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News Briefing for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HEALTHCARE: CALPERS COULD OWE OBAMACARE $770 MILLION IN “CADILLAC TAX’ “California government entities and their unions are panicking because Obamacare’s punitive 40% “Cadillac Tax” beginning in 2018 will directly hit the low-deductible and broad-provider network type of “platinum” healthcare coverage that public employees have enjoyed under the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS). With the Cadillac Tax estimated at $770 million, public employees face a radical change to “narrow networks” and up to 1,000 percent increase in annual healthcare deductibles. California public employee unions and CalPERS took a ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 11

HEALTHCARE: CBO: Obamacare Premiums Will Increase Faster Than Private Plans “Obamacare health insurance premiums will grow faster than either private policies or the federal government in coming years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. In a report released Monday, the CBO issued updated budget projections showing that “premiums for policies sold through the exchanges are expected to increase more rapidly than the underlying trend in spending” between 2016 and 2018. The CBO projects that the average premium for Obamacare policies will increase by 8.5 percent annually in those years, while federal spending is expected to grow by ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment (Jenny Beth Martin’s op-ed) http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20150203-jenny-beth-martin-its-time-to-pass-a-u.s.-balanced-budget-amendment.ece Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment http://heralddemocrat.com/opinion/national-commentary/it-s-time-pass-lee-balanced-budget-amendment Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment https://home.butlereagle.com/clickshare/authenticateUserSubscription.do?CSProduct=butlereagle&CSAuthReq=1422997869:57356328138461&CSTargetURL=http://www.butlereagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/l...

News Briefing for Thursday, January 29, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: McCaul border bill is not enough to stand up to Obama (Jenny Beth Martin’s op-ed) “During the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans across the country campaigned hard on opposing executive amnesty by President Obama, and securing the country’s borders.  The president famously intoned that “every single one” of his policies was on the ballot; the voters took heed and rewarded Republicans with historic majorities. The GOP now has a chance to make good on its pledges. Unfortunately, the current Republican “border security” bill is not the vehicle for them to show that they’re serious. With the misleading title ...

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 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 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 19

HEALTHCARE: Surprise: Insurers Extend Another Obamacare Deadline, Costs to Spike in 2016 The law. It's working, you guys. It's working so well that one entire year into its full implementation, insurers feel compelled to extend yet another alleged deadline because the so-called 'back end' of the program's website is still a hot mess.  That big "re-branding" campaign can't come soon enough, in order to allow supporters to keep on highlighting Obamacare's unparalleled success: “Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time ...

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 ...