Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
On March 21st, HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed the House 219-212.
Voting yes were 219 Democrats and 0 Republicans.
Voting no were 34 Democrats and 178 Republicans.
The Majority of Americans including NJ's Voters overwhelmingly oppose HR 3590, believing that reform is needed but HR 3590 is not the solution to reduce or even slow rising health care costs. Dispite the publics overwhelming opposition the Bill was passed, in effect ignoring the will of the people.
What was never considered in the debate or included in the legislation is the fact that Insurance companies are merely the vehicle through which medical bills are paid. Insurance Companies set their premiums based upon charges by the hospitals, doctors, and drug companies. For any real cost savings in the cost of Insurance Premiums those costs must be contained. HR 3590 does nothing to contain those costs.
What was also ignored is Association Health Plans which have been proven to reduce insurance premiums in New Jersey by up to 50%. Association Health Plan Legislation was on the table throughout the Bush Administration and although passed by the House was repeatedly blocked by Democrats in the Senate. Now that we have a new President we are expected to believe that suddenly health care reform is an emergency after being blocked for 8 years by Senate Democrats under President George W Bush.
The following are the Votes cast for HR 3590 by our NJ Congressial Delegation.
Adler, NO / Andrews, YES / Holt, YES / Pallone, YES / Pascrell, YES / Payne, YES / Rothman, YES / Sires, YES.
Frelinghuysen. NO / Garrett, NO / Lance, NO / LoBiondo, NO / Smith, NO.
Senate Democrats: Lautenberg, YES / Menendez, YES.
Please take the time to view the List of Legislative Bills the Government Affairs Committee is tracking. Please provide your comments concerning any Legislation via email or phone message directly to the NJECPAC.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Supporting Associations, BCECA NJ-IEC, PCECA, NJECA, FCECA, ECECA, and NJ-ABC
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
- Higher Premium Costs.
- Ineffective Small Business Credit
- High Cost to Comply
- New Taxes
Health care is a huge and growing sector of the U.S. economy. Roughly 16 percent of the gross domestic product, $2.1 trillion is spent on health care.
In addition, government is responsible for approximately 50 cents out of every dollar spent on health care because of the huge and rapidly growing government health care programs: Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, and state and public health care programs. Government financing means government control, and government control means less personal freedom.
Monday, May 3, 2010
S-1854 Will Prevent $1 Billion Business Tax Increase
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, asked Senate President Sweeney to post legislation, S-1854, which would reform the state UI Fund to prevent a $ 1 billion tax increase that will take effect July 1, 2010. The bill and the letter are attached.
“There is great interest in both the Executive Branch and the Legislature in avoiding a $1 billion tax increase that will stop the frail economic recovery dead in its tracks,” Pennacchio stated.