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Tea Party Patriots Applauds President-elect Donald Trump’s Nomination of Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

Washington, DC – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today in response to reports that President-elect Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. “Tea Party Patriots applauds President-elect Donald Trump for picking Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. AG Pruitt has worked with our activists over the years fighting Obamacare and he understands the importance of federalism and the ability of state and local governments to serve their ...

The future of Obamacare ‘insurer bailouts’ is not looking good

President-elect Donald Trump is bad news for insurance companies who hope that Congress will bail them out with changes to two Obamacare programs. The programs sunset at the end of this year, but conservatives are staying vigilant against the possibility that Congress will try to use the lame-duck session to give insurers more money. Insurance companies have spent millions lobbying lawmakers to keep the risk corridor and reinsurance programs. The Daily Signal reported: Conservative groups like Freedom Partners and Republican lawmakers have cautioned that the Justice Department could attempt to settle with insurance companies and tap into ...

Congressman: Obamacare ‘more than just another pile of broken promises’

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), in the wake of the Obama administration announcing so-called Affordable Care Act insurance premiums will rise dramatically, recently echoed the sentiment Obamacare needs to be repealed in light of its ballooning premium increases. The Washington Examiner has the details: "Twenty-two percent," he said. "That's how much more the average mid-level Obamacare plan will cost next year." Ratcliffe said if people try to switch their plans, it will mean finding a new doctor. But it might be too difficult to switch plans at this point… "As you can see, Obamacare is more than just another pile of broken promises," ...

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, ...

Oklahoma Obamacare premiums to skyrocket

Oklahoma (the Sooner State) residents who purchased Obamacare will soon face, on average, a more than 75 percent increase to their health-insurance premiums — a reality that’s unlikely to drive any more brave souls to stake their claim in the state-run healthcare exchanges. The Washington Examiner has the details: Oklahoma's Insurance Department said on Tuesday that increases in individual marketplace plans will range from 58 percent to 96 percent. "These jaw-dropping increases make it clear that Oklahoma's exchange is on life support," said Insurance Commissioner John Doak, in a statement. "Health insurers are losing massive amounts of ...

Senator says North Carolinians on hook for up to 25 percent Obamacare price jump

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) says North-Carolina residents in 2017 potentially face a 19-to-25-percent jump in their Obamacare health insurance thanks to a proposed rate increase from the Tar Heel State’s Department of Insurance on top of limited health-insurance options. McClatchy DC has the details: Further, because major health insurers have suffered losses and are exiting the program, in 90 percent of North Carolina counties, residents enrolled in President Barack Obama’s signature health care program will only have one plan from which to choose in their so-called marketplace, Burr wrote in an op ed published in the online North State ...

Former IRS exec Lois Learner broke the law in a major way, documents suggest

Disgraced IRS executive Lois Lerner, who resigned after it came to light she was the driving force behind the agency’s targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, may have illegally handed over more than a million pages of Americans’ confidential tax returns. National Review has the scoop: Recently obtained documents raise new questions about Lois Lerner’s role in sending confidential tax returns to the Justice Department. It is likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history: the transfer of some 1.25 million pages of confidential tax returns from the IRS to the Department of Justice in October of ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Facebook seems to be in ‘a state of constant, continual improvement’ after meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and conservative leaders at Facebook HQ

ATLANTA, Ga – Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin who attended the meeting last week between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and conservative leaders, released the following statement today lending her impressions from the meeting last week. “Facebook researched historical data related to the allegations and interviewed people who were involved as employees, contractors, and those who were allegedly impacted to determine what happened and how they can make the system better. They have come up with theories and solutions to make Trending Topics better in the future. Time will tell if the changes have a positive impact or ...

Jenny Beth Martin tells Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg what’s on her mind

“What’s on your mind?” It’s the question that appears on the status update of every personal Facebook account and is written in large letters atop the famous “Facebook wall” at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, California – and it’s not a question Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin shied away from answering Wednesday when she and other conservative leaders from across the country met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discuss recent allegations the social-networking site has been suppressing politically conservative news and propping up a homogeneous workplace culture that favors its more liberal members. “W...

Sen. Reid dubbed ‘Porker of the Month’ for stonewalling IGs looking into fraud, abuse

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) received the March Porker of the Month award from D.C.-based government watchdog Citizens Against Government Waste for supporting a bill that would stonewall inspectors general from looking into waste, fraud and government mismanagement. The Review Journal has the details: “Sen. Reid’s unfathomable objection to this measure exemplifies his utter and complete disregard for protecting taxpayers,” said Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. “Inspectors general are frontline fighters in the battle against waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government. They should have ...