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Report: Obamacare premiums doubled by the time law fully implemented

A new Department of Health and Human Services report reveals Obamacare premiums doubled after all the regulations that accompanied the health-insurance law were fully implemented in 2014. The Daily Signal has the story: HHS compared premiums in the exchange marketplaces in 2013, one year before Obamacare regulations took full effect, to premiums in the exchange marketplace in 2017. The report found that average monthly premiums increased from $224 in 2013 to $476 in 2017. That constitutes a 105 percent increase in only 4 years. “With data that shows average premiums doubling nationwide and Americans paying nearly $3,000 more for health ...

Inflation down in April

Americans were hit hard in the economic downturn and, while nothing can fully make up for the financial blows sustained then, it’s a small consolation for American families that their dollar stretched a little farther in the month of April, as the rising costs of consumer goods slowed slightly. The Washington Examiner has the story: Inflation slowed to a 2.2 percent annual rate in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday in a release of the Consumer Price Index that suggested that inflationary pressures have eased off in recent months. Inflation was even lower than forecasters' expectations, which it to slow for a second straight ...

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Poll: President Trump’s tax plan, Gorsuch confirmation bolsters approval rating

President Donald J. Trump’s recently released tax plan has elicited widespread support among his supporters – that, combined with the successful appointment of now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court have helped improve our commander in chief’s approval rating, according to a new poll. International Business Times has the details: The IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index — which includes poll results on favorability, job approval, and leadership — climbed 7% to 42.6, marking the first month-over-month increase since Trump became president. "The president's recent achievements in foreign affairs have bolstered Americans' view ...

Washington Examiner: House ‘narrowly’ passes legislation that would partially repeal Obamacare

House Republicans barely mustered enough votes to pass legislation that, if signed into law, would only partially repeal Obamacare but supporters of the bill assure skeptics it’s the first step toward fully repealing former President Obama’s signature health-insurance law. The Washington Examiner has the details: The House voted 217-213 to pass the amended American Health Care Act, after deciding late Wednesday that the votes were there thanks to last-minute changes that appealed to centrists. When the vote was called, 20 Republicans voted against it, just under the threshold of 22 GOP lawmakers that could vote against it and still have it ...

Tea Party Patriots Applauds House Freedom Caucus, President Trump & Vice President Pence for Negotiating Forward Movement Toward Obamacare Repeal

Tea Party Group Calls on Senate to Keep McConnell’s Promise to Repeal Obamacare ‘Root and Branch’ Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to the House of Representatives’ vote to pass an amended version of the American Health Care Act. “During the 2016 campaign, Republicans from President Trump to Speaker Paul Ryan to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the caucuses they lead in Congress made a promise that virtually all Republicans have been making since 2010: To repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that restores health care freedom, ...

Last Obamacare exchange in one Iowa county set to fold

Yet another of the health-insurance exchanges set up in the wake of Obamacare’s passage will likely fold in the days ahead as it struggles to meet its bottom line. The Washington Examiner has the details: The Des Moines Register reports that after the exit of Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield from Iowa's exchange, the only other insurer in 94 of Iowa's 99 counties is plotting its exit as well. You might think the exit of all competitors would be a boon for the last remaining insurer, but this is not the case, thanks to two of the important Obamacare rules that are a constant subject of discussion: "Community rating," which ...

Report: More than 345 VA employees draw federal salary even when they’re not working for the fed

About 346 Department of Veterans Affairs employees spend their working hours not in service to the federal government but in service to their union — all this while still receiving a federal salary — a widespread practice known as "official time," according to a new report. The Washington Examiner has the story: That's according to a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But exactly what those VA workers are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA doesn't track that, and the GAO report offers no clue. Rep. Jody Arrington, R-Texas, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, thinks the ...

Rep. Lamar Smith demanding DOJ prosecute Hillary Clinton’s private server team over stonewalling

Lawmakers are crying "Foul!" — and rightfully so — over the internet company Hillary Clinton hired to run her private, off-the-books email server, as the company has been giving congressional investigators the runaround for more than a year — something prompting leading lawmakers to take the case to President Trump's Justice Department for prosecution. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has asked the DOJ to prosecute Platte River Networks CEO Treve Suazo for obstructing a congressional investigation into his company’s role in provid...

Jenny Beth Martin: Trump administration takes ‘its boldest step yet’ with tax-cut plan

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest column says President Donald J. Trump's recently released tax-cut plan is his administration's 'boldest step yet' as it will grease the wheels on what has for years been an otherwise sluggish economy. The Hill has the commentary: Wednesday, the Trump administration delivered a two-fer: On the one hand, it took its boldest step yet in its quest to drain the swamp that is Washington, D.C., while on the other hand it played its strongest card in its effort to jump-start the kind of economic boom that would extend the benefits of the anemic Obama “recovery” beyond the bicoastal elites ...