Opinion | Back on the Road in Southwest Alabama

January 30, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne

I always appreciate the opportunity to get out of Washington, D.C. and spend time with the people I represent in Congress. Our most recent District Work Week was unfortunately cut short by the frivolous government shutdown, but thankfully I was still able to get back to Southwest Alabama for a number of town hall meetings and other important events.

It was a real treat to be able to celebrate my 100th in-person town hall meeting by holding a “100th Town Hall Tour” with stops in Chatom, Grove Hill, Jackson, Creola, East Brewton, and Frisco City. These town hall meetings are always a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from the people I represent in Congress.

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A small holiday wish

December 22, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

While we are all in a nice, festive and warm mood from the holidays, it seems like a good time to ask an important question:

When did we become such jerks?

I’m willing to accept, if enough people tell me it’s true, that maybe I’m being naive with this question, that maybe we’ve always been a country that’s built on selfishness and greed and generally being a bunch of jackasses to each other.

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Roby introduces Balanced Budget Amendment

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) filed a bill to introduce a new amendment to the United States Constitution requiring that the United States balance the Federal Budget.

H.J.Res. 114, would amend the US Constitution that, if passed and ratified, would require Congress to annually pass a balanced budget. Roby has introduced similar Legislation each Congress since being elected.

Congresswoman Roby said, “For far too long our Federal government has operated far beyond its means. It is irresponsible and dangerous to continue down this fiscal path.”
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Medical Parole Bill passes

May 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB87 which would allow Alabama’s oldest prisoners to apply for medical paroles.

State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) said on social media, “SB87 dealing with medical parole for prisoners has passed. We are now adjourned for the night. We come back in tomorrow morning at 9am. Have a blessed night!”

State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) said on social media, “SB87 Modification of Medical Parole Bill – eligibility for release of certain prisoners after they have served certain time if suffering chronic life-threatening illnesses.”
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Brooks to vote against Healthcare plan

March 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 23, 2017, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the House plan to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. No Democrats are expected to vote for the American Health Care Act, so keeping as many Republican votes as possible is essential to passage.

US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) announced on Wednesday, “I will vote against the House GOP healthcare/welfare plan this week because it does not deliver on the promise I made to Alabamians to deliver a clean repeal of Obamacare. Instead, this legislation creates a huge new welfare program. Over the long haul that’s going to result in either higher premiums, higher taxes, or greater deficit and debt that’s going to burden our economy for decades to come.”
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Medical Parole Bill get favorable report by Senate Committee

March 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the Senate General Fund Committee approved Senate Bill 87, which would set up medical parole for sick and aging Alabama prisoners. SB87 is sponsored by State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose).

Sen. Pittman said that prison medical care is costing us $100 million a year and based on pending lawsuits that might not be enough.
Sen. Pittman said, “Paroling them will make them eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Last year we brought forward the Medical furlough Act where prisoners would go to nursing homes and hospitals for care and then could return to the prison when and if their illness improved. We have had several meetings where we tried to get care providers to agree to accept the prisoners. It was difficult to get private partners to commit to that. Under the Medical Parole act, they would no longer be prisoners and that would remove the stigma of prisoners in the nursing home.”
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Alabama ranked 47th in the nation for health, report finds

December 27, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Yellowhammer State has the second-highest rates of cardiovascular death and infant mortality, a new report ranking the 50 states on a number of health issues found.

Alabama has the third-highest rates of premature death and diabetes. It also comes in within the bottom-five for frequent physical distress, obesity and prevalence of infectious diseases like Chlamydia and Salmonella, according to the report.

The United Health Foundation, a not-for-profit established by UnitedHealth Group, recently ranked Alabama 47th out of 50 for overall health in its annual America’s Health Rankings report, which has been published since 1990.

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A Better Way for Affordable Health Care

October 3, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By US Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Last week was the third anniversary of the disastrous Obamacare rollout. What followed was a broken website, cancelled health care plans, higher deductibles, and fewer doctors.

Three years later, the same problems remain. American families are faced with fewer and fewer health care options, and premiums continue to increase on many plans. Many healthy, younger Americans are content paying the fine for not having health care instead of choosing a plan they cannot afford.
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Medicaid Announces Delay in RCO Implementation

September 20, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Even after a lengthy Special Session dedicated to finding funds for Gov. Robert Bentley’s experimental Medicaid Regional Care Organizations, Alabama’s Medicaid Agency announced last week it has requested a delay in the implementation of the RCO plan.

The Alabama Medicaid Agency officials, in a news release on their website, said they will ask the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to “postpone the start date for the proposed Regional Care Organizations until July 1, 2017.”
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Alabama is a Hot Mess, and Getting Hotter

April 20, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Well, Alabama is a hot mess, isn’t it? Where do we start, listing all the troubles and challenges facing our sad, pathetic state?

And all this under a supermajority of Republicans — in the House and Senate, in the constitutional offices of the state, on the state courts.

We’re a hot mess, because the Republicans, who swore they could govern, simply can’t. They have no idea. They do for themselves, get into trouble, and continue to do for themselves and continue to get into trouble.
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