Saturday, September 28, 2013

DEFUNDING OBAMACARE - YOU DECIDE!

Dear Readers:

Once again my congressman, Phil Roe, MD, is making some valid points - please take time to read:


Wednesday was Deficit Day—at around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the federal government ran out of money.  This means all government operations for the rest of the year, nearly $10 billion each day, will be funded by money the government has borrowed.  It is no secret that the government spends too much and borrows too much, and under the president’s health care law our deficit will only grow. 

Over the last three years, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has revised its cost estimates for ObamaCare several times.  In February of this year, the CBO released its latest estimate: ObamaCare is estimated to spend roughly $1.85 trillion from 2013 to 2023.  But cost isn’t the only reason we need to repeal the president’s health care reform law.


Just this week the ObamaCare insurance premium information was released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While HHS touted “lower-than-expected” premiums for those going into the exchange, they failed to mention how ObamaCare will impact the premiums for people who already have health care coverage.  Before the president’s health care law, nearly 196 million Americans, or 64 percent, had some form of private health care coverage.  Among the uninsured, nearly two-thirds are under the age of 40, which also happens to be the age of the people who will be hurt most under ObamaCare.

A recent column in Forbes examined the impact of the law on 27, 40 and 60 year olds, as well as the contrast between men and women.  In the state of Tennessee, a 27-year-old woman will see her premiums rise 21 percent, while a 27-year-old man’s premiums will increase by a staggering 69 percent.  This is just one more example in a long list of how ObamaCare will hurt the very people it was alleged to help.  And it gets worse. This law will negatively impact jobs.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Education and the Workforce Committee that the stories regarding employees losing jobs, wages and hours at work because of the health care law were merely “speculation.”  Unfortunately, the Secretary’s statement is being proven wrong in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  On October 1, Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, VA will close, eliminating approximately 140 jobs.  The hospital cited ObamaCare as one of the reasons they were forced to close their doors.  A Burger King franchisee in my district, Mike Clayton, was forced to close a store in Johnson City.  Mike put a thank you note in my hometown paper, The Johnson City Press, thanking the people of the Tri-Cities area for 39 years of loyal business.  When explaining his difficult decision, Mike said that politicians had “passed a law so unfriendly to business and workers that it forces the business to limit hard-working Americans to less hours and lower pay at a time of high unemployment and less opportunity for people to prevail.”  Mr. Clayton underscored there is no “give by government to correct these unintended consequences” so his decision to close his store was greatly impacted by the lack of flexibility.

That is why we must repeal and replace the president’s health care law.  I, like the majority of Americans, am adamantly opposed to this law and was proud to support the House continuing resolution, which fully funds the government but fully defunds ObamaCare. Unfortunately, that provision was stripped from the Senate bill. 

This weekend, the House and Senate are working to avoid a government shutdown.  The people of the First District didn't send me to Washington to shut the government down; they sent me here to help run it, work to make it smaller, and cut spending.  Rest assured I will continue to closely follow this issue and work to find a way to do this.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

DEMOCRAT? REPUBLICAN? TEA PARTY? READ THIS OP ED

Dear Readers:

You may be a Democrat or a Republican.  Me, I'm a Constitutional conservative and not pleased with either party.  I am tired of "politics" and want someone to truly govern, and at this point, I just want someone to govern!  I want to feel like the person I sent to Washington is listening and has a real grip on what is going on among the everyday working person, NOT what the Washington elite think I need or don't need.  I'm an adult, not a child, and I am tired of being treated like I don't know what is best for me and my family.  I take responsibility for my actions and my decisions.  If I make a poor decision, then I bear the consequences, I don't want or expect the government to bail me out.  

I want Washington to take responsibility for their actions: - don't spend more than you take in - don't think that you have all the answers for everyone  - don't think that because you are a senator, or a representative, or a president that you are above the people that elected you...you are OUR (the People) employee, we pay your salary and benefits - and finally, most of all, STAND UP FOR and BY YOUR PRINCIPLES, don't get sucked up in that "Disney World" they call Washington.  The hardest thing any one person will ever do is TO DO THE RIGHT THING! 

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - SCALLOPED SWEET POTATOES AND APPLES

Dear Readers:

Now that fall is officially here - it's time for sweet potato dishes.  Here's one that easy to prepare and uses all of those fall type foods.  This week we are making Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples.
 
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
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Enjoy!

Monday, September 23, 2013

CHOCOLATE LOVERS - WE HAVE BEEN VALIDATED - CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Dear Readers:

As most of you know by now, I love !chocolate! and enjoy finding articles that support my 'love'.  Today I read such an article - it states that not only is chocolate heart healthy, but also, potentially slimming, and good for diet control.  To read more - click HERE
 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE HEALTHCARE PLAN

Once again my congressman, Phil Roe, MD, has some common sense plan to the flawed healthcare plan.  Read below:

 A Better Way - by Congressman Phil Roe, MD

Health care shouldn’t be a partisan issue, so why is the only bipartisan thing about President Obama’s health care law its opposition? A new poll released by Fox News found that 68 percent of all Americans, both Republican and Democrat, are concerned about what their health care will look like under ObamaCare. Fifty-six percent of Democrats say they feel concerned on some level, with 31 percent admitting to being “very concerned.” But despite widespread anxiety, President Obama refuses to acknowledge it’s time to repeal his bill and start over.

ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges are set to open on October 1, but many states and health care providers aren’t ready. In July, the administration announced they would delay the employer mandate by one year, but refused to give families that same protection. If the president believes employers deserve protection and flexibility from the law, I will never understand why he doesn’t share that same concern for all Americans. It is painfully clear that this administration is putting politics and pride over the needs of the American people. 

That’s why this week, I have worked with the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) to introduce the American Health Care Reform Act, a full alternative proposal that would repeal and replace the president’s deeply flawed health care law.

I came to Congress because, as a physician, I wanted to help shape policy to reform our nation’s health care system. Unfortunately, during the ObamaCare debate, I was excluded from the process, despite requesting several meetings with the president because I saw this train wreck coming. We know the president’s health care law is unworkable and that is exactly why Chairman Scalise asked me to help draft a replacement bill. Our bill comes in at under 200 pages, will not increase taxes, does not rely on mandates, expands coverage and lowers costs. The president and his allies claim that Republicans have no ideas for health care reform and that couldn’t be further from the truth. The RSC bill is a market-based, commonsense alternative to ObamaCare and I am proud to have worked with the chairman and drafting committee on this important legislation.

After fully repealing ObamaCare, our bill will change the tax code to level the playing field between those who receive insurance through their employer and those that purchase it on their own. Based on Kaiser Family Foundation data, 80 percent of Americans will receive a tax cut under this plan. Next, the bill will provide protection to individuals with preexisting conditions by ensuring they can move between markets in health care (large, small group and individual health markets) so long as they maintain continuous coverage. The legislation will allow Americans to shop for better care by letting them purchase insurance across state lines and by allowing small businesses to pool together and negotiate better rates. The bill will reform medical liability laws and protect the sanctity of human life by prohibiting any health plan from requiring coverage of abortion services. Most importantly, this bill makes meaningful reforms to the health care system without requiring Americans to purchase insurance.

The American Health Care Reform Act is a better answer to our health care challenges and will not result in the economic catastrophe that is ObamaCare.. For more information on the bill, visit http://rsc.scalise.house.gov/solutions/rsc-betterway.htm.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - MISSOURI STEW

Dear Readers:

When I was growing up, my grandmother would make a dish called "Missouri".  I am sure there are similar dishes to this with as many different names as there are recipes.  What is great about this recipe, you can add your own personal touches.  This week we are making Missouri Stew.
 
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
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Enjoy!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - PIE CRUST PINWHEELS

Dear Readers:

This week's recipe is strictly for the kids (both big and little).  It is what I call comfort food, which means, it probably not good for you, but it tastes good.  This week we are making Pie Crust Pinwheels.   
 
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
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  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Hopster - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE

For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the  'Archived Recipes' pages (4).  

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Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

GLOBAL WARMING? GLOBAL FREEZING? OR JUST PLAIN WEATHER CYCLES!

Dear Readers:

I've lived long enough to remember that when I was in my early 20's the big deal then was we were all going to freeze to death and the world was going to become one giant popsicle.  The doomsayers were convinced that freezing to death was just around the corner.  Even at that tender age I was skeptical.  

Then about 20 years later, a different set of 'doomsayers' was and is still trying to convince everyone that we were going to become "post toasties" (for those in their 20's or 30's - look it up).  By that time, me being in my 40's, I just shook my head.  You see, I remembered the headlines from my early 20's.  

NOW, today, I've read an article about the Arctic sea ice, which has increased in size by 60% since 2012.  Hmmmm... here's the article:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

RECIPE FOR THE WEEK - APPLE CRUNCH OR APPLE CANDY PIE

Dear Readers:

Time for apples to come in, so this week is a recipe using that versatile fruit - Apple Crunch or Apple Candy Pie.   The hardest part of making this recipe is peeling and coring the apples.  Great with ice cream!
 
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE     
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Hopster - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE

For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the  'Archived Recipes' pages (4).  

If you would like to receive a weekly email from me when I post a recipe, notify me at hjcouponlady30@gmail.com and I will place you on my list.  As stated in my privacy policy, I do not share email information with other parties.

Enjoy!

Monday, September 2, 2013

WINE HELPS DEPRESSION?

Dear Readers:

When on occasion I decide to have an adult beverage, my choice more often than not is usually wine.   I was delighted to read several years ago that wine, in moderation, actually has a health benefit to your heart.  Now, today, I read an article that wine has been found to help lower the risk of depression among those who do not have a history of depression or who drink to escape their problems.  To quote from the article:

"In our study population, the average intake of alcohol was low, and the pattern of consumption was typically Mediterranean, with alcohol coming preferentially from wine, consumed during meals and without episodes of binge drinking,"

To read the whole article click on the link provided below: