Chairman's Press

10.08.14

Alexander: Out-of-Control Obamacare Costs Force Wal-Mart, Others to Cut Benefits for Tennesseans Working Part-Time

*** "Obamacare took away choices and increased costs, forcing many hard-working Americans to lose their plans." -Lamar Alexander CHATTANOOGA-Oct. 8 - As Obamacare costs force Wal-Mart to eliminate health benefits for part-time workers and a Gallup Poll finds an increasing number of Americans hurt by Obamacare, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that Republican proposals will make it easier for employers to offer health benefits, and easier for individuals to afford health ins… Continue Reading


10.07.14

Alexander, Johanns Call on Obama Administration to Suspend Rule That Could Threaten Access to In-Home Care for 12 Million Americans

Washington, D.C., October 7- U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today renewed their call on the Department of Labor (DOL) to suspend its rule that significantly changes the overtime exemption for companionship care-which would increase costs for many seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on non-medical caregivers for help with daily activities like eating, dressing, and moving about their home. Their call comes after DOL's announcement today that it will… Continue Reading


10.07.14

Alexander: Tennessee’s Small Businesses Hurt Most by Job-Killing Obamacare Taxes

MARYVILLE, October 7 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement regarding a report that tax on health insurance required by the president's health care law could reduce private sector employment by nearly 300,000 jobs by 2023, with 57 percent of those losses coming from small businesses in Tennessee and other states: "Too often I hear from a small-business owner in Nashville or Bristol that Obamacare is forcing them to let go of employees or raise prices on cust… Continue Reading


10.06.14

Alexander Statement on Obama Call for Increased U.S. Airport Screening for Ebola

NASHVILLE, October 6 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), today released the following statement after President Obama announced the government will increase screening at U.S. airports of travelers coming from countries affected by the outbreak of Ebola: "I said last week that our country should screen at all U.S. airports all passengers arriving from countries with the Ebola epidemic, and I am glad the president will now increase screening." He added: "My second recommendation last week … Continue Reading


10.03.14

Alexander Calls for Immediate Screening at U.S. Airports of Travelers From Ebola Outbreak Countries

NASHVILLE, October 3 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today urged President Obama to accelerate the United States' response to the West African Ebola epidemic. "I am today urging President Obama to take two steps to accelerate our country's response to the Ebola epidemic: First, immediately begin screening at all U.S. airports any person who is traveling to the U.S. from one of the countries with an Ebola epidemic. This screening in the U.S. would be in addition to the screening they … Continue Reading


10.02.14

Alexander to Obama Administration: Don’t Hide Obamacare Rates from Public Because of Elections

MARYVILLE, October 2 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today called on the Obama administration to make public the final insurance premium rates for next year as soon as they are finalized on November 3, so families can plan their budgets before the exchanges open on November 15. "The administration will know exactly what health insurance plans cost on November 3, and they should release that information to the public on that day so families can start to plan. If the Senate majority lead… Continue Reading


10.02.14

Alexander: National School Board Has Gone from Dictating State Standards to Judging the Quality of Carpets

MARYVILLE, October 2- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today called on the Obama administration to immediately rescind the Education Department's 37-page guidance issued to instruct 14,000 local school districts from Washington on how to distribute state, local and federal funds to ensure students have equal access to educational resources and instead submit the proposal to Congress to approve or reject. "This administration's National School Board has gone from telling states what academic … Continue Reading


10.01.14

Johanns, Alexander, Walberg Lead Push For Administration To Suspend Rule That Could Dramatically Increase Home Care Costs To Seniors, Disabled

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R- Neb) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) today led an effort urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to suspend a rule that could dramatically increase costs of non-medical, in-home personal care services, many of which are administered through Medicaid or other state programs. The rule, which would make changes to a long-standing exemption for these personal care services, is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Numer… Continue Reading


10.01.14

Alexander: On First Anniversary of Obamacare Exchanges, 2,000 Tennesseans Lose Their Health Plans

MARYVILLE, Oct. 1 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the first anniversary of the Obamacare exchanges opening and the news that another 2,000 Tennesseans are receiving notices this month of their health plans being canceled: "Today we learn that 2,000 more Tennesseans are losing their plans because of Obamacare and joining the likes of Emilie from Middle Tennessee, who last year lost her $50-a-month CoverTN plan because of Obamacare and is now paying… Continue Reading


09.25.14

Alexander: Study Shows Double-Digit Obamacare Premium Increases in Store for Tennesseans in 2015

ASHLAND CITY, Sept. 25 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers showing that health insurance premiums for Tennesseans will increase by an average of 14 percent in 2015 is "one more reason Americans need a Republican majority in the Senate to start over to repair the damage Obamacare has done and prevent future damage." "Too many Tennesseans and Americans around the country have been hurt by the false promises that led to Obamacare becoming law-an… Continue Reading


09.25.14

Alexander Praises Nashville-Based HCA Healthcare for $1 Million Donation to Respond to Ebola Epidemic

NASHVILLE, Sept. 25 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on Nashville-based HCA Healthcare's donation of $1 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation to help respond to the Ebola epidemic: "I'm glad to see such a prominent Tennessee company joining Samaritan's Purse and Doctors Without Borders and others in understanding the size of the response that will be necessary to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa." Yesterday, Al… Continue Reading


09.24.14

Hatch, Alexander Highlight GAO Report Confirming Need for Additional Oversight of Department of Labor Grants

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 - U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today highlighted a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled, "DOL's Use of Financial and Performance Monitoring Tools Needs to Be Strengthened," that found the Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) should improve its financial and… Continue Reading


09.24.14

Alexander: Vanderbilt Ebola Researchers, State Health Experts “Ready to Run Toward the Flames with Fireproof Suits On”

NASHVILLE, September 24 - At a roundtable today with Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts and state health officials, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Tennessee and the nation must be prepared to respond to the Ebola epidemic "with the urgency required of a threat as deadly and dangerous as ISIS." The roundtable came one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that under a worst case scenario with no intervention, the Ebola epidemic could reach 1.4 mi… Continue Reading


09.23.14

Alexander Statement on HHS Inspector General Report on Healthcare.gov Security Weaknesses

KNOXVILLE, Sept. 23 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement on the report by the Health and Human Services' Inspector General on Healthcare.gov's security weaknesses: "Seems like every day we hear a new report on problems with the Obamacare website. All these reports tell us one thing-President Obama's administration cared more about appearing to be on time than about getting this website right. That mismanagement means that nearly 300,000 Tennesseans and mil… Continue Reading


09.18.14

House, Senate Leaders Repeat Calls for Administration Transparency on Health Law’s Medicaid Changes

WASHINGTON, DC - Republican leaders of the House and Senate Committees of jurisdiction today sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner regarding the ongoing challenges states are facing while implementing the health law's changes to Medicaid. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member L… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Harkin, Alexander, Reed, Isakson Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Help Prevent Skin Cancer

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan Sunscreen Innovation Act just hours after it was passed by the HELP Committee. "I am pleased that the Senate took swift action to approve the bipartisan and critically important Sunscreen Innovation Act," said Harkin (D-IA). "… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Murray, Alexander Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Designating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bipartisan Senate Resolution recognizing the week of September 22nd , 2014 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy week. "I am proud to cosponsor this bipartisan resolution that recognizes the importance of adult education and literacy programs," said Senator Patty Murray. "As we continue to look for ways to create jobs and grow the economy, adult education and literacy programs are cri… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Alexander Votes Against Obama Nominee to NLRB

Washington, D.C., Sept. 17 -U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted against moving the nomination of Sharon Block, President Obama's nominee for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), out of committee. Alexander said today: "Ms. Block showed a troubling lack of respect for the Constitution, the separation of powers, and the Senate's constitutional role of advice and consent by continuing to serve on the board and participate in hundreds of decisions after the D.C. Circuit and the… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Senate, House Republican Leaders Demand Immediate Details on HealthCare.Gov Security Problems

WASHINGTON, September 17 - Republican committee leaders in the Senate and House today called on the Obama administration to provide details on the security of HealthCare.gov after a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found systemic security weaknesses in the website, many because of administration actions, that could leave Americans' personal information vulnerable to attack. "In order to enroll beneficiaries in the exchange, HealthCare.gov collects, obtains and … Continue Reading


09.16.14

Alexander Statement on GAO Report on Healthcare.gov Security Weaknesses

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 - Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement on the report released tonight by the Government Accountability Office detailing security weaknesses at Healthcare.gov that put Americans' sensitive personal information at risk: "The president and his administration launched Healthcare.gov knowing that the personal information of Americans who bought insurance through the website was not safe. Their personal information was not safe then, and it is not safe n… Continue Reading

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