NOTE: "There's still more to be done. This bill is going to be about compromise, and a down payment on change," Issa said.
Rep. Darrell Issa Says The Federal Employee Insurance Program Should Be Expanded To All Americans
Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2017
By: Sarah Wire
Though it wasn't included in the House Republicans' healthcare bill, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) still believes Americans should have access to the same insurance plans federal employees pick from, and he's hoping the Senate will embrace the idea.
In a letter Thursday, Issa asked the Senate Health Care Working Group to consider opening the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program to more, or all, Americans. It's a national insurance idea that's persisted since the program began in 1960, and a proposal Issa has pitched before.
The program allows more than 8 million current and retired federal employees across the country to shop among hundreds of health insurance plans and then apply their employer contribution to whatever plan they choose.
Private insurance companies have pulled out of several state insurance marketplaces, where people whose employers don't offer insurance can purchase insurance using a federal subsidy. That leaves people with fewer health insurance choices, a common complaint cited by Republicans as a reason to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s choice. If the government can maximize choice to you and then subsidize where appropriate based on need, then we’ve met the two bases for government involvement,” Issa said.
Issa voted for the American Health Care Act, the GOP bill to roll back much of Obamacare that passed May 4 without Democratic support, but he stresses that he did so just to keep momentum.
“One of the reasons I voted for this in the House was to keep the process alive so we could do reform,” Issa said. “Leveraging business models that work is the goal that somebody like me wants to do. Find out what works and invest in it, find out what doesn’t work and fix it or abandon it.”
On Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office said the bill as passed by the House would cause 23 million fewer people to have health insurance by 2026. The budget office, which Congress relies on to analyze the complex legislation, projected that many additional consumers would see skimpier health coverage and higher deductibles.
The Senate has essentially said it will write its own version of the bill.
Issa's letter to his Senate colleagues also urges members to protect people with preexisting conditions, safeguard coverage for people with mental illnesses and protect people near retirement age from a spike in their premiums.
"There's still more to be done. This bill is going to be about compromise, and a down payment on change," Issa said.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed 7 bills to improve care, benefits and service to the nation’s veterans.
“No commitment is more important than the commitments we’ve given to our men and women in uniform,” said Congressman Darrell Issa. “These bills ensure veterans will have timely access to quality health care, help disabled veterans better make ends meet, provide speedier resolution for the benefits appeals process and increase the level of service at the VA. After giving so much for our country, our veterans deserve the highest quality of care. I’m proud of the work we’ve done today and encourage the Senate to quickly pass these bills and send them to the President’s desk as soon as possible.”
The bills passed include the:
H.R. 467: The VA Scheduling Accountability Act
The VA Scheduling Accountability Act would require VA medical center directors to certify annually that their facility is in compliance with the scheduling directive (or any successor directive that replaces it), prohibit VA from waiving certification, and require VA to report to Congress on individual medical facilities’ compliance. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.
H.R. 1005: "To improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans"
H.R. 1005 would direct VA to enter into an agreement or a contract with state veterans homes to pay for adult day health care for a veteran eligible for, but not receiving, nursing home care. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.
H.R. 1162: The No Hero Left Untreated Act
The No Hero Left Untreated Act would require VA to carry out a one-year pilot program at up to two VA medical facilities to provide access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to veterans with PTSD, TBI, MST, chronic pain or opiate addiction for up to 50 veterans. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.
H.R. 1329: The Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2017
The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017 would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities as well as the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans as of December 1st, 2017. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.
H.R. 2288: The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017
The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 would modernize the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.
H.R. 1545: The VA Prescription Data Accountability Act
The VA Prescription Data Accountability Act would clarify current law to stipulate that VHA is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone – veteran or non-veteran – who is prescribed these medications through VA. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.
H.R. 1725: The Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017
The Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017 as amended, seeks to reduce the number of unnecessary disability examinations by requiring additional information be provided to Congress regarding VA’s use of private medical evidence in support of claims for disability compensation. Click here for more information. Read the bill here.
Congressman Darrell Issa invites residents of California’s 49th District to attend an in-person town hall meeting to discuss health care reform, local legislative priorities and other important issues. It’s an opportunity to interact directly with your Member of Congress, share input, and ask questions of critical priority to San Diego and Orange Counties.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at 9:00AM at the San Juan Hills High School Theatre. San Juan Hills High School, 29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.
A small number spots will be available at the door to accommodate those with disabilities, special needs, or those without internet access, but to guarantee you will have space, please register in advance.
Registration is at capacity. Please add your name to the waitlist to be notified if new seats become available from cancellations.
Congressman Issa looks forward to hearing your concerns, answering your questions and taking the time to speak with all of you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can I bring with me to the event?
To enable a productive dialogue, attendees may not bring signs, speakers, megaphones, air horns or other items that would impede other attendees ability to listen to, have questions answered or otherwise participate in the event.
What can I expect during the event?
The event will last roughly an hour. Doors will open 30 minutes in advance. Attendees are asked to bring printed or digital copies of their reservation to ensure admittance. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask Congressman Issa questions, and he will have the opportunity to hear directly from the community in a large venue format. If you are unable to be seated, we will also do our best to take questions from our Facebook and Twitter audiences if time allows. The event will also be livestreamed online.
What does parking look like? Should I take public transportation?
A limited number of parking spaces are available first-come, first served basis. Due to the limited space, attendees are encouraged to carpool, ride-share, or take public transportation.
I can’t make it Saturday! What can I do?
If you can’t make it Saturday, then you’re in luck! We’ll be livestreaming the event online through Facebook Live. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarrellIssa and then tune in right as each session kicks off. We will do our best to take a few questions from social media participants if time allows. Also be sure to sign up for our email list, as Congressman Issa conducts town hall meetings regularly throughout the year on Facebook Live, over the telephone, in-person and other mediums.
I do not live in California’s 49th Congressional District. Will I still be able to participate?
Space is being made as a priority to our constituents in California’s 49th Congressional District and, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee space for those who live outside of the district. To see if you are in our district, please check your address here before registering. http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/Read More
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after introducing a bipartisan resolution condemning the violence and persecution of gay men in Chechnya with fellow colleagues Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Eliot Engel (D-NY), David Cicilline (D-RI), and Chris Smith (R-NJ).
Since April, reports have surfaced that Chechnya has been arresting and murdering hundreds of gay men solely on the basis of their suspected sexual orientation. Reports also surfaced earlier this week that "Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov plans to 'eliminate' the country’s gay community by the start of Ramadan," according to a British foreign minister.
The full text of the resolution is available here.
Congressman Darrell Issa: "These heinous violations of basic human rights cannot be tolerated against anyone, regardless of their political viewpoints, religious beliefs or their sexual orientation. The reports coming out of this crisis have been utterly disturbing. The United States must use our leadership on the world stage to call out these atrocities, urge that those responsible for perpetrating this violence are held to account, and ultimately bring these acts to an end. The Resolution we've introduced today makes clear to Putin, Kadyrov and Chechen authorities that these injustices will not be tolerated."
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen: “For over a month, hundreds of gay or perceived to be gay Chechens have been arrested, many have been tortured, and some even killed. This bipartisan resolution sends a clear message to Chechnya and Russia authorities and any oppressor that the U.S. will not stand idly while these human rights atrocities are being committed. The U.S. government needs to continue to speak up to help those who are being indiscriminately targeted, and we must pressure Russia to uphold its international commitment to prevent any further abuses from happening while perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Congressman Engel: “We’ve heard chilling reports of authorities in Chechnya detaining, torturing, and even killing men from the LGBT community over the last several weeks. We are witnessing the unfolding of a horrific tragedy and it’s long past time that the Kremlin start protecting its own citizens—all of them—regardless of sexual orientation. That’s why I introduced this bipartisan resolution with my colleagues—to send a clear signal that Republicans and Democrats alike call on President Putin to respect and promote the dignity of all persons and provide safe haven for all those fleeing such horrific persecution.”Read More
President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the base on September 25, 1942, in honor of World War I Major General Joseph H. Pendleton. The first troops to occupy Camp Pendleton was the 9th Marine Regiment with the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, who marched north from Camp Elliott in San Diego to Camp Pendleton.
In 1944, Camp Pendleton was named a ‘‘permanent installation’’ and became the home of the 1st Marine Division in 1946.
Camp Pendleton is the Marine Corps largest West Coast expeditionary training facility, encompassing more than 125,000 acres of Southern California terrain.
The Base has a daytime population of 70,000 military and civilian personnel, with more than 38,000 military family members occupying base housing complexes.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed 6 pieces of legislation to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children.
“Child predators, human traffickers and those who do harm to our children must be brought to justice. Plain and simple,” said Congressman Darrell Issa. “More can and must be done to fight these terrible crimes. These bills go after sex offenders, help fight child pornography, give new tools to combat human trafficking and punish the perpetrators of these heinous acts. I applaud the bills’ passage and look forward to continuing the fight to protect our children."
The bills passed today include:
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee for Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, and the holder of 37 patents, released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court today decided 8-0 in TC Heartland to limit venue-shopping in patent-infringement lawsuits.
“Today’s decision is a major, long-overdue victory for the integrity of our patent system. As a patent holder and a former small business owner myself, I know first-hand how harmful and expensive this predatory litigation can be for American entrepreneurs. Instead of investing to hire new workers or expand their products, many are forced to spend millions defending the rights to their own intellectual property in court – often thousands of miles away in a venue cherry-picked for its favorability to the plaintiffs. I’m glad to see the Court deliver a sweeping rebuke to the patent trolls who regularly prey on our nation’s innovators and stand up for the patent-holders who need protection from these frivolous lawsuits.”Read More
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Congressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California’s 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001. The 49th District includes Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps training facility in the United States, and the northern portions of San Diego County and southern Orange County. Congressman Issa and his wife Kathy live in Vista, CA. They have one son, William, and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2010.
As a senior in high school, Issa enlisted in the United States Army. Through his Army service, he received an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in business from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Upon graduation, Issa was commissioned as an Army officer, and ultimately obtained the rank of captain. He completed his active-duty military service in 1980 and turned his interests to the private sector.
At the height of his career in business, Issa served as CEO of California-based Directed Electronics, a company that Issa founded and built in the mid-1990s to become the nation’s largest manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices, including the highly-successful Viper system. In 1994, Issa was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and The San Diego Union Tribune. During his leadership of Directed Electronics, Issa served as chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, an organization of 2000 companies within the consumer technology industry that hosts the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. When he stepped down as CEO to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Directed Electronics employed nearly 200 people.
As a Congressman and leader in California grassroots politics, Issa has championed the cause of smart, efficient government, and has pushed legislation to balance the federal budget and promote transparency across the federal bureaucracy. In 2003, Issa was the architect behind the successful popular uprising to recall former Democratic California Governor Gray Davis.
Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman. Previously, Issa served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Energy & Commerce Committee, and the Small Business Committee. As the holder of 37 patents himself, Issa has been vigilant about protecting the intellectual property rights of artists and other entrepreneurs to help protect America’s position at the forefront of innovation and creativity in the entertainment and technology industries. His successful efforts to fight human trafficking along the United States border has resulted in tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and more consistent enforcement. His watchful concern to guarantee that U.S. taxpayers receive the royalties they are owed from mineral interests on federal lands exposed fraud and mismanagement at the Mineral Management Service (MMS) in 2006.
In 2008, when Congress was asked to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in the wake of an historic financial crisis, Issa stood by his instincts as a businessman and opposed giving a blank-check bailout to Wall Street – he voted against all bailouts during the financial crisis. Refusing to give up and concede to those who favored a bailout-centered response to this and future financial failures, Issa put forward a proposal to create a bipartisan commission to uncover the root causes of the financial crisis. This idea was passed into law in early 2009 and the investigation commenced in January 2010. Issa expects the results will reveal government mistakes and protect U.S. taxpayers from future runaway government intervention in the financial and housing markets.
Recognizing his success as a Congressional watchdog of taxpayer dollars, at the beginning of the 111th Congress House Republicans tapped Issa to serve as the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives charged with the protecting the interests of U.S. taxpayers and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. In the first year of his leadership, the committee has undertaken numerous detailed investigations of the Countrywide Financial VIP Program that benefited government officials with special reduced-rate mortgage loans, the illegal use of taxpayer dollars by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the decades-old misplaced government agenda to manipulate the U.S. housing market through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that created the housing crisis, the politicization of science at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a broad investigation into the financial crisis of 2008-2009.
As a fiscal conservative committed firmly to low taxes and free markets, Issa has opposed the rise of out-of-control government spending and fought tirelessly for the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars. He’s pushed to achieve more whistleblower protections for those who report waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. And he’s offered substantive reform initiatives to open up government so that Americans know what’s happening in Washington and can become more democratically engaged in the day-to-day oversight of their government.
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Nothing could be more important than keeping our promise to our men and women in uniform.