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Obamacare Banking on Pop-Culture Marketing

Music can soothe the soul. Perhaps that is why HHS selected the “Forget About The Price Tag” song as their winning video to promote Obamacare. Insurance costs under the new healthcare law are sending the young and old into grab-your-heart sticker shock, but the Obama Administration is hoping the good vibes from the song will wash away the premium-price misery. Refrain: “We want to make it more fair with affordable healthcare. It ain’t about the cha-ching, cha-ching. It ain’t about the ba-bling, ba-bling. The Affordable Care Act, don’t worry about the price tag.” Many Americans aren’t buying the song and dance. With cases like ...

Obamacare Marketing Full-Court Press Imploding

With Obamacare as unpopular as ever, the Obama Administration is continuing its full-court press to impress upon the American people its alleged benefits. Hollywood, the NBA, and NFL have all been recent targets of the Administration, asking them to help promote the law. So far, the effort to get professional athletes involved hasn’t been successful: Asked about the congressional letter, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had not made any commitment to the administration. “We have responded to the letters we received from members of Congress to inform them we currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive ...

Free market begins responding to Obamacare

In 2008, I was interning at The Heritage Foundation. My job was to research TARP, which Heritage subsequently (and disappointingly) supported. As the crisis unfolded, I called a long-time businessman and entrepreneur to ask his opinion on the issue. He informed me that he opposed TARP, and, like water flowing downhill, the free market always gets its way in the long run, no matter how many regulations and government interventions are created. America is beginning to see this in various reactions to Obamacare. The law’s many regulations and other market interventions (such as subsidies) are causing a ferocious backlash across the country, much ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 12/13/15

CALENDAR: The House returns Tuesday, and will stay in session long enough to pass the omnibus appropriations bill and, maybe, the tax extenders bill. The Senate returns Monday, with the first vote late on Monday afternoon, and will stay in session long enough to pass the omnibus appropriations bill and, maybe, the tax extenders bill. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session last Monday and took up and passed two bills under Suspension, both by voice vote. On Tuesday, the House planned a simple day – eight bills to be passed under Suspension. The Democrats had other plans. Determined to shift attention from ...

Largest health-insurance provider in nation may pull out of Obamacare exchanges

The single largest health-insurance provider in the nation is threatening to leave the Obamacare exchanges for a myriad of reasons, including the difficulty in getting younger, healthier people signed up. The Washington Examiner has the details: Insurers have had trouble signing up young and healthy individuals on the Obamacare exchanges, which is necessary to offset the costs of covering older and sicker enrollees. This has forced insurers to hike premiums, raise deductibles, and slash the number of doctors and hospitals offered on its plans. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has cut its enrollment expectations for 2016 to about half of what ...

You Won’t Believe What Happened in GOP Conference Last Night

As you've probably heard from media reports by now, last night Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech to his colleagues in the Republican Conference meeting that he would accept the job of Speaker of the House as long as he could be a unifying force AND as long as the 3 major factions in the House got behind him. Oh, and there's one other thing. He wants the Republican Conference to change the rules of the House to remove the power of Members to issue a motion to vacate the chair - which you'll recall is the mechanism that Mark Meadows of North Carolina used to ultimately force John Boehner to step down. So Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker as long as he can ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 07/25/2015

  CALENDAR:  The House will come back into session on Monday, with the first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session until Thursday, with the last votes expected no later than 3 PM. The Senate came back into session today at 3 PM to take up consideration of the highway bill. They met for about three hours, then broke until tomorrow afternoon. They’ll stay in session through Friday.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  The House began its week Tuesday, with three bills on the Suspension Calendar. Two passed with heavy majorities in roll call votes, and one passed by voice vote. On Wednesday, the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 07/19/15

  CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Tuesday, with the first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session until Friday, with the last votes expected no later than 3 PM. The Senate will come back into session at 10 AM Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 2:15 PM. At that point, the Senate is expected to vote on cloture on the Motion To Proceed to H.R. 22 the vehicle for the surface transportation reauthorization bill, known more colloquially as the Highway Bill. They will still in session until Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House began its work last week on Monday, taking up six ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 07/11/15

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session at noon Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. They anticipate staying through Thursday, with no votes later than 3 PM. The Senate will come back into session on 3 PM Monday, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. At that point, the Senate is expected to vote on two amendments to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, also known as Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization, or No Child Left Behind.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  On Tuesday evening of last week, the House adopted by voice vote three Democratic amendments that would restrict Confederate flag ...

A Word Edgewise

There was much good news, along with a splash of bad news, in this week’s controversial poll from NBC-Wall Street Journal. Whatever the poll’s methodological shortcomings (which we will leave to the trained professionals to sort out), it’s clear that the first-tier candidates are holding firm as “candidates you could see yourself supporting,” even as second-tier figures Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson are beginning to surge. As we have been saying in this space for some time, all of the GOP candidates are accretive. They all bring elements of support to what could be a winning coalition against Hillary. A bloodbath may break out ...