Paid family leave could give new parents a much-needed lifeline

Patriot Voices Executive Director Nadine Maenza wrote this article recently in The Hill

It is time to put our pro-life and pro-family beliefs to action by supporting the “Economic Security for New Parents Act” just introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.).

This plan gives parents the option of funding paid leave after the birth or adoption of a baby by drawing on their own social security funds. They would then postpone their retirement by just a few months, at no added cost to the government or taxpayers. Any suggestion that this would drain social security is mistaken since it creates no additional costs to the program.

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New parents face the 'social insecurity' of our time, so let's help

We have a plan that lets new parents use their Social Security benefits for parental leave.

By Sen. Marco Rubio & Rep. Ann Wagner

Upon signing the Social Security Act into law in 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “the civilization of the past hundred years, with its startling industrial changes, has tended more and more to make life insecure … we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family.”

Over 80 years later, this still rings true. 

Falling rates of marriage and childbirth, coupled with the loss of stable, good-paying employment in a rapidly shifting global economy are making young families socially and financially insecure. Today, having a child can be an income shock matched only by college tuition or a down payment on a home.

Far too many new parents take on new debt or fall onto welfare programs just to pay for their basic living costs after having a child. Stories abound of mothers returning to work just days after giving birth. 


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The Health Care Choices Proposal

Average premiums for individual health insurance rose 105% in the first four years after Obamacare took effect — from $232 to $476 a month on average — and, not surprisingly, the number of people with individual policies continues to fall. Fewer people had individual policies in December 2017 than in December 2014 — the first year in which Obamacare took full effect. And the number of small firms offering health benefits to their workers dropped by 24% between 2012 and 2016.Obamacare is a key driver of these problems because it forces people to pay more for policies that restrict, rather than expand, their access to care. Networks are narrower, deductibles and copays can be prohibitively expensive, and access to doctors and hospitals is limited. Half of those buying coverage in the Obamacare exchanges have a “choice” of only one insurer. Still, government spending is soaring.
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Patriot Voices Executive Director Nadine Maenza appointed to US Commission of International Religious Freedom

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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(Richmond, VA) - President Trump has appointed Hardwired board member, Nadine Maenza, to serve a two-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  The USCIRF is an agency established by Congress to provide policy recommendations on how to respond to violations of religious freedom in countries where this freedom is at risk.  

Hardwired President, Tina Ramirez, issued the following statement about the appointment:  "It is very encouraging that President Trump has nominated Nadine to this position.  She has been a passionate advocate for oppressed communities of every faith as long as I've known her and will bring a much-needed voice to the Commission."  

Ramirez continued, "Nadine's ability to strategically move policies forward will be critical as the Commission advances religious freedom in many challenging areas of the world, such as India, Nigeria and Iraq where religious freedom has often been neglected by past Administrations."  

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Share your Obamacare Stories!

We know that Obamacare has taken its toll on families around the country. How has it impacted you and your family?

Please share your story with us at: [email protected]. Together, we can show those in Congress that inaction is NOT an option!

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