Boehner Gets His Scalp
By Harold Callahan – December 11, 2013
The Speaker of the House of Representatives got a scalp today with the firing of conservative congressional staffer and stalwart Paul Teller.
For over a decade, Mr. Teller guided the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the most influential and important conservative group in Congress, as its Executive Director. The RSC came to prominence in the early 1990s when George Bush, Dick Darman and company attempted to force a tax increase on the American people. The group rallied members and ultimately defeated the first version of the tax increase in the House.
The group has always been an independent voice for conservatives in Congress. Through the Bush years — from sellouts on education and prescription drugs — the RSC and Teller held steadfast to their conservative views making life for the Leadership difficult.
Late last year, the Leadership engineered the election of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) to head the organization, fearing that his opponent Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) could not be controlled. Scalise kept Teller at the helm but the relationship was always tenuous.
When news broke that Rep. Paul Ryan and the leadership were engineering the repeal of the sequester, Mr. Teller went to work. He informed conservative groups throughout DC about the impending sell-out. While Teller never lost his nerve, Scalise did. He fired Teller, no doubt on the demands of the Speaker.
Any smart member of Congress would snatch up Mr. Teller and use his knowledge and influence to build conservative opposition to the Leadership. If no one is willing to stand up, at least Mr. Teller can leave Congress with his head held high. Mr. Scalise and the House GOP Leadership cannot.
His opposition to the Ryan-Boehner Budget Sellout was too much for the leadership to stomach.
This morning HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will come before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to testify about the ongoing problems of Obamacare. The House Republican Conference is out with a new video highlighting some of her previous hearings. Please take a minute to watch and share with your readers.
Broken promises. Canceled plans. Increased premiums. What’s next?
This Thanksgiving Day powerful TV ads will air across the state of Texas “thanking” Senator Ted Cruz for leading the fight against Barack Obama’s failed ObamaCare healthcare scheme. The ads will run during the highly-rated NFL Thanksgiving Day football games and during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on one-dozen (12) TV stations across Texas.
From our own Paula Helton as published in Canada Free Press:
“Sargent goes on to state, “With Ted Cruz set to roll out his own health plan — one that will probably look like the usual grab bag of GOP reform ideas, which just aren’t a reform alternative to Obamacare – Dems plan to tar GOP Senate candidates across the country with it, by hitting them as proponents of “Cruz Care.”
Let me see if I have read this correctly. Mr. Sargent has not seen the plan since it hasn’t yet been unveiled, but he knows it won’t be a reform alternative to ObamaCare, and the Senate jackasses can use it to tar GOP Senate candidates? Certainly no left-slanted media bias here. Obviously not only the Dems are terrified of Ted Cruz, but apparently the liberal press also suffers from Cruz”noia”.”
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On Tuesday, Nov. 19th, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing on the security of HealthCare.gov. The session was divided into two panels with the following witnesses:
Mr. Henry Chao
Deputy Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director of the Office of Information Services
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Mr. Jason Providakes
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Center for Connected Government, MITRE Corporation (MITRE)
Ms. Maggie Bauer
Senior Vice President
Health Services Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. (CCSi)
Mr. David Amsler
President and Chief Information Officer
Foreground Security, Inc.
In this brief clip from Panel Two of the hearing, Congressman Pete Olsen (R-TX) asks each of the three witnesses if they were comfortable putting their personal information and that of their families’ into healthcare.gov. The last answer was extremely revealing.
Energy & Commerce Committee memorandum announcing the hearing.
By Daniel Horowitz on the Senate’s vote for the Nuclear Option- Who can blame Harry Reid for pulling the nuclear option, eliminating the filibuster on judicial nominees? He has punched Senate Republicans in the face all year and they have failed to respond. In fact, Senate Republicans have turned around and fought their fellow Republicans in the House, jamming them with bad legislation which they helped Harry Reid pass out of the Senate.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid a “bully” who is breaking the rules of the Senate because he needs to do whatever he can to change the subject in the media, and protect Obamcare from the daily pounding it is getting.
Paul is referring to the so-called “nuclear option” that Reid and Senate Democrats resorted to Friday which eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations. Read more at: wnd.com.
Well, Obama didn’t explicitly say that: “If you like your Medicare Advantage doctor, you can keep your Medicare Advantage doctor,” now did he?
The Wall Street Journal reports that private insurance provider United Health is dropping thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage networks. Medicare Advantage is very popular with senior citizens, but United Health says that “government cuts” will “leave many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors.”
The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company’s other healthcare business. The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services.
The Journal report said that doctors in at least 10 states were notified of being laid off the plans, some citing “significant changes and pressures in the healthcare environment.” According to the notices, the terminations can be appealed within 30 days.
Continue reading at: breitbart.com.
This just about sums it up:
By Erick Erickson
Republicans are walking into a trap and they don’t even realize it.
They are about to consider, in the House of Representatives, legislation by Congressman Upton that would allow people to keep their insurance plans.
There’s a problem though. It is widely acknowledged that Congressman Upton’s legislation is more messaging than substance. His legislation does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies, in the topsy-turvy world of Obamacare, to keep insurance plans going. Continue reading at: redstate.com.
After reading the article, read this breaking update: Yes, it’s a trap.
We all knew this was coming, so here we go…
RICHLAND, MI – Saying that “the current system is really broken in every way,” Congressman Fred Upton said he plans to take an active role in getting immigration reform passed in the House this fall.
“I will be part of a bipartisan effort to fix the problem, because it has to be fixed,” Upton told members of the Rotary Club of Gull Lake Area Thursday. “To me, doing nothing is not acceptable.”
Upton said that the strategy, which he said had the backing of Speaker of the House John Boehner, is to try to get half the caucus to support reform. He estimated there were 120 to 140 Republican votes in favor of immigration reform. Read more at: mlive.com.