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Republicans cannot give up on health care: Rick Scott
Failing is one thing. But failing and then quitting is unacceptable.
Repealing the failure of Obamacare and replacing it with a plan that actually provides affordable and quality health care for families is something that I focused on long before I became governor. In 2009, when I was a private citizen, I launched Conservatives for Patients’ Rights because I was concerned about the ramifications Obamacare could have for our nation. What I fought hard against immediately came true. Under Obamacare, costs have skyrocketed and families cannot keep the doctors they like. Obamacare was sold on a lie, plain and simple.
In the wake of the demise of the House Republican health care reform effort in Washington, some are saying we should quit trying to do anything about our nation’s health care system. Abandoning the effort to improve our nation’s health care system is not an option. A political party that controls both houses of Congress and the White House must be able to make changes that will improve health care in America. If not, then what’s the point?
I applaud President Trump for wasting no time and demanding action on tax reform and regulatory reform. If I were the president, I would be utterly frustrated with the failure of the health care bill. But the simple fact is this — we should be able to expect that Congress can work on more than one thing at a time. Surely they can do two things at once.
First, stop believing in the grand bargain: Washington has to stop fixating on getting a grand bargain done on health care. All these comprehensive and grandiose schemes in Washington are useless. As governor, I have learned that sometimes the best way to get something done is to do it incrementally. Ultimately, taking small steps will lead you down the right path to achieve your goal. There are steps that can be taken in Congress that are no-brainers and can immediately start the process of getting rid of this onerous law, including:
- Remove Obamacare’s excessive mandates and taxes … NOW
- Allow insurance to be sold across state lines to encourage competition
- Protect those with pre-existing conditions and let young adults stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26
- Allow families to buy the health care they want.
Second, give states flexibility to run our own Medicaid programs: Obamacare encouraged a massive expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied adults — even as nearly 600,000 individuals with disabilities nationwide sit on waiting lists to access treatment through Medicaid. This expansion has gone far beyond caring for those who truly need it. The truth is Obamacare was a new entitlement program that we could never afford, and it was a dramatic expansion in welfare spending that discouraged work.
States need greater flexibility from the federal government in running our statewide Medicaid programs, and I know Florida can deliver high-quality care without layers of government bureaucracy. My goal is to turn the top-down, Washington-knows-best approach of the Obama administration on its head. Last month, I requested flexibility from the Trump administration to manage our own Medicaid program based on the needs of Florida families. Other states should follow Florida’s lead and fight to get rid of the burdensome, duplicative and costly federal requirements put in place by the Obama administration.
While efforts such as tax reform are important to strengthening our national economy, our country will never see the kind of growth we need as long as Obamacare is in place. Our businesses and entrepreneurs will never fully thrive as long as they are burdened by the costs of Obamacare. Washington needs to stop worrying about getting a grand bargain done, and start delivering on their promise to help American families by repealing Obamacare.
I spent many years building businesses. In business, sometimes things don’t work out. Whenever I had a setback, I made adjustments and tried again. That’s what Congress must do now. In the real world, you cannot just give up and go home. No, you have to stand in the arena and battle until you get it right. Failing is one thing. But failing and then quitting is unacceptable.
Rick Scott is the Republican governor of Florida. He founded Columbia/HCA.
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Republican Party of Florida Congressional District 17 Caucus members met for a very productive workshop Saturday at Inn on the Lakes in Sebring, Florida. Chairmen, State Committeemen, State Committeewomen, Precinct Committeemen, and Precinct Committeewomen, from the nine counties that Congressman Tom Rooney serves, were invited to participate in the workshop by newly elected Congressional District 17 Caucus Chairman, Kathy Rapp. Topics of interest on the agenda included: growing REC members, conducting effective fund-raising events, keeping Trump volunteers engaged, helping President Trump succeed at implementing his agenda, and engaging minorities and young people. Approximately 20 caucus members discussed these topics and shared meaningful ideas being used effectively in their counties.
Guest Speaker Brooke Renney, Director of Party Development for the Republican Party of Florida shared information about the new Project Majority Red that the RPOF will present in more detail at the Spring Quarterly Meeting in Tampa April 28-29, 2017. She also shared other ideas and provided valuable comments. Caucus Chairman Kathy Rapp expressed appreciation to Brooke for traveling from Tallahassee to speak and participate in our workshop.
Many shared that they learned a lot to take back to their REC’s and were very pleased to have made the effort to attend and participate in the four hour workshop. Chairman Rapp thanked everyone for attending and indicated that the next CD 17 Caucus workshop will be held in about three months.
The attention on The Daily Signal’s Fred Lucas’ role as occasional White House pool reporter has made one thing very clear: For many, the illusion still remains that the mainstream media is unbiased.
“It’s concerning that news organizations with a clear and stated bias are serving as the eyes and ears of the White House press corps, regardless of their political leaning,” Andrew Seaman, chair of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ethics Committee and a Reuters reporter, told The Washington Post for an article questioning the appropriateness of Lucas’ role as a pool reporter. “In a perfect world, only news organizations with editorial independence and proven track records of reliability should be able to provide pool reports for the White House or any other government agency or official.”
Yet while many mainstream media outlets may not be “clear”—that is, transparent with their readers—about their perspective, there’s no doubt they indeed have a perspective.
First, let’s just look at the data about journalists:
For the rest of this excellent article and others, see: http://dailysignal.com/2017/03/27/the-myth-of-an-unbiased-mainstream-media/
Three members of the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee traveled to Tallahassee Monday and Tuesday to attend the Florida Family Policy Council Pro-Life and Pro-Family Days at the Capitol. The very well-planned event with record attendance this year began at the Tucker Civic Center and included information and training sessions Monday afternoon on pending pro-life and pro-family bills.
The Keynote Speaker for the Third Annual Pro-Life and Pro-Family Days dinner Monday evening was Kellie Fiedorek, Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. Kellie’s keynote speech entitled “The Attack on Religious Liberty and How We Can Respond” received a standing ovation. The special Guest Speaker was Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist and owner of Arlene’s Flowers, who has been sued by the Attorney General of Washington State and stands to lose her business, her home, and life savings for simply standing for her religious beliefs. Her personal story of injustice in Washington state also received a standing ovation!
Special Guest Speaker Charlene Cothran followed Barronelle Stutzman and also addressed the group. She shared her own very moving personal testimony and received another standing ovation. (See Charlene’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/charlene.cothran).
The evening concluded with several receiving the coveted Champion of the Family Awards from the FFPC including our own Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia. Several remarked that it was one of the better dinners they had ever attended.
The Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning included speeches by Governor Rick Scott, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Speaker of the Florida House Richard Corcoran, Senator Greg Steube, Representative Kim Daniels, Representative Jamie Grant and prayers for each of our state leaders by Bill Bunkley and others (https://www.ferlc.org/who-we-are/) . Several members of the Legislature including our own Senator Denise Grimsley received the coveted Champions of the Family Awards from the Florida Family Policy Council.
The day also included the opportunity to attend key Senate and House committee hearings and scheduled meetings with the attendees’ legislators from their districts. Our Highlands County delegation met with Senator Denise Grimsley immediately after the Prayer Breakfast and then attended a House Careers & Competition Subcommittee meeting. We also attended an Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee meeting with Representative Ben Albritton (R-District 56) and had opportunity to meet with him briefly after the meeting. We then had an excellent afternoon meeting with Representative Cary Pigman (R – District 55) and his new Legislative Assistant Brandon Miller in Representative Pigman’s office. Concerns were shared about the single worst piece of pending legislation, the intentionally misnamed “Florida’s Competitive Workforce Act” , HB623 and SB666. It was a bill similar to this that the Washington State Attorney General used to sue Barronelle Stutzman and Arlene’s Flowers, her small florist shop. https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2017/02/16/washington-supreme-court-punishes-barronelle-stutzman.-what-now#
Excellent presentation at Thursday night’s Highlands County Republican March meeting by our newly elected Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brenda Longshore. Highlands County is extremely fortunate to have such an outstanding and dynamic leader. She really cares and her priorities reflect the desire to reach and teach all of Highlands County’s 12,200 plus k-12 students. There are many opportunities for Highlands County residents to get involved to assist in the successful implementation of our new Superintendent’s Priorities! Dr. Longshore emphasized the key role mentors can play in helping a student to be successful and encouraged those who may be interested to consider providing assistance in this area and in others.
Our Chairman Kathy Rapp and our members and guests also welcomed Nilsa Alvarez Morales our Republican Party of Florida Regional and Faith Director. Nilsa gave a brief preview on Project Majority Red, the RPOF initiative to register enough Republican voters to turn Florida red. More details and the opportunity for on-the-job training will be provided in the weeks ahead. All of our near-term activities should be focused on the goal of registering new Republican voters and hopefully getting them involved.
Our former Vice Chairman Virgil Beato also provided a very interesting report on the recent guest visit that State Representative Ben Albritton made to Virgil’s high school class at Sebring High School. Representative Albritton recently announced that he is a candidate for the State Senate seat being currently held by Senator Denise Grimsley.
Current Vice Chair Susan Beder who is also chairing our 2017 Republican Round-Up Committee provided the final details for our upcoming May 11, 2017 Republican Round-Up Victory Party to be held at the Sebring Civic Center. In addition to the victory party details, Susan outlined multiple ways in which members and friends could support our efforts to keep on winning! Others who had presentations or shared information included our Treasurer Penny Kocarek, our State Committeewoman Sally Claire, long-time members Marvin Kahn, and Trump Campaign Co-Chair Steve DiSano.
Highlands County Republicans are having a “Republican Roundup Victory Party” on Thursday evening May 11, 2017 5:30 PM at the Sebring Civic Center.
Join us to continue the celebration of our major victories in November with the election of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the clean sweep wins by all Republicans on the ballot in Highlands County. Please save the date and plan to join us for what promises to be a fun-filled victory party with special guests, exhibitions, games, and dancing. Highlands County Republicans have much to celebrate!