Chairman's Press

10.10.13

Alexander: Obama Administration Has Been “Burying Important Obamacare Changes”

*** "This law is about as clear as mud, and instead of helping Americans understand their new obligations, the Obama administration has been burying important changes-not announcing them boldly, as you'd expect an administration that's proud of its new health care law to do." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today called on the Obama administration to improve the way it provides information to Americans about Obamacare, after an ad… Continue Reading


10.08.13

A Guide to the Obamacare Exchange “Glitches”

*** "I've been warning that a train wreck is coming with this law, but the truth is that no train wreck has ever had this many warning signs." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 - The Obama administration persisted with the roll out of the Obamacare exchanges on October 1, despite countless warning signs that the exchanges were not ready to handle the millions of Americans required to purchase health insurance or face tax penalties from the individual mandate. As Senator Lamar Alexander … Continue Reading


09.28.13

Alexander Statement on Today’s House Vote to Delay Obamacare, Repeal Medical Device Tax, Keep Government Open

NASHVILLE, Sept. 28- Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the vote by the House of Representatives to delay the individual mandate, repeal the medical device tax, and keep the government operating: "To avoid a government shutdown, the Senate should promptly agree with this eminently reasonable proposal by the House. Seventy nine senators have previously voted to repeal the onerous medical device tax, … Continue Reading


09.28.13

HELP Committee Members Call for Senate Passage of Drug Quality and Security Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A bipartisan group of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee senators-Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)-today applauded the House passage of legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and to track all prescription drugs from the time they are manufactured to the moment they are picked up at t… Continue Reading


09.27.13

Alexander Votes to Defund Obamacare

*** "I'm not in the shut-down-the-government crowd, I'm in the take-over-the-government crowd. Take it over the way the Constitution says: Elect more conservative senators and a president and do all we can to delay, dismantle, repeal and replace Obamacare." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted to defund Obamacare and then voted against sending back to the U.S. House of Representatives a resolution that funds the government without defundin… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Senate Passes Alexander-Bennet Bill to Reduce Premature Births

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26. - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and committee member Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today praised the Senate passage and urged swift House action on their bill to reduce infant deaths and disabilities by expanding research, education, and intervention activities related to preterm birth. The bill passed the Senate on Wednesday evening. "This bill will help the more than half a … Continue Reading


09.26.13

Alexander on Newest Obamacare Delay: “Every Shred of Evidence Tells us the Entire Law Should be Delayed”

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today released the following statement on the administration announcement that online sign-up for Obamacare's small business health insurance exchanges will be delayed until November: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Another day, another Obamacare delay, and still the administration recklessly plows ahead with its mandate that American families and workers buy insurance through a failing program-or face a fine f… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Bipartisan Group of HELP Committee Senators Introduce Legislation to Address High-Risk Drug Compounding Practices and Secure the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 26--A bipartisan group of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee senators-Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)-announced that they have reached agreement with House health policy leaders on legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and to track all prescription drugs from the time they a… Continue Reading


09.25.13

Senate, House Health Policy Leaders Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Address High-Risk Drug Compounding Practices and Secure the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Leaders from the Senate and House committees overseeing health policy today announced that they have reached an agreement on legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and our nation's pharmaceutical supply chain. This legislation, the Drug Quality and Security Act, reflects a bipartisan, bicameral effort to improve drug safety and help prevent a future public health crisis like the 2012 meningitis outbreak tied to the New England Compounding Center. "Plain and … Continue Reading


09.25.13

Alexander: “I’m in the Take-Over-the-Government Crowd,” Ready to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

*** "Who do you suspect is going to get blamed for this? We will have succeeded in shifting the blame for passing Obamacare from the Democrats, who did it unanimously, to the Republicans for shutting down the government." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said he's "not in the shut-down-the-government crowd," but rather in the "take-over-the-government crowd that is ready to repeal and replace Obamacare with step-by-step reforms that would r… Continue Reading


09.25.13

Alexander: Obama Administration Report Finds Obamacare Will Triple Premiums for Some Tennesseans

*** "Why should a 27-year-old male in Memphis be forced to pay nearly three times what he pays today for health insurance? Why should a young woman in Nashville have to pay twice as much?" - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 25-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee said that an Obama administration report released today finds the new health care law will increase premiums for some Tennesseans by as much as 190 percent. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn) said: "Why should a 2… Continue Reading


09.24.13

Alexander Praises TN’s Hospital Corporation of America for Its Work to Help Solve Health Crisis

*** "One out of 20 patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), goes to the hospital [and] gets an infection, …Prevention and elimination of healthcare-associated infections is crucially important." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 24-At a Senate hearing today on healthcare-associated infections, the senior Republican on the U.S. Senate health committee praised the work of Tennessee's Hospital Corporation of America, which released a study on effective… Continue Reading


09.24.13

Enzi, Alexander and Colleagues to IRS: $100 billion in Obamacare health insurance taxes deserve scrutiny

Washington, D.C. - The President's health care law imposes a number of new taxes on American businesses and individuals that will drain money from Americans' pocketbooks. Among the many taxes and fees imposed by Obamacare is an annual fee levied on health insurance providers which is estimated to take more than $100 billion out of the economy by 2022. Yet despite this staggering figure, the Administration did not conduct a study of the effects of the health insurance premium tax on the economy. … Continue Reading


09.24.13

Thune, Alexander Call on HHS to Extend Deadline for Stage 2 of Electronic Health Records Incentive Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, were joined today by several of their colleagues in sending a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, calling for a one-year extension for health care providers to complete the second stage of the Electronic Health Records (EHR) incentive program, which is increasing… Continue Reading


09.20.13

Alexander Asks Atty. Gen. Holder to Withdraw DOJ Motion Against Louisiana School Vouchers Program

*** "Given the Department of Justice's enormous discretion in choosing which enforcement actions to pursue, and its repeated claims that its budget is stretched too thin, it is hard to see how this case is a good use of federal resources." - Letter to Attorney General Holder WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an immediate withdrawal of the Department of Justice's motion against t… Continue Reading


09.19.13

Alexander: Senate Should “Start From Scratch” on Higher Education Act

*** "Let's write a new law…not as an ideological exercise but simply in the way that someone would weed a garden before planting a new crop." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 19-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate education committee said today that the committee should "start from scratch" on a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Let's write a new law-repeal the old law and have new regulations written with our oversight, not as a… Continue Reading


09.19.13

Alexander: Today’s American Higher Education System is Like the Auto Industry of the 1970s

"The stakes are high - just as the decline in the auto industry sent jobs and profits overseas, a similar failure in U.S. higher education would damage our economy and send the best minds overseas. In a highly competitive world, there is no guarantee that we will continue to produce 25% of the world's wealth." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 19- The following are remarks prepared by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensi… Continue Reading


09.18.13

21 Senate Republicans Urge Against Any Regulation Allowing Obamacare Carve-Out for Unions

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 - A group of 21 Republican senators today urged the administration to prohibit union health plans from receiving a carve-out in Obamacare, specifically premium assistance tax credits that are intended for the uninsured to purchase health insurance - a benefit no non-union member in America would receive. In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell, the senators write: "We write to urge that you not authorize the release of any regulations tha… Continue Reading


09.18.13

Alexander: NLRB Needs to Be “Umpire Rather Than Advocate”

*** "I am going to be looking for long-term solutions on a restructuring of the National Labor Relations Board that will ensure that it is more likely to be an umpire and an adjudicator than an advocate, whether the president is a Democrat or a Republican."- Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 18-The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate labor committee today said he would be working on a way to restructure the National Labor Relations Board so that it is "an umpire rather than an advocate." Sen… Continue Reading


09.18.13

Alexander: Bill Passed by Labor Committee "Will Help Tennessee Families Choose the Child Care That Suits Their Needs”

*** "This legislation puts vouchers in the hands of many working mothers so they can make their own decisions about what child care suits their needs the best." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 - The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate labor committee released the following statement on passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013 by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "For working mothers … Continue Reading

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