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NBC News Investigation: Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

A recent NBC News investigation has revealed that 50-75% of the 14 million consumers that buy health insurance plans on the open market, can expect to have their coverage cancelled.  And President Obama knew this.

Back in 2009, President Obama said “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” and continued to repeat this even into 2012.  After this new report, its obvious that this is not true.

Reminder:  Back in February of 2011, the Iowa House voted to reassert our 10th Amendment Rights in response to the passage of Obamacare in 2010.  House File 111 asserts that Iowans have the right to make their own health care choices and no law may override those rights.  House Republicans supported HF 111.  House Democrats opposed it.

To see a list of the Democrats that voted against HF 111 in 2011, click here to see the House Journal.

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

From NBC News

By Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

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Stray Electric Current and Agriculture Study Committee Meets Today

The committee will study the issues associated with claims that stray electric current or voltage is affecting dairy cattle milk production. Work with stakeholders in considering options to address the issues and make recommendations to resolve the issues.

The meeting will start at 10:00 am in Room 103 of the State Capitol building.

Click here to see the committee membership.

Click here to view the committee’s agenda.

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Health Insurance Exchanges Open Today

Beginning today, Iowans can begin enrolling for health care coverage on the online health insurance marketplace by visiting www.HealthCare.gov.

Thanks to a policy imposed by Washington D.C., Iowans are seeing premium increases of 277%!  According to recent reports from the US Department of Health & Human Services and The US Government Accountability Office, prior to Obamacare the average premium for a young male was $36.83 per month.  Under Obamacare that premium will increase to $139 per month (a jump of $102)!

Democrats have tried to spin this reality by pointing to this week’s report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and saying that prices are lower than projected. Note that they’re saying “lower than projected” but not “lower.” They’re distracting from the important point: prices are more expensive than they are right now in the states included in the HHS report.

Click here to see how ObamaCare is increasing premiums in other states…

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Notable Bills Effective July 1, 2013

The following is a list of notable bills that will be going into effect on July 1st.

Click here to see a PDF version of this list.

Appropriations

Items of Note Going into Effect on July 1 in Senate File 452:

Iowa Tuition Grants The state will increase the maximum amount a student at Iowa’s private colleges and universities can receive from $4000 to $5000 per year.

Training for Certain Community-based Care Training for providers of Medicaid-funded in-home and community-based care will be covered by Medicaid as a direct cost for the first time.  Previously, care providers had to absorb the cost of training.

Sex Offender Exclusion Zone State law will make it illegal for a sex offender to operate, manage, be employed by, or act as a contractor or volunteer at a business that operates an ice cream truck.

School Employee Background Checks Iowa law will now require all school employees to undergo a check of the sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and the dependent adult abuse registry prior to being hired.  For current employees, the section requires a school district to establish a policy which would require these employees to undergo the record check at least every five years after their date of hire.

If a current employee is found to be on one of the registries, that would be grounds for suspension pending a termination hearing by the school board.

Motor Vehicle Fee Equity For new electric cars titled with the state on or after July 1, the registration fee shall be based as it is for all other vehicle types, on the gross weight of the car.  This replaces the flat $25 annual fee that was previous law.

State Support for the Iowa Special OIympics The state will increase its financial support for this program from $50,000 to $100,000 annually.

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2013 End of Session Report

The following is the House Republican Caucus Staff’s end of session report:

2013 End of Session Report

*Note:  All information is current as of May 22, 2013

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, May 22

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, May 7

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Monday, April 8

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, March 26

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, March 19

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

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