|May 22, 2015An Open LetterDear Alabama Legislator,The deep and sustaining desire that every child in Alabama will be given the best education possible to be ready to act upon God’s leading in his or her life is surely important to you.
To that end, please consider finding more creative solutions than what is offered in the one size fits all Common Core curriculum. Because we live in a one stop, instant coffee type of environment, we can be misled to believe that something like Common Core will fit the desired bill; but mounting research indicates that COMMON CORE will do more harm than good; hurting most those least able to pull themselves up out of the current educational environment of muck and more. All children need to and deserve to access their full God-given potential. By design, Common Core treats every child as a statistic to be measured by standardized tests.
The following statement from the Chicago Teachers Union in opposition to Common Core is relevant: “Common Core eliminates creativity in the classroom …We also know that high-stakes standardized testing is designed to rank and sort our children and it contributes significantly to racial discrimination and the achievement gap among students in America’s schools.” 9/8/2014 This sorting of students in Alabama based on the color of their skin or their parents income and the setting of lower achievement goals for African Americans than Caucasians has been widely reported. If teachers are told to expect less from minorities, they are likely to get less.
Additional concerns regarding Common Core are the lack of access to parents and local communities in contributing to what children are taught and how they are tested. Please ask yourself this: “Will our students be indoctrinated against the values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in our Constitution?” These American values remain part of the sustaining success of our nation. Yet, there is a not so subtle erosion of these values. By design, Common Core will only add to this decline. When Common Core is fully implemented, parents and our local communities will have little to no control over what is taught to our children through nationally prescribed Common Core assessments and the curriculum that has been developed to match those assessments.
Also, with the full disclosure features of Common Core, invasive, non-academic personal and family data being kept on state data bases will be at risk, with little or no guarantee that they can and will be protected.
As public Servants, you have the power to really assist children, their families and the communities you represent; please regain control over education in Alabama by passing the Alabama Ahead Act (SB101, HB424) ASAP. You can enable students to rise to new heights instead of holding them down to the lowest common denominator.
May God bless you – especially in your legislative endeavors that impact so many people.
Alveda Celeste King
The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers for the Obamacare law in April. 38 of those were for upscale restaurants and nightclubs and fancy hotels in Nancy Pelosi’s district, 27 were for health care or drug companies, and another 31 were for unions. That brings the total number of waivers so far up to 1,372.
The administration claims it reviews waivers on a case by case basis and only grants waivers to those companies or businesses on whom it will be too much of a financial burden to meet the law’s first year requirements. Given the nature of some of the businesses chosen to receive waivers, one has to wonder what criteria they are using to judge the financial burden and the company’s ability to pay.
All of this begs the question, if Obamacare is so great and going to do wonderful things for health care in America, why is everyone opting out?
The Senate Health Committee voted to pass the following legislation out of committee:
SB301–Recognizing “life” as beginning at the point of fertilization
SB308–Requiring a doctor to show ultrasound pictures to a pregnant woman before performing an abortion. Called the Right to Know and See Act
SB298–Requiring a doctor to examine a woman both before and after an abortion-inducing drug. Called the Abortion-Inducing Drug Safety Act.
SB202–Prohibiting coverage of abortion by any health care plan offered in Alabama through federal health care legislation.
You would think the Obama administration might get the message, but they still plan to appeal the decision. This ruling was particularly significant because more than half of the states were plaintiffs in the matter.
A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional on Monday in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the reform law’s so-called individual mandate went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.
“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void,” he wrote, “This has been a difficult decision to reach and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications.”
Referring to a key provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Vinson sided with governors and attorneys general from 26 U.S. states, almost all of whom are Republicans, in declaring the Obama healthcare reform unconstitutional. Read more
Update: Phyllis Schlafly has also written a good piece on the subject.
Matthew Continetti has a great article in the Weekly Standard explaining the significance of the vote to repeal Obamacare.
Something remarkable happened in Washington last week, and too few people in the media and politics appreciate it. The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 less than a year after Congress passed it into law. What’s more, the vote for repeal (245-189) was larger than the vote for passage (219-212). We racked our brains trying to figure out the last time a major piece of legislation was repudiated by a chamber of Congress with such speed and decisiveness. The answer is 1989, when Congress repealed the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act it had passed 17 months before, and President George H.W. Bush signed the repeal. Read More
Late this afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives voted
245-189 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,
also known as “Obamacare.” Three Democrats joined a unanimous
Republican caucus in rolling back the wildly unpopular health care
law. Unfortunately, conventional wisdom says it will die in
the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused to
allow the repeal to come to a vote, and even if Republicans were
able to get a vote, it is unlikely it would get enough support to
pass. If by some miracle, they could get the votes to pass
the repeal it is extremely likely that President Obama would veto.
This outcome was predicted by Republican leadership. They now
plan to try to repeal some of the more unpopular portions of the
health care law and replace them with conservative
alternatives. There’s also been talk of de-funding portions of the bill. However they choose to proceed, The GOP is off to a good start in keeping their promise to repeal Obamacare. Hopefully, that will continue.
|Wednesday, January 19th marks the one-year anniversary of the Special Election in which Scott Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate, largely on the promise that he would cast the 41st vote against ObamaCare. As you recall, Harry Reid broke his promise and broke faith with the American people when he used reconciliation, a procedural tool, to skirt the rules and pass ObamaCare.
Liberals just aren’t getting it! We need to keep reminding them of the message the people of Massachusetts sent last January 19th and that voters throughout America sent on Election Day last November: We want them to repeal ObamaCare and stop out-of-control government spending.
If passed, H.R. 2, “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” would repeal P.L. 111-148, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA) and the crooked “reconciliation” vehicle Harry Reid used to pass it, P.L. 111-152, the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.”
We need to put an end to thousands-of pages-long spending bills. H.R. 2 is barely three-pages long, consisting mostly of its lengthy list of co-sponsors, and it simply states that ObamaCare is repealed in its entirety.
This is a great opportunity to get to know your Congressman’s staff when you call and urge him or her to vote to Repeal ObamaCare on Wednesday!
Today Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that the individual mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, saying that it “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.” The suit was brought by VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who argued that the individual mandate was an unconstitutional expansion of the Commerce Clause.
The White House dismissed the ruling as having little effect on the implementation of Obamacare. They continue to believe the bill will ultimately be ruled constitutional. Hudson acknowledged that the final outcome will undoubtedly reside with a higher court, but said, “In this Court’s view, the award of declaratory judgment is sufficient to stay the hand of the executive branch pending appellate review.”
The Virginia suit is one of 15 nationwide against Obamacare, and it is the first to strike down part of the health care reform law.
Sens. Tom Coburn and John Barrasso, both doctors, have released a report on the effect of Obamacare to date. It is not a pretty picture.
They find that:
Obamacare costs America nearly 800,000 jobs, most coming from within the medical industry:
The CBO “estimates that the legislation, on net, will reduce the amount of labor used in the economy by a small amount—roughly half a percent—primarily by reducing the amount of labor that workers choose to supply”, which is more than 788,470 employees.
The employer mandate lowers income:
The employer provision will lower wages and lead to less jobs because workers, not businesses, ultimately feel the impact of taxes and fines. The Congressional Budget Office also found that an employer penalty ―would impose a new cost on employers‖ which will be passed on to employees.55 ―Employers who chose to pay the fee rather than offer health benefits would be likely to offset at least some of those costs by paying lower wages or employing fewer people.”
The true cost of Obamacare is much larger than projected:
CBO also identified tens of billions of additional dollars that may be spent by the federal government as a result of new programs and mandates in the health overhaul.
Obamacare has sent state costs skyrocketing:
So how big are the costs state taxpayers must absorb from the massive Medicaid expansion or other mandates? A nearby chart lists estimates that several governors produced calculating the costs to their states – primarily from the Medicaid program. While the federal government may cover $30 billion of costs, the State of Texas alone estimates their state will face $27 billion in extra costs.90 Looking at these estimates, it is clear that the extra costs forced upon state taxpayers and state governments could climb into the hundreds of billions of dollars.
There’s a lot more on the practical effects in the report, so download and give it a read. The paper is aptly titled “Grim Diagnosis.”