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29 Jun
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Rob Wallace Challenges Herriman to Debate

For Immediate Release                                                     
Contact: Kyle Gott
June 29, 2012                                                        
Phone: (918) 913-9209 

Rob Wallace Challenges Herriman to Debate

Herriman has yet to debate the issues in OK-02

Muskogee, OK – Today Rob Wallace, a candidate for Congress, challenged Wayne Herriman to debate the issues important to the voters of the 2nd District.  In two previously scheduled debates, Rob Wallace discussed his vision for Oklahoma’s future while Herriman was absent.

Rob Wallace sent a letter to Wayne Herriman asking him to join him in the debate hosted by Rogers State University that is scheduled for mid-August as well as a challenging him to other debates to be scheduled.

In the letter sent to Herriman, Wallace said, “It is an important part of our democracy to discuss and debate the issues.  It is unfortunate the people of the 2nd District have been denied the opportunity to hear where the candidates stand on the issues thus far.”

Wallace continued, “Please do not disappoint the voters of the 2nd District by not accepting my challenge.  Open debate is what makes our country so great.”

Earlier this year Rogers State University hosted a debate among all the Republican candidates.  It is time for the Democratic candidates to share their views in a similar setting.  To date, there have only been two debates among the Democratic candidates; however, Herriman has skipped both.

Rob Wallace for Congress Campaign Manager, Kyle Gott said, “It is a shame the voters of the 2nd District have not been able to hear where Wayne Herriman stands on the issues.  He has yet to release any plans on how to create jobs.  He has yet to mention issues in his television ads, and he has yet to debate the issues.  It is time Herriman comes out of hiding.  It’s time for him to discuss the issues and show the people of the 2nd District he is qualified to serve in Congress.”

“Rather than debate and discuss the issues, Herriman would rather hide behind misleading attack ads.  That’s wrong and the voters deserve better. ”

 

A copy of the letter sent to Herriman is attached and copied below.

Dear Mr. Herriman:

As candidates for Congress, we owe the voters of the 2nd District the knowledge on where we stand on the issues.  While we have both made many public speeches over the last several months, we have not had the chance to have an open debate on the issues.  I have attended both debates that were scheduled during the primary despite your absence.

It is an important part of our democracy to discuss and debate the issues.  It is unfortunate the people of the 2nd District have been denied the opportunity to hear where the candidates stand on the issues thus far.

That’s why I am challenging you to a debate. I will accept the debate offered by Rogers State University on either August 15th or 16th.  I also challenge you to more debates.  I will debate you anytime, anywhere.  Please do not disappoint the voters of the 2nd District by not accepting my challenge.  Open debate is what makes our country so great.

You may reach me at 918-913-9209 to work out further details.  I look forward to hearing from you, and I look forward to discussing the issues that are important to our district.  The people deserve to hear our stances and our vision for our future.

 

Sincerely,

Rob Wallace

 

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29 Jun
0

Democratic Nominee Tom Guild to Attend “Bring Back Jobs Rally”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 29, 2012

Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth District

Email: TomGuild@sbcglobal.net

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Democratic Nominee Tom Guild to Attend Bring Back Jobs Rally

               Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee in the Fifth District of Oklahoma, will be available to speak with members of the press during the Bring Jobs Back to America Rally on July 2, at 5:00pm.

Community and faith leaders will speak out at a Bring Good Jobs Back to America rally at the closed Dayton Tire manufacturing plant on Monday, July 2, at 5:00pm, on the different ways to create good jobs and rebuild local communities hit hard by the recession.

“The focus of US law and the US Congress should be to bring jobs back to America, rather than sending them overseas. That’s a major difference between Congressional Democrats and Republicans, Democrats want to protect jobs for our citizens, and Congressional Republicans protect and defend tax breaks and incentives for their well-connected friends and big corporations to maximize their profits, even if that means shipping American jobs overseas,” stated Guild.

Guild concluded, “During these trying economic times it is critical we work to strengthen the middle class by rebuilding our American workforce and bringing American jobs back home to the United States.”

WHAT: Bring Good Jobs Back to America rally

WHEN: Monday, July 2, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: S.W. 25t h and Council Road, Oklahoma City (former Dayton Tire plant)

Guild is currently running for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit www.guildforcongress.com

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28 Jun
0

Brown: State to Suffer due to Governor and GOP’s Inaction on Health Exchange

June 28, 2012

Representative Mike Brown
State Capitol Building Rm. 545
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105
Contact: Valorie Owens
405-962-7604

                                                           

Brown: State to Suffer due to Governor and GOP’s Inaction

on Health Exchange  

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 28, 2012) The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on health care reform will have a profound effect on hard-working, middle class families who will be protected from insurance company abuses, such as having unchecked power to cancel policies, deny coverage, or charge women more than men.  

“This was a case of David versus Goliath, in which Goliath was the deep-pocketed insurance industry, and David was the 129 million people with pre-existing conditions and millions of middle class families who lacked any security of affordable health coverage,” said Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah.

“I am very pleased that pressure from special interests was not able to take the slingshot out of David’s hand, and that the Supreme Court made their ruling based on the Constitution, not electoral politics.”

Rep. Brown noted that Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., appointed by former President George W. Bush, ruled in favor of upholding the Affordable Care Act. 

With this ruling, however, Rep. Brown has concerns given the blasé attitude Republican leadership has had towards implementing a state exchange by the November deadline. If this deadline is not met, Oklahoma will automatically be absorbed into the federal system. 

Rep. Brown pointed to the initial acceptance, then rejection, of $54 million in federal money by Governor Mary Fallin to set up the state change. 

With no new revenue source, he now questions which core services will be cut in order to replace the forfeited $54 million in federal grants. 

“For purely political purposes, Gov. Fallin flip-flopped on her decision to accept federal dollars for the state exchange, which at the time she said we were lucky to receive. She refused these dollars and refrained from making any other effort to be in federal compliance. So here we are now – our state is short $54 million and Gov. Fallin has egg on her face.”

“Like the saying goes, ignorance (or refusal to acknowledge) the law, excuses no one.”

“Gov. Fallin and Republican leadership gambled that the Supreme Court would overturn the Affordable Care Act, and did nothing in the meantime, which in my opinion amounts to a dereliction of duty to the people of Oklahoma.”

 

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

 

  • Preventive care will be covered free of charge by insurance companies–including mammograms for women and wellness visits for seniors.
  • Soon, no American will ever again be denied care or charged more due to a pre-existing condition, like cancer or even asthma.
  • By August, millions of Americans will receive a rebate because their insurance company spent too much of their premium on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.   
  • Many seniors will continue to save $600 a year on their prescription drugs. 
  • Millions of young adults will still be able to stay on their family’s plan until they’re 26.

 

The Security of Affordable Coverage – Benefits & Protections By the Numbers:

 

  • $10.7 billion has been recovered by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare all while securing and protecting the benefits seniors have earned.
  • 86 million Americans have benefitted from free preventive services like mammograms for women or wellness visits for seniors.
  • 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage.
  • 12.8 million Americans will benefit from rebates because their insurance company spent too much of their premium dollars on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.
  • 6.6 million young adults have the security of coverage until age 26.
  • 5.3 million Americans on Medicare have saved an average of $600 on their prescription drugs.
  • 70,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions now have the security of coverage.

 

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28 Jun
0

Tom Guild Supports the Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 28, 2012

Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth District

Phone: 405-921-3811 or Email: TomGuild@sbcglobal.net

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Tom Guild Supports the Supreme Court Decision To Uphold The Affordable Health Care Act

 

Oklahoma City– Tom Guild, the Democratic Nominee for Congress from Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District, supports today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act.

“I am very pleased that the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.  The fact that Republican and Bush Appointee Chief Justice Roberts cast the deciding vote to uphold the law is an important signal that the country needs to come together in a bipartisan fashion and create jobs and support education, pass the highway bill, and stop college student loans rates from doubling in two days.  Progressive Republican President Teddy Roosevelt first introduced health care reform more than 100 years ago.  However, without a Democratic Congress and President, the Affordable Care Act would have not been possible.  The same folks who want to privatize Social Security, and have voted to end Medicare, want to undo the ACA even before it has fully gone into effect,” said Guild.

“The law already forbids insurance companies from refusing to cover children with pre-existing conditions.  This will extend to adults with pre-existing conditions in 2014.  The law now requires that 80-85% of the proceeds from insurance premiums be spent on those who are insured by each company.  It prohibits large percentages to be spent on overhead including astronomic bonuses for health care company CEOs.  The law outlaws lifetime caps on payouts to those with health insurance.  This will reduce the number of folks who are forced into bankruptcy, because expensive and/or catastrophic health emergencies rack up bills that virtually no families can pay.  It also allows families with children to keep their children on their health insurance policies until age 26.  This is one of the most family friendly and pro-families laws in recent memory,” concluded Tom Guild, Fifth District Democratic Nominee in CD5.

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Guild is currently running as the Democratic Party Nominee for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit www.guildforcongress.com

28 Jun
0

Press Release: OK GOP Loses Big Bet on Affordable Care Act

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405-427-3366

SCOTUS Upholds Affordable Care Act

Oklahoma GOP Leadership Loses Big Bet on Gamble with the Lives of Oklahoma Citizens

Oklahoma City – The supreme court upheld the decision on providing better healthcare to millions of Americans. However, due to the inactivity of our State’s Republican Leadership, Oklahomans will have to play catch up. The GOP leaders turned down $54 million in federal funding to set up a health insurance exchange.

Now, Governor Fallin has remarked that this act will cost Oklahomans $500 million which is simply incorrect. We have been led to believe that the healthcare law will “add hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit” and that “we still don’t know how much this law will eventually cost.” Wrong, and wrong again. Time after time the Congressional Budget Office has said the health care law will reduce the deficit – by more than $100 billion in the first 10 years, and more than $1 Trillion in the second decade. Passing health reform was the fiscally responsible thing to do, and suggesting otherwise is just dishonest. In addition, the affordable care act lowers health care costs for millions of Americans through health insurance exchanges, caps on out-of-pocket payments, tax credits, and expanded access to Medicaid. In fact, most of these benefits were put in place almost 2 years ago and have been helping Oklahomans afford healthcare ever since.

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said, “It is immoral for the Republican leadership to gamble with the lives of our citizens and now they should start helping restore Oklahoma.”

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