purchase of health insurance for individuals and employers by allowing individuals to deduct the cost of their health insurance from their income and payroll taxes.
  • Frees more Americans to purchase and maintain insurance apart from their work status.
  • Does not interfere with employer-provided coverage for Americans who prefer those plans.

Helps Individuals Join Together to Purchase Insurance:

  • Expands Association Health Plans (AHPs) to allow small business owners and individuals to band together across state lines through their membership in a trade or professional association to purchase health coverage for their families and employees at a lower cost.
  • Also allows individuals to pool together through any organization to purchase insurance.
  • Widens access to the group market and spreads out the risk, enhancing the ability of individuals and small businesses to decrease costs, increase administrative efficiencies, and further protect those with pre-existing conditions.

Allows the Purchase of Insurance Across State Lines:

  • Creates an interstate market that allows insurers who are licensed to sell policies in one state to offer them to residents of any other state.

Increases State Medicaid Flexibility:

  • Enables states to fully exercise current flexibilities afforded to them through Medicaid waivers for creating innovative state plan designs.

Empowers Physicians:

  • Allows non-economically aligned physicians to negotiate for higher quality health care for their patients.
  • Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a physician a tax deduction equal to the amount such physician would otherwise charge for charity medical care or uncompensated care due to bad debt, limited to 10% of a physician’s gross income for the taxable year.
By |March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Greenville County Council sued over vote on fees

Look! Government holding government accountable! a beautiful thing!

Maayan Schechter at GreenvilleOnline.com reports:

For what could be the first time in more than a decade several members of Greenville County Council have sued the Council, accusing the county’s governing body of failing to abide by its own ordinance related to fiscal matters.

A nine-page complaint filed Thursday by three County Council members, one property owner and four members of the S.C. House of Representatives contends that County Council and Greenville County passed two fee hikes by a 7-4 vote in violation of the County’s own ordinance that was adopted in 2004.

The 2004 ordinance states that when voting on matters related to fees, taxes or an issue that could harm the County’s AAA rating, a majority of nine out of 12 votes are needed for the measure to pass.

Council Chairman Butch Kirven told The Greenville News he was unaware a complaint was forthcoming. Earlier in the day, Kirven sent a letter to all Council members in an attempt to start a “constructive dialogue.

The plaintiffs named in the complaint are County Council members Joe Dill, Willis Meadows and Michael Barnes, in addition to Deirdra R. Dill and Reps. Garry R. Smith, James Mikell “Mike” Burns, Dwight A. Loftis and William M. “Bill” Chumley.

Plaintiffs named in the complaint are asking a judge to put a hold on the fee hikes, stating all that eight plaintiffs will be “immediately and irreparably impaired by the enforcement” of the ordinance.

On Feb. 7 two fee increases folded into one vote were introduced for the first of three readings, at which time the plaintiffs contend “no information” was provided “as to the form or contents of the Ordinance,” the complaint states.

The item was referred to Council’s Finance Committee on Feb. 13 and recommended by a 3-2 vote – again, the complaint states, without the full body of the ordinance included for consideration.

In a third and final reading, Council on March 7 passed two fee hikes – one being a nearly $15 public safety telecommunications fee and the other a $10 increase to the county’s road maintenance program – by a 7-4 margin. Councilman Sid Cates was not present.

Read more at the link above. And look for and THANK the elected officials who say “no more”.

 

By |March 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jeff Duncan updates on eve of possible vote

From Jeff Duncan’s Facebook page:

AHCA update: House Conservatives continue to make improvements to the AHCA before the scheduled vote set for tomorrow. I had a phone conversation with VPOTUS Pence just now. The White House and House leadership have agreed to one of our asks: that the Obamacare Essential Health Benefits clause be repealed.

What is that you ask?

Obamacare gave the Secretary (Kathleen Sibelius at the time) the power to define essential health benefits which must be covered in all insurance plans sold in the exchanges, small group plans and government plans REGARDLESS of Costs.

In essence, the consumer had to buy a plan which covered things they would never use. A single male, for instance, would still be paying for maternity and newborn care in his policy. Parents of adolescent children would still be paying for Pediatric services.

The marketplace could not create plans to meet the needs of the different consumers and thus keep costs down while also offering plans for those newlyweds hoping to start a family or the parents of young children. The government said what insurance companies had to cover with EHB’s. That was/is a driver of high premiums.

The repeal of the Essential Health Benefit language is a good improvement. Will it alone be enough? More to come!

 

and another update:

Update on ObamaCare Repeal:

I attended a meeting at the White House today where I felt some progress was made, but not enough to stop the House GOP leadership from postponing a vote on the ACHA that was supposed to take place tonight. The House Freedom Caucus and other conservatives are continuing to push for the bill to repeal more of ObamaCare. We were told by GOP leadership that the sections we want taken out of the bill cannot be included due to the Senate rules governing reconciliation. However, our colleagues over on the Senate side disagree and are continuing to encourage us to add as many of these provisions as possible. Some of us suspect that the real reason these provisions have been left in the bill is because they are supported by moderate “Tuesday Group” Republicans in the House. We’re continuing to do everything we can to fight for the best bill possible, and then give Senate conservatives their chance to push for more changes to the bill before it comes back to the House for a final vote.

I would also like to say how impressed I have been with both President Trump and Vice President Pence throughout this entire process. With them I feel like we have a receptive and gracious negotiating partner who wants to work with us to make this a better bill. Without the leadership of President Trump, this bill likely would have died weeks ago. Will continue to keep you updated as things develop.

By |March 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jeff Duncan – debt ceiling and repeal

Jeff Duncan has this explanation of the hurdles for a GOOD health care reform bill.

I wonder how many new Members of Congress campaigned against raising the debt ceiling? How many were concerned about the nation’s spending levels?

The Speaker has been selling the Obamacare Repeal and Replace plan as a Three Phase plan.

Phase I is this American Health Care Act that we are debating and trying to make better.

Phase II is the regulatory and rules roll-back by Secretary Tom Price at Dept of Health and Human Services.

Phase III will be stand-alone reform legislation to allow across state lines sales, associational health care plans, portability, etc. Phase III legislation will require 60 votes in Senate in order to pass.

Let me explain how this plays out:
Phase I: I hope that we (Conservatives in the House) can get more changes to the AHCA. We are meeting with President Trump and VP Pence at WH this morning.

Phase II: nobody questions whether Secretary Price will do everything in his power to roll back Obamacare through his abilities at HHS. He is an honorable man whom we all (Conservatives and Moderates alike) trust. But the courts WILL get involved to hamper his efforts.

Phase III: the House will pass a series of stand-alone reform bills that never get taken up in the Senate. Then, these bills will be added as “Sweeteners” to must-pass legislation like a debt ceiling increase – and Members will vote to raise the debt ceiling in order to enact the reforms to the health care marketplaces which will drive premiums down and provide greater choices. They will be added to the big spending infrastructure bill that may or may not include (real) spending offsets and which President Trump has made a priority of his first 100 days.

Phase III bill’s which we all want will force Members to vote for things they otherwise wouldn’t support – and which they may have told the voters they would never vote to do.

It’s coming. The only way Phase III bill’s pass Congress.
Obamacare gets repealed and replaced. Are we just willing to spend more money and raise our borrowing credit limit in order to get it done?

By |March 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

David Bossie – WHY we do precinct reorg!

Tomorrow is our precinct reorganization meetings, when we go to brief meetings at our polling locations and sign up to be delegates to county and state conventions.  In Spartanburg and Greenville those meetings are at 7:00 PM, please visit www.reorg.org to find the location where YOUR meeting is.  Note: Some precincts in Greenville will be meeting in a central location at the Hilton, so please do check.

Some folks just don’t think these precinct meetings can bring any real change to our party.  I disagree. Here is just one VERY interesting result of Republicans in Maryland – YES MARYLAND! – having a real impact on our NATIONAL GOP leadership and they began by organizing in their precincts.

 

The president of the conservative political advocacy group Citizens United was elected Maryland’s Republican national committeeman on Saturday, unseating a veteran incumbent who held the job for a dozen years — and signaling a further shift away from establishment figures in the state GOP.

David N. Bossie, a Montgomery County resident, helped to orchestrate the landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, that allowed nonprofits to spend an unlimited amount of money on federal elections.

Bossie beat Louis Pope, a former chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, who has held the position since 2004. Bossie’s win comes four years after conservative Nicolee Ambrose beat longtime party stalwart Audrey E. Scott to become the state’s national committeewoman.

Bossie, a former chief investigator for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led Republican investigations of President Bill Clinton’s administration, including the Whitewater controversy and a scandal involving political donations from agents of the Chinese government.

So. Tomorrow night.  Go.

By |March 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SC parents can view school options in their community!

This is a very interesting tool from Palmetto Promise Institute!  Please visit their website and get on their email list for more info and updates.  And click the link below to check out the school options in YOUR neighborhood!

Can you explain South Carolina’s system for evaluating public school quality? Can you explain the difference between a public charter school and a public magnet school? Most of us would struggle with the task.

My guess is that many parents are in the same boat, leaving them confused and frustrated in the search for the right education option for their child’s unique needs.

Here at Palmetto Promise, we know that knowledge is power…and we’re determined to put it into the hands of parents!

That’s why today, we’re launching MySCEducation.org, a groundbreaking new website where parents across the state can enter their address, view school options near them, and get important details about school performance, parent satisfaction and more.

The site is the first-of-its-kind in our state and includes information about every public school, as well as information about public magnet, charter and online schools, as well as private schools and homeschool resources.

Our goal is to provide a one-stop-shop for parents, all on an easy-to-use platform, that will empower them to make the best educational decision for their children.

In addition to individual school information, the website explains the different types of education options available to SC families and offers an email sign up for parents who want to stay informed about the latest on education news across the Palmetto State.

Ahead of today’s launch, I invite you to be among the first to explore the new site, sign up for My SC Education emails, and follow the new project on Facebook.

We’re deeply excited for this site’s potential to empower South Carolina families in new ways as they seek out the best education option to help their students reach their full potential.

Please take a minute to check it out and let us know what you think!

By |March 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Trey Gowdy questions FBI Director Comey

Quite proud of Trey Gowdy today. Too bad he was almost alone in extremely effective direct questioning.

I know folks whose teenagers could have done a better job than most of these committees.

By |March 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Permitless Carry Bill in SC House!

From Janet Hill:

 

So, here’s the scoop.

Rep. Jonathon Hill submits a constitutional carry bill to SC House early this year. (He did last year as well.)

The bill is assigned for review/hearing/debate to House Judiciary Committee of which Rep.Greg Delleney is chairman.

Delleney stonewalls the bill, will not allow it to come up for hearing/debate in the committee. (Just like last year. Yes, the chairman can do that!)

Representative Hill makes a motion from the House floor to recall the bill from the committee to be debated in the full House, asking for roll call vote on his motion. The vote was taken. The motion to debate the bill was voted down! Votes recorded!

SC Representatives voting “no” begin to get a lot of phone calls from their constituents. (Good thing!)

Damage control in the house begins.

Delleney and Pitts craft their own bill, for permitless carry, and introduce it in the House. There are some problems with it, but the bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee……

Tomorrow! (Tuesday)

By |March 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scott Talley’s S370 re: Judicial Appointments

Laird Minor writes a Letter to the Editor:

The appointment of judges may not seem very exciting, but it is vitally important.

In South Carolina, the General Assembly controls every aspect of the judicial appointment process; the Governor plays no role at all. The legislature selects judges, controls their reappointment, and sets their budgets. Because many legislators are lawyers who practice in the state courts, this process presents obvious conflicts of interest for them and creates serious ethical dilemmas for the judges.

The Judicial Merit Selection Commission is responsible for vetting prospective judges. It is dominated by the three powerful politicians who appoint its 10 members, six of whom must be sitting legislators.

The process is so obviously flawed that only one other state in the country (Virginia) uses a similar one.

Sen. Scott Talley has introduced a bill (S.370) that calls for a constitutional amendment to change this process. It would have the governor appoint judges, subject to ratification by the Senate – a procedure similar to that followed at the federal level and by many other states. It wouldn’t eliminate the JMSC, but it would dilute the power of those three politicians by expanding its membership to include five additional members selected otherwise than by them.

Sen. Talley’s bill would bring needed improvement to a badly dysfunctional judicial selection process, but it is stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee. All citizens should contact their legislators to express support for this bill, and demand that it be brought to a floor vote.

Laird Minor,

Simpsonville

By |March 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Permitless carry bill in SC?

From Talbert Black:

A permitless carry bill is moving quickly through the South Carolina House.

Ever since state Representative Jonathon Hill forced every Representative to go on the record and vote up or down to support the Constitutional Carry Act of 2017 those who voted “NO” have felt the heat from you and thousands more like you for their bad vote.

As a direct result, many are now clamoring for a chance to “do the right thing”.

Now, Representatives Mike Pitts and Greg Delleney have introduced H3930, a bill that’s being called “permitless carry”.  It appears to be a good faith effort toward implementing Constitutional Carry.

We appreciate the efforts of Pitts and Delleney. However, there are some problems that need to be fixed with this bill before we can fully support it.

For example, this bill treats 18 – 20 year old adults differently than adults 21 years and older.  This is an apparent violation of the South Carolina constitution as ruled by the South Carolina Supreme Court in 2008 in State v. Bolin.

Additionally, there is some confusing and possibly contradictory language regarding open and concealed carry so that it’s not clear exactly what is legal.

We’ve been told that some members of the House are drafting some friendly amendments to fix these problems!

We hope that happens!

The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

We hope the members of that committee will vote to support these amendments.  Whether or not that happens, we’ll let you know!

So, keep your powder dry and stand by!  I hope to give you some good news Tuesday.

Will you help us protect the second amendment in South Carolina by donating $25 or $50 today?

Thank you for all that you do.

In Liberty,

Talbert Black, Jr.
Palmetto Liberty

By |March 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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