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John Nash (Kubulai)
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Professor, Engineer, Programmer, Social Activist, Consumer Advocate
Professor, Engineer, Programmer, Social Activist, Consumer Advocate

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This afternoon, Heritage Action’s CEO Mike Needham said the proposed MacArthur-Meadows Amendment to the AHCA “advances the debate and raises key issues for the Senate to consider as the effort to repeal Obamacare moves forward.”

This amendment, which is the product of weeks-long negotiations by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), is an important step forward in rolling back the Title I regulations of Obamacare because it would allow states to say “NO” to some of the most harmful parts of Obamacare. As Mike made clear, “this is not full repeal and it is not what Republicans campaigned on” but it does “represent important progress.” That means there is more work to do.

How did we get here? Last month Congress introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The original bill failed to truly repeal Obamacare. Fortunately, House Republican leaders pulled the bill from the floor.

Since that point, conservatives have been leading. Members of the House Freedom Caucus have worked directly with the Trump Administration and a handful of more moderate Republicans to make important policy changes that allow the debate to move forward.

So what does the new amendment include? The amendment allows states to opt out of two of the most harmful parts of Obamacare, the essential health benefits mandate and parts of community rating scheme.

Essential health benefits: This mandate forces insurance companies to cover comprehensive benefits for all recipients regardless of needs or wants. It essentially dictates one size fits all health insurance policies. Requiring essential health care benefits restricts health care providers from customizing plans and offering consumers a choice in the marketplace. Allowing states to set their own essential health benefits would lead to increased choice and lower costs.

Community rating: This mandate prevents insurance companies from setting prices based on various risk and cost factors. Requiring community rating forces many consumers to pay more for insurance than should be necessary. Allowing states to set their own standards will lead to increased choice and lower costs.

Is this the final bill? No. Even if the MacArthur-Meadows Amendment is added to the AHCA, the bill must be voted on by the House. From there it will head to the Senate where is it guaranteed to change. That will provide Senate conservatives an opportunity to make further changes and continue repealing key parts of Obamacare.

Thank you for standing with House conservatives in this fight. We have to continue pushing for real repeal of Obamacare and move toward a patient-centered healthcare system.

Best,

Dan Holler
Vice President
Heritage Action for America

P.S. Heritage Action released an official statement on the MacArthur-Meadows Amendment. You can read it here: http://heritageaction.com/press-releases/macarthur-meadows-amendment-obamacare-repeal/

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President Donald Trump released a plan to radically remake the tax code Wednesday that would slash the corporate tax rate and boost the standard deduction for individual taxpayers.

The plan would also repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax for individuals and institute a one-time tax on corporate earnings held overseas, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said during a briefing at the White House.

Read more: http://politi.co/2pieayQ 

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There's only two that matter, sweetie. Come home.

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Attending Church

When I asked my friend if she was planning to attend church, she just shook her head. "I haven't gone in a long time," she said.

"Besides, it's too late for me. I've probably already broken all seven commandments."

Received from Steve Sanderson.

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'Bout sums it up
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https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0133-cell-phones-and-do-not-call-registry

The Do Not Call Registry accepts registrations from both cell phones and land lines. To register by telephone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). You must call from the phone number that you want to register. To register online (donotcall.gov), you will have to respond to a confirmation email.

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A Picnic Funny

The minister's little six-year-old girl had been so naughty during the week that her mother decided to give her the worst kind of punishment. She told her she couldn't go to the Sunday School Picnic on Saturday.

When the day came, her mother felt she had been too harsh and changed her mind. When she told the little girl she could go to the picnic, the child's reaction was one of gloom and unhappiness.

"What's the matter? I thought you'd be glad to go to the picnic." her mother said.

"It's too late!" the little girl said. "I've already prayed for rain."

Received from Mikey's Funnies.

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A Laundry Funny

It was 6 p.m., and I was about to leave the coin laundry where I was employed. My boss called me over and asked if I would mind dropping off someone's laundry on my way home. "It's for my cousin," she apologized, "who's eight months pregnant and can't get out much anymore."

I cheerfully agreed and, driving to the address, knocked at the door. A little girl, the sister-to-be, answered.

"Hi, there," I said with a big smile. "Is your mommy home?" Holding up the white bundle of clothes, I explained, "I have a delivery for her."

The child's mouth dropped, and her eyes went wide. "Mom!" She shrieked, "come quick! It's the stork!"

Received from Mikey's Funnies.

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By the Grace of God.

Received a compost drum today for the garden. Box was open on all sides with the parts falling out. STILL found all the parts! Actually got it assembled!
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