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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 ...

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House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows: ‘Primary objective’ in Obamacare-repeal negotiation is to lower insurance premiums

House Freedom Caucus champions Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.); Jim Jordan (R-Ohio); and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) recently sat down with POLITICO to talk about recent negotiations with the Trump administration concerning Obamacare-repeal legislation and what it should look like the second time around. “We were talking about a couple things – making sure that pre-existing conditions continue to stay protected, making sure that health care is affordable but the primary objective has been will be – always will be – is lower insurance premiums. And, if we don’t do that, we will have failed,” says Rep. Meadows. Members of the House Freedom ...

Gorsuch’s strong performance even wins over mainstream media, Dems

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch won over conservatives with his standout record, but his impeccable performance in Senate hearings this week has earned the judge praise from media figures and some Democrats as well. The Washington Free Beacon reported: On CNN, Jeffrey Toobin said it was clear Gorsuch knew more about the law than any of the senators asking him questions, Wolf Blitzer praised him as "very knowledgeable," Patrick Healy said he had a "natural command," and Gloria Borger called him "completely qualified and everybody knows it." Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Gorsuch during the week over his prior rulings and ...

Senate confirms Dr. Ben Carson as next HUD secretary

Retired neurosurgeon and former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson garnered bipartisan support Thursday as half a dozen senators crossed party line to help Republicans confirm him as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. USA Today has the details: Carson has never held public office and has no housing policy experience. But Republicans have praised the life story of a man who grew up in inner-city Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education. When his nomination cleared the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in January, Democrats said Carson would not have been their choice, but they welcomed his ...

8 Agenda Items President Trump Needs Our Help With

President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress tonight and now more than ever he needs patriots nationwide to support him as he carries out the agenda he outlined on the campaign trail, including repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes, imposing term limits and enforcing our immigration policies (among other things!). So join us as we hit the ground running in our ninth year of encouraging our leaders to push for policies that will guarantee personal and economic liberty for all Americans. Here are some of the agenda items our new president needs our help implementing and agenda items he may address in the joint session ...

The reason three times as many Muslims voted for Trump compared to Romney

A poll released last week by the Council on American-Islamic Relations found that President-elect Donald Trump garnered nearly three times as many votes from Muslim-American men and women than Mitt Romney did during his unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2012. The Daily Caller reports: The CAIR exit poll of more than 2,000 registered Muslim voters found that 74 percent voted for Hillary Clinton and 13 percent voted for Trump. CAIR’s 2012 exit poll showed 85.7 percent of Muslims voted for President Barack Obama and 4.4 percent voted for Romney. During Trump’s campaign for the presidency, he released a plan to ban Muslims from entering ...

White House confirms Obamacare enrollees on the hook for double-digit premium increases

Brace yourselves, Obamacare enrollees. Premiums are about to skyrocket across the country *an average* of 25 percent, the Obama administration verified Monday. The Associated Press has the details: Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less. Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, ...

Unemployment claims higher than projected

Fresh applications for unemployment benefits topped 260,000 in mid-October, up 13,000 – or 0.5 percent – over the previous week, according to the Labor Department. The Washington Examiner has the scoop: The increase in claims was more than the 4,000 uptick private-sector forecasters had projected. While claims remain reassuringly low, they are slightly off the red-hot pace early in the month. Scarce jobless claims are viewed as a positive sign for the economy because claims represent layoffs. Jobless claims, which are released weekly, can give investors and policymakers a high-frequency indicator of the health of the jobs market. Net ...

Arizonans facing up 75-percent hike on Obamacare premiums

Arizonans enrolled in Obamacare had better re-evaluate their family budgets, as residents in 2017 will face premium increases as steep as 75 percent. The Washington Examiner has the story: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona plans to raise Obamacare premiums by 51 percent, and Centene Corp. will sell plans in only Maricopa County at a rate of 74.5 percent, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper. Blue Cross will not sell plans in Maricopa, but it did agree earlier this year to sell plans in Pinal County after news reports that the county would not have any Obamacare insurers. Arizona is the latest state to face big premium increases. One ...