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Text of New Republican "Pledge to America" Released

Pledges on taxes, spending, Obamacare, terrorism, abortion...and more!

7:07 PM, Sep 22, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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•    Repeal the Costly Health Care Takeover of 2010:  Because the new health care law kills jobs, raises taxes, and increases the cost of health care, we will immediately take action to repeal this law.
•    Enact Medical Liability Reform:  Skyrocketing medical liability insurance rates have distorted the practice of medicine, routinely forcing doctors  to order costly and often unnecessary tests to protect themselves from lawsuits, often referred to as “defensive medicine.”  We will enact common-sense medical liability reforms to lower costs, rein in junk lawsuits and curb defensive medicine. 

•    Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines:  Americans residing in a state with expensive health insurance plans are locked into those plans and do not currently have an opportunity to choose a lower cost option that best meets their needs.  We will allow individuals to buy health care coverage outside of the state in which they live. 

•     Expand Health Savings Accounts:  Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are popular savings accounts that provide cost-effective health insurance to those who might otherwise go uninsured.  We will improve HSAs by making it easier for patients withhigh-deductible health plans to use them to obtain access to quality care.  We will repeal the new health care law, which prevents the use of these savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicine.
•    Strengthen the Doctor-Patient Relationship:  We will repeal President Obama’s government takeover of health care and replace it with common-sense reforms focused on strengthening the doctor-patient relationship.

•    Ensure Access For Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions:  Health care should be accessible for all, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses.  We will expand state high-risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage.  We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick.  We will incentivize states to develop innovative programs that lower premiums and reduce the number of uninsured Americans. 
•    Permanently Prohibit Taxpayer Funding of Abortion:  We will establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion and subsidies for insurance coverage that includes abortion, this includes enacting into law what is known as the Hyde Amendment.  We will also enact into law conscience protections for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and hospitals.

National and border security:

•    Pass Clean Troop Funding Bills:  When asked to provide our troops with the resources they need, we will do so without delay.  That means no more troop funding bills held up by unrelated policy changes, or extraneous domestic spending and pork-barrel projects.  

•    Keep Terrorists Out of America:  We will prevent the government from importing terrorists onto American soil.  We will hold President Obama and his administration responsible for any Guantanamo Bay detainees they release who return to fight against our troops or who have become involved in any terrorist plots or activities.   

•    Demand an Overarching Detention Policy:  Foreign terrorists do not have the same rights as American citizens, nor do they have more rights than U.S. military personnel.  We will work to ensure foreign terrorists, such as the 9/11 conspirators, are tried in military, not civilian, court.  We will oppose all efforts to force our military, intelligence, and law enforcement personnel operating overseas to extend “Miranda Rights” to foreign terrorists.
•    Fully Fund Missile Defense:  There is real concern that while the threat from Iranian intercontinental ballistic missiles could materialize as early as 2015, the government’s missile defense policy is not projected to cover the U.S. homeland until 2020.  We will work to ensure critical funding is restored to protect the U.S. homeland and our allies from missile threats from rogue states such as Iran and North Korea. 
•    Require Tough Enforcement of Sanctions Against Iran:  The Iranian regime is a state-sponsor of terrorism, has actively worked to harm our deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and violates the rights and will of its own people.  It has declared its determination to acquire a nuclear capability, which threatens its neighbors and the security of the United States.  We will work to ensure the government aggressively and effectively implements the sanctions tools Congress has provided.
•    Establish  Operational Control of the Border:  We must take action to secure our borders, and that action starts with enforcing our laws.  We will ensure that the Border Patrol has the tools and authorities to establish operational control at the border and prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from interfering with Border Patrol enforcement activities on federal lands. 
•    Work with State and Local Officials to Enforce Our Immigration Laws:  The problem of illegal immigration and Mexican drug cartels engaged in an increasingly violent conflict means we need all hands on deck to address this challenge.  We will reaffirm the authority of state and local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of all federal immigration laws.
•    Strengthen Visa Security:  To stop terrorists like Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day bomber, we will require the Department of Homeland Security to review all visa applications at high-risk consular posts and prevent aliens from attempting to avoid deportation after having their visas revoked. 

Procedural legislative reforms:

•    Read The Bill:  We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives.   No more hiding legislative language from the minority party, opponents, and the public.  Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on.  

•    Adhere To The Constitution:  For too long, Congress has ignored the proper limits imposed by the Constitution on the federal government.    Further,  it has too often drafted unclear and muddled laws, leaving to an unelected judiciary the power to interpret what the law means and by what authority the law stands.  This lack of respect for the clear Constitutional limits and authorities  has allowed Congress to create ineffective and costly programs that add to the massive deficit year after year.  We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified. 
•    Make It Easier to Cut Spending:  By forbidding amendments on spending bills, Democrats have denied lawmakers the opportunity to tighten Washington’s belt and slash wasteful and duplicative programs.  Structure dictates behavior, so we will let any lawmaker — Democrat or Republican — offer amendments to reduce spending. 
•    Advance Legislative Issues One at a Time:  We will end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with “must-pass” legislation to circumvent the will of the American people.  Instead, we will advance major legislation one issue at a time. 

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