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Senator: Congress’ Obamacare exemption undermines ‘confidence in government’

Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairman David Vitter (R-La.) is asking President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen how it is that Members of Congress and Congressional Staff are able to qualify for a subsidized small-business health-insurance program that requires a business have 50 or fewer employees when Congress clearly has more than 50 employees. The Daily Caller has the story: In a letter written to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen Wednesday, the Louisiana Republican said it appears Congress is “misrepresenting itself to either DC Health Link or the IRS” and questioned whether the ...

Financial records of failed New York Obamacare co-op mired in secrecy

Documents that would explain why Health Republic of New York, one of 13 failed Obamacare co-ops, went under are not being released by the regulators at the New York Department of Financial Services despite a freedom-of-information request. The Daily Caller has the details: New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) reportedly launched an official investigation in September 2015 of Health Republic of New York for “substantial under-reporting” of its finances. Health Republic is one of 13 Obamacare non-profit health insurance co-ops that have failed since the $2.5 billion program’s 2012 launch to compete with commercial for-profit ...

House of Representatives could vote to purge Obamacare of its calorie-count regulation

The Obamacare calorie-count rule that applies to the mom-and-pop pizza shop in your hometown is on the chopping block, with the House of Representatives set to vote to roll back the big-government regulation. The Daily Caller has the story: Obamacare, as it stands, requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensure that restaurants and other outlets selling food print calorie counts. The FDA has also made it a felony to break the calorie count rules. “Few people realize ObamaCare’s tentacles extend all the way into your favorite corner pizza shop, even making an error in posting calorie counts a felony. Congress now has the opportunity ...

Benghazi committee members critical of investigation costs line staffers’ pockets with bonuses

Democrats on the bipartisan House committee investigating the terror attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead have repeatedly attacked House Republicans over the costliness of the investigation yet have given staff tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses. Fox News has the details: According to publicly available reports, a total of $33,600 was given to six Democratic staffers at the end of 2014 and 2015. While the bonuses make up only a fraction of the panel's total expenses to date, critics suggested they undermine the minority members' complaints about the budget. "This is the height of hypocrisy,” Lisa Boothe, a Republican ...

Report: Government struggling to recoup up to $750 million in Obamacare subsidies given to illegal immigrants

The government is struggling to recover up to $750 million in Obamacare subsidies doled out to illegal immigrants and those whose status was in unverified limbo, according to a Senate report. Fox News has the scoop: The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or ...

Kansas lawmakers endeavoring to push back against so-called sanctuary city trend

Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation that would set the state apart from the increasing number of states, cities and counties implementing so-called “sanctuary city” policies that prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials. ABC News has the scoop: The Kansas bills would ban sanctuary cities and withdraw state funding from cities with sanctuary policies. State legislators said the measures would protect citizens from incidents like the July killing of San Francisco woman Kathryn Steinle. The man charged in her death is a Mexican living in the country illegally who was released from jail even though ...

Judge overturns VA demotions of employees who apparently scammed agency out of $400,000

Federal judges overturned Veterans Affairs’ demotion of two senior officials caught up in a hiring scam. ABC News has the story: The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens last month. The VA's acting inspector general said the pair forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their responsibilities … In addition to their job assignments, Graves and Rubens have been under investigation for obtaining more than $400,000 combined in questionable moving expenses under a VA relocation program that has since been suspended. Rep. ...

Aetna CEO: ‘We continue to have serious concerns’ about Obamacare marketplace

The chief executive officer of the third-largest health insurer in the nation this week said his company, Aetna, has some major misgivings about the viability of the public exchanges created under the president’s signature health-insurance law. The Hill has the story: “We continue to have serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges,” Mark Bertolini said on an earnings call Monday, according to prepared remarks. He said the company remained concerned about “the overall stability of the risk pool.” Many insurers, including Aetna, have been losing money on the ObamaCare marketplaces, also known as exchanges, in ...

State Department says 22 of Clinton’s communications via personal email “top secret”

Officials at the State Department say Hillary Clinton had 22 “top secret” emails on a server that wasn’t issued by the State Department and that for three months contained no encryption. Politico has the inside scoop: It was the first time State has formally deemed any of Clinton’s emails classified at that level, reserved for information that can cause “exceptionally grave” damage to national security if disclosed. State did not provide details on the subjects of the messages, which represent seven email chains and a total of 37 pages. State spokesman John Kirby said they are part of a set the intelligence community inspector ...

Legislative expert: ‘Federal Medicaid funding to the states is unsustainable’

Heritage Foundation Director of the Center for Health Policy Studies Nina Owcharenko says entitlement spending like Medicaid and Social Security is driving up our national debt in a way we as a nation cannot maintain – and that states would do well to reject federal Obamacare subsidies intended to expand state Medicaid programs. The Daily Signal has the details: Medicaid, along with the other health care entitlement programs, is a major driver of our country’s fiscal crisis. The Congressional Budget Office just released its annual economic forecast for the country, warning that federal deficits are rising and revising its Medicaid spending ...