Reps in the News: Gallagher Calls for Transparency in Health Care

Representative Joel Kitchens

Rep. Kitchens released the following statement following the Joint Committee on Finance’s action on numerous items important to the 1st Assembly District:  “First, I applaud the Joint Committee on Finance’s decision to allocate funding for the building of the new Eagle Tower in Peninsula Park. Eagle Tower was a pinnacle attraction of the park and we are all eagerly looking forward to the new tower being erected so we can all enjoy the breathtaking views of our Peninsula.

“Working with the Friends of Peninsula Park, the DNR and Senator Lasee (R-De Pere), I submitted a motion earlier in the budget process for the state to provide half of the funds for Eagle Tower. This project will be a wonderful opportunity for the state to come together with local supporters of the park and create an attraction that Wisconsinites and visitors will build their memories on.

“Second, the Joint Committee on Finance voted to require DHS to redistribute 18 nursing home beds that are currently available under the statewide bed limit to Door County Medical Center. Door County faces a rapidly aging population, and an increase in available nursing home beds in our area is crucial in order to effectively care for our most vulnerable.

“Finally, I was very happy to see that the Joint Committee on Finance voted in favor of continuing the publication of the DNR’s Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. The magazine will now be published quarterly and continue to highlight the valuable natural resources of our great state. Immediately after the Governor released his budget, which authorized the elimination of the magazine, I received an outpouring of support for the magazine from my constituents in the 1st Assembly District. Early in the budget process, at the encouragement of countless constituents, I submitted a motion to save the self-supported DNR magazine.

“I would like to thank the constituents of the first assembly district for their continued advocacy for our area. This is a perfect example of democracy in action. Additionally, I would like to thank the members of the Joint Committee on Finance for prioritizing the important issues of the 1st Assembly District. I look forward to continuing to advocate on my constituents’ behalf as the budget continues.”

Source:  Kitchens press release

Congressman Mike Gallagher

Reps. Gallagher and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) introduced bipartisan legislation to require all medical providers, including insurance and drug companies, to publicly disclose costs for all products, services and procedures. “Left or right, both sides of the aisle can agree that fixing the underlying problems of health care in America is one of the most urgent tasks we face,” Gallagher said. “I’m proud to co-sponsor bipartisan legislation that brings transparency and accountability to the health care market in order to help drive down rising health care costs. This bill is a critical step in lowering costs, improving outcomes and increasing competition in healthcare for the American people.” H.R. 2569 requires all price disclosures to be available at the point of purchase, in print and online, and include all wholesale, retail, subsidized, discounted or other prices accepted.

Source:  Gallagher press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Sen. Baldwin sent a letter to President Trump expressing strong objections to proposed budget cuts to investments in rural Wisconsin. Trump issued a budget proposal calling for drastic cuts that would undermine the important rural development mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These damaging cuts come on the heels of recently announced plans to eliminate the USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, an important advocate for small towns and rural communities across the country. In Wisconsin, USDA Rural Development invested $556,267,665 in more than 8,500 projects in 2016. It also includes $18.4 million of investments in rural community facilities like police and fire stations and $152.4 million invested in 27 infrastructure projects like clean drinking water system upgrades.

Source:  Baldwin press release

Senator Ron Johnson

Sen. Johnson believes it would be easier for the Senate to focus on tax reform instead of health care. He is the latest lawmaker to cast doubt on the prospects for getting Obamacare repeal done in the Senate quickly. “I think tax reform is an easier lift,” he told the radio station AM 970 The Answer. “There are a number of pretty good proposals out there.” He said the Senate should take its time to put together a health care bill that “restrains the cost of health care.” Johnson isn’t the only senator to vocalize his skepticism on whether a deal gets done on healthcare soon. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., recently said he also doubts that health care gets done this year at all.


President Donald Trump

In March, 45 percent of Americans approved of the job Donald Trump was doing in Gallup’s daily tracking poll. It’s been all downhill since then. In the intervening 86 days, Trump has spent most of the time mired in the low 40s and high 30s. And now, Trump finds himself in the midst of his worst extended poll run of his presidency. On May 28 Gallup put his job approval at 42 percent. On June 3 Gallup put Trump’s job approval at a dismal 36 percent, a single percentage point away from the lowest ebb of his time in the White House. (On March 28, Trump’s job approval was at 35 percent.) The Gallup numbers are no anomaly. A Quinnipiac University poll released in late May put Trump’s job approval at 37 percent. A Monmouth poll conducted in mid-May put Trump’s job approval at 39 percent. For as much as Trump talked about polls during the 2016 campaign, he’s been nearly silent about his numbers as president. According to the Trump Twitter Tracker – a searchable archive of all of Trump’s tweets – he’s only sent seven tweets about polls since he was inaugurated Jan. 20.

Source:  CNN

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