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Endangered Species: Obamacare Drives Private-Practice Doctors Out

“I cannot keep the doctor my whole family loves and trusts,” lamented Gretchen. Through coughs, colds and the occasional check-ups, Gretchen’s family physician has been there for her and her family since 2003. She became acquainted with him when her daughter needed to be rushed to the emergency room for an uncontrollable stomach ailment. Over those 11 years, their beloved doctor watched her kids grow into adulthood. The history and level of trust developed during that time are the reasons Gretchen is mourning. Her doctor is closing his private practice. “My doctor was awesome, because he trusted me, and I trusted him,” said the Iowa ...

Endangered Species: Affordable Health Care

Anthem’s announcement last fall excluding Missouri’s largest hospital network in all individual plans,sent patients and healthcare advocates in an uproar.  Missouri resident Ben was one of the many distraught by the news.   “I will preface this by saying that Missouri has an average of 17 choices on the health exchanges, while the national state average is 53. It was announced that Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, one of the largest insurance providers in the state, will no longer cover the Barnes Jewish Christian (BJC) Healthcare Organization. BJC is an internationally respected healthcare chain, with 13 hospitals in the St. Louis area ...

Laughable Claim: Moderate Republicans are Endangered Species

In 2011, Froma Harrop said Tea Party activists were engaging in “economic terrorism” over the debt ceiling, and later called activists “saboteurs.” Now she’s back, lamenting the alleged loss of the moderate Republican. Harrop’s piece is worth reading, in all of its flawed glory, because it is a textbook case of the factually-challenged view that moderates are good for America, Republicans have lost their moderates, and the insinuation that the Democratic Party is reasonably centrist. First, her opening: Moderate Republicans are, were, good things. I use the past tense "were" because as they became rarities, the centrists' chief ...

Treasury Secretary’s Old and Busted Dance Moves

Ever since the debt ceiling was created, both parties have talked about the risk of “default” if America hits it. This ignores reality, in which default only happens if the country fails to pay interest payments. Hitting the debt ceiling would only force a balanced budget. With the next debt ceiling fight beginning in Washington, it was up to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to trot out this ridiculous falsehood. From Real Clear Politics’ transcript of Lew’s discussion with Fox News’ Chris Wallace: WALLACE: What's your plan to avoid the default -- what's you plan to avoid the default when Speaker Boehner said there got to be spending cuts? ...

Beltway budget dance continues

Since 2009, Americans of all stripes have called for the Senate to pass a budget, in line with existing law and the simple duties of elected officials. For nearly four years, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) refused to let this happen. Earlier this year, Senator Reid finally allowed the budget process to proceed. The Senate subsequently passed a budget proposal that increased spending and raised taxes. This was in sharp contrast to the House’s budget proposal, which balances in 10 years. Both are inferior to what the nation needs, but the House budget is a more sustainable choice. Since March, when both budgets passed their respective ...

GOP Senators Dancing D.C. Two-step for Amnesty

On Monday, only 27 Senate Republicans opposed the immigration “reform” bill during the first cloture vote on the bill. Four did not vote, largely because of weather delays, including both Republicans from Georgia. On Wednesday, 31 Republicans voted against the bill, and only two did not vote – Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). At first glance, this is a good thing. It looks like a couple of GOP Senators switched their votes, whether out of fear of constituents or because they believe the bill wasn’t improved enough to support. However, that first glance would be wrong. In fact, the two Senators who switched votes – ...

Good Riddance: “Train Wreck” Sen. Baucus to Retire Amid Obamacare Debacle

Tea Party Patriots Claim Victory as another Big-Government Senator Leaves Today, Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, claimed victory after reports that Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) will not seek re-election in 2014. As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Baucus was one of the key authors of President Obama’s health care, yet called the implementation of the law a “huge train wreck coming down.” “Yes, Obamacare is a ‘train wreck’ and unfortunately Sen. Baucus realized it after authoring and promoting such a terrible law,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. “The ...

Rep. Jim Jordan welcomes Tea Party Patriots and Members-elect to Washington

Last Friday, Tea Party Patriots was proud to welcome Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) to its second Freshman Orientation in Washington, D.C. Jordan spoke for over 15 minutes to new Members and over 100 Tea Party leaders.

The FCC’s Psychology of Abundant Regulation

By Phil Kerpen The Internet is a great deregulatory success story: government got out of the way, took a light-touch, hands-off approach and the results are obvious. But some on the left are adamant that heavy-handed government regulation would somehow serve consumers better than intense competition. The latest proof is a sharp about-face from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski on the issue of usage-based pricing, citing a concern about “the psychology of abundance.” It’s hard to think of something more abundant than broadband Internet, which these days seems to be everywhere. So the only “psychology of ...

Exclusive Interview with Rep. Jim Jordan

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is the Chair of the Republican Study Committee (RSC). With nearly three-quarters of the House Republican Caucus joining its membership after the 2010 elections, the RSC has gone from being a thorn in the side of Republican leadership to being a major player in moving the party to the right. And while the party may still not be as dedicated to lower spending and tax reform as many grassroots conservatives would prefer, under Rep. Jordan the RSC has proposed significant spending, tax, and entitlement reforms. It also proposed a budget that would balance in five years. Rep. Jordan was kind enough to sit down with Dustin Siggins ...