It’s a rare moment of optimism for Virginia Republicans at a time when their party is down and out nationally, still hurting from the midterm elections when they lost control of the U.S. House.
“They were facing generational political Armageddon,” said John Fredericks, a conservative radio host who served as chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Virginia. “This all changed in eight days. This is an earthquake. It’s a unique opportunity for Republicans.”
Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire a week ago when his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced showing men wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and blackface.
Read the full report from Politico.
Imagine for a moment that someone in your family experiences a sudden medical emergency. It’s happened to my loved ones. It’s probably happened to someone dear to you.
In that moment, your first reaction is a mix of fear, anxiety, and sadness. And then, in an instant, one thought takes over: The urgency of finding the best care without delay.
When the crisis is over, you feel a sense of relief and gratitude that your loved one received timely, skilled medical care when it was needed.
But sometimes, there’s a post-emergency shock that arrives when people learn the insurance company won’t pay its fair share of the bill for their emergency care.
That leaves the patient on the hook for the unpaid amount. This is commonly known as “balance billing.”
It typically occurs when an insured patient receives care from a health care provider who is not in-network with their insurer.
This year, the General Assembly is considering legislation to protect patients from balance billing. President Trump is also focused on it; he recently called for a solution that shields patients from harm in those situations.
Del. Lee Ware of Powhatan County is leading the way on this issue by carrying a bill to protect patients from the hardship of unexpected medical bills. His proposal simplifies a complicated situation by asking more of health care providers and insurers.
In emergency situations when patients don’t have a chance to check if a provider is in-network prior to treatment, Ware’s HB 1714 establishes a fair standard for all parties involved.
The bill specifies that patients won’t be required to pay an out-of-network provider more than their typical cost-sharing payment (such as an out-of-pocket deductible or a co-pay) for in-network treatment.
Rather than leaving patients on the hook for the balance of an unexpected medical bill, it would require insurance companies to pay an equitable share of treatment costs that are consistent with the in-network value for a service.
Another protection in the bill would apply to patients who seek emergency services believing they are experiencing a serious medical episode that later turns out to be less serious than initially feared. In such cases, an insurance company would be prohibited from denying coverage for a patient’s medical claim after the fact.
Ware’s bill has widespread support. The only significant opposition to it comes from mammoth insurance companies. They prefer HB 2544 from Del. Kathy Byron of Campbell County, which may be well-intentioned but it gives insurers more leverage in balance billing situations.
The idea that a person with insurance should be covered for medical care they receive seems so obvious that you might wonder why this is even an issue.
The fact is, there are several market factors at play.
One is a shift in how people pay for health care services. You may have noticed that more insurance plans have moved from co-pay plans to high-deductible plans with health savings accounts.
The goal of that is to limit insurance costs by shifting them to patients and decreasing health care utilization.
Another consideration is the complex relationship between commercial health insurance and how providers, including physician specialists and the hospitals in which they work, are reimbursed.
Although you might assume that the doctors who treat you in the emergency department are employed by the hospital, the reality is that many of those physicians who specialize in things like radiology and anesthesiology staff the hospital under contract agreements.
The hospitals that work with those doctors want to uniformly be in-network with all the same insurers as the doctors on staff.
Yet insurance companies ultimately determine which providers are in-network and the rate at which they are willing to reimburse providers for services.
That means they have the power to deny insured patients’ claims, to limit patients’ access to providers who aren’t in-network and to set rates that don’t fairly reimburse health care providers for care rendered.
Ware’s HB 1714 is a common-sense solution that protects patients and families from surprise medical bills while respecting the roles that providers and insurers play in the health care delivery system.
And it is in line with the goals articulated by President Trump to bring more transparency and affordability to the health care system.
Read the full report from The News & Advance.
John Fredericks Announces WJFN News Talk 100.5 FM Program ‘The Fighting Joe Morrissey Show’ Picked up by WNTW The Answer 820 AM
‘The Fighting Joe Morrissey Show’ hosted by outspoken former state Delegate and onetime Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Morrissey airs Tuesday-Friday (10 a.m.-noon) on 100.5 FM on the radio dial (www.WJFNRadio.com online) and WNTW 820 AM
RICHMOND, VA – In a sign of growing popularity, unrepentant radio raconteur Joe Morrissey and his weekday program, “The Fighting Joe Morrissey Show,” have found an additional home on the Richmond airwaves after initially launching on WJFN 100.5 FM and online at www.WJFNRadio.com.
Morrissey’s program will continue to be broadcast in its regular slot (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon EST) on WJFN 100.5 FM – the Commonwealth’s premier station for state and national political news talk – and it is now being simulcast on Chester-based station WNTW 820 AM.
“Throughout my career as a lawyer, legislator, and educator, I have dedicated my work to helping real people deal with real world issues,” said Morrissey. “Our radio program continues that tradition and I am gratified that ‘The Fighting Joe Morrissey Show’ is expanding its platform to include WJFN and WNTW so it can reach even more listeners to speak truth to power and be a voice for the voiceless.”
“This exciting development shows that Virginians seeking the best in political news talk and commentary recognize that our WJFN roster of conservative and progressive hosts are second-to-none and that listeners want to hear them far and wide,” added John Fredericks, an accomplished media executive who is the host and founder of the John Fredericks Radio Show, and a lead proprietor of WJFN 100.5 FM. “The addition of ‘The Fighting Joe Morrissey Show’ to the WNTW airwaves, which also carry the ‘John Fredericks Radio Show,’ is a natural fit and brings more diversity to the public discourse.”
WJFN broadcasts Fredericks’ highly popular and influential program and serves as the flagship station for the expanding John Fredericks Radio Network. Fredericks’ eponymous show is simulcast from Washington, D.C. and can be heard on weekdays from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. EST. His show is broadcast in media markets across Virginia including Richmond, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, and Roanoke. The John Fredericks Radio Show is also heard on stations in Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, FL. In addition to his radio show, Fredericks is also a regular guest on national and international television news programs. He served with his wife, Anne, as a national delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention, and was the Virginia Chairman of the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign that year.
WJFN is a Richmond-area terrestrial radio station that launched in 2018. It boasts a lineup of prominent Virginia and national voices offering fresh and diverse perspectives on the news of the day, what it means for the way our government functions, and how it impacts people’s everyday lives. What makes WJFN unique is its commitment to providing an engaging, listener-oriented experience that enables audience members to directly connect in real time with the Virginia-based hosts of WJFN 100.5 FM programs. The station’s goal is to showcase voices from both sides of the political spectrum to spark lively and ultimately productive conversations.
WJFN 100.5 FM is the broadcast home of The Fighting Joe Morrissey Show hosted by Morrissey, a colorful and sometimes controversial criminal defense attorney who previously was an elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates and Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney. Morrissey is a progressive Democrat who ran for Richmond Mayor in 2016, and who once brought a semi-automatic rifle onto the House of Delegates’ floor to make a point during a policy debate. As the name of his show suggests, Morrissey isn’t afraid to tackle tough topics or fight for the rights of those overlooked by society.
Another former state Delegate, Chris Saxman, hosts the Virginia FREE Radio program each Monday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST. Saxman is a former educator, a successful entrepreneur who represented the Staunton area for four terms in the state House, and a keen political thinker, theorist, and strategist. In 2008, he was the Virginia Co-Chairman of U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign. Saxman currently serves as Executive Director of the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education (FREE). His non-partisan show is a lively mix of politics, business, and policy talk, along with his musings on sports, barbeque, and family-friendly cable television movies for good measure.
Farmer, attorney, policy maven, and conservative activist Martha Boneta of Fauquier County is also a member of the WJFN 100.5 FM team. Formidable and friendly, Boneta is a frequent guest host on the John Fredericks Radio Show, as well as an entrepreneur, an agriculture advocate who successfully lobbied the Virginia General Assembly to change state law to protect property rights, and a sought-after speaker who has made guest appearances on Fox News and many other news stations and national media outlets. Boneta will be a recurring voice heard on WJFN 100.5 FM.
Democrat Susan Platt, a longtime congressional staff leader and award-winning political campaign manager who previously worked for former Vice President Joe Biden during his U.S. Senate tenure, hosts “Find Your Roar,” an hourly interview and news talk program with a woman’s point of view on WJFN each Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. EST on WJFN 100.5 FM.
Democrat Gene Rossi, a Northern Virginia-based attorney in private practice with a national law firm who spent nearly three decades prosecuting dangerous criminals as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and ran for Virginia Lieutenant Governor in 2017, hosts “The Gene Rossi Hour” on WJFN each Saturday afternoon from noon-1 p.m. EST on WJFN 100.5 FM.
While much of the commentary on WJFN is center-right politically, the station is actively seeking exciting new voices offering conservative and progressive commentary to add to its airwaves. Just as John Fredericks, a conservative supporter of President Trump, regularly hosts both prominent Republican and Democratic guests on his program and gives people from both sides of the aisle a chance to speak, WJFN 100.5 FM is looking for people with untapped talent who have a fresh perspective on current affairs.
In addition to its Virginia-based programs, WJFN 100.5 FM will air nationally-syndicated news talk programs including the Dennis Prager Show, the Savage Nation, the Larry Elder Show, the Joe Walsh Show, and Red Eye Radio. The station also serves as the Central Virginia broadcast affiliate for Virginia Military Institute (VMI) football and basketball games.
WJFN Radio 100.5 FM is Virginia’s new home for political news talk, featuring some of the most talented voices in local and national political commentary. Visit the station online at www.WJFNRadio.com. Listen live through this link, and connect with the station through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Listeners can call the station and join the conversation at 804-778-8888.
If you turned on the television in December the week before Christmas, you would have thought the U.S. was heading towards economic apocalypse. The legacy media seemed jubilant in reporting record one-day losses on Wall Street and bemoaned President Trump’s America First trade policies.
But a strange thing happened. In record numbers, Americans let their feet and their pocketbook do the talking. They spent, and they traveled.
As the U.S. economy continues to hum under President Trump’s leadership, a record number of Americans are expected to have traveled this holiday season.
AAA forecasts that about 112.5 million people will travel by train, car, or airplane between Dec. 22 and Jan. 7, an all-time record that represents an impressive 4.4 percent increase over last year.
There’s a very good reason so many people have hit the trail this Christmas: thanks to President Trump’s middle class tax cuts, the typical American family is saving more than $2,000 per year.
For many people, those tax savings alone are enough to cover gas and airfare, with plenty left over for some extra Christmas shopping — which is exactly what Americans did during this year’s record-breaking Black Friday.
According to Fortune, consumers spent a record $6.22 billion in online shopping on Black Friday, a 23.6 percent increase over 2017. Days later, Americans set another record by spending $7.9 billion online during Cyber Monday, a 19.3 percent jump from the previous year.
The return of America’s prosperity is undeniable and is now clearly evident in almost every sector of the economy.
President Trump’s insistence on slashing burdensome regulations and cutting taxes has led to the lowest unemployment rate since 1969, and the economy is on pace to exceed 3 percent growth for the year — the first time it has hit that milestone since 2005.
The President’s aggressive stance on international trade is also having a positive economic impact by ending unfair trade arrangements that gave foreign workers an advantage over Americans.
Trump’s critics call it a trade-war with our allies. Trump says we’re done with letting working Americans get screwed on bad trade deals, regardless of the geo-political alliance at hand. A bad deal is a bad deal.
While the uni-party political establishment did nothing to address the challenges posed by the outdated NAFTA treaty, President Trump wasted no time in scrapping that agreement and replacing it with an updated trade deal, the USMCA, that finally gives American workers a level playing field.
The President also made stunning progress in the decades-old trade dispute with China, sticking to a hard-line policy that recently forced Beijing to lower its tariffs on American-made cars by 25 percent.
Sadly, the Democrats, Never-Trumpers and the mainstream media are obsessed with portraying our economy in a negative light because they don’t want President Trump to get the credit he deserves for salvaging our economy from the mess of the prior decade.
Instead of supporting the President’s job-creating tax cuts, for instance, Democrat lawmakers blatantly misrepresented the broad-based tax reform to falsely accuse Donald Trump of giving handouts to the rich and abandoning the poor. Then, after the Democrats voted unanimously against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Nancy Pelosi arrogantly sneered that the $1,000 bonuses many workers received were just “crumbs.”
When President Trump slapped much-needed tariffs on certain foreign products, the out of touch elites in Washington and their pressroom lackeys were quick to label the strategy “reckless,” inaccurately predicting it would lead to a “trade war” and economic devastation. Instead, we have record jobs, a burgeoning GDP and rising wages.
Even when the President signed an executive order aimed at rebuilding some 8,000 economically distressed communities across America, the talking heads were quick to imply that the initiative was designed to somehow benefit the Trump family.
The legacy media may distort the truth to advance a naked political agenda, but the prosperity created by President Trump’s policies speaks for itself.
The more than 112 million Americans who spent money to travel to see family and friends this holiday season equal the record-setting number of Americans who now have jobs in this thriving economy. President Trump’s policies are clearly having a profound impact.
Come April 15, the great lie of the Left and the legacy media-that Trump’s tax cuts will not benefit lower income and middle class Americans—is about to be exposed when lower taxes are due and bigger refunds are filed.
Average Americans, however, know this already. That’s why they purchased-and traveled, in record numbers this holiday season.
Read the full report online from The Roanoke Times.