Entitlement Reform

Club for Growth Applauds President Trump’s Executive Order Introducing Market Competition to Healthcare

Rachael Slobodien - October 12th, 2017

Washington, DC – Today, Club for Growth President David McIntosh issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order calling for policies that will increase healthcare competition and lower healthcare costs while improving the quality of care:

“Club for Growth applauds President Trump’s executive order, which will help to roll back some of Obamacare’s most harmful regulations,” stated Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

“Allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines will introduce much-needed competition into the health care industry and do much to lower insurance costs.”

“Thanks to the disaster that is Obamacare our nation’s health insurance market is hemorrhaging; health insurance costs are through the roof.  Because of Obamacare, millions of middle-class families have lost or can no longer afford their health insurance.  Instead of allowing the hemorrhaging to continue, our nation should embrace free markets and competition wherever possible. 

The president’s leadership and action on this issue is critical, particularly in contrast to the Senate’s inability to repeal Obamacare.  As much as liberals may hate to hear it, the legislative text of Obamacare provides for much latitude and executive branch discretion in the law’s implementation.

So until Congress acts to repeal and replace Obamacare with a truly free-market healthcare system, Club for Growth will continue to encourage President Trump to act within the full extent of his executive authority to mitigate Obamacare’s disastrous impact and bring competition to the healthcare industry.”

More on the House Obamacare Repeal Discharge Petition

Rachael Slobodien - August 21st, 2017
Late last week, the House Freedom Caucus took a big step to show they aren’t finished with the fight to repeal Obamacare.  In an effort to ensure legislation to repeal Obamacare actually gets to the House floor for a vote, Jim Jordan (R-OH), Tom Garrett (R-VA), and Scott Perry (R-PA) filed a discharge petition.
 

What is a discharge petition?

A very powerful, though often underutilized tool, a discharge petition gives House members the opportunity to go around House Leadership and force the Speaker of the House to bring legislation that may otherwise not make it out of committee to the floor for a vote. 

In order to be successful, the petition must garner 218 signatures.  And Club for Growth is determined to do all that we can to make sure the House Freedom Caucus can get to the magic number of 218.  With Congressmen like Jim Jordan leading the fight, the chances are good, but we will have to wait until Congress returns to know for sure.
 

Why does this matter?

The reason members of Congress are elected in the first place is so that they fulfill the promises they made to voters when campaigning for office.  Even if the discharge petition is unable to meet the requisite number of signatures needed, the message this exercise sends is still an important one.  The American people are fortunate to have the House Freedom Caucus and other conservative elected officials who understand the importance of keeping their promises to their constituents. 

The Republican Senate’s inability to repeal Obamacare provided a stark, unfortunate reminder about the number of Republicans in Washington who say one thing and do another.  This is why Club for Growth PAC works so hard to make sure more and more free-market conservatives make it to Congress.

We will continue to keep you updated on any developments on the discharge petition once Congress returns.  In the meantime, Club for Growth will continue to do what it does best—fight for pro-growth economic policies.

Access Full List of Discharge Petition Signers >>>
 

Please note that Members must physically go to the House floor to add their name to the petition.  With Congress currently in recess until Labor Day, most members are currently back home in their districts.

Moderate Republicans joined with Democrats and ensured that Obamacare remains the law of the land.

Stacy French - July 28th, 2017

Coalition Letter: Congressional Obamacare Exemption Letter

Mr. Andrew Roth - July 24th, 2017

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July 21, 2017

President Donald J. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of millions of taxpayers who are members and supporters of our organizations, we urge you to direct the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to rescind the Obamaera rule (78 Fed. Reg. 60653-01) that allows Congress to masquerade as a small business in order to force taxpayers to pay for their health insurance.

This ongoing fraud improperly allows Congress and its staff to avoid the pain the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is inflicting on millions of other Americans. When Congress was debating Obamacare, the American people demanded that Congress subject themselves and their staff to the new system they were imposing on their fellow Americans.

Those demands worked, and before Obamacare passed the Senate in 2009, Section 1312(d)(3)(D) was included. That section requires members of Congress and their staff to buy health insurance through an Obamacare exchange, and unlike an earlier proposed version does not authorize an employer contribution toward their premiums.

The provision was set to take effect in 2014, causing panic on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress and their staff were desperate to keep their taxpayer-funded, gold-plated health care rather than go into Obamacare and pay their own way, as the law required.

After a meeting with Senate Democrats in March 2013, then-president Barack Obama personally committed to illegally exempt Congress from this provision of Obamacare.1 And he did.

Obama directed OPM to issue a rule purporting that Congress, which has thousands of employees, is a small business and therefore: “the DC Health Link Small Business Market administered by the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, is the appropriate SHOP from which Members of Congress and designated congressional staff will purchase health insurance in order to receive a Government contribution.”2

This fraud of instructing Congress to masquerade as a small business was the key to the scheme, because if members of Congress and their staff had signed up for Obamacare under the individual exchange – as any other American losing employer coverage has to – they would have had to pay their own premiums.

The House and Senate each filed a false declaration with the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority claiming to have less than 50 employees – an indefensible fact that was never publicly disclosed.3

Fortunately, you have the power to end the scheme by directing OPM to rescind the Obama rule and issue a new rule that conforms to the statutory requirement the Congress and their staff pay their own premiums in the individual Obamacare exchange. We urge you to do so expeditiously.

Sincerely,

Phil Kerpen
President
American Commitment

Daniel Schneider
Executive Director
American Conservative Union

Sean Noble
President
American Encore

Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association

Christine Harbin
Vice President of External Affairs
Americans for Prosperity

Grover Norquist
President
Americans for Tax Reform

Gayle S. Trotter
President
American Womens Alliance, Inc.

Andrew F. Quinlan
President
Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Jeffrey Mazzella
President
Center for Individual Freedom

David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth

Thomas Schatz
President
Citizens Against Government Waste

Matthew Kandrach
President
Consumer Action for a Strong Economy

Ed Martin
President
Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund

Patrick Purtill
Director of Legislative Affairs
Faith & Freedom Coalition

Ryan Ellis
Senior Tax Advisor
Family Business Coalition

David Bozell
President
ForAmerica

Jason Pye
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
FreedomWorks

Nathan Nascimento
Vice President of Policy
Freedom Partners

George Landrith
President
Frontiers of Freedom

David Barnes
Director of Policy
Generation Opportunity

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

Carrie L. Lukas
President
Independent Women’s Forum

Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO
Independent Women’s Voice

Andrew Langer
President
Institute for Liberty

Tom Giovanetti
President
Institute for Policy Innovation
Tom Fitton
President
Judicial Watch

Seton Motley
President
Less Government

Gregory T. Angelo
President
Log Cabin Republicans

L. Brent Bozell III
President
Media Research Center

David Ridenour
President
National Center for Public Policy Research

Bob Adams
President
Revive America PAC

David Williams
President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation

Jenny Beth Martin
President
Tea Party Patriots

60 Plus Association
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman

Dean Clancy
Partner Adams Auld LLC

Greg Scandlen
Senior Fellow
Consumers for Health Care Choices

Ginni Thomas
President
Liberty Consulting

Maureen Blum
President
Strategic Coalitions & Initiatives LLC

David A. Keene
Editor-at-Large
Washington Times

 

 
1
 John
Bresnahan and Jake Sherman, “Obama on Hill’s ACA mess: I’m on it,”
Politico,
2
 Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: Members of Congress and Congressional Staff, 78 Fed. Reg. 60653-01 (Oct. 2, 2013). https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-02/pdf/2013-23565.pdf  
3
 Judicial Watch,
D.C. Government Concedes Law Does Not Allow for C
ongress to Obtain Obamacare in ‘
SmallBusiness Exchange
,’” Jan.

CFG on TV: McIntosh on FBN’s Making Money discussing Obamacare Repeal Efforts

Stacy French - July 20th, 2017