Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 106)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

On May 11, 2011,  I emailed to this above address and I got this email back from Senator Pryor’s office:

Please note, this is not a monitored email account. Due to the sheer volume of correspondence I receive, I ask that constituents please contact me via my website with any responses or additional concerns. If you would like a specific reply to your message, please visit http://pryor.senate.gov/contact. This system ensures that I will continue to keep Arkansas First by allowing me to better organize the thousands of emails I get from Arkansans each week and ensuring that I have all the information I need to respond to your particular communication in timely manner.  I appreciate you writing. I always welcome your input and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact me on any issue of concern to you in the future.

I just did. I went to the Senator’s website and sent this below:

You are friends with the gang of six members and Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is one of the those members. I noticed a study that Senator Coburn did on how to cut money out of our bloated federal budget and I have included below some of his suggestions concerning the Dept of Health and Human Services below:

Repeal Damaging Provisions of Wrong-Headed, Controversial Health Care Law

Before it became law, supporters argued the federal health care overhaul would become more popular after it passed Congress. However, more than a year later, most Americans remain opposed to the law and still concerned about its impact on their family, budget, and health care

choices.

15 The proposal outlines some of the most damaging impacts that are avoided through repeal.

Repeal prevents Americans from losing the health insurance plan they like

. Proponents of the health care overhaul often pledged that health reform would allow Americans who liked their current health plan to keep it. But In June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued rules limiting changes employers can make to health insurance plans, and still be considered to be ―grandfathered‖ – or exempt from many of the new mandates in the law. Under the Department‘s own estimates, more than half of companies may have to give up their current health coverage because of the new law by 2013.16 And, in their estimate, the Administration predicts that eight in 10 small businesses could lose their current health plans.17

Repeal prevents the economy from losing nearly 800,000 jobs.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis of the ―effects of recent health care legislation on labor markets.‖18 The CBO‘s findings painted a troubling picture. The massive Medicaid expansion will ―encourage some people to work fewer hours or to withdraw from the labor market.‖19 Additionally, phasing out the subsidies to buy expensive insurance ―will effectively increase marginal tax rates, which will also discourage work.‖20 CBO said ―other provisions in the legislation are also likely to diminish people‘s incentives to work.‖ 21 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.22 Another independent

estimate predicted the overhaul will ―destroy a total of 120,000 to 700,000 jobs by 2019.‖

23 This is a huge number of future jobs and future workers that will be effectively sidelined because of the health reform legislation. With more than 14 million Americans out of work today, we cannot afford to lose more jobs.

12Robert Brodsky, ―Watchdog: Indian Health Service continues to mismanage property,‖ Government Executive, May 26, 2009; http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=42809&dcn=todaysnews .

13―Balances of Budget Authority Fiscal Year 2012,‖ Budget of the U.S. Government, Office of Management and Budget, page 8, accessed June 16, 2011; http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/balances.pdf .

14 Summary of Findings of the Ernst & Young audit, Office of Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.,

http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=6a04c50e-72c7-477e-ac37-cbae0f575d10

15http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/30/healthplan_n_725503.html

16U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ―Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Coverage Relating to Status as a Grandfathered Health Plan Under the

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Interim Final Rule and Proposed Rule,‖ June 17, 2010.

http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/contentStreamer?objectId=0900006480b03a90&disposition=attachment&contentType=pdf

17U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ―Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Coverage Relating to Status as a Grandfathered Health Plan Under the

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Interim Final Rule and Proposed Rule,‖ June 17, 2010.

http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/contentStreamer?objectId=0900006480b03a90&disposition=attachment&contentType=pdf

18Congressional Budget Office, ―The Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update,‖ August 2010, page 66-67 of PDF.

Click to access 08-18-Update.pdf

19Congressional Budget Office, ―The Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update,‖ August 2010, page 66-67 of PDF.

Click to access 08-18-Update.pdf

20Congressional Budget Office, ―The Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update,‖ August 2010, page 66-67 of PDF.

Click to access 08-18-Update.pdf

21Congressional Budget Office, ―The Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update,‖ August 2010, page 66-67 of PDF.

Click to access 08-18-Update.pdf

22Congressional Budget Office, ―The Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update,‖ August 2010, page 66-67 of PDF.

http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/117xx/doc11705/08-18-Update.pdf . According to a U.S. Department of Labor estimate, the 2010 labor force is estimated to comprise 157,695,000 workers. Half of one of percent of our nation‘s 157 million work force equals 788,475 workers. Lee, Marlene and Mather, Mark. ―U.S. Labor Force Trends,‖ Population Bulletin, Vol. 63, No. 2, June 2008. http://www.prb.org/pdf08/63.2uslabor.pdf

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