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News Briefing for March 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination “Much of who’s ahead and who’s not at this stage “is based on who’s known and who’s not known,” said Fergus Cullen, another former New Hampshire Republican chairman. Cullen hosted a reception at his home for Bush last week. What’s lacking in the top tier is a hardcore conservative or tea party favorite. Tea party loyalists are sympathetic to Walker, for example, but still have some doubts. At a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall meeting this week, some questioned whether he has shifted his position on government help for ethanol over the years. Mike Huckabee, ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 18

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Scott Walker: I Will Run as a Conservative “…Later in his town hall remarks, Walker criticized the Obama administration's handling of foreign policy challenges posed by the Islamic State and expressed concern about the administration's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat. Walker also responded to a question from Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin over his position on ethanol. Her question noted that while Walker had opposed a Wisconsin effort to mandate its use in midgrade gasoline, he recently said in Iowa that he would "go forward on continuing the [federal] Renewable Fuel Standard." Walker responded that ...

A new low for Obamacare

Just as Obamacare’s second enrollment period[1] is getting off the ground, more Americans are voicing disapproval of the law. Support for President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, in fact, has reached a new low. A recent Gallup[2] poll shows only 37 percent of Americans approve of the law. On the flip side, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the law. It’s hardly surprising that so many Americans are currently dissatisfied with the Affordable Care Act. For many, the law has only contributed additional hardship, stress, and complexity to their lives. Others are finally realizing that the benefits are far outweighed by the ...

News Briefing for Friday, October 17, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Oregon Obamacare Exchange Hits 18th Security Breach “An Oregon woman was sent personal information of other Obamacare applicants, marking the 18th time in just six months that the embattled exchange has leaked personal information. Ann Migliaccio told the Associated Press that she received documents containing the names, birth dates, and Obamacare exchange ID’s of two separate customers who also applied for coverage on the exchange, but said she did not receive their Social Security numbers. When officials became aware of the breach last week, the exchange sent Migliaccio a return envelope for her to send back the documents. She ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HEALTHCARE: In Some States, a Cost Crunch Over Expanded Health Benefits “President Barack Obama promised that his Affordable Care Act would work to reduce health costs. But a recent Kaiser Health News article outlined one way in which the law–and the way the administration and states have implemented it–is helping to increase costs. The issue surrounds benefit mandates at the state level, which require insurers offering policies in that state to cover a particular type of treatment, provider, or service. While many of these mandates may sound appealing, they incrementally raise the cost of insurance–for procedures that some people might ...

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 ...

Governor Brown: “From Mexico to California in 20 Minutes”

Lax enforcement of our immigration laws has erased the border between the United States and Central America to the point that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is now calling our nation “the other Mexico.” The bold reference, made during his recent visit to Los Angeles, received no push back from California Governor Jerry Brown, who told the Latino audience “you’re all welcome in California,” regardless of citizenship. [1] Nieto, whose country has much to gain from amnesty, greatly praised California for its strides in advancing the rights of immigrants. “There are still states that have not evolved so much as California, that still ...

Obamacare Increasing Costs for Disabled

One of the claims by President Obama was that the Affordable Care Act would help those with pre-existing conditions and the disabled. One Florida resident is finding this claim is more sales pitch than fact. According to Nancy Carabine, Obamacare is the cause of more – not less – cost for she and her husband. “I just got my new premium notice. My insurance went up $200 over last year. In years past, a $200 increase was for me and my husband, but since he’s gone on Medicare, this increase is just for me.” When she talked to a Humana representative about the increase, she was told Obamacare was the primary reason because costs were going ...

Obamacare Unmasked: “We know what’s best for you”

The revelation that President Obama’s Administration knew over three years ago many Americans would not be able to keep their plans has sent many Democrats scrambling for excuses. Several media reports have surfaced with one theme, “We know what’s better for you, but didn’t want to say it.” In no particular order: A Democratic guest on Megan Kelly’s Fox show: Kelly asked, “Was he intentionally misleading, or was there some argument that he was grossly mistaken?” Hannah argued Obama was “absolutely correct,” explaining that “these plans don’t offer the basic protections that the president has been saying all along are ...

Another Broken Promise: Keeping your Health Insurance

Over the last four-plus years, President Obama has often repeated that any American who likes his or her insurance plan can keep it. It was a major part of the Obamacare sales pitch to the nation: Many Americans knew this claim was suspect, and that it might not end up being true. Via NBC News, however, we now know the Administration realized this wasn’t the case over three years ago: Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since ...