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Government accountability expert doubtful Obamacare co-op loans will be repaid

More than half of the government-backed nonprofit health-insurance co-ops set up under Obamacare are expected to fold by the end of December and if they fail, more than $2 billion in taxpayer-funded startup loans will disappear as well.   Fox News has the details:   The most immediate question may be whether the loan money – which was for start-up and reserve funds – will be repaid.   Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, said he doesn’t have high hopes for that. And he voiced concerns about consumers left seeking coverage on the exchanges.   “As the dust settles, we see the people who are ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 11/29/15

CALENDAR: The House returns Monday, and will stay in session through Thursday. The Senate also returns Monday, with the first vote on Monday afternoon, and will likely stay in session through Thursday. EARLIER THIS MONTH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Before leaving Washington for the Thanksgiving recess, the House on Thursday, November 19 passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. For my fellow acronym buffs, you heard that right – that’s the “American SAFE Act.” The bill passed by a vote of 289-137, with two Republicans and six Democrats not voting. Only two Republicans voted against it, while 47 ...

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Survey: Majority of small-business owners report paying higher health-insurance premiums

Obamacare is not a champion for the little guy, as a new survey reveals the burden of Obamacare on small businesses is greater than ever. The Washington Examiner has the details: A majority of small business owners paid higher health insurance premiums last year, according to an industry-backed survey that raises doubts that Obamacare is helping small businesses. A survey from the National Federation of Independent Business found that 63 percent of small business owners surveyed reported higher premiums from July 2014 to July 2015. Nearly 60 percent of those experiencing higher premiums reported increases of more than 10 percent. The small ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 11/08/15

CALENDAR: The House is in recess this week. The House will return on Monday, November 16. The Senate, on the other hand, will return on Monday, November 9. They’ll stay in Monday and Tuesday, then take a break Wednesday for Veterans Day, then return Thursday and Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House began its week Monday with nine bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, the House took up a bill on the Suspension Calendar, then moved to take up H.R. 22, House amendments to Senate amendments to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act – otherwise known as the highway funding bill. ...

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