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Angelini moving to make incest illegal in N.J.

Source: Fox 8 -

Following reports of an 18-year-old woman who plans to marry her own father and move to New Jersey where “incest is legal,” legislation will be introduced to ban sex between related adults in the state.

New Jersey Assemblywoman Pat Angelini said on Wednesday she will introduce legislation to ban adult incest in New Jersey, according to NJ.com.

This comes in response to a flurry of media reports in the past week that noted sexual relationships between consenting, closely related adults is legal in the state.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Obviously, these types of relationships violate our acceptable moral standards and should be banned,” Angelini said in a news release.

On Tuesday, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick told NJ Advance Media he expected the legislature to take up the issue in the near future.

Jon Bramnick

“Any time you learn a father and daughter plan to get married, that has to be unacceptable,” Bramnick said. “It would appear to be against anything that’s acceptable in New Jersey.”

Angelini’s bill would make it illegal to marry or commit an act of sexual penetration with a blood relative. The crime would carry a prison term of three to five years and a fine of up to $15,000.

Incest was outlawed in New Jersey until 1979, when the state enacted a new criminal code that left a section planned for incest blank, NJ.com reported.

It is currently illegal in New Jersey for an adult to have sex with a closely related 16-year-old or 17-year-old.

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Bramnick: Trenton Democrats Want to Raise Taxes While 10,000 of NJ’s Top Earners Flee State

Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said today’s report by Phoenix Marketing International that New Jersey lost roughly 10,000 millionaire households is further proof that Trenton Democrat proposals to increase taxes do not work.

“For years, Republicans have said that raising taxes hurts job creation and our economy. Today’s report supports that claim. The out-migration began in 2004 when the first ‘millionaire’s tax’ was passed by Trenton Democrats. New Jerseyans are voting with their feet and their wallets by relocating to places where taxes are lower. This news confirms that we must reverse course and find solutions that keep wealth and jobs in our state.”

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Bramnick’s Health Care Summit Tackles Costs, Access, Quality [video]

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Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick assembled 16 people for today’s health care summit on the campus of Kean University.

The discussion revolved around costs, access, quality and complexity.

Jon Bramnick

“The issues are incredibly diverse and I thought I’d bring everyone here and have a discussion. We did this with cyber security, came up with some legislation. Let’s put everybody in a room and talk about one of the most complicated areas of the law,” Bramnick said.

A home health care executive brought up the issue of low compensation.

“Our biggest issue is with the reimbursement under managed Medicaid. Our reimbursements are close to or below the reimbursements since the year 2000,” said Louise Lindenmeier.

Right next to her, a Chamber of Commerce executive said it’s all too expensive.

“The cost of health care keep rising and it’s harder for a number of businesses to meet their commitments to their employees,” said Matt Malat.

“The central problem I think here is that one person’s cost is another person’s revenue,” said Ward Sanders.

Someone brought up the Bayonne Medical Center emergency room charging $14,000 for four stitches.

The New Jersey Hospital Association rep was asked if he could defend that.

“First of all, it’s a sticker price. No one pays full charges. Second of all, I believe that patient paid $0 for that stitches bill that was widely publicized,” said Neil Eicher.

“It’s not all hospitals. It’s the outliers I’m concerned about. It was a $14,000 charge and you can say the consumer didn’t pay, maybe cause of Help Me Howard was involved, I don’t know. Well, the insurer paid 12. It’s still way too much for the services that are provided,” Sanders said.

A doctor who treats developmentally disabled people complained about pharmacy benefit companies that exclude certain medications.

“I can’t get patients the medication I prescribe because it’s not in formulary. So for example, I was told that I had to have a patient fail on five anti-depressants before they would accept a prescription for the specific medication I recommended for that patient, a medication that the patient was taking when they were assigned to the HMO,” said Ted Kastner.

There is something dizzying about listening to 16 people in the health care field talk about what’s wrong with the system. By and large this session was about who gets paid, who suffers from arbitrary rules and profiteering and how complicated American health care has become.

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Bramnick Convenes Healthcare Experts for Discussion

Source: NJ Spotlight -

A wide range of unhealthy behavior and poor management of chronic illnesses are among the leading factors driving New Jersey’s high healthcare costs, according to healthcare experts who gathered at Kean University yesterday.

Jon Bramnick

The group was gathered by Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Morris, Somerset and Union) to discuss potential policy solutions to problems with the healthcare system.

The discussion centered on several factors that have gained national attention as potential reasons for high healthcare costs, including the increase in childhood obesity, the need to reduce repeated hospital admissions for the treatment of chronic diseases, and the use of “defensive medicine” to prevent malpractice lawsuits. While several proposals for legislation emerged from the forum, a number of participants said key stakeholders could reach important compromises if they spent more time talking with one another.

Bramnick, a potential 2017 gubernatorial candidate, said he’s interested in drawing on the experts’ knowledge in proposing legislative solutions. While the Democratic majority controls the legislative agenda, Bramnick said that the major healthcare issues are nonpartisan and he hopes to build broad support for changes.

Wardell Sanders, president of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, said it was important to rein in the high costs of services charged by providers who are outside of insurance networks. He said that the state should ensure that the amounts charged by hospitals and doctors is “in some way commensurate with the services provided.”

This drew a response from Neil Eicher, vice president of government relations and policy for the New Jersey Hospital Association, who said that hospitals would close if they don’t have the ability to go outside of networks. In addition, Mishael Azam of the Medical Society of New Jersey said insurance companies have been intentionally reducing the size of their networks, putting pressure on doctors.

The discussion turned toward broader public-health measures that could lead to a healthier public.

Nancy Munoz

Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz (R-Morris, Somerset and Union) offered support for mandating that fluoride be added to drinking water to improve dental hygiene and prevent future trips to the dentist.

Erik Peterson

Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren) added that he supports mandating a 25-minute outdoor recess for students in kindergarten through grade 6.

“They need to be outside running around, acting like kids,” said Peterson, who generally opposes government mandates.

Dr. Raj Raab, a neurosurgeon, said that defensive medicine has become a major cause of rising costs because doctors and hospitals want to avoid lawsuits, so they order unnecessary tests and other services. While Raab cited estimates that as much as 10 percent to 15 percent of healthcare costs result from these decisions, he said he thinks the true cost is much higher as a defensive mindset has affected medical standards for decades.

Raab also said that government regulations add to healthcare costs, indicating that when barebones insurance plans were available, healthcare providers would compete to offer lower costs to patients who were paying out of pocket. State regulations and the federal Affordable Care Act eliminated these “major medical” plans.

But David Knowlton, CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, noted that the state mandates that certain high-demand services — including emergency care — must be provided, but doesn’t regulate the cost for these services, contributing to escalating prices.

“What you have in the healthcare system is market forces without any market rules,” Knowlton said.

Increasing the availability of healthcare data could also help drive down prices by showing what services are most cost-effective, according to some participants.

Dr. Ted Kastner, who provides primary care to people with disabilities, expressed frustration that he’s been unable to get information from the state Medicaid program about the insurance claims for his patients. He’s hoping to use the data to learn whether his practice has been providing high-value service, but he said state officials have told him that the claims data is proprietary.

Kastner also expressed disappointment with insurance rules meant to keep costs down but end up being counterproductive. He cited one rule that requires patients to try less costly drugs before receiving a prescription that he would recommend. He recalled one patient who had to try five different antidepressants before being allowed by the insurer to use a medication that the patient had been using successfully before entering the Medicaid system.

 

 

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Bramnick meets with Westfield fourth graders at state capitol

Fourth-grade students from McKinley Elementary School in Westfield, met with Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick of Westfield, outside the State Capitol during the grade’s recent field trip to Trenton, where he spent time answering their questions. (Photo by JoAnn Araya)

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Fourth-grade students from McKinley Elementary School in Westfield, met with Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick of Westfield, outside the State Capitol during the grade’s recent field trip to Trenton, where he spent time answering their questions.

The school’s fourth-graders visit Trenton each year to tour the Capitol and the Revolutionary War Barracks in conjunction with their lessons on New Jersey and the Battle of Trenton.

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Bramnick on Christie’s record as Governor of New Jersey [video]

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Last week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his state of the state address, and by the end of the month he could have his own political action committee, allowing him to raise money to run for president.

Jon Bramnick

“The Governor comes to Trenton five years ago,and touches programs and policies that no one would ever think that anyone could reform. He changed the property tax situation. Put a two percent property tax cap on. With the help of Democrats,he changed pensions and health benefits,something you couldn’t talk about,changed teacher tenure reform. And then,we had a year-long attack by a committee in Trenton,which was a partisan attack,which basically spent a year and millions of dollars trying to find out that Chris Christie had something to do with closing lanes at the bridge,and then the report came out and said ‘he didn’t know anything.’” – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick

But how will his record as governor play around the country?

A new Fairleigh Dickinson poll indicates that three quarters of New Jersey residents believe the governor has made minor or no real accomplishments in the state since he took office.

But Christie is still sounding like a presidential candidate.

Joining us are two veteran New Jersey Assemblymen who have watched Governor Christie in action closely, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and Democrat John McKeon.

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Bramnick on Martin Luther King Day of Service

Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Somerset and Morris, issued the following statement today as the nation commemorates Martin Luther King’s birthday:

“Today we honor Dr. King’s life and legacy. Dr. King was a true public servant. He taught us that by working together we can have a huge impact on our nation and our communities. We should all pause today and renew our commitment to helping each other.”

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On NJTV, Bramnick Discusses 2015 State of the State Address [video]

Source: NJTV [video] -

Jon Bramnick

Assemblymen Jon Bramnick discussed Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address with NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron.

[The Assembly Republican Leader] discussed points that Christie addressed, including bipartisan reforms and helping those with drug addiction.

Bramnick said that the Legislature is in the middle of negotiating a solution for the Transportation Trust Fund.

“We’re in the middle of negotiating a solution to the Transportation Trust Fund and we’re going to have a solution because we have to,” said Bramnick. “And one of the issue that’s been discussed is getting rid of the estate and inheritance tax. Because a lot of people here move to other states because they can’t afford to die here and transfer their businesses to their children within a family business. So there’s hopefully a global solution to these issues.”

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Bramnick says Christie’s speech shows concern for ‘national picture’

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The General Assembly’s top Republican this afternoon offered a positive review of Gov. Chris Christie’s latest State of the State Address — but did suggest that the content of the governor’s speech revealed concern for a wider audience.

Jon Bramnick

“Here’s somebody that can deliver a speech really well, and what he’s saying is if we don’t get more competitive, we’ll lose more businesses, we have to make sure that people who have a serious problem, that we try to help them, and the third thing is we really have to work together,” Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21), a longtime ally of the governor’s, told PolitickerNJ following Christie’s speech. “That’s what I drew from it.”

Christie’s hour-long address, given in front of a packed audience of New Jersey lawmakers and political observers on the Assembly floor this afternoon, has received mixed reviews from lawmakers in the state. Democratic leaders following the speech blasted the Republican governor for glossing over many of the challenges the state faces and playing up his own accomplishments, while Republicans gave it mostly positive reviews, standing as a caucus numerous times during the speech to applaud the governors comments on lower taxes and bringing business back to the state.

Bramnick suggested the governor’s comments about uncovering feelings of “anxiety” among voters during his cross-country travels as chairman of the Republican Governors Association last year indicates that he may be gearing up for a national campaign.

“Well I don’t know, I’m not a good analyst, but I can tell you if you travel throughout the country, he did say that there is that anxiety out there which indicates that he has some concerns about where the country is,” Bramnick told PolitickerNJ. “Now whether that means he runs for president — obviously he is thinking about the national picture. What that means politically I can’t tell you.”

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Bramnick Calls for Select Committee on Bipartisan Solution to New Jersey Taxes and an End to Trenton “Gotcha Game”

Jon Bramnick

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, today issued the following statement:

“New Jersey needs to speak with one unified voice and create a state where people know we are working together. New Jerseyans want solutions not accusations. Let’s establish one committee with ‘common sense’ middle ground representatives from each party that will really be a ‘select committee.’”

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