Pelosi and National Democrats Running Scared Over Andy Tobin Candidacy

Andy Tobin

April 14, 2014

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Pelosi and National Democrats Running Scared Over Andy Tobin Candidacy

There’s no question national Democrats are worried they are losing to Republican Andy Tobin. Nancy Pelosi’s Super PAC, named House Majority PAC, is on defense and has launched a broadcast television buy in Arizona to prop up Ann Kirkpatrick’s faltering public image and highlight Tobin’s opposition to ObamaCare.

Andy Tobin released the following statement today in response:

“The fact that Nancy Pelosi is using her Super PAC to attack me in April shows just how competitive this race is and how worried national Democrats are that we will replace Ann Kirkpatrick in November. But Arizonans won’t fall for these deceptive ads. Seniors are feeling the impacts of ObamaCare firsthand and know that Kirkpatrick is the one who has voted to cut Medicare and reduce the quality of their health care. I want to bring their voices to Washington to be a check and a balance on Nancy Pelosi and President Obama to ensure that seniors are protected from the devastating consequences of ObamaCare. Unfortunately, Ann Kirkpatrick continues to support this horrible law.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417

 

Former Mayor of Sedona Endorses Tobin

Andy Tobin

Former Mayor of Sedona Endorses Tobin

Colquitt cites Andy’s conservative credentials and family values

Endorsements haven’t stopped pouring in from all over Arizona’s vast 1st Congressional District. Momentum, energy and support are clearly behind Andy Tobin’s campaign as he continues to visit every corner of the district building his grassroots network of passionate volunteers and supporters. Former Sedona Mayor Pud Colquitt (2004-2008) is the latest elected official to join the more than 30 others to voice support for Tobin’s mission to repeal ObamaCare and return Arizona’s 1st Congressional District to its conservative values.

Andy Tobin is my choice for Congress in rural Arizona,” said former Mayor of Sedona Pud Colquitt. “Andy is a common sense conservative candidate with vision. Whether he’s fighting against ObamaCare or supporting concealed carry, he always brings conservative values to the table. He has a family, including five children and retired parents. He understands the challenges facing Arizona’s 1st Congressional District because he faces them himself everyday. There’s nobody else in this race who has the proven conservative record to affect change in Washington on behalf of rural Arizona. That’s why I am endorsing Andy Tobin for Congress.”

“When we return this district to its conservative values, it will be thanks to great folks like Mayor Colquitt,” said Tobin. “I feel honored that our growing network of supporters is entrusting me to take the solutions we have implemented here in Arizona to Washington on their behalf. I will continue to put the taxpayers, families and businesses of rural Arizona above politics. I will continue to protect Arizona from ObamaCare, overbearing government regulations and government intrusion into our lives.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417.

The GOP’s Anti-Bailout ObamaCare Legislation Could Backfire

By Grace-Marie Turner

Conservatives who are angry with health insurance companies over ObamaCare are getting behind legislation to stop the “bailout” of the industry, but they may regret the consequences.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., is the latest to introduce legislation, called the “No Bailouts for Insurance Industry Act of 2014,” that would repeal two sections of the ACA, Section 1341 – the “reinsurance” fund – and Section 1342 – the “risk corridor” provision. The reinsurance and risk corridor provisions were designed to help cover losses if companies found that those who had selected their plans in the health insurance exchanges were significantly more expensive to cover than predicted.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is sponsoring similar anti-bailout legislation and wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last year explaining that his bill “would eliminate the risk corridor provision, ensuring that no taxpayer-funded bailout of the health insurance industry will ever occur under ObamaCare. If this disaster of a law cannot survive without a bailout rescue valve, it is yet another reason why it should be repealed.”

A series of worst-case scenarios is unfolding that could trigger the bailout, starting with the incredible difficulty of enrolling in exchange coverage through the botched website and significantly more older – and presumably sicker – people signing up.  The administration has been pleading with young, healthy people to enroll so they can pay more than their share for insurance to offset the more expensive older people signing up.  But they’re not buying it.

Further, the president keeps changing the law.  The companies priced their policies under one set of rules, and people now are buying policies – or not – under a very different set of rules. The president has allowed non-grandfathered plans to be extended, for example, and he has given a waiver from the individual mandate to people whose health insurance policies were cancelled last year because they didn’t comply with ObamaCare’s mandates. These and other moves draw more healthy people out of the exchange pools.

The American Academy of Actuaries has warned that such changes could destabilize the new markets and result in higher premiums in 2015.  This would trigger the risk-corridor and reinsurance provisions of the ACA, which many conservative leaders say are “bailouts” for the industry. They are supporting the Rubio and Coffman bills to protect taxpayers by repealing one or both provisions.

But every action or change can have a series of unintended reactions in this Rube Goldberg contraption of a law.  And it is important to be aware of these risks of making changes.

It is likely that insurance companies would have to increase premiums higher than otherwise if the reinsurance and risk corridor provisions were altered, as the Actuaries warned.  Republicans could be blamed for causing premiums to be even higher than they will be next year.

Also, taxpayers are on the hook either way. If premiums go up, taxpayer subsidies for policies purchased through the exchange will automatically increase as well.

Some conservatives say that a vote by the House would be safe because the legislation never would be taken up by the Senate or signed by the president.  But I’m not so sure.  The Democrats and especially the president would like nothing more than to have someone else to blame for at least some of the failures of Obamacare.  If Republicans initiate this legislation, then the White House could blame them for the higher health insurance premiums that would result.

Attacking the private health insurance companies was exactly the tactic that the Democrats used to get ObamaCare passed in the first place.  And liberals are urging the White House to revive the strategy.

An article late last year in Politico underscored this: “Democratic allies…are publicly and privately urging the White House to ramp up its attacks on insurers, arguing that the tactic shored up support as they struggled to push the bill through Congress. A group of Democratic strategists pressed senior administration officials during a conference call last week.  They’d like a repeat of 2009-10, when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called insurers ‘the villains,’ Obama blasted their willingness to ‘bend the truth or break it,’ and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius accused them of banking excessive profits.”

And Democratic pollsters are saying the same thing: “When Obamacare got into trouble, we juxtaposed our message against the insurance companies, which are very unpopular,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who has advised her 2014 clients, including Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, to go after insurers. “We should be messaging against the insurance companies this time as well. This is not good faith. If there is a snowstorm, the insurance companies are blaming it on Obamacare.”

If we attack the insurance companies, we are playing from the liberal playbook.  We should focus on the bigger battles, like delay and ultimately repeal of the individual mandate.

While the anger over ObamaCare and its massive failures is real and legitimate, I think conservatives need to be careful with this “anti-bailout” bandwagon.  It really does play into the hands of critics of private health insurance companies who are still distraught they didn’t get a government “public option” when the law was passed.

Where else would conservatives propose that people go for health insurance?  Liberals see the government as the answer, of course. Conservatives don’t, but our free-market policy alternatives do depend upon people having choices from a range of private health insurance and health coverage options.

Further, the “anti-bailout” initiative takes time, energy, and focus away from the much more dangerous provisions of ObamaCare, especially the individual mandate, the employer mandate, new and higher taxes, and the next wave of people losing their insurance because it doesn’t comply with the law’s long list of mandates and rules.

Do we really want to invest effort in this anti-bailout bill instead of focusing on the structural damage core provisions of ObamaCare are doing to our health sector and economy?

Posted on Forbes January 15, 2014

Expanding the Blue Dog Democrat Franchise in Arizona

lapdogYou know you’re in real trouble when the Blue Dog Democrat Caucus invites you into its midst in an effort to give you political protection.

That’s what just happened to Arizona Representatives Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema (Why not Ann Kirkpatrick?) as the mid-term election cycle kicks off.

According to the Washington Post, “In danger of losing even more clout, the leading Blue Dogs are regrouping and rebuilding. They are adding four members to their ranks this week — Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Cheri Bustos (Ill.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Nick J. Rahall II (W.Va.).”

Ron Barber can’t be called a moderate by any stretch of the political definition. He supports Obamacare, voted for Nancy Pelosi and even a plan to balance the federal budget.

This is nothing more than political duck and cover as the midterm elections approach.

Ron Barber is not a Blue Dog Democrat. If anything, he’s one of Nancy Pelosi’s loyal lap dogs.

 

More Political Taqiyya from Kyrsten Sinema

Taqiyya: In Islam taqiyya تقية (alternative spellings taqiyeh, taqiya, taqiyah, tuqyah) is a form of religious dissimulation, or a legal dispensation whereby a believing individual can deny his faith or commit otherwise illegal or blasphemous acts while they are at risk of significant persecution.

Watch as Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema commits political taqiyya on last Sunday’s Square Off with Brahm Resnik.

The congresswoman is obviously feeling the political persecution of voters in her district as Obamacare exemplifies another liberal big-government failure. Remember that Kyrsten was hand-picked by the Obama Administration a few years ago as the administration’s chief saleswoman for Obamacare in Arizona. Kyrsten took her Obamacare sales pitch across the State of Arizona as a lead up to her campaign for Congress. Now she’s feeling the heat and looking for any creative messaging to assuage the anger of voters in her district. Here is the video of her appearance on Sunday Square Off:

As we barrel into the 2014 election cycle, voters beware! Sinema’s political handlers are scrambling to duplicate the political makeover she underwent in 2012 in order to win reelection. And if they are successful, the real Kyrsten Sinema will return.

Will Kyrsten Sinema Pledge to Run on ObamaCare in 2014?

Party leaders say she will run on it. Will she commit? 

WASHINGTON – With the 2014 election now fully underway, the National Republican Congressional Committee is calling on Kyrsten Sinema to pledge her continued support for ObamaCare and commit to running on the law, just as her party leaders say she will.

By signing the “ObamaCare Campaign Pledge” (see below), Sinema can commit to voters that she will be honest about her support for ObamaCare, and that she agrees with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who said Democrats will run on ObamaCare in 2014.

“This is Kyrsten Sinema’s chance to be honest with voters about her position on ObamaCare,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “If Sinema truly believes ObamaCare is the right thing for her district, she should have no problem signing this pledge and running on ObamaCare in 2014.”

Here is the pledge we call on Democrat Kyrsten Sinema to make:

Obamacare Pledge

 

Will Kyrsten Sinema Join Obama and Double Down on ObamaCare?

Sinema’s Support for the Failed Law Has Been Unwavering 

WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama and National Democrats are launching an ObamaCare apology tour across the country, which will attempt to persuade the millions of Americans suffering under the law to give the rollout and its expensive policies a second chance. Will Kyrsten Sinema join the President and double down on her support for ObamaCare?

Sinema has been a fervent ObamaCare supporter, and has been unwavering in her support for the billion-dollar law, even through its botched rollout this fall. Arizona families are tired of higher premiums and canceled policies. When will Sinema finally realize that ObamaCare is hurting Arizona voters?

“Kyrsten Sinema’s continued support of ObamaCare and its expensive price tag has hurt thousands of Arizona’s hard working families,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Will she continue to double down on her support as National Democrats continue to tout the so-called ‘benefits’ of the law, or will she finally admit that the ObamaCare train wreck has gone on for far too long?”

Kyrsten Sinema Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013)

President Obama Will Be Promoting ObamaCare Alongside of National Democrats In The Coming Weeks To Garner Support For The Troubled Law. (“Obama To Launch New Health Care Law Campaign,” by David Jackson. USA Today, 12/3/13)

 

Ron Barber Campaign – Worst Rollout Ever!

And we thought the rollout of ObamaCare was bad…

This is probably the worst headline we’ve ever seen for a candidate’s campaign rollout.

Here’s the headline from the Arizona Daily Star:

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And here’s the accompanying article:

Barber says he’s running in 2014 after hesitation

Congressman Ron Barber says he will run for a second term representing Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District after saying last week that he was still uncertain. 

Barber released a statement Wednesday saying he’s been focused on representing his district and not on seeking another term. But Barber says he wants to make it clear he’s running and is “putting everything in place to win.” 

Barber told the Arizona Capital Times on Saturday that he needed to speak with his family before making a formal decision on a re-election bid. He has already filed paperwork with federal officials and is raising campaign cash. 

Barber is one of three freshmen Arizona Democrats targeted by Republicans next year. His district includes much of Tucson as well as other parts of southeastern Arizona. 

Clearly, Congressman Barber is worried about his reelection and has reluctantly agreed to stay in the race.

NRCC Spokesman Daniel Scarpinato commented, “This is not leadership. Congressman Barber had second thoughts about running for reelection because he knows that Southern Arizonans see him as part of the problem in Washington and are upset about his support for ObamaCare. Congressman Barber’s reluctance to stay in this race is just more evidence that Southern Arizonans aren’t getting the representation they deserve.”

Nancy Pelosi Says… Kyrsten Sinema is ‘Standing Tall’ With ObamaCare

Nancy Pelosi’s “Meet the Press” Appearance this Weekend Sparks New Round of ObamaCare Questions for House Democrats 

WASHINGTON – On this week’s “Meet the Press,” Nancy Pelosi proudly stated that Democrats are going to continue backing ObamaCare and its failed policies. She proclaimed that “Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act,” and it’s time for Arizona families to know: does Kyrsten Sinema ‘stand tall’ with President Obama and his botched health care law?

Sinema has been an ObamaCare supporter through and through, and has repeatedly ensured that the billion dollar health care law remains the law of the land. Arizona families are fed up with their canceled policies, skyrocketing premiums and unaffordable access to health care. It’s time for Kyrsten Sinema to fess up – is she going to ‘stand tall’ with the law heading into the 2014 elections?

“Kyrsten Sinema has been an ObamaCare advocate throughout the botched rollout, and now Nancy Pelosi admits she will be ‘standing tall’ in continued support of the failing law,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Thousands are suffering thanks to Sinema’s ObamaCare support, and her continued allegiance to President Obama and the failing health care law is hurting Arizona families.”

Nancy Pelosi said on “Meet the Press” that Democrats are all ‘standing tall’ in support of the Affordable Care Act.(“Pelosi: Democrats ‘stand tall’ with Obamacare.” By Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times, 11/18/13)

Kyrsten Sinema Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013)

In the individual exchanges across the country, over 4.8 million people have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies. (“The ObamaCare Exchange Scorecard: Around 100,000 Enrollees and Five Million Cancellations.” By Avik Roy, Forbes, 11/12/13)

Who Does Kyrsten Sinema Stand With: Bill Clinton or Barack Obama?

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SinemaObama021709WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton has joined the chorus calling on President Obama and Democrats in Congress to keep their commitment and ensure Americans can keep their current insurance plans. After President Obama admitted that his infamous “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” claim is actually false, even some of Obama’s supporters have demanded answers from the administration.

It’s time for ObamaCare supporter Kyrsten Sinema to stop making excuses for President Obama, and explain what she is doing to fix this mess and give Arizona families answers as to why they can’t keep their current healthcare plan like Obama promised.

“Now, even Bill Clinton is calling out President Obama and Democrats in Congress for their broken promises,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “ObamaCare supporter Kyrsten Sinema has been part of the problem. While Arizona families are losing their healthcare coverage Sinema remains silent and refuses to acknowledge her responsibility in this ObamaCare mess.”

Kyrsten Sinema ObamacarePresident Obama Apologized Yesterday For His Misleading Healthcare Promise. “President Barack Obama offered an apology Thursday to those Americans who have been told they’re losing their health insurance plans, contrary to his promise that no one would be forced off a plan they wanted to keep.” (Jennifer Epstein, “President Obama: ‘I Am Sorry’,” Politico, 11/7/13)

Bill Clinton Said That President Obama Should Honor His Commitment to Those Who Want to Keep Their Health Care Plan. “Former President Bill Clinton said that President Obama should honor his oft-repeated pledge and allow people to hang on to health care plans that are being canceled as a result of the Affordable Care Act.” (Aamer Madhani, “Clinton to Obama: Let Americans keep canceled health plans,” (USA Today, 11/12/13)

Kyrsten Sinema Voted Against ObamaCare Repeal. (H.R. 45, Roll Call Vote # 154, 5/16/13)

NRCC To Ann Kirkpatrick: Now It’s Your Turn to Apologize

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Time For Kirkpatrick To Apologize For Continued Support Of Failed Law

WASHINGTON – Last night, President Obama finally apologized for promising Americans could keep their insurance plans, if they liked them. But that’s not the only apology that is necessary. It’s time for Ann Kirkpatrick to apologize for continuing to support a law that is hurting Arizona families.

Because Kirkpatrick is blindly standing with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi on ObamaCare, she is ensuring that Arizona families see higher premiums and may even lose their current insurance.

“Ann Kirkpatrick should join the president in apologizing for the disastrous effects of ObamaCare,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Her support of this failed law has cost Arizona families dearly and it’s time she apologized.”

Ann Kirkpatrick Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call Vote #154, 229-195, 5/16/13)

President Obama Apologized Yesterday For His Misleading Healthcare Promise. “President Barack Obama offered an apology Thursday to those Americans who have been told they’re losing their health insurance plans, contrary to his promise that no one would be forced off a plan they wanted to keep.” (Jennifer Epstein, “President Obama: ‘I Am Sorry’,” Politico, 11/7/13)

President Obama: “Obviously, We Didn’t Do A Good Enough Job In Terms Of How We Crafted The Law.” (YouTube.Com, Accessed On 11/8/13)

Will The “Keep Your Health Plan Act” Save Us From Obamacare?

by Bob Quasius – I was content to learn this morning from The Hill that the House will schedule a vote  on the Keep Your Health Plan Act (H.R. 3350) for next week! Without this legislation, tens of millions of Americans seem destined to lose their pre-Obamacare individual or employer-based health insurance, through Obama’s administrative chicanery.

The Obama Administration Circumvented the Will of Congress with Administrative Regulations

In all the hoopla leading up to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, or the “Unaffordable Don’t Care Act” Obama repeatedly made promises like these through 2012:

“We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.” - Barack Obama, June 15, 2009

“Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.” - Barack Obama, September 9, 2009

A video from New York Magazine compiles video clips of Obama making this same “keep your health plan” promise 23 times from from 2008 to 2010, even as his administration crafted rules that all but precluded Americans from keeping their existing health plan!

Existing employer and individual healthcare plans were to be grandfathered, per the law passed by Congress.

However, insurance plans change constantly, often in response to regulatory changes at both state and federal levels. The Obama administration promptly wrote Obamacare rules that are tightly written so even the slightest change in an insurance policy makes it ineligible for grandfathering under Obamacare.

Around 19 million Americans are covered under individual insurance policies, and it appears the vast majority of these plans will be cancelled.

keep your health plan actThose unlucky enough to lose the insurance most are satisfied with are forced to purchase insurance that meets the high standards of Obamacare, including coverage for maternity, contraception, etc. If you’re a post menopausal woman who has an individual insurance plan without maternity coverage, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise because you’ll have to buy new insurance that includes coverage you don’t need!

Some employers with strong religious convictions, such as Hobby Lobby, are suing over the contraception mandate of Obamacare, and seem likely to drop health insurance rather than violate their religious convictions.

There are widespread reports that most covered by individual plans will now be forced to pay much higher premiums with much higher deductibles.

The Other Shoe Drops – Most Existing Employer Plans Are Not Grandfathered Either

Kathleen Sebelius keep your health plan act

Kathleen Sebelius tells Congress employer health plans are subject to the same grandfathering restrictions that forced cancellation of millions of individual health plans

Kathleen Sebelius recently told Congress that the same regulations that essentially block grandfathering for individual plans also apply to employer-based plans. Since the vast majority of health insurance not provided by government is through employers, we can expect employers to pay substantially higher premiums. Many employers will simply decide to drop health insurance rather than pay much higher premiums, incurring the Obamacare penalties.

The Obama administration, despite the explicit language of Obamacare, has also decided to defer employer penalties for a year, further incentivizing employers to simply drop health insurance, which confirms the suspicions of many critics that Obama’s real agenda is replacing employer provided health insurance with single-payer, and that Obamacare is designed to fail, setting the stage for single-payer.

Single-payer is like “the holy grail” of liberalism, based on the deeply flawed notion that government can always make things better for us.

The Keep Your Health Plan Act

The Keep Your Health Plan Act, H.R. 3350, was introduced last week by Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman. As of today, co-sponsorship has grown to 88 members, but not a single co-sponsor has a “D” for Democrat after their name. It seems Democrats in Congress are ready and willing to follow Obama off a political cliff next November in mid-term elections. Like so many other worthwhile bills addressing Obamacare, it seems likely to pass the House, but will be ‘dead on arrival’ at the Democrat controlled Senate.

Millions more Americans will lose their health insurance, and given the deeply flawed rollout of Obamacare, it seems likely we will have more uninsured Americans next year than this year. There’s nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act. Many Americans will simply decide its more economical to do without health insurance than pay much higher premiums, with deductibles so high they likely won’t benefit from having insurance unless they have high medical costs.

Guess what happens when health insurance is too costly for healthy people? They stop buying health insurance, leaving the insurance pool with more unhealthy people! Obamacare is predicated upon getting more healthy Americans insured, to help drive down costs for less healthy Americans, and particularly older Americans who naturally have more health issues!

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Bob Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans

Americans for Prosperity Launches Ads Criticizing Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s ObamaCare Support

Americans for Prosperity launched a massive television and radio ad campaign today targeting Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick over her support of  Obamacare. The $450,000 ad buy will run on both broadcast and cable in the Phoenix market and will ask viewers to tell Kirkpatrick to “exempt them too” from Obamacare.

“‘Not perfect’ not good enough for Arizonans,” says director Jenney.

PHOENIX — Americans for Prosperity-Arizona is launching radio and television ads across Arizona’s first congressional district, criticizing Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick for supporting ObamaCare.

The television ad can be seen here and will run in the first district on broadcast and cable for three weeks. It also promotes the hashtag #ExemptMeToo, referring to the special treatment received by the well-connected.

Kirkpatrick voted to enact ObamaCare in 2009 and has since admitted the law is “not perfect.”

“”Not perfect’ is a tremendous understatement, and it’s not good enough for Arizonans who are facing higher premiums and fewer health care choices,” said AFP-Arizona State Director Tom Jenney. “These ads are allowing our activists to voice their frustration over legislation that is wreaking havoc on the economy, forcing reduced hours on many in our work force, and failing to deliver sensible health care solutions.”

AFP-Arizona has been traveling the state talking to activists about the problems inherent in ObamaCare on a tour called “Sick & Sicker: Preparing for ObamaCare” with stops including Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. Americans for Prosperity has consistently opposed the legislation since its inception. Hundred of thousands of the group’s activists have already signed the Exempt Me, Too! petition at justexempt.me, asking for the same special treatment provided to Big Business, Congress and the well-connected.

Here is a copy of the ad:

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Obama Can’t Keep His Obamacare Lies Straight Anymore!

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The Obama administration is in full spin mode about Obamacare lies and failures.

It seems Obama has told so many Obamacare lies he’s having a hard time keeping them straight anymore! Where’s TOTUS (teleprompter of the United States) when you need him!

“We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.” - Barack Obama, June 15, 2009

“Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.” - Barack Obama, September 9, 2009

Hear it direct from Obama’s own lips:

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Then, in 2010 the IRS and HHS passed regulations that virtually ensured all health care plans would NOT be grandfathered. Anybody who knows anything about health insurance can tell you plans change each year, often in response to regulation requirements at both the state and federal levels. The regulations were written so tightly that if health care plans changed in the slightest, they were no longer grandfathered.

Estimates are there are 19 million health care plans purchased mostly by individuals and small business owners, without the clout to purchase group plans. It appears nearly all of the 19 million individuals will lose their insurance. Most will be forced onto the new Obamacare exchanges, and so far reports are rampant of huge increases in premiums and deductibles.

Now Obama is trying to lie about his lies! The Wall Street Journal is reporting Obama and his aides knew they were stretching the truth all along:

One former senior administration official said that as the law was being crafted by the White House and lawmakers, some White House policy advisers objected to the breadth of Mr. Obama’s “keep your plan” promise. They were overruled by political aides, the former official said.

Obamacare is rapidly turning into the train wreck many politicians on both sides of the aisle have warned about for years. Democratic Senator Max Bacchus, one of Obamacare’s chief architects, warned of the impending “huge train wreck.”

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Recently, Senator Bauchus told a radio station:

“Let’s just see how much Humpty Dumpty can be fixed in the next month, and if it looks like Humpty Dumpty’s not getting better together then maybe we should start thinking about delaying the penalties,”

Unfortunately it appears Obama has ‘dug in his heals’ and no repeal or major changes are coming. Let’s see if Democrats in Congress are willing to follow Obama over the cliff during mid-terms next November.

Editor’s Note: reposted from Cafe Con Leche Republicans, with the author’s permission – original link.

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Bob Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans

To Fix the Glitch, We Must Fire Ann Kirkpatrick!

The Web Site is Bad, But the Real ‘Glitch’ is ObamaCare Supporter Ann Kirkpatrick

WASHINGTON – While the implementation of ObamaCare has been a “train wreck” for most of the year, it wasn’t until the law’s site was overrun with technical glitches that Americans saw what a fiasco it really was.

As Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius travels to Capitol Hill tomorrow to make excuses for the failures, it’s clear there’s really only one way to fix the “glitches” once and for all. If we want to stop ObamaCare, we must start with firing Ann Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick supports the law that raised premiums, cut Medicare, and put bureaucrats between patients and their doctors.

“The web site is bad, but the real ‘glitch’ in ObamaCare is Ann Kirkpatrick,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Kirkpatrick voted to keep ObamaCare on the books. If Arizona families want to stop this madness, they can start with firing Ann Kirkpatrick.”

Ann Kirkpatrick Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call Vote #154, 229-195, 5/16/13) 

Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Admitted That ObamaCare Will Raise Health Insurance Premiums. “Some people purchasing new insurance policies for themselves this fall could see premiums rise because of requirements in the health-care law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Tuesday.” (Louise Radnofsky, “Sebelius: Some Could See Insurance Premiums Rise,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/26/13)

ObamaCare’s Exchange Website Has Been Plagued By Repeated “Crashes” and “Slow Response Times.” “The website has been mired in problems since going live Oct. 1, including crashes, slow response times and failing to allow customers to complete the online process by purchasing health insurance.” (“Administration responding to pressure for answers on messy ObamaCare site,” FOX News, 10/21/13)

The Site Has Cost Triple The Original Estimate. “The government contract for the company that built the glitch-prone website for Obamacare has ballooned to three times its original cost, and some Republicans are demanding the resignation of the cabinet secretary who oversees it.”  (Tom Costello and Erin McClam, “Obamacare Glitches: Gov’t Contract For Troubled Site Has Swelled; GOP Targets Sebelius,” NBC News, 10/18/13)

Wendy Rogers: Kyrsten Sinema Seeks To Impose Inflexible Big Government Healthcare On All

Yesterday, Congressman Kyrsten Sinema wrote, “The Attorney General’s office should conduct a full review of  . . . unsatisfactory work [on ObamaCare]. The federal government has a duty to take swift action to fix this continuing problem.”   Sinema masks her intentions by calling for government to ‘fix this continuing problem’.

Government IS the problem.

Government doesn’t create new goods or services, nor does it improve national productivity.  In fact, for the bureaucrat to advance her career, she needs to control more taxpayer dollars and/or supervise more people.

Rather than favor a healthcare system that maintains the maximum flexibility and delivers the most benefits to the majority of hardworking taxpayers, Sinema seeks to impose a single and inflexible healthcare system on us all.

It’s killing our economy.

Can Mr. Taxpayer buy a home when his family healthcare might skyrocket or be cancelled altogether?

Despite small business owners creating 7 of 10 jobs, we are held hostage by ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate which requires 59-y/o patients to be covered for child bearing, yet not be eligible for Medicare.

Dot-gov does not equal competition; Dot-com does.  Get Dot-gov out of the Dot-com business.

Wendy Rogers is a Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th congressional district. Visit her website at WendyRogers.org.