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Conservative leaders have signed memo outlining ‘wish list’ for Senate healthcare bill

Conservatives on the Conservative Action Project this week outlined what they want the healthcare bill to look like in order to gain Republican support on the Senate bill that has stirred up controversy this summer. Their memo states that, in order to garner their support, the bill must address four principles: consumer choice, Medicaid flexibility, market reforms and reining in long-term Medicaid growth. The Washington Examiner reports: "As the Senate considers new options to replace Obamacare, it is critical that any bill includes solutions that give consumers more choice, create real flexibility for Medicaid, bring more free market principles ...

Conservatives Slam Governor Christie For Threatening Government Shutdown

Joint statement by Jenny Beth Martin, President & Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots, Colin Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring USA, Inc., and Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, in response to Governor Christie’s government shutdown threat  “Governor Christie’s healthcare cash grab is a political vendetta. Now he’s threatening to shut down the government, punish Garden State taxpayers and take away people’s healthcare, all because of a political vendetta. As the Wall Street Journal rightly put it, ‘Mr. Christie’s raid is a tax and regulatory mugging masked as public charity.’” ###

Conservatives respond to …

... Governor Christie’s $200 million pork barrel spending budget giveaway “Governor Chris Christie has sold his political soul. After a failed extortion attempt to get Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to fork over $300 million from their reserves to pay for his political pet projects, he has now capitulated to the pork barrel budget spending wishes of Democrats to get his hands-on Horizon’s money. It is the 11th hour and he is desperate. “Christie doesn’t care one ounce that his reckless healthcare money grab will saddle millions of New Jersey taxpayers and patients with more taxes, less healthcare and exorbitant legal ...

Rep. Jeff Denham: Integrating VA, DOD electronic health records system ‘paramount’ to fixing care gap

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) says the Trump administration decision to integrate the Department of Veterans Affairs electronic health records system with the same system used by the Department of Defense is exactly the kind of update that is overdue and a move that will help fulfill our commitment to ‘accessible, timely and quality healthcare’ for our veterans. The Washington Examiner has the commentary:   The decision to integrate systems between the two agencies will not only ensure expediency in transferring and updating records as soon as possible, but it will also ease the transition for those retiring from active duty. Having ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: U.S. is ‘losing its edge as the leader in innovation’

Property and patent rights have taken a hit in the U.S. – so much so that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center announced the U.S. dropped to tenth place in its annual worldwide ranking of countries that protect patent rights. Our government needs to empower – not discourage – individuals to create and be innovative, says Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column. The Hill has the commentary: What happens when the protections and incentives you have long afforded inventors begin to weaken? Predictably, you get fewer inventions. According to recent data from the World Intellectual ...

Ivanka Trump: There is ‘a level of viciousness that I was not expecting’

President Trump and his administration are continuously criticized and slandered by the media for their efforts to cut down on illegal immigration and “drain the swamp” –  so much so that Ivanka Trumps says she is surprised by the “level of viciousness” her family deals with. The Examiner has the details: "It is hard, and there is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting," she said on Fox News when asked how she copes with attacks from Democrats and the press. "I was not expecting the intensity of this experience." "But this isn't supposed to be easy," she said. "My father and this administration intends to be transformative, ...

President Trump: VA health-records modernization ‘one of the biggest wins for our veterans’

President Donald J. Trump heralded Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s announcement Monday the VA is revamping its health-records system calling the change “one of the biggest wins for our veterans in decades.” The Washington Examiner has the story: "Of course there's still much work to do, but for today's action shows that determined leadership and what it can accomplish — great, great reform," Trump said. VA Secretary David Shulkin announced Monday morning that the VA would be adopting the same electronic health records system as the Department of Defense, a move that follows calls for the VA to modernize its IT ...

VA trying to muscle out whistleblower

A Department of Veterans Affairs office in Memphis, Tennessee is trying to kick out a whistleblower who reported the office is welcoming back an employee who served time for drunken driving. The Daily Caller has the details: Management at the medical center sent whistleblower Sean Higgins a letter on May 15 in an attempt to remove him from the facility for a third time, according to a document obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. He was fired once in 2008 and regained his job after successfully arguing discrimination. The second attempt came in August 2014, but a Merit Systems Protection Board reversed the VA’s action, giving him his ...

VA wants to meet with whistleblowers, help protect against retaliation

Authorities at the Department of Veterans Affairs, in an effort to protect those who speak up about potential corruption, have requested a meeting with two whistleblowers to discuss blowback the men faced as a result of sounding the alarm on the department. The Daily Signal has the details: Whistleblowers Kuauhtemoc Rodriguez from the Phoenix VA and Sean Higgins from the Memphis VA have been contacted by the Central Whistleblower Office for a conference call meeting Friday, which comes just over a week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the VA, The Daily ...

Poll: President Trump’s tax plan, Gorsuch confirmation bolsters approval rating

President Donald J. Trump’s recently released tax plan has elicited widespread support among his supporters – that, combined with the successful appointment of now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court have helped improve our commander in chief’s approval rating, according to a new poll. International Business Times has the details: The IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index — which includes poll results on favorability, job approval, and leadership — climbed 7% to 42.6, marking the first month-over-month increase since Trump became president. "The president's recent achievements in foreign affairs have bolstered Americans' view ...