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Is the Farm Bill Worth Passing?

This week, a number of House Republicans and House Democrats are trying to force action on the so-called “farm bill” the House Agriculture Committee passed in July. The bill, which includes billions in direct farm subsidies, will cost $100 billion per year for five years if made into law. Approximately 80% of that cost is related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The good thing is the farm bill appears to lack the support to get the votes necessary for passage through the House this week. As such, the House will go to its seven-week recess and not consider the farm bill for passage until ...

News Briefing for Monday, February 2, 2014

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Mike Pence's very bad week (Quote by Chuck Laudner – TPPCF) “Even if Pence can explain the mistake, the stumble has put more distance between him and what already would have been a dark-horse run in a crowded 2016 field. "If you're going to get into a race, from today moving forward, it would have be to fill a void that exists," said Chuck Laudner, an Iowa Republican strategist and the national campaign coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund. "There's really no one scrambling for a candidate that expands Medicaid and makes it harder to repeal Obamacare. So it's going to be very tricky." http://www.cnn.c...

News Briefing for Thursday, January 22, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: GOP Slams Obama's SOTU Speech as Divisive, Confrontational (Quote by Jenny Beth) “Republicans Tuesday charged President Barack Obama with putting forth a highly divisive State of the Union speech that offered no new proposals and included a plan to raise $320 billion in new taxes that had no chance of passing Congress. "He's just being confrontational," Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, told Newsmax, focusing on Obama's tax plan. "He knows that's not going to pass either chamber of Congress. "In putting these policies forward, the president has shown that he has no interest in seeking common ground ...

News Briefing for Thursday, October 16, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Report: Deficit will grow $131 billion under Obamacare “Obamacare will add more than $100 billion to the nation's deficit, according to a report issued by the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee. Democrats dispute the findings of the report, however, with one top aide calling it “garbage.” The Senate Budget Committee GOP staff crunched updated data on the Affordable Care Act, provided by the Congressional Budget Office, which they said refutes the agency's 2012 conclusion that the health care law would cut the deficit by $109 billion by 2022. Instead, GOP budget staffers say the law will increase the deficit by $131 ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, October 14, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Thanks to Obamacare, Health Costs Soared This Year http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/13/thanks-to-obamacare-health-costs-soared-this-year/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social   An Obamacare October surprise? “Obamacare premiums aren’t rising everywhere. They just have a way of finding the states with the biggest Senate races. And that could be very bad timing for Democrats in two of the party’s key contests. Double-digit rate hikes for individual health insurance plans have become an issue in the Louisiana and Iowa Senate races over the past week, where the Republican candidates are hammering their Democratic ...

News Briefing for Thursday, October 9, 2014

HEALTHCARE: More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies not in compliance with ObamaCare “More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies not in compliance with ObamaCare in the coming weeks, affecting thousands of people just before the midterm elections. "It looks like several hundred thousand people across the country will receive notices in the coming days and weeks," said Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The policies are being canceled because states that initially granted a reprieve at the request of President Obama are no longer willing to do so. In coming weeks, 13 states and the ...

News Briefing for Monday, October 6, 2014

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare signups return with more plans but concerns about software, cost, care options “The ObamaCare exchanges that opened for business last fall to disastrous consequence are expected to be largely improved with better technology and more insurance plans when they re-open next month, but critics are still raising concerns about consumer costs and choices. The Department of Health and Human Services said in a preliminary report released Sept. 23 that the number of insurers has increased by 25 percent, which officials argue should lower premium costs through competition, in addition to offering customers more choices. “When ...

News Briefing for Thursday, September 11

Below are some of the news stories that we are reading today. HEALTHCARE:   Obamacare: Fewer Doctors, More Demand The trends are not pretty if you’re a physician — or a person who needs medical care. “Obamacare, as its advocates increasingly point out, has succeeded in expanding the number of Americans with insurance. Even though this achievement came at enormous cost, still leaves millions of Americans uninsured, and dumped millions more into Medicaid, this is still one of the few “successes” that the health-care law can claim. However, health insurance and access to health care are not the same thing. And evidence is ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, September 9

Below are some of the news stories that we are reading today. HEALTHCARE:   The Myth of ObamaCare's Affordability The law's perverse incentives will have the nation working fewer hours, and working those hours less productively. http://online.wsj.com/articles/casey-b-mulligan-the-myth-of-obamacares-affordability-1410218437   ER visits skyrocket under Obamacare “More people newly insured by Medicaid under ObamaCare are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms — one of the most expensive medical settings, a study released Monday concludes. The analysis by the Colorado Hospital Association found that the average ...

Texas almost opens the door to Obamacare Medicaid exchanges

Last week, the Texas House almost opened the door to expanded Medicaid coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately, conservatives stepped up to prevent this disaster from happening. The Texas Tribune has the story: Hours after approving the measure, the Texas House backpedaled on an amendment to the 2013-14 budget that would have opened the door to negotiations on expanding Medicaid, a key provision of federal health care reform. “A lot of us didn’t really understand what was taking place,” said state Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, who voted in favor of the amendment earlier in the day, then joined a united House Republican delegation in ...