Town Hall List

Conservative accountability goes beyond casting a vote. Building a society in which freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and the civil society flourish requires a sustained effort.  That is why we have compiled a non-exhaustive list of upcoming townhalls, all of which provide excellent opportunities to discuss important issues with members of Congress.

As always, make sure to confirm the details with the Representative or Senator’s office.

Email Hugh.Fike@heritageaction.com for any further details.

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Heritage Action Opposes Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

Washington – The Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation may be voted on at the end of the Senate vote-a-rama. This is an inappropriate program of federal mandates and subsidies that is duplicative of existing federal and state efforts.

The free market is the best mechanism for decreasing costs and increasing efficiency in energy production.  The Shaheen-Portman legislation would have the federal government overstep its appropriate role.

Heritage Action opposes this legislation as laid out in our May 02, 2014 key vote. A vote on this legislation will be included in our scorecard.

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Action Alert: Doc Fix will Cost America $500 Billion

Doc Fix will Cost America $500 Billion

A report released by the Congressional Budget Office confirms the doc fix deal negotiated by Speaker Boehner and Nancy Pelosi is a budget buster. It could drive America $500 billion further into debt.

It’s irresponsible, unsustainable, and worse than we originally thought.

Even President Obama has publicly said he’s ready to sign this so-called doc fix. If Barack Obama is eager to sign it and Nancy Pelosi has blessed it, you know it can’t be good.

The House is scheduled to vote on the Doc Fix deal today – and many lawmakers are still on the fence.

> > Don’t let your Representative cave into pressure and approve $500 billion of debt. Call them today.

Conservatives have a principled plan that solves the problems of Medicare. But Boehner and Pelosi are trying to take the easy way out: adding hundreds of billions to our nation’s already massive debt.

Make the call to your lawmaker today and tell them to vote “NO” to the Doc Fix plan.

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Hand and grinder with dollars

SGR “Doc Fix” Resource Page

Policy Analysis

Deficit Impact Analysis

Other Analysis

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Hand and grinder with dollars

FAQ: $400 Billion Doc Fix Deal FAQ (H.R. 2)

Status: Congress periodically overrides a 1997 law that attempts to contain the cost of Medicare payments to doctors.  It prevents the cuts from going into effect with legislation called the “doc fix.”  This year, Medicare payments to physicians will be reduced 21 percent if no doc fix passes by March 31st. While Congress normally passes short-term fixes that are paid for, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are attempting to pass a massive package that could increase the debt by more than $400 billion over two decades, according to an estimate by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB).

Isn’t SGR just a budget fiction?

No. SGR would impose real, immediate cuts in Medicare if Congress doesn’t act.  These are real cuts that are scheduled to go into effect under current law.

How has the SGR been dealt with in the past? What do these “doc fixes” usually look like?

Because SGR was originally intended to bring Medicare costs to a sustainable level, Congress has almost always tried to maintain that spirit by coupling the doc fix with real cuts and reforms elsewhere in the healthcare system, usually through the Medicare program. In fact, the SGR has led to real health care reforms over the years, totaling $165 billion since 2002. An analysis done by the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) indicates that 98 percent of doc fixes have been offset with cuts elsewhere.

But aren’t these doc fix “offsets” usually gimmicks?

No. The same study mentioned above from CRFB estimates that only a fraction of the overall doc fix offsets could be classified as gimmicks.  Past doc fixes have contained small, but important structural reforms to Medicare as well as reductions in other areas of federal spending.

Why is SGR so important?

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