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News Briefing for Thursday, May 28

HEALTHCARE: Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare, study finds “Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, May 27

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: GOP Praises Court Halting Amnesty: 'Impatient Presidents Don't Get to Change the Law'  “…Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, declared, "on to the Supreme Court." "The U.S. Constitution vests the Congress with authority over immigration and naturalization. And as U.S. District Judge Hanen pointed out, President Obama simply treated Congress — and Article 2 — as if they didn’t exist.  "We are a Constitutional Republic, not a banana republic," Martin added. "Our Constitution, with its three co-equal branches, is the roadmap for the governing process. "As much as this would-be imperial president ...

News Briefing for Monday, May 25

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Far left, far right unite on some issues in Congress “…Just last week, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Tea Party Patriots joined forces in a media blitz aimed at forcing Congress to reject a reauthorization of the NSA bulk data collection program. On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul went to the Senate floor to rail against the NSA in a filibuster-style speech. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, joined him with a speech of his own. “Given the overwhelming evidence that the current bulk collection program is not only unnecessary but also illegal, we’ve reached a critical turning ...

Major Victory for the 1st Amendment and Internet Freedom

(Photo Credit - AP/Michael Caulfield) Tea Party Patriots is pleased by the recent decision by the Federal Election Commission not to impose government control over political speech on the Internet. The Democrats at the FEC heard from our grassroots supporters, and they listened! As Paul Bedard in Washington Examiner reports: The Federal Election Commission, facing punishing criticism for suggesting that political activity on the Internet should be regulated, rejected talk of new rules Thursday, a victory for GOP commissioners who feared Democrats were targeting conservative sites, even the Drudge Report. During a public meeting, ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 22

HEALTHCARE: Costs trouble Obamacare enrollees “More than one-third of Obamacare enrollees aren't happy with the extra out-of-pocket costs they must still pay for healthcare. Thirty-seven percent of respondents to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Thursday said they're "somewhat" or "very" dissatisfied with their plan's deductible — a set sum consumers must pay for some doctors visits or treatments before their insurer steps in. Those on plans that meet the new requirements under the Affordable Care Act were more likely to report problems with costs — like being unable to pay their medical bills or skipping doctors visits because of cost ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Group Teams With ACLU, NAACP On Patriot Act “Growing concerns about the Patriot Act’s renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to “tell Congress [to] protect our privacy.” On top of that, the executive director of Iowa’s ACLU and Tea Party Patriots’ boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on “the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act.” And even the NAACP — which hasn’t always been kind to the tea party movement ...

TPP and the ACLU: It’s time to reform the Patriot Act

It’s not every day that Tea Party Patriots decides to join forces with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). But sometimes, there are issues that are too important to let partisan politics get in the way. Today, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin has a joint op-ed in the Des Moines Register with Jeremy Rosen, Executive Director of the ACLU of Iowa about NSA spying and the Patriot Act. Write Martin and Rosen: Believe it or not, the Tea Party Patriots and the American Civil Liberties Union have some priorities in common. For one thing, we agree on the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, ...

Time for the government to stop spying on Americans (Jenny Beth Martin and Hilary O’ Shelton op-ed in The News & Observer)

It’s not often that the NAACP and the tea party agree on much of anything, but we have come together over a common concern to fight for a common cause: We want our government to stop spying on innocent Americans... Continue here.

News Briefing for Tuesday, May 19

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare Premium Increases Next Year May Shock You “The top ObamaCare exchange insurers in six states where 2016 rate requests have already been filed are seeking to raise rates an average 18.6% next year. Early reports range from an alarming 36% hike sought by the dominant insurer in Tennessee, to a hefty 23% average increase requested by Oregon insurers, to a moderate 7.7% average rise proposed in Connecticut. Flyers promoting Blue Cross Blue Shield and ObamaCare are on display to attract Hispanic customers at a kiosk at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C.... Flyers promoting Blue Cross Blue Shield and ObamaCare are on display to ...

ACLU and Tea Party Patriots Try to Mobilize Majority Support for Surveillance Reform (Reason – Jacob Sullum)

According to a new survey commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 60 percent of voters think "Congress should modify the Patriot Act to limit government surveillance and protect Americans' privacy."... Continue here.