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News Briefing for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Administration prepares for court showdown over Obamacare subsidies (Quote by Kevin Broughton) Argues law, negative outcomes if offsets reversed “Conservatives like Kevin Broughton, a spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots, said the administration and its Democratic allies have no one to blame but themselves after muscling their overhaul through Congress in 2010. “There has to be a presumption,” he said, “that the words in a statute mean what they say.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/2/obama-administration-prepares-for-court-showdown-o/     HEALTHCARE: Dems call for open ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Senate Dems block GOP effort to tie DHS funding to Obama immigration actions “The Tea Party Patriots group is suggesting that Senate Republicans are backing down because they fear Americans will blame them for a partial DHS shutdown. “Senate Republicans are about to cave in to President Obama,” the group said Monday. “It’s time … to ratchet up the pressure on wobbly Senators.” A federal district court judge in Texas last week temporarily blocked the administration's plans to carry out an executive action that protects millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/02/24/t...

News Briefing for Thursday, February 12, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare Co-Ops Cost Taxpayers $17,000 Per Enrollee “More than 500,000 people enrolled in health plans offered by nonprofit insurance companies created under the Affordable Care Act. And with the co-ops receiving an average of $108.7 million from the federal government, taxpayer-backed funding per enrollee topped $17,000. Twenty-three co-ops received a total of $2.5 billion from the federal government and enrolled more than 520,000 people in plans through September. However, an analysis conducted by The Daily Signal published yesterday found that just one, Maine Community Health Options, was profitable last year. Using the latest ...

News Briefing for Friday, January 16, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Burwell urges GOP to 'move beyond' ObamaCare arguments “Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Thursday promised a "vigorous" defense of ObamaCare this Congress as she outlined policy priorities she said could receive bipartisan support, such as addressing prescription drug abuse and accelerating the development of medical cures. "I hope we can move beyond the back and forth of the Affordable Care Act," Burwell said at the New America Foundation. She also downplayed Republican plans to target pieces of the healthcare law now that the GOP is in control of both chambers on Capitol Hill.  "We want to find ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, January 7 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party groups make last-minute push to oust Boehner “Tea Party groups are making a late push to oust Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). With about two hours to go before the 12:45 p.m. vote on Tuesday, FreedomWorks said that its members had made over 11,000 phone calls to congressional offices urging members to vote against Boehner and sent more than 18,700 messages online in the last 72 hours. Another group, Tea Party Patriots, said on Twitter that it had facilitated close to 4,000 calls to members and urged its followers to make more. FreedomWorks was also aggressively pushing the campaign against Boehner on social media ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare fines rising in 2015, IRS prepares to collect “Don't have health insurance? Get ready to pay up.  The ObamaCare-mandated fines for not having insurance are rising in 2015 -- and for the first time, will be collected by the Internal Revenue Service. The individual requirement to buy health insurance went into effect earlier this year. But this coming tax season is the first time all taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had health insurance for the prior year.  The fines for the 2014 year were relatively modest -- $95 per person or 1 percent of household income (above the threshold for filing taxes), ...

News Briefing for Monday, December 22, 2014

HEALTHCARE: A Firsthand Account of What It's Like to Re-Enroll for Obamacare (State-Based Exchange) “What it's like to re-enroll in Obamacare - With that in mind, and with the Dec. 15 deadline to re-enroll and be covered by Jan. 1, 2015, bearing down on me this past weekend, I decided it was time to re-enroll myself for healthcare in my home state of Washington (a state-run exchange). Let me walk you through what it was like re-enrolling for health insurance on my end so you can get a better feel for what might be going right and wrong with the process as a whole. If I had to sum up my enrollment experience in just a few short words I would ...

News Briefing for Friday, December 12, 2014

HEALTHCARE: How ‘Cromnibus’ Helps Blue Cross and Blue Shield “Tucked away near the end of the 1,600-page spending bill is a long-awaited technical fix to the health overhaul law — one that benefits Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers and has been in the works since the bill was passed in 2010. The backstory: Many of the nonprofit ‘Blue’ health plans receive tax breaks on their expenses and reserves as part of a 1980s arrangement in which they lost their broader tax-exempt status. Under the 2010 health law, Blue plans had to spend at least 85% of their revenue from insurance premiums on medical claims to continue to qualify for the ...

News Briefing for Thursday, December 11, 2014

HEALTHCARE: GOP Misleads On ObamaCare Funding “Assuming one reads what they want to read into information being put out by Republican House Speaker Boehner's office on the Omnibus spending bill, one might think the GOP is actually not funding ObamaCare in the deal. That would be wrong. It says, "No new funding for ObamaCare." However, as the Washington Post points out, the law is still funded. Given that the entire deal is new, it absolutely contains new funding for ObamaCare. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: The law is still funded, but there's no new money for it. There's also no new ACA-related funding for the Internal Revenue Service and the Centers ...

News Briefing for Friday, December 5, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Healthcare.gov average premiums increasing in 2015 “Obama officials say the average prices for healthcare coverage on Healthcare.gov will increase in 2015, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services says customers purchasing the lowest cost "silver" plans, which are the most popular type of plans in the states using the federal exchanges, should see an average increase of five percent. The second-lowest cost "silver" plans, meanwhile, are expected to only increase in cost by two percent, on average. HHS is urging customers to shop around, claiming that more than seven in 10 can find lower ...