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  • Foxx wants to ‘set the record straight’
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on April 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    To the Editor, It’s a shame the Mount Airy News did not contact me before running their editorial “Foxx proposal a big step toward genetic profiling” because it’s filled with false and misleading information. Voluntary employee wellness plans have existed for decades and are currently available to tens of millions of Americans. The Affordable Care Act, authored by Democrats, includes a provision that encourages greater use of these innovative wellness plans. However, steps taken by the Equal Emp... Read more

  • H.R. 1313
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on March 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    I believe the Journal’s March 15 editorial “A wrongheaded bill on genetic screening” misrepresents legislation to provide regulatory clarity for voluntary employee wellness plans. A provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) encouraged greater use of these wellness programs. However, steps taken by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) led to conflicting regulations. Those who want to offer these programs must either follow the ACA guidelines and be in violation of the EEOC rules or... Read more

  • The American Health Care Act
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on March 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    For years, Americans across the country have struggled under a government takeover of health care. Because of Obamacare, insurance markets are collapsing, health care costs are soaring and patients’ choices are dwindling. Simply put, the flawed health care law is unsustainable. It is hurting hardworking men and women across the country, and the American people deserve better. That’s why Republicans promised to deliver the health care solutions Americans desperately need. This week, we are making... Read more

  • New Opportunities to Help Students, Workers and Job Creators
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education and Workforce Development, Jobs and the Economy

    What a difference an election can make. Across the country, there is renewed hope and confidence in the future. Expectations are high, as they should be. Now it’s time to do the hard work necessary to live up to those expectations. For eight years, families and small businesses have lived with the consequences of failed policies and failed leadership. They have endured job growth that is sluggish, wages that are largely flat, college costs that continue to rise and health care costs that are sti... Read more

  • Expensive and unsustainable, Obamacare must go
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on January 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    In recent years, citizens from North Carolina — including working families, small business owners, and education leaders — have expressed their frustrations and concerns with the 2010 health care law. Working with the new Trump administration, Congress is taking the steps necessary to repeal the failed law and provide a pathway to better, more affordable care. Former President Barack Obama promised Americans affordable care, more choices, and better competition. Instead, many are experiencing do... Read more

  • Time for new leadership and a new direction at the Labor Department
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on December 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    In the new year, a new secretary will take the helm of the Department of Labor. Working families and small business owners face tough challenges, and they desperately need a labor secretary who will put their interests — not special interests — first. Andy Puzder is just the man for the job. Puzder has real-world experience creating jobs, and he knows that American workers and business owners both need to thrive. He will provide a sharp break from the failed policies of the last eight years. Tim... Read more

  • Educational success is about more than just a degree
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education and Workforce Development

    For far too long, there has been a discrepancy in what students are learning in the classroom and what employers say they need in the workplace. The passage of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014 was an important step for the millions of Americans who are looking for work and for the employers who have job opportunities that remain vacant due to the skills gap. However, great jobs are still going unfilled, Americans are still missing out on rewarding careers and many ... Read more

  • Women and the power of "anything is possible"
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on March 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education and Workforce Development

    March is Women’s History Month, which honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States. Since 1917, when Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to serve in Congress, 313 women have served as U.S. Representatives, Senators or Delegates. Many Americans might assume that their congressional representatives come from exclusive and rarified backgrounds. Well, my story could hardly be less rarified. As a child, my... Read more

  • New VA Facility Will Improve Access to Care
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on February 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Veterans

    America is the land of the free because we are the home of the brave. When you stop to think about it, it’s amazing that men and women choose to serve in our armed services, knowing full well that their sacrifice could be tremendous – and even require their life. But still they volunteer. They do so because America – her ideals, her people and her way of life – is worth defending. The entire nation owes our military personnel and veterans a huge debt of gratitude, and ensuring that debt is prope... Read more

  • Replace No Child Left Behind To Improve Education, Empower Parents
    Posted in Opinion Editorials on November 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education and Workforce Development

    As a child, my family’s home didn’t have electricity or running water. My parents, while dedicated and hardworking, were poor with little formal education. Fortunately, I was pushed by the right people – teachers and administrators who wouldn’t let me settle for less than my best. In the mountains of North Carolina, I learned firsthand the power of education and its vital role in the success of individual Americans. Unfortunately, today’s K-12 education system is failing our students. Decades of... Read more

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