What’s At Stake In 2016: Moving On From The ObamaCare Disaster

It took full control of the House, Senate, and White House for the Democrats to ram through ObamaCare to “find out what’s in it.”

Exactly six years later, President Obama’s signature legislation has proven to be a wholly predictable disaster.

The law has failed to live up to virtually every single one of the promises it was sold on: premiums keep rising, millions have lost their plans, and jobs are further out of reach.

Today it stands as a reminder of this administration’s failed policies and dishonest salesmanship. Even worse, it is emblematic of how President Obama has continually put his far-left agenda ahead of the will of the people.

He forced through this reckless law over the objections of the American people, and refused to sign the Republican-led repeal that landed on his desk this year.

Hillary Clinton is not only dead set on preserving Obama’s policies, but sees them as a foundation for greater government interference in healthcare.

She even boasts that “before it was called ObamaCare, it was called HillaryCare.”

Call it whatever you want. It isn’t working:

Contrary To Obama’s Campaign Promises, Premiums For American Families Are Skyrocketing

Obama promised that his health reforms would save American families $2,500 by the end of his first term. The reality is far different.

Since Obama took office in 2008, annual premiums for families have increased $4,865 on average, or 38 percent.

Many insurers say they are forced to raise premiums due to ObamaCare’s strict provisions. In 2016 alone, many states participating in the Federal Exchange saw double-digit rate hikes.

High Out Of Pocket Costs Are Forcing Some To Delay Care Or Drop Their Insurance

As Americans have been slapped with higher premiums, they have seen no relief in out-of-pocket costs. In fact, average deductibles have increased from $900 in 2010 for an individual plan to above $1,300. One in five workers have a deductible of $2,000 or more.

Costs are so high that some have forgone coverage altogether.

To hear one victim of the law tell it:

“’The deductible, $3,000 a year, makes it impossible to actually go to the doctor,’ said David R. Reines, 60, of Jefferson Township, N.J., a former hardware salesman with chronic knee pain. ‘We have insurance, but can’t afford to use it.'”

This is no accidental side effect of the law. Many looking at the incentives and restrictions within ObamaCare predicted it would drive up costs. That is why every Republican voted against the 2,700 page bill Obama signed into law.

The chasm between the law’s touted purpose of “Affordable Care” and its true effects could not be wider.

No, You Can’t Keep Your Plan …Or Your Doctor

Obama famously promised “if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it.”

That was a lie.

Cancellations and switching plans every year have become the “new normal” as insurers have had to raise premiums or drop out of government-run exchanges.

While Obama and Clinton have encouraged people to “just shop around” to avoid premium hikes, they gloss over the fact that patients will be forced to find new doctors under different plans.

That is cold comfort for consumers upset about losing control over their own healthcare.

ObamaCare Is a Job Killer

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, over the next 10 years, ObamaCare will cause the loss of millions of jobs. Business owners are having second thoughts about growing because of the burden ObamaCare places on their employee costs:

“For some business owners on the edge of the cutoff, the mandate is forcing them to weigh very carefully the price of growing bigger. There’s kind of a deer-in-headlights moment for those who say, ‘I have this new potential client, but if I bring them on, I have to hire five additional people.’”

Even Hillary admitted that ObamaCare’s employer mandate forces companies to cut employees from full-time to part-time to avoid unaffordable healthcare costs.

Apparently that wasn’t a concern when Clinton was whipping the bill with Nancy Pelosi or when she was pushing for a harsher employer mandate in her own plan.
Surveying the damaging costs of ObamaCare makes it clear exactly what is at stake this election.

If we want to move on from this disastrous law and enact real market-based reforms that put patients first, we must elect a Republican President.

Because if Hillary Clinton has her way, not much will change.

Lincoln Day Dinner ~ Feb. 15

Lincoln Day Dinner ~ Feb. 15, 2016

Radisson Paper Valley, 333 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911
5:00PM Cocktail Hour ~ 9:00PM

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Attorney General Brad Schimel are confirmed speakers.  Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Robin Vos are invited speakers.  $40 per seat/ $400 per table.

Rules for the Republican Party of Wisconsin Caucus

Rules for the Republican Party of Wisconsin Caucus

1.  Only Republican Party members in good standing shall be eligible to vote.  (Good standing is a paid membership)

2. All votes shall be by voice unless a request is made by the chairman for a show of hands, a standing vote, or a written secret ballot

3. All resolutions shall be in writing; whether from the Resolutions Committee or the floor before they may be considered by the caucus.

4. Floor resolutions must have 30 copies and be seconded by two other individuals with their signature to be considered.  A person may only bring three (3) resolutions from the floor.

5.  To speak you must be recognized by the chairman.

6.  No member shall speak more than twice upon the same question or longer than three minutes unless by leave of the caucus.

7.  Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall govern this caucus; insofar as they are applicable and not in conflict with the rules of the caucus adopted and the Constitution of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

8. The Chairman shall appoint a Parliamentarian for this meeting.

7 out of 10 Top Cities For Black Owned Businesses In States Led By GOP Governors

What do Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Tennessee have in common? Seven of the “Top 10 Cities for Black-Owned Small Businesses” are located in these states – according to The Root –and they’re all governed by Republicans.

The other two states that make the list – Missouri and Virginia – have state governments represented by a Democrat governor and a GOP-controlled legislature. Three of the states have present or former governors running for the Republican presidential nomination.

While the Obama Administration’s Small Business Association (SBA) loans to black businesses sits an embarrassing 1.7%,  Republicans continue to lead the way in encouraging business-friendly environments, promoting job growth, and increasing economic opportunity for all.

Check out the list reported at The Root below:

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Schedule Shows Clinton’s State Dept. Breeding Ground for Cronyism

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When Hillary wasn’t busy covering up her secret email server, she made time for meetings with corporate lobbyists, influential Democrat fundraisers, and of course, foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation.

According to an AP analysis of portions of Clinton’s schedule during her time at State, Clinton frequently met with top corporate leaders and political supporters as she set the stage for a 2016 run:

Her availability to luminaries from politics, business and charity shows the extent to which her office became a sounding board for their interests. And her ties with so many familiar faces from those intersecting worlds were complicated by their lucrative financial largess and political support over the years — even during her State Department tenure — to her campaigns, her husband’s and to her family’s foundation.

The report is consistent with a pattern that has continually emerged in Clinton’s State Department, where the lines between official business and personal and political interests have been nonexistent.  ​

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Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin, who now serves as vice chair of Clinton’s presidential campaign, exemplifies the overlap between Hillary’s political pursuits, Foundation ties, and government duties. Abedin was granted “special government employee” status in 2012, which allowed her to work as a paid advisor to the Clinton Foundation, serve as an aide to Hillary, and take on private clients. Abedin also had an account on Clinton’s secret server.

Then there’s the fact that Clinton blatantly ignored conflicts of interests posed by millions in foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while serving as the nation’s top diplomat. These donations not only violated the ethics agreement she made with the Obama administration, but went unreported until recently.

All together, it is clear that Hillary Clinton used her office as a revolving door for special interests that benefitted her and compromised her priorities as Secretary of State.

The American people cannot trust someone who has proven she is for sale to the highest bidder in the Oval Office.

December Events

  • Dec. 11, 2015 – Outagamie County Christmas Party – 3471 Gran Meadows Crossing, Menasha, WI
  • Dec. 15, 2015 – Debate Watching Party at Gather Americana – Debate begins at 8.
  • Dec. 16, 2015 – Christmas Celebration with Rebecca Kleefisch in support of Jim Steineke @ Givens Farm, N2828 Givens Rd. Hortonville, WI 54944

Obama says he’s ‘too busy’ to debate GOP over terrorism

President Obama showed a flash of anger Monday with Republican critics of his anti-terrorism strategy, saying he is “too busy” to engage in a rhetorical debate with them.

“What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership, or American winning or whatever other slogans they come up with, that has no relationship to what actually is going to work to protect the American people” and America’s allies, Mr. Obama said at a news conference in Turkey. “I’m too busy for that.”

The president was addressing a question about critics of his strategy for defeating the Islamic State, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

“I can’t afford to play some of the political games that others may,” Mr. Obama said. “We’ll do what’s required to keep the American people safe. It’s entirely appropriate for us in a democracy to have a debate about these issues. If they think that somehow their advisers are better than the chairman of my Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the folks who are actually on the ground, I want to meet them.”

2015-16 Republican & Democratic Debate Schedules

2016 Republican Primary Debate Schedule

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
CNBC Republican Debate
Aired On: CNBC
Location: University of Colorado in Boulder
Sponsors: CNBC
Candidates: To be determined


November, 2015*
Fox Business/WSJ Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox Business Network
Location: Wisconsin
Sponsors: Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal
Candidates: To be determined


December 15, 2015
CNN/Salem Republican Debate
Aired On: CNN
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Sponsors: CNN, Salem Media Group
Candidates: To be determined


2016 – Happy New Year!
January, 2016*
Fox News Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Location: Iowa
Sponsors: Fox News
Candidates: To be determined


February 6, 2016
ABC/IJReview Republican Debate
Aired On: ABC
Location: St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire
Sponsors: ABC News, IJReview.com
Candidates: To be determined


February 13, 2016
CBS News Republican Debate
Aired On: CBS
Location: The Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina
Sponsors: CBS News
Moderator: John Dickerson
Candidates: TBD


February 26, 2016
NBC/Telemundo Republican Debate
Aired On: NBC and Telemundo
Location: Texas
Sponsors: NBC/Telemundo, National Review
Candidates: To be determined


March, 2016*
Fox News Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Location: TBD
Sponsors: Fox News
Candidates: To be determined


March 10, 2016
CNN/Salem Republican Debate
Aired On: CNN
Location: Florida
Sponsors: CNN, Salem Media Group
Candidates: To be determined

*Debate sponsor has not yet named specific date


2016 Democratic Primary Debate Schedule

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
CNN Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Wynn Las Vegas
Sponsors: CNN, Nevada Democratic Party
Moderator: Anderson Cooper
Candidates: TBD


Saturday, November 14, 2015
CBS News Democratic Debate
Aired On: CBS
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Sponsors: CBS News, KCCI, the Des Moines Register
Moderator: John Dickerson
Candidates: To be determined


Saturday, December 19, 2015
ABC News Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Sponsors: ABC News, WMUR
Candidates: TBD


2016 – Happy New Year!
Sunday, January 17, 2016
NBC News Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsors: NBC, Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Candidates: TBD


February or March, 2016
Univision Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Miami, Florida
Sponsors: Univision, The Washington Post
Candidates: TBD


February or March, 2016
PBS Democratic Primary Debate
Location: Wisconsin
Sponsors: PBS
Candidates: TBD

*Debate sponsor has not yet named specific date