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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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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 5/21/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with the first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday, with the last vote scheduled to be no later than 3 PM. And then they’ll be gone for the Memorial Day recess, and won’t return until Tuesday, June 6. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30. They’ll stay in session through Thursday, at which point the Senate will embark on its Memorial Day recess. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 115, the Thin Blue Line Act, by a vote of 271-143. The bill makes the killing of a state or local law ...

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich: Surrender or fight

Longtime political pundit and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says our country is approaching a fork in the road and that Americans shouldn’t fall for the version of President Trump the mainstream media and government bureaucrats who lined Hillary Clinton’s campaign coffers want you to believe. Fox News has the commentary: As the media continues to serve as a megaphone for the nameless federal employees who have axes to grind, remember that 95 percent of 2016 campaign donations from federal employees went to Hillary Clinton. At the State Department, 99 percent of employees who gave supported Clinton, and that figure is 97 percent at ...

Oregon Obamacare insurers requesting double-digit premium hikes

Health insurers who plan to continue their participation in the Obamacare exchanges recently submitted increased premiums proposals between 7 and 22 percent, according to new reports. The Washington Examiner has the details: The average, unsubsidized requests are 17.2 percent, according to independent analyst Charles Gaba, who writes ACASignups.net. The rates are proposals that will ultimately be decided by the state's insurance division. ATRIO, one of the insurers who plans to participate in the exchanges, said in its letter explaining the requested increase of 21.8 percent that premiums in 2016 were insufficient to cover claims, and that ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: America deserves to know why former President Obama’s IRS officials targeted tea-party groups

The former IRS officials at the center of the scandal that targeted Americans for their political beliefs are arguing, ahead of a Friday hearing in a federal class-action lawsuit brought against the agency, that their testimony be sealed out of fear their lives could be threatened if the testimony is made public – something the women should have considered before deciding to unfairly target Americans, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in a recent column. The Hill has the commentary: Let me say this clearly — threats like that are not acceptable. Law enforcement authorities should do all they can to keep Lerner and Paz safe, ...

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Illegal border crossings down more than 75 percent

Illegal immigration along the southwest border has dropped dramatically since President Donald J. Trump was sworn in, plunging a whopping 76 percent. The Washington Times has the story: Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol dropped to just 11,129 in April, according to numbers released Tuesday, marking the lowest monthly total for any month in decades. The number of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children nabbed at the border dropped below 1,000 — a level not seen since before the surge that bedeviled President Obama during most of his second term. Even before a foot of Mr. Trump’s planned border wall is built or any more agents ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: GOP Senators – Don’t settle, repeal Obamacare

There is a contingency of 13 GOP senators who ran on the belief Obamacare needs to be repealed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Obamacare should be "repealed root and branch” while Utah Sen. Mike Lee said “Let’s fulfill our Obamacare repeal promise immediately.” Entrenched D.C. insiders are hoping these more than dozen senators buckle and settle for less than what these 13 senators were elected to do – namely, repeal Obamacare. They mustn’t settle, says Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in a recent column. The Hill has the commentary: As the Senate moves to take up ObamaCare repeal, the conventional wisdom ...