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After 10 Years Away From Senate, Rick Santorum At Center Of Health Care Debate

September 19, 20174:59 PM ET
The latest GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is picking up steam in the Senate. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has been a key player promoting it, a decade after leaving office.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

There's been a lot of unexpected news in Washington lately. That includes the fact that Republicans now appear to have a real chance at repealing the Affordable Care Act. That's in large part because of South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. He's promoting a measure built around block grants. Those grants would get rid of a lot of federal mandates and instead turn money directly over to states.

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LINDSEY GRAHAM: So I believe that most Republicans like the idea of state-controlled health care - versus Washington, D.C.-controlled health care.

CHANG: Something else that's unexpected is a key figure who's behind this push. NPR's Scott Detrow explains.

SCOTT DETROW, BYLINE: Last week, Lindsey Graham walked up to a lectern to talk about health care and introduced several other Republican senators.

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GRAHAM: Bill Cassidy's going to walk you through the details. Rick Santorum's going to tell you how history's on our side. Ron Johnson's going to talk about numbers 'cause that what he does (laughter). And Dean Heller's going to tell you about why this is a good deal for Nevada and the country as a whole.

 

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Breitbart: Rick Santorum’s Healthcare Plans Could Revive Obamacare Repeal Effort

The new effort led by former Sen. Rick Santorum could revive the prospect of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Breitbart News released an exclusive interview with Santorum on his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare by block granting the Affordable Care Act to the states, allowing local governments to create healthcare systems that work best for the local populations. Santorum’s plan, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Dean Heller (R-NV), would also eliminate Obamacare’s individual and employer mandate.

Adam Slavitt, Obama Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) administrator, said that the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill remains “the most significant threat to repeal ACA. Trump is bullying the Senate to take it up.”

Sen. Rick Santorum told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that the Graham-Cassidy bill idea would “put a stake in the heart of single-payer health care.”

Read the rest here: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/24/santorums-healthcare-plans-revive-obamacare-repeal-effort/

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The Hill: Santorum: How to get family policy right for working families

Americans have a diminishing confidence in the government’s ability to solve problems. And paradoxically, it is that distrust of government that provides a unique opportunity for the government, now led by conservatives, to solve problems — especially those related to family policy.

Last year, then-candidate Donald Trump campaigned on an America First agenda. It was a message Americans were eager to hear. Trump’s stunning victory in November occurred because voters overwhelmingly endorsed his America First platform.

Americans in Stark, Sandusky, Ashtabula, Portage and Luzerne counties — to name only a few Democrat-stronghold in Ohio and Pennsylvania that President Obama once dominated — embraced Trump’s message and voted in November by large margins for the Republican candidate.

If Republicans hope to make that flip in those counties more permanent, rather than a one-off electoral abnormality, they must champion policies that directly help hardworking Americans. As I argued in my 2014 book Blue Collar Conservatives, for too long, policymakers have overlooked the unique needs of America’s blue-collar, working-class families. President Trump’s victory was due, in no small part, because he so adeptly tailored his message to this segment of the population.

Read more here: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/national-party-news/345388-santorum-how-to-get-family-policy-right-for-working

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Hon. Rick and Karen Santorum to receive the Saint Pio Award in Arlington, VA, on May 21, 2017

The Saint Pio Foundation is proud to present the “Saint Pio Award Ceremony,” which will take place at the Parish Hall of the Saint Anne Roman Catholic Church (5300 North 10th Street, Arlington, Virginia 22205) on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 6:30P.M.

The Saint Pio Award was established to recognize the selfless and outstanding contributions of those individuals who have served as extraordinary examples in “providing relief from suffering to those in need.” The Saint Pio Award will be conferred on Hon. Rick and Karen Santorum and Father John Enzler, President and CEO of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Event's special guest will be the Hollywood Actor Joe Mantegna.

Read more about this special event here:http://www.saintpiofoundation.org/event/spac-arlington/

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Phila Inquire: Santorum - Trump must now deliver for working families

A political earthquake shook the nation and the world Tuesday when Donald Trump shocked all the prognosticators and won the presidency.

Those same pundits are digging through the wreckage of their predictions to try to figure out why Trump was able to prove them wrong, but to me, the answer was on full display over two years ago during a chance meeting I had with Trump at his New York office.

In the summer of 2014, Trump reached out to me to stop by his office the next time I was in Manhattan. Later that summer, I dropped by Trump Towers with my daughter Sarah Maria. When we walked into his office, he was sitting behind his desk holding a copy of my book Blue Collar Conservatives that I had published that spring.

The first thing he said: "I read your book."

To which I laughed and said, "The hell you read my book."

Trump shot back, "I did, it was great!"

So I did the obvious thing, I quizzed him on the message in my book - that the great middle of America was hollowing out as a result of big-government policies that were helping the elites but leaving blue-collar families behind. And to my great surprise, Trump passed my test with flying colors.

We discussed the problems facing Middle America - specifically the implications of unfettered globalization on American manufacturing and its effect on wages for blue-collar families.

The billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump not only got it, he was as upset as I was that these families were being left behind. He said he might run for president and, if he did, he wanted to take that message to the American voter - and did he ever.

 

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