Morning Action: Americans Continue to Lose Doctors, Health Insurance Under Obamacare
OBAMACARE. From brain patients to widows, Obamacare is failing to meet the needs of Americans across the country as they lose insurance and access to the doctors they trust. The New York Post writes:
After four brain operations, Margaret Figueroa thought she was prepared for anything — until she ran into ObamaCare.
Figueroa — who has a neurological disorder — said she enrolled in a new EmblemHealth insurance program in February as required under the Affordable Care Act. And that’s when her problems began.
After paying her premium, she received a temporary ID card. But when she went to order medication, the pharmacists said her name wasn’t in the system. And she said her doctors were not included in her new medical plan.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
More than two dozen widows who were married to Madison County, Ala., employees are without health insurance because of Obamacare, WHNT-ALreports.
The Alabama widows lost their health insurance this year after the county was notified that their health insurance program would cost them an additional $25 million a year, due to regulations imposed by Obamacare.
EX-IM BANK. The Heritage Foundation explains why the Export Import Bank should not be reauthorized:
Let’s say Air China wants to purchase some Boeing jets. To encourage that purchase, America’s Export-Import Bank could loan Air China the money. If Air China were to default on the loan, U.S. taxpayers would be left on the hook.
Put simply, taxpayers should not be financing this kind of “bank”—which is “little more than a fund for corporate welfare,” as candidate Barack Obama described it in 2008.
The Ex-Im Bank, as it is called, is scheduled to expire in September—giving Congress an opportunity to end this program and focus on issues that matter to Americans, like lowering taxes and reducing burdens on businesses here at home.
PENTAGON. The Pentagon has issued a new warning that budget cuts imposed by the sequester will inhibit it from meeting its national security strategy (sub. req’d):
Unless Congress reverses automatic defense spending cuts due to kick back in for fiscal 2016, the military will be unbalanced and eventually unable to meet its national security strategy, the Pentagon warns in a stark new assessment that will likely fuel Republican calls for higher defense spending.
“If sequestration-level cuts persist, our forces will assume substantial additional risks in certain missions and will continue to face significant readiness and modernization challenges. These impacts would leave our military unbalanced and eventually too small to meet the needs of our strategy fully,” states the report, released by the Defense Department on Tuesday.
According to the analysis, the Defense Department will need $115 billion in cuts from fiscal 2016 to 2019 below projected requests to meet spending caps set by the December budget deal (PL 113-67). If not, the Pentagon would face automatic, across-the-board reductions, known as sequester, to adhere to the law’s spending limits. The broad concerns raised in the report are not new, but the review goes further than the Pentagon has in the past in detailing where it would scale back.
IMMIGRATION. President Obama called Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) Wednesday to have a vote on the Senate passed immigration bill, which contains amnesty (sub. req’d):
President Barack Obama called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday to implore House Republicans to hold a vote on the Senate-passed immigration overhaul, prompting Cantor to say the president hasn’t learned how to work with Congress.
The Virginia Republican’s retort came in the form of a statement on a day of nasty back and forth between the president, Democrats and House GOP leadership over immigration legislation.
“The President called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together,” Cantor said in his Wednesday statement. “After five years, President Obama still has not learned how to effectively work with Congress to get things done. You do not attack the very people you hope to engage in a serious dialogue.