Heritage Action Staff

  • Full Repeal Must Include the Regulatory Architecture of Obamacare

    Background: On March 6th, House Republican Leadership released a long anticipated bill that partially repeals and replaces Obamacare named the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on final passage this Thursday, March 23rd. While the bill contains many provisions that should concern conservatives, the main problem with the repeal portion of the bill is the failure to repeal most of the insurance regulations that contribute to the rising cost of health care.

  • How to Repeal and Replace Obamacare under a Trump Administration

    Background: Republicans promised the American people a full repeal of Obamacare dating back to 2010, when the health care law was first passed. In fact, since Republicans took control of the House in 2010, Congress voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of the law. Republican Congressional Leadership and President-elect Donald Trump have all promised to repeal this unaffordable, unworkable, and unfair law.

    In 2015, Congress used a filibuster-proof process known as budget reconciliation to pass an Obamacare repeal bill (H.R.

  • Heritage Action Memo: How to Repeal All of Obamacare by Inauguration

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    To:            Interested Parties
    From:       Heritage Action for America
    Date:        December 5, 2016
    Subject:   How to Repeal All of Obamacare by Inauguration

    Republicans have promised voters a full repeal of Obamacare since 2010, when the health care law was first passed. In fact, since Republicans took control of the House in 2011, Congress voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of the law.

  • Open letter re: Wall Street Journal’s recent editorial

    Heritage Action has agreed and continues to agree with The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page on many of the important issues facing our nation. And The Heritage Foundation had a long and enduring relationship with late conservative icon Robert Bartley, who served as the editorial page editor for decades. Upon Bartley’s passing in 2003, then-Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner said “His commitment to the free society was extraordinary.” Today, however, the right faces new challenges that call for new solutions.

  • Memo: How Congress Can Stop the Impending Obamacare Bailouts

    To:              Interested Parties
    From:        Heritage Action for America
    Date:          October 18, 2016
    Subject:     How Congress Can Stop the Impending Obamacare Bailouts

    There is widespread agreement that Obamacare is on the verge of collapse, and while that should prompt calls for full repeal, the reality is that many in Washington are instead contemplating how the law can be propped up.  Much of this will play out in 2017 and beyond with a new administration and a new Congress,

  • Excessive Suspensions Raise Conservative Concerns

    Avoiding Accountability

    This week the House of Representatives is expected to pass a large number of bills (49) under the suspension of the rules, a procedural mechanism that allows Leadership to fly through the consideration of legislation, potentially even passing the bills by voice vote (which avoids accountability to their constituents). If a bill considered under suspension of the rules ends up receiving a recorded vote, it requires a 2/3 majority to pass,

  • Heritage Action Supports Olson’s Civil Rights Uniformity Act (H.R. 5812)

    Background: On May 13, 2016, the Obama Administration’s Department of Education and Department of Justice issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students, declaring that the agencies would “treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX.”  This brash claim clearly ignores the letter and the spirit of the 1972 Civil Rights Act, which intended to protect against discrimination based on individual’s biological sex,

  • Heritage Action Supports Lee-Jordan Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act (H.R. 5360/S. 3047)

    Background: In 1996 President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, which became popularly known as “welfare reform,” into law. The legislation transformed the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) into Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), a program intended to provide temporary financial assistance to low-income families while encouraging work and self-sufficiency. Most significantly, the 1996 welfare reform included mandatory federal work requirements, stipulating that welfare recipients must be engaged in work or some type of work activity in order to receive TANF benefits.

  • Heritage Action Supports Hensarling’s Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 5983)

    In response to the housing collapse and financial crisis of 2007-08, Congress rushed to pass the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act under the guise of “consumer protection.” But instead of addressing the root causes of the financial crisis, such as the government’s reckless efforts to expand housing affordability and implied guarantee to bail out large financial institutions, Dodd-Frank empowers the very regulatory establishment which created the environment that led to the financial crisis in the first place.

  • Postal Service Bailout: Claims and Responses

    On July 12, 2016, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) rushed to pass legislation bailing out the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)—the so-called Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 5714)—without a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) or a recorded vote. In the process, OGR released a rebuttal document in response to Heritage Action’s statement of opposition. The following are responses to those rebuttals.

     Rebuttal #1: “There is a lot for Conservatives to like in this bill.

  • Heritage Action Supports Sasse-Walker Taxpayers Before Insurers Act (S. 2803 / H.R. 5904)

    When setting up the Obamacare exchanges, three “risk mitigation” (read: bailout) provisions were written into the law to incentivize large health insurance companies to participate in the government takeover of our healthcare industry. The three bailouts are known as the risk corridors, reinsurance, and cost-sharing subsidies. Despite these cronyist “risk mitigations” for big business, Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster for the average citizen’s health plans and tax dollars. In fact, due to these bailout options,

  • The Wrong Way to do Postal Reform

    This week the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a markup of the 2016 Postal Service Reform Act. Postal reform has been a priority of the Heritage Foundation since at least 2003, and Heritage Action since its formation. Heritage Action is opposed to this legislation. Below is run down of the major concerns with the legislation as drafted.

    Bailout

    The bill provides the Postal Service (USPS) with relief from pre-funding its unfunded healthcare liabilities.

  • House Members Should Oppose Representative McCarthy’s Homeland Safety and Security Act (H.R. 5611)

    This week the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on H.R. 5611, the Homeland Safety and Security Act, as offered by Majority Leader McCarthy (R-CA). The bill has multiple policy problems from a conservative standpoint and should be opposed.

    As currently drafted, H.R. 5611 has three main sections:

    1. A section formally establishing an office at the Department of Homeland Security, the Office for Partnerships to Prevent Terrorism (OPPT), with a new high ranking,
  • House Members Should Oppose Representative McCarthy’s Homeland Safety and Security Act (H.R. 5611)

    This week the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on H.R. 5611, the Homeland Safety and Security Act, as offered by Majority Leader McCarthy (R-CA). The bill has multiple policy problems from a conservative standpoint and should be opposed.

    As currently drafted, H.R. 5611 has three main sections:

    1. A section formally establishing an office at the Department of Homeland Security, the Office for Partnerships to Prevent Terrorism (OPPT), with a new high ranking,
  • Presidential Campaigns Urge New Taxes on Internet Sales

    Last fall, now-presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton said “she supported allowing cities and states to tax online purchases” though Reuters noted at the time “she would not mandate it.” Her position mirrors that of the Senate-passed Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to impose taxes on online sales in a way that favors their local businesses over out-of-state firms that have no representation in the taxing state.

    Yesterday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump appeared to embrace Clinton’s position on the internet sales tax,

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