Trump Budget Puts Taxpayers First

Washington — This morning, the Trump Administration unveiled its FY 2018 budget proposal called “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The budget includes $3.6 trillion in spending reductions while prioritizing much-needed defense funding. And while the budget does not include much-needed structural reforms to Medicare and Social Security’s retirement program, it does offer reforms to other mandatory programs. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Budgets are visionary documents, and President Trump’s proposal would put taxpayers first by starting to direct their dollars more efficiently to the most effective programs. It is the type of document the president promised on the campaign trail, including some serious, structural reforms to our nation’s entitlement system. Unfortunately, the failure to address Social Security and Medicare will make it difficult to truly rein in our nation’s ever growing debt.

“Nonetheless, Trump’s budget presents an opportunity to unite Republicans around fiscally responsible reforms to food stamps, disability insurance and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Even with unified Republican control of government, delivering policy victories has proven difficult in Washington, but enacting these reforms would demonstrate a true commitment to putting taxpayers first.”

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Sentinel Doctor Legislative Strategy Call 01/25/17

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6 Political New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make

By Sondra Clark, Digital Director of Heritage Action As the calendar year ends, minds quickly turn to losing weight, eating healthy, saving money, and spending more time with family. But just as 2016 caused us to rethink politics, it’s time to rethink this year’s New Year’s resolutions. The voice of the…

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Obamacare Repeal Must Be on Day One: Congress Has No Excuses

By Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint In less than three weeks’ time, when Donald Trump becomes our next president, he will take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is fitting, then, that Trump has committed to repealing and replacing one of his…

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Sentinel Doctor Strategy Call 12/21/16

Last week, conservatives working in the health care industry all came together for our monthly Professional Sentinel Doctor Strategy Call. During the call, we discussed the current state of Obamacare and what Congress should do to repeal it and then replace it with a series of free-market reforms. If you were unable to…

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Medicaid Expansion Leaves Thousands Waiting in Line

By Gloria Taylor A November report from Illinois Policy, surveying data from the Illinois Department of Human Services, highlights the serious consequences of federal bureaucracy getting entangled in health care. Since the Illinois General Assembly voted to expand Medicaid in 2013, 752 Illinoisans have died waiting for health care due…

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Liberal Doctor Group Forms after AMA Backs Price for HHS Director

Last month, President-elect Donald Trump chose anti-Obamacare Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The American Medical Association (AMA) was quick to respond releasing a statement of support for Dr. Price: “The American Medical Association strongly supports…

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Why Congress Should Fully Repeal Obamacare through Budget Reconciliation

Since Obamacare was first signed into law in 2010, Republicans promised to repeal it, campaigned in Senate and House races to repeal it, and voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of President Obama’s failed healthcare law. Earlier this year, President Obama vetoed an Obamacare repeal bill (H.R.…

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How Premium Support in Medicare can help solve the Physician Payment Problem and Expand Patient Choice

The challenge of reimbursing physicians for services done in Medicare has been a long and ongoing problem. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Congress attempted to control healthcare spending by lowering reimbursement payments under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) mechanism, but this proved politically challenging. From 2002 to 2015…

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Federal Court Puts Another Nail in the Coffin for Obamacare Bailouts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed to a request from House Republicans to delay a lawsuit aimed at one of the three insurer bailouts written into Obamacare known as cost-sharing subsidies. The Obama administration has been providing these subsidies, against the will of Congress,…

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Potential Solutions for Health Care Reform Post Obamacare

Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump announced Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as his pick for secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Rep. Price is a staunch opponent of Obamacare and has nearly 20 years of experience in the health care industry as an orthopedic surgeon prior to…

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