Ending Obamacare insurance company ‘cost-sharing’ bailout affirms Article I power of the purse

Oct. 13, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration decision to end cost-sharing for insurance companies under Obamacare:

“After the Senate failed twice to replace Obamacare, President Trump decided to tip over the table by denying health insurers subsidy payments that were not authorized by Congress. President Trump is right constitutionally. Since Congress never authorized these bailouts, they should have never been paid in the first place. Politically, Trump’s decision to follow the Constitution and deny unauthorized payments changes everything. While the American people were Obamacare losers, the health insurers through their subsidies and guaranteed customers had the game rigged in their favor. By eliminating the insurance company bailout, one of the few Obamacare winners will now desperately seek changes in the law. This altered political dynamic breathes new life into an honest replacement bill that ends the individual and employer mandates, increases state flexibility and lowers premiums. Just when everyone thought the Obamacare repeal effort was dead, President Trump has changed everything simply by following the U.S. Constitution. What a concept.”

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Trump regulatory approach to free market health insurance reform creates national market for insurance

Oct. 12, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump for issuing an executive order directing the Department of Labor to examine new regulations that will allow for the sale of association health plans across state lines:

“President Trump has wisely asked the Department of Labor to examine the law and body of regulation to determine whether new regulations can be put into effect allowing for the sale of association health plans across state lines. The vast majority of Obamacare was written by federal bureaucrats interpreting the law via the regulatory process. President Trump’s direction to the Department of Labor will now use that same process, created by Congress, to inject competition into the health care markets. The great news is that this competition promises to allow more Americans more choices at an affordable cost, truly providing affordable health care options, unlike Obamacare.”

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Ending blue slips frees up 9 judicial nominees from blue states, but what about the other 35 red state nominees and the 10 who have already cleared the Judiciary Committee?

Oct. 11, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to end the so-called “blue slip” process that can block judicial nominees from receiving Senate Judiciary Committee consideration:

“We are encouraged that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ending the archaic blue slip process that allows Senators to arbitrarily block judges from their home states from receiving Senate Judiciary Committee consideration. This move should free up about 9 judicial nominees from states with Democrat senators to be considered by the committee, assuming they were all blue-slipped. However, there are presently 10 judicial nominees who have already cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and other relevant committees who are simply awaiting floor action. And then there’s another 35 judicial nominees from red states with only Republican senators who couldn’t have possibly been blue slipped by Senate Democrats, for which there is no ready excuse for why they have not gotten moving through the process.

“Either way, to keep pace with the modern historical average of Presidents filling about 163 federal judicial vacancies per term, the Senate will need to speedily confirm all of the President’s 54 pending judicial picks. It’s time to get the process moving. One of the reasons Republicans rallied to President Trump in 2016 was because he said he would even the balance of federal courts away from Democrat control. With a Republican Senate, no more judicial filibuster and no more binding blue slips, there is simply no reason this process should be all gummed up.

“Ending the blue slip process is a good first step by McConnell. He should follow up by killing any other Senate rules in due speed that slow down floor consideration of nominees and otherwise get this process moving.”

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Sen. Bob Corker is the reason the Iran deal went through

Oct. 10, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement reminding everyone why the Iran deal went through in the first place:

“Bob Corker is the Iran deal, he owns the Iran deal. He offered the legislation that authorized the removal of the sanctions against Iran in the first place, and then he went out and pretended he opposed lifting sanctions, providing political cover to the Obama administration. The Iran nuke deal made the world a much more dangerous place. The pallets of cash delivered to the Iranian regime are likely funding rogue state nuclear weapons development around the world in violation of the NPT. The Iranian nuclear program is not even allowing basic inspections under the agreement and the only people who seem to be profiting are well-connected companies like Schlumberger. Corker’s career in the Senate should make every Tennessee Republican glad he’s retiring. Let’s hope that Senator Corker doesn’t botch anything else up in his remaining months in office.”

Attachments:

“After authoring bill that OKed Iran nuclear deal and lying about it, Sen. Bob Corker should retire,” By Robert Romano, Sept. 12, 2017 at http://netrightdaily.com/2017/09/authoring-bill-oked-iran-nuclear-deal-lying-sen-bob-corker-retire/

“Sen. Bob Corker moans about Iran deal his bill authorized,” By Robert Romano, Aug. 20, 2015 at http://netrightdaily.com/2015/08/sen-bob-corker-moans-about-iran-deal-his-bill-authorized/

“If Trump decertifies the Iran nuclear deal, he doesn’t need Congress to reinstate the sanctions, he can do it himself,” By Robert Romano, Oct. 9, 2017 http://netrightdaily.com/2017/10/trump-decertifies-iran-nuclear-deal-doesnt-need-congress-reinstate-sanctions-can/

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Going across state lines will lower insurance costs

Oct. 9, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Trump administration, which is reportedly proposing to go across state lines for insurance purchases via executive and regulatory action:

“Allowing across state lines health insurance sales should make lower cost insurance options for all Americans. In light of Congress’ failure to rescind both the individual and employer mandates, plus Obamacare regulations, the Trump administration regulatory action promises to provide a meaningful, affordable alternative to both individuals and employers bogged down in higher costs. While the devil is in the details, at first blush, President Trump’s forward-looking action will hopefully break the logjam in Congress while protecting the most vulnerable Americans from exorbitant health insurance costs.”

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Ending Clean Power Plan paves way for cheaper electricity, growth

Oct. 9, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for announcing that the Obama so-called Clean Power Plan is being withdrawn:

“The new and existing coal power plant rules under the Clean Power Plan was the Obama administration’s key to the war on coal, resulting in plant shutdowns across the country including the Ohio River Valley. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that the Clean Power Plan will be ended opens the door for investment in coal-fired electricity generation. In order for the U.S. manufacturing to grow and thrive, the availability of inexpensive and reliable electricity is a must. Ending the Clean Power Plan, including all of its regulations, brings us one step closer to making America’s economy great again.”

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VP Pence right to leave Colts-49ers game

Oct. 9, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave yesterday’s Colts-49ers game:

“Entertainers performing for the National Football League are no different than stage performers for the play Hamilton. If they choose to make their performances exclusionary and their producers and owners allow it, then the rest of us who love America have every right to no longer pay their salaries through attendance, listening to or viewing broadcasts of their product.

“Vice President Pence’s choice to leave the Colts-49ers game on Sunday is to be commended and the fact the NFL nonsense protests continue in spite of overwhelming opposition, signals to the rest of us that we are not welcome at NFL games.

“The truth is that with Sundays back, more will go to church, mow their lawns and play with their kids rather than wasting time watching overgrown, roid-raging millionaires bash into each other.

“I stand with the President and Vice President for the national anthem and flag, and I will not stand for those who refuse to do the same.”

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Time to enforce antidumping rules against trade violators LG and Samsung

Oct. 6, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the International Trade Commission for finding LG and Samsung in violation of the U.S. antidumping rules:

“Every free trade agreement is dependent on enforcement, otherwise there is no reciprocity. Yesterday, the ITC unanimously found that Whirlpool was damaged by dumping by LG and Samsung in violation of U.S. law and South Korean Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) rules. These agreements must be enforced by the U.S. Department of Commerce in a meaningful way. If trade agreements are going to have any value and be sustainable, all parties must comply with their terms. In order to preserve the legitimacy of the overall KORUS trade deal, LG and Samsung’s repeated failure to follow the trade rules must be subjected to swift and significant sanctions.”

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Why hasn’t Christopher Steele’s testimony been subpoenaed?

Oct. 5, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement asking why Congressional intelligence committees have not subpoenaed the testimony of Christopher Steele who authored the original Trump-Russia collusion dossier:

“Christopher Steele is ground zero for the Russia collusion lie. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr admitted yesterday that his committee after nine months of investigating the contentions of Steele’s dossier has unbelievably been unable to interview Steele. Steele’s dossier and the FBI’s involvement with him is chilling considering that it has been used as a pretext for an attempt to end the presidency of Donald Trump. What’s more, Steele’s discredited allegations, subject of multiple libel suits, has made the world a significantly more dangerous place, as it has threatened to submarine almost five decades of detente between the world’s foremost nuclear powers. One would think that if Burr is going to continue his investigation, it might revolve around Christopher Steele and who paid him to produce a political hit piece that became the rationale for Special Counsel Mueller and his ongoing witch hunt. Now Burr’s attention should be shifting to Steele and if he refuses to testify, subpoenas should be issued to force him to finally tell the truth.”

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Energy Department rule incentivizing coal and nuclear good for economic growth, grid resiliency

Oct. 4, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Trump administration for a new Energy Department rule that will require “its organized markets to develop and implement reforms that would fully price generation resources necessary to maintain the reliability and resiliency of our nation’s grid”:

“In 2016, Coal and nuclear provided a combined 51 percent of electricity, in spite of Obama policies that are taking 374 coal power plants off line, and accelerating the decommissioning of 5 nuclear reactors. The rule announced by Department of Energy will help take the regulatory boot off the throats of these two vital pieces of our electricity power grid puzzle.

“In order for America to grow its manufacturing sector and to create the resulting high-paying jobs, it is essential that we expand our electricity immediately. Secretary Perry’s wise move will encourage the private sector to invest in this necessary expansion.

“This latest Energy Department rule is just one more example of President Donald Trump successfully ending the administrative stranglehold on free market economic growth. Thank you, Secretary Perry.”

Attachments:

“Infrastructure Requires Electrical Grid Expansion For National Security, Jobs,” by Ken Blackwell and Rick Manning, June 6, 2017 at https://townhall.com/columnists/kenblackwell/2017/06/06/infrastructure-requires-electrical-grid-expansion-for-national-security-jobs-n2336908

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