Chairman's Press

10.31.13

Alexander Cosponsors Bill to Allow Americans to Keep Their Insurance Plans

*** "The least we could do is keep the president's promise, even if he hasn't kept it, and let Americans stay on insurance plans they like." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today cosponsored a bill to repeal Obamacare requirements and allow Americans to stay on their insurance plans. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "The president promised Americans that if they liked their insurance, they'd be able to keep it, but at least 2… Continue Reading


10.31.13

Alexander Supports Subpoena for Exchange Documents Requested by Alexander, House Oversight Chairman Issa

Says "I hope it will force open the administration's black box of secrets that are keeping Congress and the entire American public in the dark" *** "We shouldn't have to issue a subpoena or pass a law to get the administration to tell us basic information about the Obamacare exchanges, but apparently that's what it's going to take." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today released the following statement in support of a subpoena issue… Continue Reading


10.29.13

Alexander: “Disappointing” that Senate Democrats Blocked Exchange Transparency Bill

*** "Before the Internet, RCA knew how many records Elvis was selling every day. Before the Internet, Ford knew how many cars they were selling every day. Before the Internet, McDonald's could tell you how many hamburgers it had sold each day. Yet the Obama administration cannot tell us how many Americans have tried to sign up for Obamacare." - Lamar Alexande WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 - After Senate Democrats this evening blocked his bill requiring weekly reports on the Obamacare exchanges, the sen… Continue Reading


10.29.13

Alexander Votes Against President’s Nominee to National Labor Relations Board

*** "The labor board needs to be umpire rather than advocate and Mr. Griffin's background as a union advocate and his work as general counsel for one of the major unions doesn't do anything to help me believe that he will improve the situation at the NLRB." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 - The senior Republican on the U.S. Senate labor committee today voted against confirmation of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nominee for General Counsel, Richard Griffin Jr. Sen. Lamar Alex… Continue Reading


10.29.13

Alexander Calls for Resignation of Secretary Sebelius

*** "Expecting this secretary to be able to fix in a few weeks what she has not been able to fix during the last three and one half years is unrealistic. It is throwing good money after bad." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today (Video HERE) called for President Obama to ask Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "Expecting this secretary to be able to fix in a few … Continue Reading


10.28.13

Alexander Calls for Unanimous Passage of Bill Requiring Weekly Reports on Obamacare Exchanges

*** "Before the Internet, RCA knew how many records Elvis was selling every day. Before the Internet, Ford knew how many cars they were selling every day. Before the Internet, McDonald's could tell you how many hamburgers it had sold each day. Yet the Obama administration cannot tell us how many Americans have tried to sign up for Obamacare." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today introduced a bill (Video HERE) requiring the admini… Continue Reading


10.25.13

Alexander, Issa Raise Possibility of Oversight Committee Subpoena for HealthCare.gov Documents

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today announced they have sent a letter demanding Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provide requested documents related to the major problems with HealthCare.gov by October 28th or face the possibility of a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee. "Your failure to provide… Continue Reading


10.23.13

Alexander on Fox: “Unacceptable that Millions of Americans Have to Buy Insurance on a Website that Doesn't Work or Be Fined by the I.R.S."

*** "This isn't really complicated information. [I'd like to know] how many people tried to sign up? How many were successful? What zip code are they in? What level of insurance did they buy? Here in Tennessee, people are finding when they get on [Healthcare.gov] that their individual insurance might cost twice as much as it did before. Their family insurance might cost twice as much as it did before." --Sen. Lamar Alexander NASHVILLE, Oct. 23 -- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the … Continue Reading


10.22.13

Alexander to Introduce Bill Requiring Weekly Reports on Obamacare Exchanges

*** "No more hiding the damage of the train wreck-Americans are on this train." - Lamar Alexander KNOXVILLE, Oct. 22 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today announced on a Knoxville radio show that he will introduce a bill requiring the administration to provide weekly reports to Congress and to states with data about Obamacare enrollment, efforts to resolve the site's technological problems, and information about organizations contracted as navigators. Senator Lamar Alex… Continue Reading


10.21.13

Alexander: “The President is Right—This Law is More Than a Website that Won’t Work—It’s an Historic Mistake”

*** "The president is right-this law is more than a website that won't work-it's a mandate that many Americans are finding impossible, and it's an historic mistake that is raising premiums, forcing employees off insurance plans, increasing out-of-pocket costs, and pushing employers to cut jobs and hours." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee today released the following statement about the president's speech on Healthcare.gov: Senator La… Continue Reading


10.10.13

Alexander, Issa Investigating Extent of Obamacare Launch Problems

*** "We are concerned by recent comments to the media that the system suffers from architectural problems that need design changes. We seek information about these problems as well as whether you still expect individuals to suffer a tax penalty if they do not purchase government-approved health insurance." - Letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 - The senior Republican on the Senate health committee and the Chairman of the House oversight committee today called on the Obama … Continue Reading


10.10.13

6 Things to Expect When Americans Eventually Log On

*** "These will be tough and disappointing days for many Americans, as they finally log on to the exchanges and discover that health insurance next year will cost multiple times what it costs them now." - Lamar Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 - As Americans begin to make their way onto the Obamacare exchanges, many are experiencing the "rate shock" that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and other Republicans warned against. Other Americans are discovering that the plans they have now will eit… Continue Reading


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

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