Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week, Save Jerseyans, as part of a last-ditch effort to rescue the plans of roughly 90,000 New Jersey residents whose Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield B&E plans will be destroyed by ObamaCare come January 1st.
“Time is of the absolute essence. Thousands of New Jersey residents are scrambling this holiday season to ensure continued health coverage for families,” said Lance. “The federal government should ensure that these New Jersey residents who like their health care plans are able to keep them and meet the President’s promise.”
Governor Chris Christie, for his part, refused to require insurance company compliance with President Obama’s executive order permitting the extension of certain B&E plans for one year despite the fact that they no longer comply with Obamacare’s mandates. The President’s gesture was empty; it’s nearly impossible for most companies to reconfigure their insurance products now that rates have been calculated and set for 2014.
Text of Rep. Lance’s letter to Administrator Marilyn Tavenner is below the fold; click here for a pdf copy.
On Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.will speak about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pallone played a key role in writing the health reform bill and helped to guide it through the House and eventually into law. He will speak to us about the need for the ACA and the major benefits and cost savings available. Additional presenters include Enroll America and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
I don’t disagree with anything Scott Garrett said during his latest appearance on Fox Business, Save Jerseyans, including his candid political analysis concerning the shocking rapid collapse of Obamacare:
We’ve been tracking Obamacare’s impact on New Jersey almost daily; click here to visit our (Un)affordable Care Act archive for more coverage.
Something we were the first to point out back in October has finally come to fruition, Save Jerseyans: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11) will assume control of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.
This decision by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers comes after the passing of legendary Florida Congressman Bill Young.
“Rodney is a thoughtful, steady, and strong leader, is staunchly dedicated to doing what is best for the country and his district, and has a determined focus that allows him to rise above politics to get things done,” Chairman Rogers announced in an official statement. ”He has an unwavering devotion to the safety and security of our nation, and to the care and protection of our men and women in uniform, and I know he will be a great leader of the Defense subcommittee.”
The Committee’s power is tied to its control over hundreds of billions of dollars in the defense budget. In FY 2010, the House Committee on Appropriations’s defense subcommittee steered $636 billion for the Pentagon. Having assumed the helm of it half-way through his 10th term in Congress, Frelinghuysen is now unarguably one of the most powerful men on Capitol Hill.
Who could blame them? Granted, 2011 redistricting took the heavily populated (and Democratic) Camden County township of Cherry Hill out of the equation, making it a R+2 district according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index. On paper, NJ-02 to the immediate south is a more enticing prospect (it’s PVI D+1) than the nearly 86% white NJ-03 populated by a large military presence.
But nothing’s that simple, is it? President Obama carried the district in both 2008 and 2012. Burlington County continues to undergo significant demographic changes and an open seat injects significant uncertainty into any contest. The DCCC trumpeted the news of Runyan’s early retirement as a “a new opportunity” for a 2014 pick up. And it could happen.
This news from NJ-03 creates another competitive New Jersey House seat in 2014 to compliment NJ-02.
Early on, I’m told early contenders are state Senators Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) and Christopher Connors (R-Ocean), both of whom were easily reelected yesterday in their respective districts. That could set up another titanic primary contest between Bill Layton and George Gilmore if the GOP heavyweights can’t agree on a common candidate.
He carried it by 64,367 votes over Jon Corzine, little more than 20k votes short of his total statewide margin of victory. Winning big and making a nationals statement, consequently, is contingent in large part of Monmouth turnout.
Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ02), a popular political persona throughout South Jersey (see one of those reasons here, as LoBo takes Congress to task over Sandy aid), has joined Governor Chris Christie in his support of Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, Kristine Gabor & Sam Fiocchi in District 1, as the GOP ticket endeavors to unseat Jeff Van Drew, Arrogant Nelson Albano & Bob Andrzejczak on Tuesday.
Here is the Congressman’s endorsement:
It’s important to vote this Tuesday, Nov 5th, for State Senate and Assembly in the 1st Legislative District.