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OBAMACARE SURVIVES: Political Experts Available to Talk SCOTUS Decision
Itís the day that politicians on both sides of the aisle, attorneys general in a number of states and conscientious voters across the entire nation have been awaiting for more than two years.
In March of 2010, Barack Obamaís signature legislation that completely changed the face of healthcare passed in an extremely controversial and highly contentious House vote. Immediately thereafter, the wheels of opposition began turning, culminating in a legal challenge before the Supreme Court this past April.
And, now, after intense anticipation, the Court has rendered a shocking 5-4 decision to uphold the law, including the individual mandate.
What does this mean for the election, our economy and our future? Call Special Guests to get expert analysis from a diverse group of analysts, all available individually or together as a dynamic panel.
Bob Beauprez, a former Colorado Congressman (R) turned political analyst, can provide a unique perspective from someone who has worked inside the Beltway, having served two terms in the House just this past decade.
Phyllis Schlafly is the National Chairman of the Republican National Coalition for Life and founder of the pro-family Eagle Forum. Everyone in politics knows her as a leading voice in the nationís conservative movement and a real political sage with her finger on the pulse of the American family that will be so impacted by this decision.
Gary Kreep, President of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF), is an extremely active and successful Constitutionalist attorney. Given that the Constitution is at the very heart of this legal battle, few can offer a more highly informed read on the Supreme Courtís ruling.
James Lansberry is vice president of Samaritan Ministries, a successful free-market healthcare-coverage alternative. His organization is precisely the kind of proven, patient-centric solution threatened by a government model like ObamaCare, and following the Courtís ruling, he can project on the future of American health services.
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ABOUT YOUR GUEST, BOB BEAUPREZ (pronounced BO-pray):
Bob Beauprez is a former dairy farmer, community banker and member of Congress who has spent his entire life working to leave Colorado a little better than he found it.
He was born and raised on a third generation family farm in Lafayette, Colorado. Bob's grandfather emigrated from Belgium in 1907 and founded a general livestock farm specializing in draft horses. Bob's father took over the farm and developed a nationally renowned Hereford beef cattle breeding herd and transitioned to dairy cattle in the 1950s.
The daily regime of chores, fieldwork and milkings taught Bob a disciplined work ethic that would serve him well throughout his life.
After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1970, he went into partnership with his parents and brother, Mike, in the family farming operation. He managed the dairy herd, eventually marketing their cattle throughout the United States with cattle on every continent except Australia.
During that time, Bob pioneered the use of embryo transplant technology to increase the quality and marketability of the family herd. He also served eight years on the National Holstein Association Board of Directors, including five years as Chairman of the Genetic Advancement Committee. He later also became an industry spokesperson and international judge of Holstein cattle.
The dairy herd was dispersed in 1990 and Bob managed the development of the real estate for his family, eventually becoming part of a 1,500-unit residential golf course community. At the same time, Bob and his wife, Claudia, purchased controlling interest in a small community bank. As President, CEO and Chairman, Bob expanded the bank from one to 13 locations and grew its assets from $4 million to more than $400 million in twelve years.
Bob served as President of the Colorado Independent Bankers Association and was on the Board of the Independent Bankers of America.
While running the bank Bob was politically active as the chairman of the Boulder County Republican Party, and later as Colorado State GOP Chairman. He retired from the bank to run for the new 7th Congressional District in 2002, winning the nationís closest Congressional election that year by 121 votes. After one term, in 2004, he was reelected by more than 30,000 votes.
While in Congress, Bob served on the Ways and Means, Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committees. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Highways and Infrastructure Subcommittee and a member of the Republican Leadership Whip Team.
In 2006, he was the Republican nominee for Governor in Colorado.
Since 2007, Bob has published a monthly e-magazine called A Line of Sight (http://www.alineofsight.com/), a public policy and opinion resource on current political issues. Then, in 2009, he authored his first book: A Return to Values: A Conservative Look at His Party.
Bob married his high school sweetheart, Claudia, in 1970. They have three sons and one daughter, as well as three grandchildren. Bob and Claudia have returned to their agricultural roots recently by purchasing a ranch in the Colorado Mountains near the Wyoming border. They are developing a buffalo-breeding herd in partnership with their son, Jim. Bob continues to stay politically active, guest hosting on various radio talk shows, doing numerous media interviews nationally, and maintains a busy public speaking schedule.
ABOUT PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY:
Phyllis Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. She has been a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972, when she started her national volunteer organization now called Eagle Forum. In a ten-year battle, Mrs. Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the Equal Rights Amendment. An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she appears in debate on college campuses more frequently than any other conservative. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladiesí Home Journal.
Mrs. Schlaflyís monthly newsletter called The Phyllis Schlafly Report is now in its 41st year. Her syndicated column appears in 100 newspapers, her radio commentaries are heard daily on 460 stations, and her radio talk show on education called "Eagle Forum Live" is heard weekly on 45 stations. Both can be heard on the Internet.
Mrs. Schlafly is the author or editor of 20 books on subjects as varied as family and feminism (The Power of the Positive Woman and Feminist Fantasies), nuclear strategy (Strike From Space and Kissinger on the Couch), education (Child Abuse in the Classroom), child care (Who Will Rock the Cradle?), and phonics (First Reader and Turbo Reader). Her most recent book: The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It.
Mrs. Schlafly is a lawyer and served as a member of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1985-1991, appointed by President Reagan. She has testified before more than 50 Congressional and State Legislative committees on constitutional, national defense, and family issues.
Mrs. Schlafly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington University, received her J.D. from Washington University Law School, and received her Master's in Political Science from Harvard University.
ABOUT YOUR GUEST, GARY KREEP:
A 1972 graduate of the University of California at San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, Mr. Kreep graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1975 with a Juris Doctor. He passed the California State Bar Examination on his first try, and started practicing law in 1975.
He has been in private practice since that time, both as a sole practitioner and as the sole owner of a small law firm, employing as many as three attorneys and ten staff members. Mr. Kreep co-founded the UNITED STATES JUSTICE FOUNDATION (USJF) in 1979 with two other California attorneys. Since that time, he has served as the President and Executive Director of USJF.
In 1992, Mr. Kreep reduced his private practice to part-time status to work full-time for USJF. USJF is a nationwide, nonprofit, conservative, legal action foundation. Mr. Kreep co-founded the JUSTICE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (JPAC) in 1985 with two other conservative activists. He has served as President of JPAC since then. JPAC is a federal political action committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.
Mr. Kreep co-founded the CALIFORNIA JUSTICE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (CALJPAC) in 1996 with two other conservative activists.
Mr. Kreep currently serves as General Counsel to the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, an unpaid position.
Political/Civic: Mr. Kreep served on the California Delegations to the 1976 and 1980 Republican National Conventions. He has been a member of a number of Republican organizations, including several California Republican Assembly Chapters. Mr. Kreep also served as appointed General Counsel to Region 16 of the Young Republican National Federation, and elected General Counsel to the California Young Republicans.
Mr. Kreep served for one year on the San Diego County, California PUBLIC WELFARE ADVISORY BOARD (PWAB). PWAB is an advisory board to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors concerning the San Diego County Department of Social Services. Mr. Kreep served for two years on the SAN DIEGO HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION (HRC). HRC is an advisory board to the San Diego City Council, charged with the task of enforcing the San Diego City non-discrimination ordinances, including its gay rights ordinance.
Mr. Kreep was a member from 1969 until 1984 of YOUNG AMERICANS FOR FREEDOM (YAF). He served as San Diego County Chairman, California State Vice-Chairman, California State Chairman, and a Member of the National Board of Directors of YAF. Mr. Kreep served in the BIG BROTHER Program for four years.
Legal: Mr. Kreep is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of California, the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of California, the United States Federal Court for the Central District of California, the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of California, and all state courts in California. He is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and for the Sixth Circuit.
Published Articles/Radio and Television Appearances: Mr. Kreep has written a number of articles published by a variety of newspapers and other publications. This includes the San Diego Union Tribune, the Escondido Times Advocate, the North County Times, the Christian American, the Arizona Star, Media Bypass, and many more. Mr. Kreep regularly appears on a variety of radio and television programs. These include radio programs such as the ROGER HEDGECOCK SHOW, the WEISSBACH SHOW, ISSUES IN EDUCATION, the MASON WEAVER SHOW, the BOB NOONAN SHOW, the DUFFY SHOW, and the MICHAEL LAW SHOW.
ABOUT JAMES LANSBERRYÖ
James Lansberry, president of the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries, is a Peoria-based expert available to comment on a variety of issues related to healthcare, including alternatives to traditional health insurance, the economics of healthcare, healthcare public policy, healthcare and tax policy, and the healthcare industry in general. Lansberry also is vice president of Peoria-based Samaritan Ministries International. His articles have been published in Heritage Forum, the Journal of Modern Ministry and he has been interviewed by the CBS Evening News, U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.
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