The Heritage Action Sentinels are engaging full force on the political battleground.
Check out this Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor from Sentinel Clay Hamlin. Clay is the founder of the Hamlin Family Foundation and the CEO of CITRS, a non-profit character education company catering to K-12 schools.
Clay’s letter corrects a common misconception about immigration and the grassroots movement. He explained the grassroots is “solidly in favor” of reforms to our immigration system, including “securing our borders, allowing temporary guest workers where needed, using E-Verify, awarding green cards to highly educated foreigners who are potential ‘job creators,’ derailing ‘chain immigration’ and many other beneficial reforms.” He then added this very important point:
Most Americans would agree that those who have sacrificed in service of this nation deserve the care and gratitude of their government. The importance of quality veteran care is undeniable, but members of Congress must be careful not to simply support any measure with the word “veteran” in the title.
This week, the Senate is likely to consider S.1982, an omnibus veterans bill sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). As a veteran who uses the Veteran’s Administration hospitals for service-related injuries, I measured the projected benefits of the Senate bill against the projected costs. In doing so it became clear to me that S.1982 does very little to improve services to our veterans; indeed, it actually may make things worse in some of the most vital programs, adding roughly $20 billion in new debt along the way.
*The individual did not want to be personally identified but to remain anonymous; for the purposes of relaying her story, we’ve called her Jen here.
Jen and her husband, North Carolina residents, selected a health insurance plan that had a low monthly premium. The Blue Advantage Saver offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of North Carolina worked for them and fit their needs.
They received a letter dated September 24, 2013 that said, “We value your continued membership and want to let you know about some changes.”
But Jen found that the letter was about more than “some changes” as she read through the infuriating letter. The letter outlined the three key ways her health care plan would be affected “due to the ACA regulations.” Her BCBS plan would no longer be offered in 2014 because it did not match up to Obamacare requirements; it its stead, they offered her a “new plan that both meets the guidelines of the ACA and offers all the features you’re used to from BCBS.”
Who is Dr. Craig Beyer?
Dr. Craig Beyer, a practicing ophthalmologist and LASIK eye surgeon, is an innovative physician who at one time thought President Obama might bring some good ideas to the table in D.C. and voted for Mr. Obama in 2008. Then reality set in; Dr. Beyer quickly saw how Obamacare was going to adversely affect his practice and medicine in America more generally. He didn’t make the same mistake in the 2012 election.
When Mr. Obama was first running for office, Dr. Beyer was under the impression that he would reform Medicare physician reimbursement as part of Obamacare, making it fairer to doctors. But instead, Obamacare changed Medicare in ways that allow the federal government and bureaucrats to micromanage doctors even more. For example, as Heritage explains:
Obamacare mandates a 2 percent reduction in Medicare physician payments for doctors that do “not satisfactorily submit data” to Washington officials, and a 1 percent reduction for physicians who fail to follow bureaucrat-defined “cost” metrics.
“Kay Hagan is incapable of thinking for herself and thinking about the people and the needs of North Carolina. She has become the face of the liars in the Democratic Party.” – Ginny Quaglia
For one North Carolina resident and her husband, Obamacare has meant nothing but turmoil.
Ginny and Joe Quaglia are retired with two grown children. They’re now channeling their efforts and energies to saving America. And it needs saving. With Obamacare unraveling before our eyes, this is painfully clear.