LIBRE: Survey: Employer-Provided Health Care Getting More Expensive

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73 Percent Shifting to High-Deductible Plans

(Washington, D.C.) – A survey of employers who offer health care to their workers finds that moderate increases in premiums are expected next year, with a large majority planning to shift to less expensive plans that offer less coverage in the years ahead. The survey of 1,700 employers was conducted by Mercer, and it indicates that employers expect a 3.9 percent increase in premiums for their workers in 2015. Many say that they will hold premium increases down by managing worker schedules to keep them below 30 hours worked each week. Furthermore, 73 percent say that within 3 years they will offer a “Consumer directed health plan” which features lower premiums for the employee, but also has high deductibles. One-fifth say this will be the only plan they offer. Mercer concludes that “health reform is clearly accelerating” the trend toward these high-deductible plans.

Daniel Garza , Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative released the following statement:

“There have been a lot of promises made by supporters of the new health care law: lower premiums, lower deficits, better choices, and a guarantee that people could keep coverage that they liked. None of this has come to pass and now in 2015, Americans will face a heftier Obamacare penalty if they cannot afford health care.

After the disastrous rollout of the new law, supporters promised to fix it. But a year later, there are no fixes and the problems are growing worse. Now it’s becoming clear that more and more workers will be forced out of plans they may like and left with few options. All the while, their out-of-pocket costs continue to rise, either on premiums or deductibles. And all we have are more broken promises from the people entrusted with fixing it.”

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The LIBRE Initiative is a non-partisan, non-profit, national grassroots organization dedicated to informing the U.S. Hispanic community about the benefits of a constitutionally limited government, property rights, rule of law, sound money supply and free enterprise through a variety of community events, research and policy initiatives. Latinos have been disproportionately hurt by the economic downturn suffering from higher levels of unemployment and poverty. Our aim is to equip the Hispanic community with the tools they need to be prosperous. Connect with us on Facebook at The LIBRE Initiative and @LIBREInitiative on Twitter. Visit: www.thelibreinitiative.com

Congressman Paul Gosar Calls for Removal of CDC Director Thomas Frieden

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after writing an op-ed calling for the resignation of the Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas Frieden. That op-ed can be found by clicking the following link:http://gosar.house.gov/step-one-combating-ebola-fire-cdc-director-frieden

“While the recent Ebola outbreak poses a real threat to the United States, the incompetence and indecisiveness of the CDC and the Obama Administration is just as dangerous. Yesterday, it was reported that Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, who recently was diagnosed with Ebola and cared for Thomas Duncan, checked with CDC before boarding a flight from Ohio to Texas after running a slight fever. The CDC cleared Vinson for travel and failed to prevent her from getting on a plane with more than 100 passengers and traveling halfway across the country.

“The protection of the American people is the most important role of our government. CDC Director Thomas Frieden has failed to lead and has shown gross incompetence in his actions or lack thereof to prevent the spread of Ebola domestically. We cannot afford such mistakes when American lives are at risk. That is why I am calling for the immediate resignation of Director Friedan. At this critical moment, we need leaders who will act boldly and with foresight to prevent the threat of Ebola from spreading. Americans deserve real leadership and accountability.”

Background:

On October 8, 2014, Congressman Gosar led an effort with 25 bipartisan House colleagues calling on President Obama to institute a travel ban and consider a possible quarantine for individuals traveling from West Africa countries with widespread Ebola infections to the United States. That bipartisan letter can be found HERE.

Don’t Give Your Money to Another Government-Run Hospital – Vote NO on 480!

Friends and supporters,

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first NO on Proposition 480 TV ad today.

Proposition 480 would impose a $1.6 billion tax increase on Maricopa County property owners for a new government run, county hospital. Many believe that the price tag for what amounts to a blank check is too high for a special district with a relatively narrow mission.

Supporters of Prop 480 don’t want to talk about the price tag. Neither do they want to explain how they are spending $600,000 of taxpayer money to run a feel good branding campaign in conjunction with the referendum campaign.

If you agree that Prop 480 is a bad idea at a bad time, please forward this ad to your friends via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or other social media outlets. Please help us get out the word that the price of Prop 480 is just too high.

Click below to view the ad, coming to a TV near you. Also please go to our website,VoteNOon480.com for additional information.

Southern Arizona Seniors Trust McSally to Protect Social Security, Medicare

TUCSON – Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally over the weekend released a new ad, “Committed,” featuring the endorsements of Southern Arizona seniors who trust McSally to fight for their retirement benefits. McSally has shown a commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare for current seniors and preserving them for her generation and the next, even opposing her own party’s budget proposal because it does not protect promises made to seniors.

“Seniors know that in this race, there’s only one candidate who’s shown an unwavering commitment to protecting their benefits, and that’s Martha,” said McSally Campaign Spokesman Patrick Ptak. “Unlike Ron Barber, who has repeatedly voted to rob Medicare to pay for Obamacare and even praised cuts to Medicare, Martha will stand up for the voices of Southern Arizona seniors. She believes promises made should be promises kept, and that’s why seniors from both parties are getting behind her.”

McSally’s new ad features Democrats and Republicans supporting her as the best candidate to defend seniors’ retirement benefits. In July, McSally wrote an op-ed on the need to come together to find bipartisan solutions that will protect retirement benefits and preserve them for the next generation. Ron Barber, on the other hand, has repeatedly voted to cut Medicare and lauded cuts to Medicare in a 2012 debate, calling them “over-payments.”

Background:

  • Barber voted against repealing cuts to Medicare contained in Obamacare (Roll Call #460,7/11/2012, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013).

Transcript

(Vern Harms, Retiree, Green Valley) “Martha can be trusted because she will protect our Social Security and Medicare.”

(Dr. Lud Reppisch, M.D. Retiree) “I know that Martha will protect Medicare.”

(Martha) “I am committed to preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare for our seniors.”

(Dr. M.K. Klein, Small Business Owner) “I have been a registered Democrat my whole life, and I’m supporting Martha McSally.”

(Helen Anderson Glass, WWII Navy Veteran) “I supported Gabrielle Giffords and now I support Martha McSally because I vote for the person, not the party.”

(Martha) “I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message.”

Obamacare’s Effect on the Middle Class: Insult to Injury

A brief rant to complain about the Democrat’s Obamacare.

My middle class family cannot afford health insurance. Simply put, the premiums are too high, the deductibles have exploded and the coverage and access to doctors has gone down.

Obamacare2When President Obama said health insurance would improve, he lied. His biggest advocate here in Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema, lied.

Now my family has no coverage. We make too much money to qualify for the Medicaid expansion and we make too little money to pay the high monthly premiums – even with the subsidies!

Not only that, the new healthcare system requires individuals to give access to your bank account as a monthly debit – something I refuse to do.

I imagine there are millions of Americans who also signed up for the automatic monthly debits. When that monthly payment takes place, they better have the money in the bank or they’ll probably get hit with bank fees.

Next year when I do my taxes, I’m going to be penalized for not being able to afford health insurance. The IRS will penalize me for not signing up by reducing my tax refund (if I get one) – insult to injury!

America’s health insurance market has been made worse, far worse. Like public education, health care has been dumbed down. Middle class Americans are worse off now thanks to Democrats and President Obama.

If you’re like me, you know that elections have consequences. If you’re like me, you’ll focus your anger on the ballot box this November.

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Arizona Voters Can Thank Kyrsten Sinema for their Children’s Loss of Health Insurance Under Obamacare

Wendy Rogers

(PHOENIX, AZ) Wendy Rogers has released the following statement criticizing Kyrsten Sinema’s record on Obamacare.

“Kyrsten Sinema has been a longtime advocate of universal healthcare.  She readily admits having authored parts of Obamacare.  She routinely misled the people of Arizona by parroting the Obama administration’s talking points, to include the lie ‘if you like your doctor (or insurance plan), you can keep it.’[1]  In 2009 before the vote on Obamacare, as a cheerleader for the Obama administration, Sinema perpetuated this lie to countless audiences while barnstorming across Arizona.[2] Since then, however, thousands of Arizonans are suffering from the lie since they’ve now lost their insurance or their doctors from before the law was passed,” said Rogers.

“In a recent interview with The Arizona Republic, Robert Meyer, the CEO of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, said that 20 children are coming to his facility every day only to find that Phoenix Children’s Hospital is NOT covered by their insurance because of Obamacare.  Previously, they may have had coverage which included Phoenix Children’s Hospital, but since Obamacare brought about the creation of ‘narrow network’ plans, now their choices are drastically reduced to only a select few facilities.  Parents are left with a stark choice – either take their loved one somewhere unfamiliar or try to argue with their insurance company to receive out-of-network coverage for their sick child, something which Meyer notes ‘causes tremendous anxiety for the parents and families that are going through major crisis.’”[3]

“Despite these terrible flaws, Kyrsten Sinema refuses to back down.  Regardless, she voted against the repeal of Obamacare saying ‘the fundamentals of [the program] are good,’[4]  . . . in the face of all the contrary evidence.  At the very least, Kyrsten Sinema should go on record to say she was wrong for supporting Obamacare and spreading the Obama administration’s lie to Arizonans.  Obamacare hurts families.  I’m a mother – – it pains me deeply to see bad government policy continue to hurt children.  Obamacare is wrong for our nation, and Kyrsten Sinema should be ashamed for supporting it.”

AZ01 Poll: Andy Tobin Leads Ann Kirkpatrick by 8 Points

In the race for Arizona’s First Congressional District, challenger Andy Tobin holds a substantial 8 point lead over incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick, 51 percent to 43 percent, demonstrating a clear path to victory for Tobin.

The poll, taken September 2-4, was conducted by Dave Sackett of The Tarrance Group, one of the most respected pollsters in the country who has experience accurately polling in Arizona (see attached memo for full analysis).

Tobin holds a strong 7 point advantage among Independents, and is attracting significant cross-over appeal, earning 18 percent of the vote among registered Democrats. President Obama is very unpopular in the district, with a 57 percent disapproval rating, as is the Affordable Care Act (58 percent disapprove).

“The data speaks for itself: Ann Kirkpatrick’s record has caught up to her, and voters in Arizona’s First Congressional District are looking for a new voice to represent them in Congress,” said Tobin campaign manager Bill Cortese. “Arizonans clearly see Kirkpatrick as part of the problem in Washington and are looking to Andy Tobin for a fresh start.”

Some of the key findings:

Congressional Ballot
Tobin: 51%
Kirkpatrick: 43%
Undecided: 6%

Obama Job Approval
Disapprove: 57%
Approve: 38%

Generic Ballot
Republican: 50%
Democrat: 42%

Kirkpatrick Reelect
Ready For Someone New: 53%
Kirkpatrick Deserves Reelection: 35%

Affordable Care Act
Disapprove: 58%
Approve: 39%

Governor’s Race in AZ-01
Ducey: 47%
DuVal: 34%

Democrats prepare for damage control over Obamacare premiums

Interesting article recently in Politico that details how Democrats are preparing their talking points on the premium shock about to hit the healthcare market – right before the mid-term elections.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in Arizona’s 1st, 2nd and 9th congressional districts where Democrats are seated and being challenged by Republican challengers. (My prediction is Tobin, McSally and Rogers will win Tuesday.)

Here’s the article written by Edward-Isaac Dovere.

Obamacare’s next threat: A September surprise

Obamacare open enrollment closed March 31. The White House’s Obamacare war room did not.

Most state health insurance rates for 2015 are scheduled to be approved by early fall, and most are likely to rise, timing that couldn’t be worse for Democrats already on defense in the midterms.

The White House and its allies know they’ve been beaten in every previous round of Obamacare messaging, never more devastatingly than in 2010. And they know the results this November could hinge in large part on whether that happens again.

So they’re trying to avoid — or at least, get ahead of — any September surprise.

Aware that state insurance rate hikes could give Republicans a chance to resurrect Obamacare as a political liability just weeks before the midterms, the White House’s internal health care enrollment outreach apparatus immediately redirected into a rapid-response, blocking-and-tackling research and press operation geared toward preempting GOP attacks on the issue.

In what aides say is a sign of a changed approach within the White House — but also heightened concerns around the midterms — they’re even coordinating with Hill Democrats, funneling localized background analysis and talking points to each state’s delegation through Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. They’ve also relied on California Rep. Henry Waxman’s staff at the Energy and Commerce Committee to produce rebuttal reports, often in advance, on GOP claims about insurance.

“One of the lessons we’ve learned in implementing health care is to stay on it,” said Tara McGuinness, the White House senior communications adviser who has been spearheading the effort for the West Wing, reflecting on previous run-ins. “We are not going to let anyone distort the debate.”

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Scott Smith Supports Obamacare Expansion

From the 60 Plus Association

Scott Smith supports the Obamacare expansion which will cost Arizonans hundreds of millions of dollars.

Say NO to Scott Smith

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Remove Rob Robson – Cited!

VOTE for John King and Jill Norgaard for LD18 House –  Tom Morrissey for LD18 Senate

Arizona Legislator Rob Robson, recently endorsed by Governor Brewer, was cited late Monday with a Class 2 Misdemeanor for stealing yard signs! The Maricopa County Sheriffs Department cited the thieving Legislator for violating section 16-1019A – tampering with campaign signs and set a court date for September 2, 2014 in the San Marco Court, presided over by Judge Frankle at 9:00 am.      Robson Censured

Robson received $15,000 from Governor Brewer who refers to all who have promised to keep Obamacare and Common Core in Arizona as “responsible, considerate Republicans.”  Suspending the Rules is considerate?  I call that cheating. Spending more money than Arizona taxpayers make and pay in taxes to the state is responsible?  I call that stealing. Only the Governor who calls a Special Session to pass a budget that is in-between committee could make these statements with a straight face.

Rob Robson was harshly  censured by the Republican Party throughout Arizona for a list of votes which violate the core Republican principles of limited government and individual liberties including Obamacare Medicaid Expansion, Common Core, and increasing spending leaving Arizona taxpayers with a potential tax increase.  Robson cheated in the Special Session when he voted to suspend the rules of the house to force OBrewercare Medicaid Expansion on Arizona.

Robson was then BLACKLISTED by the grassroots in Arizona and two excellent conservative candidates, John King and Jill Norgaard,  stepped up to primary him in legislative district 18.

Throughout LD18 ‘Arrow of Truth’ signs begin popping up next to Robson’s signs with simple ‘Voted for Obamacare’ and an arrow pointing to the signs. The signs began disappearing so a team sat one night

Arrow of Truth

and witnessed Robson and an accomplice working as a team removing the signs and destroying them before disposing of them.  They captured the vehicle leaving the scene with a license plate clearly reading “ROBSON”. The investigation is still ongoing.

‘Tidy the Tent’ in Arizona. 

Remove ROB ROBSON.  And Don’t Dial his buddy.

VOTE for John King and Jill Norgaard for LD18 House –  Tom Morrissey for LD18 Senate

 
Christine Bauserman, Chairwomen, Alliance of Principled Conservatives