This week’s edition of The Brenner Brief Radio Show with Sara Marie Brenner covered all the latest including sequestration, the Medicaid expansion, gun control, and school choice. Last week was the one year anniversary of Andrew Breitbart’s passing. As with so many other conservatives, Andrew’s war cry was an inspiration to Sara Marie.
In a column by Don’s Smith, a contributor to The Brenner Brief, The disappointment of never meeting Andrew Breitbart pays tribute to the conservative trailblazer by detailing the history of a man who was one of the most influential people in the conservative movement. Let us all remember Andrew’s declaration that “conservatives used to take it, and we are not taking it anymore.”
Andrew Brenner, Sara Marie’s husband and member of the Ohio House of Representatives, joined the program to discuss Gov. Kasich’s proposal to implement the Medicaid expansion in Ohio. Gov. Kasich, who has governed successfully as a conservative, shocked many by submitting the proposal as an attachment to his bi-annual budget. The bill expands Medicaid to those who are just above the poverty line yet, not covered by Obamacare.
The governor estimates between 250,000 – 275,000 people, most of whom are single and hold lower wage jobs, will sign up for the expanded coverage. However, Rep. Brenner and other members of the conservative caucus in Ohio point to the unintended costs from the “woodworking effect.” People who might not have been previously inclined to do so will hear of the free services and come out of the woodwork causing the cost to mushroom. In fact, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s estimates are significantly higher, falling in the range of 560,000 additional members.
As did Gov. Scott of Florida, the Ohio proposal has an opt-out clause that states that the expansion could be closed if the federal government reneges on the promise to cover 90 percent of the cost after the first year. The enormous amount of debt currently held by the federal government makes this outcome likely but, Rep. Brenner understands the difficulty of taking an entitlement away once people receive them. He has his own ideas to put forward.
First, the Ohio House of Representatives is looking at separating the Medicaid proposal from the budget bill. He admits that may lead to a deficit of up to $450 million but, Ohio is projected to have a $2 billion surplus, which could provide the funds to plug the hole until other plans are put forward. Brenner has proposed health savings accounts and tax credits for those who seek preventive care in order to cut back on individuals visiting the ER. If there are no market based incentives, then in the near future the “hospital providers will find themselves in the same spot crying about reimbursements but, this time they will have no alternative.”
If implemented in it’s current form, Medicaid alone will consume over 50 percent of the Ohio budget. As Rep. Brenner correctly identifies, this leaves little to nothing for education, which is already in poor shape and badly in need of reforms. “What about money for schools?”, asked Brenner, “and prisons?” He suggests that people contact their individual legislatures in the House, and Gov. Kasich through phone calls and individual emails, not form emails.
Thus far, the pro expansion lobby is the only one in the fight with roughly a month and a half left before the bill must be sent over to the Senate. Individuals, and especially small businesses, need to get into the conversation because Gov. Kasich and legislators are willing to listen — this is true in every state. If you wish to contact Andrew Brenner for more information, visit www.andrewbrenner.com. See your own state’s web sites to contact your local representative.
The gun control lobby has been quieter as of late but, they certainly are not gone. Following the decision by Journal News to publish the list and map of law-abiding gun owners in the State of New York, they received significant blowback from Americans who were furious. Sara Marie’s second guest, John Peden, was one of those Americans.
He was prompted to create newly released Gun Free Zone App. Those who download the free app are able to mark whether a business establishment is gun-friendly or gun-free. Users can view the store’s status and decide whether or not to patronize the establishment. The statistics could be used to educate the public, and although the endeavour was not political, pressure politicians to acknowledge the truth regarding gun-control.
To critics, John says if “Piers Morgan wants to use my app to shop in every gun-free zone he wants, then he can go right ahead.” The same goes for “Ted Nuget who could use the app to shop in every gun-friendly store.” John hopes that his app will also used by responsible gun owners to understand where guns are permitted, which could help to stop unintentional crimes committed by state law ignorance. Gun laws, which vary by region, can be easy to break if a gun owner travels frequently.
He would love to hear about what you think the data could also be used for if you have suggestions. You can follow him on Twitter at @PedenJohn or @GunFreeZoneApp, visit www.gunfreezoneapp.com, or connect with John through the Gun Free Zone App Facebook page.
The show’s final guest, Amanda Hamilton, is the author of two children’s books for parents teaching patriotism, freedom and liberty. Her second book, 10 Steps to Freedom, is available for pre-order and ships Mar. 6. Children are not the only ones who have given Amanda feedback. While the children are learning our true history and having fun doing so, parents are also receiving a refresher course.
Amanda is “a big advocate for school choice” and thinks “that parents should be empowered” to make whatever choice they feel is the right one for their kids. Recognizing the challenge kids face in some public school systems, she says “great things are happening with school choice and we need to keep the pressure on.”
The “stranglehold” that unions currently have on public education, makes it all the more important for parents to ensure their children understand their shared American history. As Sara Marie pointed out, “only the wealthy get to have a choice.” Amanda has written children’s books because she views education as a “civil right” and “not right and not America” for neighborhoods to dictate the quality of a childs education.
If you missed this week’s fantastic show, as always you can listen to the archive version. Sara Marie will be attending CPAC and would like to meet with supporters of The Brenner Brief. Please visit the site and click on Contact in the menu if you are going to be in National Harbor, MD. Tune in to the special show lined up on Mar. 11, which will focus on the pro-life movement. Sara Marie will be speaking with some extraordinary guests.
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