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News Briefing for Friday, January 9, 2015

HEALTHCARE: N.J. private insurance premiums rising faster since Affordable Care Act passed, study shows “Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the cost of premiums in New Jersey each year have risen faster than the national average, according to a study released today by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Premiums for New Jersey employer-sponsored health coverage climbed an average of 4.4 percent a year from 2003 through 2010 to $5,153 per single person, according to the study by the Commonwealth Fund. But from 2010 to 2013, the average premium rose 6.4 percent a year, to $6,200. The spike was even greater for family polici...

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, January 6, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Boehner in line for 3rd term as speaker; GOP readies agenda “House Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both houses pointed toward a swift veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline. Senate Republicans, winners of a majority in last fall's elections, began laying down markers for legislative battles ahead. "Tax reform should not be used as an excuse to raise taxes on the American people," wrote Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who will ...

Weekly Legislative Update for 01/04/15

CALENDAR:   The House and Senate will both return on Tuesday to be sworn in and hold their official Leadership elections.   The House will remain in session through Friday, then will return on Monday of next week and remain through Wednesday. At that point, House Republicans will head to Hershey, PA, where they’ll hold a private conference through Friday to work out their agenda for 2015.   The Senate will stay through Friday, then will return on Monday of next week and remain through Wednesday, at which point Senate Republicans will join their House GOP colleagues in Hershey, PA.   THE AGENDA:   Debate ...

News Briefing for Saturday, January 3, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Feds Looking for Company to Run 'National Data Warehouse' for Obamacare, Medicare “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking for vendors to run its "National Data Warehouse," a database for "capturing, aggregating, and analyzing information" related to beneficiary and customer experiences with Medicare and the federal Obamacare marketplaces. Although the database primarily consists of quality control metrics related to individuals' interactions with customer service, potential contractors are to "[d]emonstrate ... experience with scalability and security in protecting data and information with customer, person-...

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 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 December 25-27, 2014

 TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Message to the IRS from the tea party: ‘We will not be silenced’ “Like Rep. Darrell Issa, the tea party does not give up the fight. Mr. Issa, chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released his painstaking review of 1.3 million pages of IRS documents and transcribed interviews conducted following revelations that the federal agency had targeted conservative groups. “Conservative organizations were not just singled out because of their political beliefs - they were targeted by IRS officials and employees who expressed a general loathing toward them even while begrudgingly admitting that those ...

News Briefing for Thursday, December 24, 2014

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Patriots Slam IRS: Targeting 'Still Going On' “The Tea Party Patriots on Tuesday slammed the IRS after a House oversight panel released its report, saying that the agency moved to scrutinize conservative groups by Democrats calling for tighter regulation of nonprofits' political activities. "There is no question that the IRS as an agency, and its leaders individually, directed and implemented a scheme to silence and demoralize tea party groups," said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Atlanta-based group. "We knew it was going on before Congress and the Treasury inspector general confirmed it. "The truth is that ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HEALTHCARE: He beat that Obamacare deadline. Did you? “New York City resident Nicolas Karlson was happy to be one of at least 2.5 million people who beat a major Obamacare enrollment deadline last week, but he's going to be paying a lot more for health insurance next year because of it. To cover himself, his wife, Monica, and their three children, 45-year-old Karlson will go from paying $1,805 every three months for their long-standing Aetna plan, to a new one from New York State's Obamacare exchange that will cost them $1,221.60 per month, or more than 100 percent more than his old plan cost. That steep bump in price is a result of Aetna's ...