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Republicans Abroad Hong Kong provides news feeds and links to other websites as a service to our users. This does not imply Republicans Abroad Hong Kong's endorsement of these news feeds and websites, and Republicans Abroad Hong Kong is not responsible for the content or availability of these news feeds and websites.December 13, 2013 As we approach 2014, the 25th anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, our panelists will assess the status of post-communist Eastern Europe and specifically the Balkan region. Research reveals that the legacies of communism, the region's parlous judicial systems, economic problems, and the lack of freedoms continue to oppress some 54 million citizens in the Balkans. Recent statistics show that over 50% of the youth are unemployed in much of the region, rampant corruption and organized crime are on the increase, and the Balkan economies hemorrhaged $111.6 billion in illicit financial outflows via crime, corruption and tax evasion from 2001-2010. Additionally, the Balkan Route of illicit trade, originating from Afghanistan/Pakistan via Southeastern Europe, brings $20 billion annually into European Union member states through heroin smuggling alone which serves to finance terrorist networks. Human and organ trafficking and arms smuggling are a growing concern, also. Read more December 11, 2013 Reacting to the Iran hawks’ contention that piling more sanctions on Iran … Read more December 11, 2013 Despite claiming to be neutral, print and TV journalists increasingly report news from an anti-Christian standpoint. Remarkably, however, leading 19th-Century newspapers reported news from a Christian perspective. In Prodigal Press, Warren Cole Smith and his co-author Marvin Olasky examine how the American news media shifted from a Christian worldview to secular humanism, radically altering what the media covers and how it is reported. In doing so, the authors explore the influence of worldviews on reporting, objectivity, sensationalism, and crusading; the impact of legal, ethical, and technological changes; and the changes brought about by the 24/7 news cycle, the Internet, and social media. Read more December 11, 2013 Reports that A- is the median grade in Harvard College have reopened … Read more December 11, 2013 When word got out Monday night that former Clinton White House chief … Read more December 10, 2013
RSC Members request meeting with President Obama to discuss health care alternative
Washington, D.C. – In a letter sent to President Barack Obama today, three Members of the Republican Study Committee who helped craft the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act requested a meeting to discuss a better way to health care reform. The letter was signed by RSC Chairman Steve Scalise, Congressman Phil Roe and Congressman Marsha Blackburn.
The letter comes in response to President Obama’s statement earlier this month that “the only alternative that Obamacare’s critics have is, well, let’s just go back to the status quo – because they sure haven’t presented an alternative.”
“The American Health Care Reform Act currently has 117 cosponsors – a number that grows every day,” the Members write in the letter. “Our legislation is anything but the status quo – it is a pragmatic, practical, and portable free-market alternative to the current health care system. In addition to the American Health Care Reform Act, Members of the RSC have introduced more than 200 health care related bills this Congress. As a caucus, we are dedicated to improving access to health care for all Americans. We welcome the opportunity to share these ideas with you.”
The full text of the letter can be found here.Read more December 10, 2013 A Conspiracy Against Obamacare details how legal bloggers at the Volokh Conspiracy engaged in a spirited, erudite, and accessible discussion of the legal issues involved in the debate over the Affordable Care Act. This debate was one of the most important and public examinations of the Constitution in our history. Several of the Volokh bloggers played key roles in developing the constitutional arguments against the Act, and their blogs had a significant impact on both the public debate and the arguments made in court. It was perhaps the first time that a blog affected arguments submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on a major issue. The bloggers at the Volokh Conspiracy helped legitimize a new type of legal discourse. A Conspiracy Against Obamacare compiles the discussion that unfolded at the Volokh Conspiracy blog into a readable narrative, enhanced with new context and analysis, as the contributors reflect on the Obamacare litigation with the advantage of hindsight. The different bloggers certainly did not always agree with each other, but the back-and-forth debates provide momentum as the reader follows the development of the arguments over time. A Conspiracy Against Obamacare exemplifies an important new form of legal discourse and public intellectualism. As Paul Clement, counsel to 26 states in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act, said, “The Constitution had its Federalist Papers, and the challenge to the Affordable Care Act had the Volokh Conspiracy.” Read more December 10, 2013 Based on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health. Read more December 10, 2013 With the locavore movement rapidly expanding, many urbanites are seeking a farming … Read more December 10, 2013 Obama’s talk at the Saban Forum this past Saturday may have been … Read more December 9, 2013 “Apartheid is an affront to human rights and human dignity. Normal and … Read more December 9, 2013
Obama's Wrong: GOP Is Pitching Alternative Healthcare Plans
Read the online article here.
Despite the president's assertions that GOP critics of Obamacare haven't offered anything better, Republicans have in fact put forward alternatives aimed at not only repealing the flawed law but also fixing many of its shortcomings.
In the House, the Republican Study Committee has put together the latest and most comprehensive version of a GOP healthcare plan.
Online article can be read here. Excerpt below.
In a recent speech Obama said, “the only alternative that Obamacare’s critics have is, well, let’s just go back to the status quo — because they sure haven’t presented an alternative.” But this simply isn’t true.
My former colleagues have always delivered free-market based solutions to resolve the healthcare issue. As a matter of fact, House Republicans, spearheaded by my former Committee on Small Business, successfully repealed the small business paperwork (“1099”) mandate: The paperwork mandate was called “one of Washington’s dumbest ideas” – it would have destroyed jobs and “hit start-ups hardest, not to mention farms, charities and churches.” This legislation, H.R. 4, passed the House, the Senate, and was signed by President Obama. It also reduced exchange subsidy overpayments by $25 billion.
Six other parts of Obamacare have been successfully repealed – and yes, President Obama signed these measures.
In other words, the GOP-led House of Representatives has worked to present alternatives to improve Obamacare, and Mr. Obama agreed.
Now the House GOP has introduced H.R. 3121, The American Health Care Reform Act (AHCRA) that currently has 117 cosponsors (a majority of the House majority) and the number grows every day.Read more December 7, 2013 What if you were to strive after something your entire life, only … Read more December 6, 2013 The 21st Century has seen a sharp rise in privatization of the military, especially of logistics and security functions during the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The outbreak of Somali piracy that started in 2008 has prompted a similar revolution in maritime security with private security companies beginning to operate armed escort vessels to protect merchant shipping against pirates off the Horn of Africa. Centuries ago, the British East India Company used a private navy against piracy in the same waters with much success. Yet since then, international law has evolved to more tightly regulate the use of force by civilians, and to afford greater protections to suspected pirates. Read more December 6, 2013 As the New York Times reported yesterday, More than two dozen of … Read more December 6, 2013 In decadent Rome, an aging art critic rides the success of his … Read more December 5, 2013 The award-winning documentary The Defector: Escape from North Korea is a gripping, heart-wrenching look at the risks North Koreans are willing to endure to escape a despotic regime to reach freedom. The film follows a human smuggler who leads North Korean defectors across borders for a living. His latest undercover trip takes an unexpected turn, leaving the defectors stranded in China, putting their dramatic escape plan into question. Their perilous journey reflects the reality of tens of thousands of North Koreans currently in hiding in China. Read more December 5, 2013 For more than two centuries, American political life has been divided between a party of progress and a party of conservation. In The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the origins of the Left/Right divide by examining the views of the men who best represented each side of that debate at its outset: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. Levin shows that American partisanship originated in these two ideological titans’ fiery debates over the French Revolution. Read more December 5, 2013 The pontiff is no Marxist---he's a Catholic who knows how economics shapes culture. Read more December 5, 2013 Conventional wisdom holds that Washington is broken because outside special interests bribe and buy politicians. Peter Schweizer, however, argues that just the reverse is true. Politicians have developed a new set of brass knuckle legislative tactics designed to extort wealthy industries and compel donors into forking over big sums – cash that lawmakers often funnel into the pockets of their friends and families. Based upon extensive investigative research, Schweizer posits that the problem in our Nation’s capital is more about extortion than bribery and that what goes on in Washington is less about law-making than money-making. Read more December 5, 2013 Should computer coding be written into high school curricula? Coding appears to … Read more December 4, 2013
Majority of House Majority supports RSC American Health Care Reform Act
Washington, D.C. – The RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act today reached another milestone by gaining its 117th cosponsor, a majority of House GOP members.
“American families and small businesses deserve and demand real solutions to the serious problems that exist in our health care system,” RSC Chairman Steve Scalise said. “It is encouraging to see so much momentum building behind the American Health Care Reform Act, which is focused on putting patients back in charge of their health care decisions and lowering costs so hard-working taxpayers have more options for their families. I look forward to this bill continuing to gain momentum as it moves through the legislative process and ultimately comes up for a vote on the House Floor.”
“I am proud to see support growing for the American Health Care Reform Act, a commonsense conservative plan to make health care less expensive and more accessible,” said Dr. Phil Roe, Chairman of the RSC’s Health Care Working Group. “With a majority of House Republicans supporting this bill, it’s time that President Obama stop claiming Republicans don’t have solutions. The health care system in this country was broken before Obamacare, and his law has only made things worse. There is an answer to our country’s health care problems, but President Obama’s health care law is not it. This bill has real solutions and I am glad to see so many conservatives, under the leadership of Chairman Scalise, rally around it.”
H.R. 3121 was drafted by RSC Chairman Steve Scalise, RSC Health Care Working Group Chairman Dr. Phil Roe, and working group members Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Renee Ellmers, Dr. John Fleming, Dr. Paul Gosar, Dr. Tom Price, and Rep. Todd Rokita. Specifically, H.R. 3121, the RSC's American Health Care Reform Act:
- Fully repeals President Obama's health care law.
- Provides tax reform that allows families and individuals to deduct health care costs, just like companies, leveling the playing field and providing all Americans with a standard tax deduction for health insurance.
- Spurs competition by allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines and enabling small businesses to pool together and get the same buying power as large corporations.
- Reforms medical malpractice laws in a commonsense way that limits trial lawyer fees and non-economic damages while maintaining strong protections for patients.
- Expands access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars individuals can deposit into portable savings accounts to be used for health care expenses.
- Safeguards individuals with pre-existing conditions by bolstering state-based high risk pools and extending HIPAA guaranteed availability protections.
- Protects the unborn by ensuring no federal funding of abortions.
More information on H.R. 3121 can be found here.Read more December 4, 2013
Conservatives tout growing support for ObamaCare substitute
Excerpt below. Entire article can be read here.
House Republicans are touting growing support in their conference for a bill that would repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a conservative alternative.
The American Health Care Reform Act, sponsored by Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), now boasts 117 co-sponsors — the majority of the GOP conference — after picking up about a dozen House Republicans in the last two months.
“It is encouraging to see so much momentum building behind the American Health Care Reform Act, which is focused on putting patients back in charge of their health care decisions and lowering costs so hard-working taxpayers have more options for their families,” Scalise said in a statement.
“I look forward to this bill continuing to gain momentum as it moves through the legislative process and ultimately comes up for a vote on the House Floor.”
Many of the new supporters are running for Senate or facing tough reelection fights.
Roe said now that the bill has a majority of House Republicans on board, “it’s time that President Obama stop claiming Republicans don’t have solutions.”
The legislation repeals the Affordable Care Act, and includes a tax overhaul that allows individuals to deduct healthcare costs, allows consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines and “protects the unborn by ensuring no federal funding of abortions,” among other things.
Hartzler Op-Ed: Repeat catfish inspection wastes taxpayer money
Op-Ed can be read online here.
There is a simple reason why Washington outsiders care about the farm bill. Farms grow food, and everyone eats, usually three times a day. While farms across the U.S. vary greatly, most agree that farmers are known for two things: hard work and common sense.
It was my fellow farmers in Cass County and other concerned citizens across Missouri who sent me to Washington to crack down on out-of-control spending and restore some much-needed common sense to a seemingly endless flow of government regulation.
As part of the much-debated farm bill, I sponsored a provision that not only cuts waste but removes a de facto trade barrier. It’s a Department of Agriculture catfish regulation program that has become an embarrassment on Capitol Hill.
Designed as a trade barrier, a special interest lobby worked to switch regulation of catfish from the Food and Drug Administration over to the USDA in order to impede competition with imported fish. In the process, it created a duplicative federal agency that would oversee catfish at a cost of $170 million of taxpayer money over the next 10 years. All for a job the FDA is already doing for only $7 million.
The original program was sold by lobbyists as a food safety necessity. That was before the USDA’s own risk experts contradicted those claims. It was also before the former food safety chiefs from the USDA and the FDA both blasted the program as wasteful.
But duplicative waste is not the end of it. The program now puts U.S. agriculture exports in the way of an impending trade war. The idea that a program, first introduced in the 2008 farm bill, would now be hurting American farmers is as ludicrous as the idea that taxpayers should be spending more than $100 million to have two federal agencies do the same job.
Governments in countries to which our American farmers send tens of billions of dollars’ worth of corn, soybeans, pork, dairy, beef and cotton have warned the U.S. that the USDA catfish program is a barrier to trade. The former head of the World Trade Organization court agrees.
We must not invite this harm to our vital and growing export markets across the globe. To jeopardize these exports in any measure over something as silly as a duplicative, wasteful catfish regulation program is inconceivable.
This is just the kind of Beltway mischief that legislators who actually care about both federal spending and farmers should stand up against. And many of my colleagues have.
First, the House Agriculture Committee passed my repeal amendment, and then the full House passed the farm bill. Last year, when the Senate had the opportunity to vote on getting rid of this program, it voted overwhelmingly for repeal as well.
Farmers depend on cooperation in everything from planting their fields to harvesting their crops. Some complain that Washington shows no sign of that cooperation. While I am a proud Republican, I have been pleased to work across the aisle with Democrats like Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California on repealing wasteful government programs.
This month, 76 House members from both parties signed a letter that I led to our respective leadership urging the program’s repeal. America’s farmers would be pleased to see that President Obama agrees and has also urged the end of the USDA program.
Those who have read the Government Accountability Office report on the catfish program know it has spent $20 million and not inspected a single fish. Not a gill, not a fin, not a whisker — nothing. It is impossible for lawmakers with any sense of fiscal conscience to think this program belongs anywhere but in the annals of wasteful projects that once existed, or perhaps as a memorial on the off-ramp of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.”
The USDA catfish regulation program wastes taxpayer dollars and hurts American farmers. Farm bill conferees, including leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture committees, now have a chance to get rid of this program once and for all. If they fail, they risk leaving a farm bill legacy that shortchanges farmers. Such a move would indeed challenge, and perhaps defy, that all-important common sense.
Hartzler has represented Missouri’s 4th Congressional District since 2011. She serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services and Budget committees.
Bachmann Op-Ed: Minnesota Democrats need to keep their Obamacare promises
Op-ed can be read online here.
It has now been two months since the Obamacare rollout began, and what do Minnesotans have to show for it?
And more importantly, what are Sen. Franken, Sen. Klobuchar and Gov. Dayton doing to fix these cascading problems?
Already more than 5 million Americans are losing their existing health care plans, including low-income college students; 140,000 of the 5 million people nationwide receiving cancellation letters are from right here in Minnesota.
So far, we have only heard about the millions of individual policies that have been canceled, but it is estimated that somewhere between 50 million to 100 million people could lose their employer-sponsored coverage once the employer mandate kicks in.
Meanwhile, as of a few days ago fewer than 27,000 people have signed up on the federal exchange and only 1,774 on MNsure -- a fraction of their respective October goals.
And President Obama's approval ratings are at an all-time low, dropping six points in a single month.
As the hits kept piling up, President Obama offered an unconstitutional, unilateral "fix" to his broken promise that if you like your plan you can keep it. The move amounted to nothing more than a political Band-Aid for himself that did not actually solve the problem.
Gov. Dayton, who the week before had said President Obama should keep his promise, flip-flopped and rejected the president's proposal. Instead of siding with Minnesotans losing their plans, Gov. Dayton sided with the insurance companies and said "no."
Sen. Franken, himself a leading cheerleader and the 60th vote for Obamacare, started to slowly backpedal away from the law, saying he was open to delaying the individual mandate as long as the website woes continue.
These empty words, coupled with no action, from Sen. Franken, Sen. Klobuchar and Gov. Dayton are of little comfort to the worried Minnesotans I hear from because they are seeing their premiums skyrocket or their existing plans disappear -- the opposite of what they were promised.
Brenda from Otsego was one of 140,000 Minnesotans who lost the plan she hand-picked and now will see a cost increase of $1,500 a year.
Nathan from St. Cloud lost his good employer-based insurance because it didn't comply with Obamacare. Now, the cheapest option is either a plan that is four times as expensive, or to pay the fine and go without health care coverage altogether.
Randy from St. Michael saw his premiums increase 38 percent to an unaffordable $2,160 a year.
If, in fact, our goal is to offer Minnesotans and all Americans the highest quality health care at the lowest possible cost with the greatest number of choices, a government-run model dictated by Washington bureaucrats is the exact opposite of what we should be doing.
True competition means that the consumer needs to be in the driver's seat, not the government.
If we want to stimulate innovation and make health care more affordable, we need to start by allowing anyone to buy any policy they want anywhere they want -- even across state lines. Insurance companies shouldn't be able to have a complete monopoly in a state.
There should be no minimum requirements for health insurance. A healthy man in his 20s shouldn't be told what policy he has to buy; he should be able to choose. A post-menopausal woman shouldn't be forced to buy maternity coverage in her policy. Every consumer should be able to pick a plan that is best for them and their family, without government meddling or referring to their personal choices as "inferior."
There also should be a liability shield for charitable hospitals and clinics. Fears of frivolous lawsuits have kept churches and charities from absorbing the costs of the most vulnerable in our society, which not only has driven up costs of goods and services unnecessarily to cover the damages -- it's encouraged the less efficient government to get involved to "fix" the problems it created in the first place.
These are just a few solutions that would start to form a free-market alternative to Obamacare. A hall of fame list of patient-centered, market-oriented health care solutions can be found in the American Health Care Reform Act, which is cosponsored by more than 100 House Republicans.
But before we can get there, we first need to scrap the unworkable, unaffordable, and unfair train wreck that is Obamacare.
Sen. Franken, Sen. Klobuchar and Gov. Dayton advocated for Obamacare, based on a laundry list of promises that haven't materialized. Now what are they going to do help Brenda, Nathan, David and the many more Minnesotans hurting thanks to the government-run plan they sold?Read more November 26, 2013 The rise to power of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has boosted expectations that the decade-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear weapons program soon will be resolved through a diplomatic agreement. How realistic are these expectations? What is the meaning of the deadlocked talks at Geneva? What negotiating pitfalls must be avoided to construct the framework of an acceptable agreement? What is the role of international sanctions in pressuring Iran and under what circumstances should Washington consider easing sanctions? Join us as the speakers address these and other questions. Read more November 23, 2013 Washington, DC - Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise today issued the following statement about the Obama Administration’s deal with Iran.
"There's an old saying that nothing good happens after 2 am, and this naive and dangerous deal with Iran struck in the middle of the night clearly fits that description,” Scalise said. “Secretary of State Kerry appeared to be more eager to get a deal than he was to stand up to the Iranian government's plan to develop nuclear weapons. It is telling that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, our closest ally in the region, called this deal ‘an historic mistake.’
“Time and time again, Iran has proven it cannot be trusted, and this deal gives Iran access to billions of dollars in exchange for very little with regard to their nuclear weapons capabilities. In order to continue holding Iran accountable, it is vital that President Obama quickly reverse course and support the strong, bipartisan bill passed by the House that imposes even tougher sanctions against Iran until they verifiably dismantle their nuclear weapons program."
Ten days ago, Scalise met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel to discuss the deal with Iran, and share his strong objections. Read more November 22, 2013 In Inventing Freedom, Daniel Hannan reflects on the historical origin and spread of the principles that have made America great, and their role in creating a sphere of economic and political liberty that is as crucial as it is imperiled. Hannan argues that the ideas and institutions we consider essential to maintaining and preserving our freedoms – individual rights, private property, the rule of law, and the institutions of representative government – are the legacy of a very specific tradition that was born in England and that we Americans, along with other former British colonies, inherited. Read more
The Forever Initiative: A Feasible Public Policy Agenda to Help Couples Form and Sustain Healthy Marriages and RelationshipsNovember 22, 2013 In The Forever Initiative, Alan Hawkins calls for more state-directed public support for a series of educational efforts to help individuals and couples form healthy relationships and enduring marriages. He outlines an integrated set of feasible and affordable educational initiatives across the early life course, beginning in youth, continuing in early adulthood, during cohabitation, engagement, and through the early years of marriage, as well as for couples at the crossroads of divorce. While the causes of family instability are many and deep, Hawkins reviews the early, encouraging evidence that these kinds of educational initiatives can help to strengthen relationships and increase family stability. He argues that this public policy agenda of educational initiatives can make more young people today better drivers of their romantic relationships, more competent at avoiding destructive detours, and more capable of achieving their marital aspirations. Read more November 21, 2013
How a presidency unravels
For concision and precision in describing Barack Obama’s suddenly ambivalent relationship with his singular — actually, his single — achievement, the laurels go to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).
After Obama’s semi-demi-apology for millions of canceled insurance policies — an intended and predictable consequence of his crusade to liberate Americans from their childish choices of “substandard” policies sold by “bad apple” insurers — Scalise said Obama is like someone who burns down your house. Then shows up with an empty water bucket. Then lectures you about how defective the house was.
Entire online op-ed can be read here.
Smith Op-Ed: Mr. President, Tear Down This Website
Online op-ed can be read here.
Many Americans have experienced the ill effects of Obamacare. That’s because the President’s broken promises are piling up. He promised that if you like your health care plan you can keep it. But for millions of Americans, that’s not true.
He said that the law would make health insurance more affordable. But across the country, Americans are seeing their premiums go up, not down. And when launching Healthcare.gov, the Obama administration said that the website was safe, secure and open for business. We now know that isn’t true, either.
The data obtained by Healthcare.gov is one of the largest collections of personal information ever assembled. It links information between seven different federal agencies and state agencies and government contractors.
The website requires users to provide personal information like birth dates, social security numbers, and household incomes in order to obtain information about potential health coverage. But security experts have expressed concern about flaws in the site that put this personal data at risk and subject users to the threat of identity theft.
This week, the Science Committee, which I chair, held a hearing to examine security and privacy concerns about the Obamacare website. We heard from witnesses outside the government who are experts in cybersecurity and hacking websites. They provided a convincing evidence of the vulnerabilities that underlie Healthcare.gov.
One of our witnesses, David Kennedy, is a “white hat hacker,” who is hired by companies around the world to test the security of their online systems by essentially hacking their websites. During the hearing, Mr. Kennedy gave a demonstration of the healthcare.gov website’s vulnerabilities showing in real-time that hackers can access personal information on the website. It’s clear that not only is the website vulnerable, it’s under attack.
When asked whether he believed the website had already been compromised by hackers, Mr. Kennedy testified that he believed the website has either already been hacked or soon will be.
The massive amount of personal information collected by the Healthcare.gov website creates a tempting target for scam artists. Identity theft jeopardizes credit ratings and personal finances.
Here are some real-life examples of people who have already had misfortune after using the Obamacare website. Mr. Thomas Dougall of South Carolina received a surprise phone call from a stranger one Friday evening explaining that he had just downloaded a letter off the Healthcare.gov website containing Dougall’s personal information.
And when Lisa Martinson of Missouri called Healthcare.gov’s customer service after forgetting her password, she was told three different people were given access to her account, address and social security number.
Aside from technological vulnerabilities, it turns out that federal employees—called navigators—who help users apply for insurance on the Healthcare.gov website have not received background checks. Yet they are able to access the personal information of thousands of people.
These threats to Americans’ well-being and financial security should make us question the future of Obamacare. Perhaps it is time to take Obamacare off of life support. Americans deserve a healthcare system that works and that they can trust.
The Obama administration has a responsibility to ensure that the personal and financial data collected by the government is secure. It is clear that is not the case today. In their haste to launch Healthcare.gov, it appears the administration cut corners that leave the site open to hackers and other online criminals.
Given the distressing testimony we heard at the Science Committee’s hearing about Healthcare.gov, there is only one reasonable course of action. Mr. President, take down this website.
Congressman Lamar Smith represents the 21st District of Texas and chairs the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.