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The science says that vaping technology eliminates 95 percent of the harm caused by using tobacco

According to the American Lung Association, “Many ex-smokers say quitting smoking was the hardest thing they have ever done.” This includes people who have “climbed mountains and corporate ladders, or tackled childbirth. It can take a smoker multiple quit-smoking attempts before they are completely smoke free.” And too many people simply quit trying to quit because nicotine feels good. It is both a stimulant and a relaxant so it perks you up when you’re exhausted, and it will soothe you when you’re anxious.

There are 38 million cigarette users in the United States, and cigarette smoking kills nearly a half-million people a year. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the world. Yet, anti-smoking activists and government regulators are fighting new technologies and products that will save millions of lives. Wrap your head around this fact for a second: Government officials and ‘do-good’ public health advocates are seeking to stifle innovation that will help people quit cigarettes.

A new survey released by the Center for Substance Use Research (CSUR) confirms that vaping technology is a viable, lifesaving alternative to cigarettes that helps smokers quit. The survey, commissioned by JUUL (a vaping device company), found that for many cigarette smokers the switch to vaping occurred easily. This should be great news for elected officials and public health experts because “almost every single study that has looked into the safety of vaping has found it to be significantly less harmful than traditional cigarettes.” The science says that vaping technology eliminates 95 percent of the harm caused by using tobacco.

The CREATES Act

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The Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act of 2017 (CREATES Act) protects the free- market principles that have allowed Americans to have access to our superior quality of treatment. Congress should pass the CREATES Act to lower prescription drug prices by encouraging market competition while protecting the safety of patients.
Since it was created in 2007, the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program has been a critical mechanism for patient safety, ensuring that the benefits of a drug or biologic outweigh its safety risk. FDA-mandated REMS programs serve a powerful public good by providing additional information to patients and providers. Yet some brand companies have been exploiting a loophole in the law and abusing the REMS Elements to Assure Safe Use (ETASU) requirements to prevent competition for products with and without required REMS programs.
The CREATES Act aims to stop the misapplication of REMS by bad actors to prevent or delay the market entry of lower-cost generics and biosimilars. This bipartisan legislative remedy is narrow in its application, only addressing the specific problem of REMS abuses. CREATES will not establish any new or onerous regulations on brand companies. On the contrary, this legislation, if enacted, will support marketplace competition by allowing generic manufacturers to purchase samples at market-based prices.
The CREATES Act is pro-patient and pro-market, and it is supported by a wide coalition of patient organizations and free-market advocates.
Congress must pass the CREATES ACT to take up what President Trump called a top priority in his 2018 State of the Union: lowering prescription drug prices

Lansing Should Reject Lobbyist’s Crony Power Play

For nearly a decade, the Department of Justice (DOJ) ignored a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling declaring that the (Federal) Wire Act covers only sporting events, not games of chance. The DOJ reversed itself in 2011, returning to states the right to regulate online gambling.

This was an excellent move for states’ rights. Legal gambling sites use technological methods to restrict their business to the states where online gaming is allowed, so states that don’t permit such gaming are not affected. And the DOJ’s previous interpretation of the Wire Act was incredibly broad – it effectively banned all Internet gambling, even within a single state.

Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey have legalized online gaming and nearly a dozen more states – including Michigan – are considering following suit. Seeing this trend, Sheldon Adelson tried –  unsuccessfully – to build an online gaming business. Since failing to capitalize on the market, his company, Las Vegas Sands, has been terrified that online gaming represents a competitive threat to the profitability of brick-and-mortar casinos. With more states looking to legalizing online gaming, the threat appears to be growing. So Adelson – “the world’s orneriest casino mogul is spending millions to stop online gaming” – is pushing Michigan legislators to ban his competitors. He launched the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling and hired lobbyists to advance his economic interests:

“Adelson’s astroturf lobbying front, the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG), was represented [at the] Michigan House hearing on the topic. The hearing was scheduled in conjunction with the introduction of two new regulatory measures by Rep. Brandt Iden, and it drew prominent forces on both sides of the debate.”

Some conservatives have been chafed by Michigan’s attempt to regulate online gaming. However, these conservatives fundamentally misunderstand the issue and the facts of Michigan’s online-gambling bill, HB4926. First, HB4926 is not an overreach intended to allow unfettered, unregulated online gambling. In The exact opposite is true. Rather than allow for unfettered gambling, the HB4926 will establish regulatory protections for gaming where none currently exists. And second, opposition to HB4926 isn’t about safety: Foreign sites operate without child safeguards or financial protections.

Adelson fears the competition from states legalizing online gaming, and he believes it is suicidal for casino interests not to seek a ban. Sites in Michigan, or any state, could become serious rivals to brick-and-mortar casinos in Las Vegas. The Adelson opposition to Michigan’s HB4926 is really about one billionaire attempting to shield his business from competition – the epitome of cronyism.

Why would anyone – not in the military or law enforcement – need an “assault weapon”?

Why would anyone – not in the military or law enforcement – need an “assault weapon”?

C.O. Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned a farm and a nightclub, and a large collection of handguns, “assault” rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they threatened his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote.

We have a right and a duty to fight tryanny.

Coalition Letter to The Hon. Jefferson B. Sessions III

Updated February 14, 2018 — Click here for letter text: Coalition Letter requesting a Special Prosecutor to investigate U.S. counter-intelligence possible spying on Presidential candidates

Dear Mr. Attorney General:

We the undersigned write to urge you to adopt Senator Lindsey Graham’s call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the possibility the U.S. counter-intelligence apparatus may have involved itself in the last Presidential election by spying on one of the two nominees for president.

The integrity of our counter-intelligence apparatus and our elections are already profoundly at risk because of what has already been disclosed to the public. Even the suggestion our national security’s counter-intelligence capability was manipulated as the result of opposition research activities paid for by the Hillary Clinton for President campaign and/or by the Democratic National Committee and was deployed against domestic political figures must be investigated to the fullest extent possible.

It is only by careful inquiry conducted by an independent and impartial investigation that the American people’s confidence can be restored in our electoral process and the nation’s counter-intelligence organizations. Anything less will continue to cast doubt that will hang over the nation like a cloud for the foreseeable future.

Sincerely,

Dan Perrin,Council to Reduce Known Cyber Vulnerabilities

Jerry Rogers, Capitol Allies

Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty

Deroy Murdoch, Political Commentator

Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association

David W. Wallace, Political Commentator

Norm Singleton, Campaign for Liberty

Seton Motley, Less Government

Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation

George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom

Peter Roff, Frontiers of Freedom

 

 

Coalition Seeks to Undo Crony Insurance Tax-Loophole

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Conservative Coalition Supports Senate Effort to Close “Bermuda Tax Triangle” Loophole and Protect American Jobs

Washington D.C. – On behalf of the following free-market groups and organizations, together representing Americans from coast to coast, we urge you to support the Senate’s Anti-Base Erosion Provision, which removes an unfair advantage favoring foreign insurers over U.S.-headquartered companies. Under current U.S. tax law, foreign based insurers are able to transfer profits to affiliates in offshore tax-havens tax free, but does not afford equal treatment to U.S. based insurers.

As a candidate for President, Donald Trump touched a nerve with voters by pointing out that our tax code is unfair to American companies and employees. One such unfair provision is the insurance tax-haven loophole, which has discriminated against the American insurance industry for over three decades. The proposed Senate tax bill removes the incentive that foreign companies currently exploit to shift thousands of American jobs overseas and avoid paying U.S. taxes. The federal government should never reward or encourage companies to make decisions at the expense of U.S. taxpayers and jobs.

The Senate tax bill includes strong anti-base erosion measures that will go a long way in stopping foreign companies from gaming the U.S. tax code. It is imperative that Congress resist any desperate attempts by foreign insurers to weaken the language thereby preserving their loophole.

Foreign insurance companies are using misleading talking points to prevent a level playing field for U.S. companies. While their inaccurate claims alleging reduced capital and increased prices confuse the public discussion, the bottom-line is they want to avoid paying U.S. taxes and continue gaming the system. The Senate bill would merely require foreign companies to pay U.S. taxes on their U.S. generated insurance business instead of allowing them to use offshore affiliates to strip earnings.

Preserving a loophole for foreign insurers undermines the very foundation of the tax reform effort being considered on Capitol Hill.

At a time when companies are inverting, and the American people are demanding action against corporate tax avoidance, it is long overdue that Congress close the loophole. We urge Congress to support the provision in the Senate bill.

Read the full letter HERE: Congress Must Undo Crony Insurance Tax-Loophole_Coalition Letter

COALITION Seeks to Reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

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Washington, D.C. – A broad coalition of free-market and center-right organizations are respectfully requesting that Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate. 

The previous Administration’s corporatist policies ushered in an unprecedented age of hyper-lobbying that promoted partial and partisan interests—saving Wall Street bankers, a failed stimulus package, an auto bailout for union control, the Obamacare fiasco, green energy boondoggles. President Trump promised to grow the economy by doing away with Obama-era cronyism.

Reforming the badly broken RFS system and will show that the President is serious about putting America back to work.

Read the Coalition letter here: COALITION Seeks to Reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard

Reform 340B Drug Pricing NOW

The 340B program continues to grow outside of its original purpose of helping the poor and uninsured — this is true, despite the promise that ObamaCare would vastly reduce the numbers of uninsured (and underinsured). Reforming the program will be a major defeat for Washington’s political class. Crony corporatists and their lobbyists have abused 340B to make themselves wealthier. Wealth creation is good, but not when a privileged few leverage government at the expense of patients and taxpayers.

We hear a lot about “draining the swamp,” but we don’t see a lot of action. With 340B reform, our elected officials have an opportunity to put patients over profits. Let’s hope they have the courage to do what’s right and necessary.

Read more about how the Trump Administration wants to reform 340B here: The Trump Administration is Right to Reform 340B.