Americans Need Relief From Obamacare

By Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action for America CEO

Let’s state the obvious: The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is not full repeal of Obamacare. Any momentum for a clean repeal effort fell by the wayside earlier this year, leaving a divided Republican Party to debate both how much of Obamacare to repeal and what should take its place, if anything.

As this week’s delayed Senate vote demonstrates, that process was always going to be difficult. Many conservatives are justifiably frustrated with the obstinance of their more moderate colleagues. That frustration is no more an excuse to blindly oppose any legislative product than it is one to casually ‘move on’ to other priorities. Instead, President Trump and Republican Senators should seize on this delay as an opportunity to make an imperfect bill better.

*Originally published in Real Clear Politics. Continue reading here.


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Heritage Foundation Scholar Testifies on Financial Regulatory Reform

Last week, The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled “Examination of the Federal Financial Regulatory System and Opportunities for Reform.” The witness panel featured Norbert Michel, Senior Research Fellow in Financial Regulations at The Heritage Foundation. Michel’s testimony centered around three reforms to help scale back ineffective federal…

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Here Are 6 Reasons to Lower the Corporate Tax Rate Immediately

By Timothy Doescher, Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation & Karl Keyzer-Andre, member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. At close to 40 percent when including state rates, the U.S. corporate tax rate is one of the highest in the world. By comparison, the average corporate tax rate among…

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Cotton Producers Already Clamoring for Farm Bill Subsidies

In preparation for the next farm bill expected to hit Congress in 2018, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine some of the programs authorized in the previous bill passed in 2014. Historically the farm bill debate centers on how the federal government should prop up the…

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It’s Easter Recess: Check Out Our Town Hall Map

Members of Congress are back in their districts for a two-week Easter recess. During this current congressional recess, liberal activists are turning out at town halls across the country to protest President Trump and fight to keep Obamacare alive. Members need to hear that any plan to repeal and replace Obamacare must…

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Export-Import Bank’s Secret Dealings Demonstrate the Problem With Crony Capitalism

By Diane Katz, Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy at the Heritage Foundation The annual conference of the Export-Import Bank begins Thursday, which is an opportune time to catch up with the federal agency that doles out billions of dollars in subsidies to benefit foreign governments and titans of industry. Of…

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To Fix Health Care, Congress Must Reverse Costly Regulations

By Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) When I was first elected to the Senate in 2010, I ran on a promise to repeal Obamacare. When I ran for re-election last year, I again ran on a promise to repeal Obamacare. For more than six years, I’ve made finding a way to…

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Are We Better off Curbing the Role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation financial regulations expert YES: It Has Too Much Power—and Besides, It Isn’t Necessary. Limited government and free enterprise—these two principles largely define America. And the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau runs counter to both. The CFPB has independent litigation authority, a single director removable only for…

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VIDEO: GOP Repeal Bill Left Too Much of Washington Power Grab in Place

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor to The Daily Signal The federal government has been too involved in regulating America’s health care system for years. Yes, long before the unaffordable “Affordable Care Act,” aka Obamacare, came along, Washington was picking winners and losers in health care. The unfair tax treatment of health…

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Freedom Caucus Is an Ally, Not an Enemy in Draining the Swamp

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor to The Daily Signal President Donald Trump’s tweet that it’s the House Freedom Caucus that “we must fight” shows there may be a little confusion about what “draining the swamp” means or, at the very least, what it looks like. The Freedom Caucus will hurt…

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