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Obamacare: The Retirement Wrecking Ball

After years of working, many seniors look forward to retirement where hobbies and passions can be fully pursued. For James and his wife, their enjoyment was camping in a small motorhome – a simple way to escape from the everyday and reconnect with each other. Yet, this favorite pastime is being placed on hold as the Affordable Care Act is creating a new financial hardship for them. “We lost our Medicare Advantage plans after the Obamacare law went into effect,” shared the California resident. “That was the only Medicare Advantage plan available in our area, and it was cancelled, so we both had to buy a Medigap policy and Part D.” For ...

Small Ball and Scraps: GOP Strategy Aims Low

With the “shutdown” over and the debt ceiling once again raised, attention is shifting to the budget conference required in the law ended said “shutdown.” An article in The Hill, for example, examined whether House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-WI) would be able to close a deal with his Democratic colleagues. When it comes to deal-making, Democrats, emboldened by their recent public relations victory are once again demanding tax increases as a substitute for sequestration’s cuts in 2014. They are also opposed to reforms to Medicare and Social Security – necessary for America’s fiscal survival. Inexplicably, Republicans are holding ...

Softballs from National Review Online

Over at National Review Online, Robert Costa has published a softball interview with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The interview delves into the job of the Majority Whip, which is very simple: Get votes for bills leadership wants to pass. With respect to both Costa and Whip McCarthy, the interview all but totally ignored what has been a defining issue for the GOP-controlled House since 2011: The balance (or, as many fiscal conservatives see it, the imbalance) between principle and strategy. Consider this section of the interview: The recent farm-bill drama was a window into McCarthy’s method — and a sign that on immigration, he ...

State Department Stuffing Prom Queen Ballot Box

The State Department has been caught paying money for Facebook “likes.” What a great use of your tax dollars: State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook "likes," prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was "buying fans" in social media, the agency's inspector general says. Adding to the embarrassment, the money was spent going after the wrong target audience: The spending increased the bureau's English-language Facebook page likes from 100,000 to more than 2 million and to 450,000 on Facebook's foreign-language pages. Despite the surge in likes, the IG said the effort failed to reach the ...

Tea Party Patriots Call for Secret Ballot so Members Can Vote Conscience on Next Speaker

Members Must be Free from Fear of Retribution Today, Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, called for a secret ballot in the House for the next Speaker so Members can vote their conscience without fear of retribution from leadership. "Through this 'fiscal cliff' crisis Congress has demonstrated once again its incapability of actually cutting government spending and preventing tax hikes. Republicans who stood on principle, and did not cave to political pressure instead should not be impeded from voting for a Speaker with whom they have confidence will help take the country in the right direction. The American people ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 22

HEALTHCARE: Costs trouble Obamacare enrollees “More than one-third of Obamacare enrollees aren't happy with the extra out-of-pocket costs they must still pay for healthcare. Thirty-seven percent of respondents to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Thursday said they're "somewhat" or "very" dissatisfied with their plan's deductible — a set sum consumers must pay for some doctors visits or treatments before their insurer steps in. Those on plans that meet the new requirements under the Affordable Care Act were more likely to report problems with costs — like being unable to pay their medical bills or skipping doctors visits because of cost ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Group Teams With ACLU, NAACP On Patriot Act “Growing concerns about the Patriot Act’s renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to “tell Congress [to] protect our privacy.” On top of that, the executive director of Iowa’s ACLU and Tea Party Patriots’ boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on “the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act.” And even the NAACP — which hasn’t always been kind to the tea party movement ...

Hillary Loses First Primary of 2016

Jacksonville -- Republicans scored a big win in Florida this week. Big, that is, for anybody interested in beating Hillary Clinton next year. You know the syllogism. Anybody who wants to beat Hillary in 2016 must win Florida and there are only two ways to win Florida – the Bush way and the Obama way. You can run up Republican margins in the north and pare down Democratic margins in the south. That’s how Bush won here in 2000 and 2004. Or you can run up Democratic margins in the south and pare down Republican margins in the north. That’s how Obama won in 2008 and 2012. In 2012, those pared-down GOP margins in north Florida played a big part ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, May 19

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare Premium Increases Next Year May Shock You “The top ObamaCare exchange insurers in six states where 2016 rate requests have already been filed are seeking to raise rates an average 18.6% next year. Early reports range from an alarming 36% hike sought by the dominant insurer in Tennessee, to a hefty 23% average increase requested by Oregon insurers, to a moderate 7.7% average rise proposed in Connecticut. Flyers promoting Blue Cross Blue Shield and ObamaCare are on display to attract Hispanic customers at a kiosk at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C.... Flyers promoting Blue Cross Blue Shield and ObamaCare are on display to ...

Tea Party Patriots Legislative Update for 05/18/15

CALENDAR: The House and Senate will both return to work tomorrow. The House will stay in session through Thursday, with no votes planned after 3 PM, and the Senate will stay in session through Friday. At the end of the week, both Houses will break for the Memorial Day recess, and they’ll return to Washington on Monday, June 1. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Tuesday, and took up several bills on the Suspension Calendar. They also passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which deals with Clean Water Act overregulation. On Wednesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 2048, the Uniting and ...