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News Briefing for Friday, March 27

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge? “…Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is at or near the top of most early polls among Republicans, likes to boast how he stuck to conservative principles to win statewide office three times in a centrist state. “To win the center, you don’t have to go to the center, you have to lead,” he said last week during a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall. Tea party loyalists are still somewhat wary of Walker, though, because of past positions on immigration and government support for ethanol, a big issue in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus. In 2006, he ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 02/08/15

Listen to the podcast here:   CALENDAR:   The House will return on Tuesday, and then be in session through Friday. The Senate will return on Monday and be in session through Friday.   SENATE FLOOR ACTION LAST WEEK:   Since we last talked two weeks ago, the Senate finished dealing with its amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill and passed it by a vote of 62-36 a week ago Thursday, on Jan. 29.   Last week the Senate tried to take up the House-passed DHS funding bill, H.R. 240, which contains the tough language we wanted that blocks the President’s November executive amnesty AND overturns the ...

News Briefing for Friday, January 2, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare PR push goes silent “Health care reform advocates who struggled for decades to pass Obamacare left the job half-undone. They failed to sell it. They also underestimated the unrelenting intensity and duration of the opposition that makes the law so vulnerable to legislative and legal challenges even now, nearly five years after its passage. The White House and its allies are trying fresh messaging strategies for 2015 enrollment, including a lower-key sales pitch and narratives from real people who are happy with their coverage. Those success stories didn’t exist before coverage began one year ago. Yet the messaging missteps ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Cost of Healthcare.gov Exceeds $2.2B After Latest Contract Award “With the announcement Monday of a five-year, $563 million contract award to Accenture, the Healthcare.gov contractor that rescued the Obamacare marketplace after 2013's disastrous launch, the total cost of the site will well exceed $2.2 billion. The new award is on top of the $1.7 billion in contracts reported by the inspector general (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August. Accenture was first hired in January after HHS replaced CGI Federal, the original contractor. Accenture reported the new award on its website, noting that not only ...

News Briefing for December 13, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Patients outraged after losing doctors under Obamacare “Kevin McCarthy of Thousand Oaks, California, was surprised last spring, when he learned his family doctor of 14 years could not accept the Blue Shield insurance he'd purchased under Obamacare. He said he was "outraged" because when he was shopping for his policy, Blue Shield confirmed his doctor was covered. "We were duped," McCarthy said. "Hoodwinked is another good term." Here's what happened. Insurance companies -- to save money -- are quietly selling what are called "narrow networks." They sharply restrict the number of doctors and hospitals people can see. In some cases, ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election States with key Senate races face double-digit premium hikes http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/14/obamacare-website-wont-reveal-insurance-costs-for-/ Admin Won’t Release Final HealthCare.gov Premiums Until After Elections http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/09/admin-wont-release-final-healthcare-gov-premiums-until-after-elections/?advD=1248,1626424   Karl to Earnest: Why Do People Have To Wait Until After Election To See New Obamacare Premiums? “JOHN KARL, ABC NEWS: The enrollment period for Obamacare is going to be ...

Déjà Vu Immigration

Another day, another promise – once again, the Obama Administration has vowed to take action on immigration. Ever since the President decided to postpone his executive amnesty for millions for illegal immigrants, he has been on a mission to reassure Latinos that he’s committed to getting the job done. The latest pledge was made Monday during his National Hispanic Heritage proclamation, which kicked off a month long observance of Hispanic contributions to America. Announcing the theme “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action, and a future of success,” Obama “stress[ed] that his administration is ‘committed to supporting and ...

Border Surge Costing Democrats Core Issue

Overwhelming opposition continues to mount against President Obama’s plan to act unilaterally on immigration, specifically halting the deportation of those who are here illegally. In a new Rasmussen poll released Thursday, “62% of likely U.S. voters oppose the president granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress” with 57% believing he does not have the legal authority to do so. [1] This comes on the heels of Pew’s August 20th survey, which shows nearly identical findings with “61% of Americans disapprov[ing] of Obama's immigration policy.” [2] It is absolutely clear where the majority of Americ...

Healthcare.gov Glitch 2.0

Overcoming its disastrous rollout, which generated less than 27,000 enrollees the first month, Healthcare.gov could be facing another massive glitch as the Administration fails to meet the completion deadlines for the site’s critical “back-end” portion. The payment mechanism, which allows the government to directly compensate insurers for consumers’ subsidies, plays a vital role in the Affordable Care Act’s functionality. Yet, the key component is still missing in action, causing the government to use a rudimentary, possibly inaccurate, “interim process.” As deadlines continue to be pushed backed and the stop-gap mechanisms become the ...

Discovering Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado

Discovering Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado Sen. Michael F. Bennet’s voting record shows that he has voted for record spending and national debt. Bennet voted for the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more commonly known as the “stimulus” or the “Recovery Act,” which is the largest spending bill in U.S. history. He has also voted more than once to raise the government's debt ceiling by trillions. Bennet is also intent on health-care reform. In 2009, CNN's John King asked then-freshman Bennet, "If . . . you are a critical vote for health care reform, and every piece of evidence tells you if you support ...