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Saturday, August 11, 2018

It’s been a busy week on Capitol Hill, and it’s been easy to see conservative policy at work. I’m looking forward to telling you all about what Heritage has done this week!

First, the Trump administration is making progress in unwinding Obamacare and replacing it with conservative solutions. HHS Secretary Alex Azar proposes to turn Obamacare subsidies into Medicaid block grants. This is a proven approach to reforming government programs—one that Heritage has recommended since the days of President Ronald Reagan. I saw the transformative results for myself when we reformed welfare in Virginia in the 1990s. Read about that story in the first article.

Over at The Daily Signal, we’re covering a story that the mainstream media all but ignored: how the survivors of the Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting are working to improve school safety. Hint: it’s not all about gun control. The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness did an outstanding job enabling Santa Fe students and teachers to tell their story in their own words. 

Last but not least, I want to introduce you to one of our most distinguished scholars, Dr. James Jay Carafano. Since retiring from the Army after 25 years of impressive service, Jim has worked at Heritage for 15 years. As Vice President of our Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, he brings not just his impressive education and experience to bear. His work is also infused with something just as important: his deep conservative values.

We wouldn’t have the opportunity to tell these stories if you didn’t stand with us and make it possible to reclaim America. Heritage is here to help with that, thanks to you. And as always, I look forward to reading your comments!

All the best,

Kay Coles James

How Heritage provides a solution to Obamacare

by Dustin Howard

“Heritage has played a vital role in so many of the important public policy debates of the last several decades. Many administrations, including this one, have benefited from your work on public policies that reflect the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.” – Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, July 26, 2018 

When Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar came to Heritage to reveal the Trump Administration’s plans to continue replacing Obamacare with market-driven solutions, he made it clear that they plan to take a page from our 2016 Mandate for Leadership, the in-depth policy guide we prepared for the incoming administration.

As prescribed in Mandate, the Trump administration aims to take Obamacare’s Medicare spending and send it to the states in the form of fixed-dollar block grants. This approach will empower states to reform Medicaid themselves, rather than push a one-size-fits-all federal program that, in practice, doesn’t fit very well at all.

This is a stark contrast to the left-wing “Medicare for All” concept, which would burn more than $32 trillion in new spending to impose a single-payer health care plan. Fixing existing programs like Medicaid now makes it much harder for those fires to catch on.

You can learn more about conservative changes coming to health care... 

If implemented, this would be a massive policy victory for The Heritage Foundation and the conservative movement. It would increase accountability and efficiency for one of the government’s most costly programs, all while limiting the size and scope of the federal government. Just as important, this conservative solution wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you!

What do you think are the best next steps for repealing Obamacare?

Heritage tells untold story of Santa Fe school shooting


by Dustin Howard

“You look at the mainstream media … after the Parkland shooting, [and] it was round-the-clock coverage of the students calling for aggressive gun control because that happens to be the political agenda of most of the media. In this case, where the students aren’t calling for that, suddenly . . .  the media isn’t interested in covering it.” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Daily Signal Interview, May 2018

The town of Santa Fe, Texas, experienced a tragedy that has become all too common in our times: the murder of 10 people, including eight students, by a disturbed individual. Then the town experienced something that added insult to their injuries: a callous media that couldn't be bothered to tell their story.

The Daily Signal, the Heritage Foundation’s news outlet, went back to the town three months after the media had forgotten them. We told a story that many networks wouldn’t: most Santa Fe survivors don't blame guns for that horrible day in May. They blame the shooter and poor security procedures at the school. Here are just some of the things they had to say:

“I think what people need to realize is that it’s not solely a gun issue. You can’t make stricter gun laws or stuff like that and expect it all to go away. People will break the rules if they want to.”

–Grace John, Student, Santa Fe High School.

“We believe that mental health is a big deal. We have to change people’s hearts and people’s minds, how people see each other.”

–Annabelle O’ Day, Student, Santa Fe High School

“I don’t think [arming teachers is] the end-all by any stretch. I don’t think it’s the magic answer. But I will say this. I truly wanted that pistol in my hand”

–Steve Rose, Teacher, Santa Fe High School

Click here to see the survivors tell their stories:

A political stance shouldn't decide whether a story is worth telling. Were it not for the generous giving of Heritage donors, only the media’s favored victims would be heard. Thank you for giving them a voice, and not just a headline.

Given that so many stories go untold, what stories would you want to see The Daily Signal cover?

James Jay Carafano fights for you “to make a better America”

by Rachel Umana

When Jim Carafano works with his Heritage team to develop a policy solution, he asks his analysts three questions: “Does it keep America free? Does it keep America safe? And does it allow America to prosper?” If anyone on his team says no to any of these questions, then it’s the wrong policy.

A leading expert in national defense, Carafano appears regularly on television broadcasts, is quoted frequently in major news publications, and often testifies before Congress. He is the vice president of Heritage’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and also our E.W. Richardson Fellow. “I’m honored to carry the title of one of the greatest generation, a decorated WW II veteran and POW,” Carafano says of the Richardson fellowship.

Long before Carafano found a home at Heritage, he was a student at West Point. He studied a diverse curriculum there, which would later set a solid foundation for his conservative values. From the classes he took, Carafano developed a sincere appreciation for the Constitution. He spent the rest of his career defending those values.

Carafano served in the Army for 25 years before joining The Heritage Foundation as a Senior Fellow for Strategic Defense in 2003. He advised Donald Trump on foreign and defense policies in 2016 and, after the election, led the transition team to staff President Trump’s State and Homeland Security departments. He and his team at Heritage continue to shape the administration’s defense and diplomatic strategies.

Despite all his accomplishments, for which he seldom takes credit, Carafano says that some of his proudest moments at Heritage arise from seeing the young colleagues he has mentored become tremendously successful. “Olivia Enos, who is not even 30 years old, is already a world-recognized expert on human trafficking and human rights,” he says proudly. “Michaela Dodge,” he continues, “started out as an intern at Heritage and now she’s a top nuclear analyst.”

Carafano loves how Heritage has successfully empowered exceptional, hardworking people to keep America free, safe, and prosperous. Heritage, he says, is “fighting for you to make a better America.” To him, Heritage members “are family.”

He thanks you for giving him and his colleagues the opportunity to fight for U.S. interests and improve the state of our nation.

So thank you again for being a part of the Heritage family and supporting those who pursue what is good and true for the United States.

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It's great to read what Heritage has to say about Obamacare. I'm thankful that they are chipping away at this monster piece by piece.





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