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Drug caucus to hold hearing on prescription drug abuse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:38
Washington—Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Co-Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today announced a hearing Wednesday, July 18, at 2:30 p.m. on prescription drug abuse in the United States.


According to a recent survey by Monitoring the Future—a University of Michigan study of U.S. students and young adults funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse—prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs after marijuana.


·         Sen. Feinstein

·         Sen. Grassley

·         Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse

·         Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

·         Joseph Rannazzisi, deputy assistant administrator with the Drug Enforcement Administration

·         John Eadie, director of the Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University

·         Avi Israel, a parent advocate in Buffalo, N.Y.

·         Vernon Porter, a parent advocate in Orange County, Calif.

·         Joseph Harmison, owner of Harmison Pharmacies in Arlington, Texas


WHAT: Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing: Responding to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562

A live stream of the hearing will be available online at


Republican House Votes to Strip Health Care Benefits from Millions of Americans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brad Wright   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:57

House Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act = Politics as Usual

“We are in this fight to keep Medicare benefits from being stripped away from millions of seniors by Members of Congress who vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The ACA will save lives, it will provide coverage to millions who lack insurance and it already provides improved benefits for less cost to seniors in Medicare. America’s health and economic security should take priority over election-year politics; however, this vote proves once again, politics trumps policy in the House.  The Affordable Care Act is law, it’s working, and it’s long past time for Congress to start making economic growth a priority.” Max Richtman, President/CEO

While political rhetoric dominated much of today’s House repeal debate, the facts about the benefits provided to seniors in Medicare -- which would be lost if health care reform was repealed -- were largely ignored.  Here are just a few of the benefits that would be lost if the Affordable Care Act was repealed.

*  The typical senior would lose $4,200 over the next decade in prescription drug savings provided in the ACA

*  The Part D coverage gap known as the ‘donut hole’ would return

*   Annual wellness visits for beneficiaries would no longer be covered by Medicare

*   Seniors will now pay more for preventive services. Medicare would no longer fully cover

screenings like mammograms, pap smears, bone mass measurements, depression screening,

diabetes screening, HIV screening and obesity screenings

*   Almost 3.3 million uninsured Americans ages 50-64 who would have been insured under

Medicaid will remain uninsured

*   The Medicare Trust Fund’s solvency would be shortened by 8 years

A full analysis of the Medicare and Medicaid improvements that were preserved as a result of the recent Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act can be found on the National Committee’s website.


The National Committee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization acts in the interests of its membership through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. The work of the National Committee is directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.

Braley Statement on House Vote to Repeal Healthcare Reform Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:56

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement today after voting against a Republican bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

“I voted against repeal today for the sake of thousands of Iowans like my nephew, Tucker.  Tucker survived a fight with liver cancer at age 2 because he had health insurance.  But his parents lived in constant fear of losing their jobs because if they did, Tucker would be denied new insurance due to his pre-existing condition.  The healthcare reform law ended those fears – but repealing the law would roll back this important reform and many more.


“Because of the Affordable Care Act, 18,000 young Iowans can stay on their parents’ insurance up to age 26, insurance companies are prohibited from denying coverage due to preexisting conditions, screenings for diseases like breast cancer are covered 100 percent, and 42,000 Iowa seniors are saving an average of $615 per year on their Medicare prescription drug benefits.


“Iowans can’t afford to go back to where we started.”


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Schilling Seeks Affordable and Accessible Health Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:42

Supports House efforts to repeal the health care reform law; wants to replace with true efforts to lower cost

Washington, DC – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 6079, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“The wait on the health care reform law’s constitutionality is over, but the uncertainty remains for folks across the country,” said Schilling.  “Workers are unsure of how this law will change their current health care plans or impact their employment, and business owners are unsure of what complying with the law will cost them in time and resources.  Meanwhile, health care costs continue to rise.  

“My goal is to make health care affordable and accessible, and this law just doesn’t do the trick.  I will continue working with anyone I can to roll back this law and replace it with efforts to guarantee folks in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District and throughout the country have access to health care that’s high quality, patient-centered, convenient, and affordable.”

Believing it is important for Members of Congress to lead by example, Schilling rejected the Congressional health care plan and brought his own health care plan to Washington.  As the father of 10, he knows well the need to reduce the cost of health care and improve its accessibility.

Prior to the Supreme Court releasing its decision on the law’s future, Schilling released a detailed plan for true health care reform that can be found here on his website.  He is also seeking input on his continuing efforts to improve health care.  

Schilling spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 6079, which passed the House today in a bipartisan vote of 244-185.  Text of his remarks as prepared for delivery can be found below, and video can be found here.   

Mr. Speaker, like many in Illinois’ 17th District, I’m disappointed that the Supreme Court decided to uphold the President’s health care reform law.

The court ruled what we all knew from the beginning but the president wouldn't acknowledge -- the law's "individual mandate" is really as a tax on the American people and businesses that create jobs.

Under this law, health care costs remain too high.

Government bureaucrats remain between patients and their doctors.

Too many Americans remain unemployed, with national unemployment hovering above 8 percent for the last 41 straight months.

The law’s medical device tax will continue to raise health care costs and limit the ability of facilities like Cook Medical in Canton, Illinois to expand and grow jobs.

And the law’s employer mandate will continue to force employers to choose between paying a penalty, increasing the number of employees eligible for health care coverage, replacing full time staff with part-time employees, or laying folks off.

Mr. Speaker, now is not the time to raise taxes on working class families or employers.

We need to repeal this law and get to work on bipartisan health care reform that lowers costs and makes health care more convenient and more affordable.

I’m new to Congress, but I have a plan to address rising health care costs while ensuring those who need it have access to coverage.  I urge men and women from across America to visit to take a look.

I yield back the balance of my time.

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To send Congressman Schilling an e-mail, click here

Congressional vote to repeal Obamacare: Payback to the insurance industry – GOP Leaders in Congress tell the American people: “Don’t Get Sick” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Duffett   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:52
Champaign:  On July 11th, the do-nothing Congress which has worked fewer days than any other Congress in modern times will be voting for the 31st time to take away health care security for the American people.  

“Obamacare does one very important thing:  Insurance companies can’t rip you off anymore. Those who are fighting to gut the law today are doing the bidding of their high dollar donors from the insurance industry, plain and simple.” stressed Jim Duffett, Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care.

The GOP leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and those individual congresspeople who want to repeal Obamacare are sending a clear signal that their vote today will take away health care protections and safeguards for the American people.
  • Tens of millions of seniors will have to pay thousands of dollars more a year for prescription drugs
  • Tens of millions of our children will now be discriminated against by the insurance industry for pre-existing conditions, and be kicked off their parents health care plans once graduating from high school or college
  • Millions of small businesses will lose tax credits now and in the future to pay for health care for their employees, and will be denied access to insurance through a large insurance pool called the Exchange
  • All Americans will be at the mercy of the insurance companies, who will be able to cancel their policies at any time, cap the level of medical coverage, and charge customers whatever they want
  • Women will be forced to pay 3, 4 or 5 times more in health care premiums
  • 30-35 million Americans will lose the shared opportunity and responsibility to purchase health insurance for themselves and their families
  • The federal deficit will increase by hundreds of billions of dollars; hundreds of thousands of Americans will face medical bankruptcy due to medical bills; and hundreds of hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities will close their doors

Duffett continues, “For tens of millions of hard working Americans and small businesses this isn’t a political issue, it’s a personal one.  Their health depends on it.  The taxpayers of America subsidize the health care costs of those members who will be voting to repeal Obamacare today by immorally pulling the health security rug out from beneath the feet of the American people.  Their alternative to Obamacare for small businesses and middle class families is - don’t get sick.  No wonder the GOP controlled House of Representatives have a favorable rating of 10%.  Shame on you,” concluded Duffett.

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