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Jan 31, 2014 | KTHV

Beebe Student Wins Essay Competition and Trip to Washington D.C.

Four days ago, Jessica Kloss received a phone call from Congressman Tim Griffin. He told her she had won his essay competition and a trip to Washington D.C. to see the President's State of the Union address. "Well, I've never been to Washington D.C.," Kloss said. "I mean you watch all these people in the news, and you never think you're actually going to get to meet these people, and it's just surreal to even have the opportunity to do."

Jan 30, 2014 | The Beebe News

Beebe High School Senior Jessica Kloss Accompanies Griffin to President’s State of the Union Address

Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) announced recently the winner of his State of the Union essay competition for high school students: “More than 100 students submitted essays explaining why they would like to attend this year’s State of the Union address...After carefully reviewing each essay myself, I’m delighted to announce that Jessica Kloss, a Senior at Beebe High School, will be accompanying me to hear the President speak next week. I became interested in our system of government at a young age, and I hope that this competition has ignited that same interest in other young Arkansans.”

Jan 29, 2014 | Associated Press

Arkansas Delegation Pans Obama's State of the Union Speech

Issues: Health

Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address by members of Arkansas' congressional delegation: Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., "The President promises to make this year one of action, but getting things done will require more than just words. In his State of the Union address, he again invited critics of Obamacare to suggest ways we can improve our health care system, but 50 days later, I'm still waiting for his response to my letter detailing nine key proposals."

Jan 27, 2014 | KTHV

Beebe Student Wins Essay Competition and Trip to Washington D.C.

Four days ago, Jessica Kloss received a phone call from Congressman Tim Griffin. He told her she had won his essay competition and a trip to Washington D.C. to see the President's State of the Union address. "Well, I've never been to Washington D.C.," Kloss said. "I mean you watch all these people in the news, and you never think you're actually going to get to meet these people, and it's just surreal to even have the opportunity to do."

Jan 25, 2014 | Townhall

Don't Let Insurers Shift Risk to Taxpayers

Issues: Health

Risk Corridors are a de facto bailout built into the structure of the law... efforts [are] well underway by Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to repeal the Risk Corridors program. Griffin and Rubio correctly reason that it’s wrong to force taxpayers to foot the bill for an open-ended bailout on top of the vast subsidies already flowing under the law. If insurance companies can’t make money selling exchange plans even with the mandate and subsidies, then they shouldn’t choose to participate.

Jan 24, 2014 | The Daily Citizen

Beebe student will fly to D.C.

A Beebe High School senior has been chosen among more than 100 Arkansas students to fly to Washington D.C next week with Congressman Tim Griffin, R-Ark. Jessica Kloss, 18, will attend the State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama, which will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 28. "It's mind blowing," she said. "I've never been to Washington D.C. and I've always wanted to go. I'm so blessed and excited, and so thankful for this wonderful opportunity."

Jan 22, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal

Explaining ‘Risk Corridors,’ The Next Obamacare Issue

Issues: Health

“The insurers are counting on this massive bailout to avoid a bloodbath of losses from Obamacare,” write James Capretta and Yuval Levin. “It is hard to imagine that many Americans, regardless of their political leanings, want taxpayers to be on the hook for covering the losses of shareholder-owned insurance companies.” Scrapping the program or at least insisting that it be budget-neutral is the next step for people who want to unwind the law, they say. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas, both Republicans, are already pushing bills that would do that.

Jan 17, 2014 | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau

The cost of ‘free’ phone service in MN escalates, and taxpayers are on the line

Fraud and abuse continues in a government-run phone service for low-income Americans, and the cost of the Lifeline program continues to escalate in Minnesota, a Watchdog Minnesota Bureau review shows. Despite a supposed federal crackdown on the service, the program remains the gift that keeps on taking from consumers, who pay a Universal Service Fund fee on their phone bills to underwrite the “free” plans...Yet one congressman still dubs Lifeline “Uncle Sam’s Unlimited Plan.”

Jan 17, 2014 | Weekly Standard

Unwinding Obamacare

Issues: Health

Obamacare is no longer a theoretical proposition. It is now being implemented, if with some notable exceptions for the portions of the law the Obama administration finds particularly inconvenient...Especially troubling is the “risk corridor” provision of the law, under which taxpayers are on the hook for covering large portions of the losses that insurers incur on the Obamacare exchanges...Republicans should propose either to eliminate entirely the program’s risk-corridor provisions (as a bill introduced by Florida senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas would do) or to make them...

Jan 16, 2014 | Washington Examiner

Congress should stop insurer bailout before it starts

Issues: Health

A provision of the law known as the "risk corridors" program guarantees a taxpayer bailout to insurers who lose money through their participation in Obamacare...Seeing the potential danger of this program, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in November introduced legislation to repeal it before it puts taxpayers on the hook. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., proposed companion legislation in the House.

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