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Repeal and Replace: The Time is Now

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By Rep. John Ratcliffe As Congress engages in the biggest health care debate of our time, I’m humbled to be the one voice for more than 700,000 Texans as we navigate this important legislative challenge. Let’s start by acknowledging an undeniable truth – Obamacare is failing. When you consider the facts, this isn’t up for debate. The average Obamacare premium skyrocketed by a whopping 25 percent o... Read more »

The US and Israel: Our mutual cybersecurity innovation

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By John Ratcliffe Special to The Jerusalem Post When Israel was established more than 68 years ago, the United States was the first country to officially recognize it as a state. Over the decades, Israel has become an indispensable partner and friend thanks to the many shared values that our nations hold dear. Together we’ve championed important principles including democracy, religious freedom, n... Read more »

A better way to fix health care

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By John Ratcliffe Special to TribTalk Almost eight years ago, President Obama announced a health care reform plan that he said would meet three basic goals: provide more security and stability to those who already had health insurance, guarantee coverage for the uninsured and slow the growth of health care costs. Selling this plan as a "moderate solution" to improve our nation's health care system... Read more »

After Election, America Needs To Focus On Innovation

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By Jared Meyer Since the rise of the Internet, the world has witnessed exponential levels of technological innovation. While this progress was quick to transform the American economy, Washington has struggled to keep pace. Business owners and consumers alike are frustrated with bureaucrats’ attempts to apply decades-old laws to regulate emerging technologies and new industries that could not be im... Read more »

Best way to help the needy is through independence

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By John Ratcliffe Special to the Texarkana Gazette Since America's founding, many of our nation's leaders have laid out intricate visions for eradicating poverty. One of the most extensive and far-reaching plans was created in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, when he set out to "not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it, and above all, to prevent it." However, more than 50 years ... Read more »

Rep. Ratcliffe: Our police are being targeted, let's give them the equipment they need

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By Rep. John Ratcliffe Special to Fox News Nearly a decade ago, I had the honor and privilege of being appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas by former President George W. Bush. My service as the top federal law enforcement officer for more than 33,000 square miles instilled in me an incredible sense of gratitude for the brave men and women who selflessly march into harm’... Read more »

The Fair Tax — A Tax System that Americans Rightfully Deserve

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By John Ratcliffe Special to FairTax.Org At more than 73,000 pages, it’s no wonder our country’s tax code spells headache for millions of hardworking Americans across the country. This bloated document, riddled with complicated loopholes, is anything but navigable for working-class people who can’t afford to hire accountants, lawyers or tax professionals. Yet like clockwork every spring, Americans... Read more »

Obama's big mistake on cyber

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By John Ratcliffe and Will Hurd Special to Politico Cyber criminals, hacktivists, and foreign adversaries conduct millions of cyberattacks against U.S. interests daily, looking to steal state secrets and valuable information and undermine critical infrastructure. Attacks on the Office of Personnel Management and big-name private sector companies have shown that no one is immune. To defend their ne... Read more »

Syrian refugees: Security, compassion, and fighting this problem at the source

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By John Ratcliffe Special to the Herald Democrat The American people are rightfully afraid of what they see happening each night on their televisions. Paris is in a state of chaos in the wake of an ISIS-led attack that left hundreds dead and injured. The stakes are high, and the world is looking for American leadership. As a former U.S. Attorney and terrorism prosecutor, I’ve worked to combat the ... Read more »

‘Clean Power Plan’ is bad news for Texas ratepayers

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By John Ratcliffe Special to the Herald Democrat Access to affordable and reliable electricity is about more than being able to turn on your lights when you get home from work. We need it to power our schools, supermarkets, hospitals, offices, manufacturing plants and airports. But like all things in life, electricity isn’t free. In fact, almost half of Texas’ population spends over 15% of their ... Read more »