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Endangered Species: Obamacare Drives Private-Practice Doctors Out

“I cannot keep the doctor my whole family loves and trusts,” lamented Gretchen. Through coughs, colds and the occasional check-ups, Gretchen’s family physician has been there for her and her family since 2003. She became acquainted with him when her daughter needed to be rushed to the emergency room for an uncontrollable stomach ailment. Over those 11 years, their beloved doctor watched her kids grow into adulthood. The history and level of trust developed during that time are the reasons Gretchen is mourning. Her doctor is closing his private practice. “My doctor was awesome, because he trusted me, and I trusted him,” said the Iowa ...

HHS Secretary Sebelius looking for private donations to fund Obamacare

Last week, Sarah Kliff reported the Secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, is talking to health care executives to get their help in implementing Obamacare: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law, two people familiar with the outreach said. Her unusual fundraising push comes after Congress repeatedly rejected the Obama administration’s requests for additional funds to set up the Affordable Care Act, leaving HHS to implement the president’s signature ...

Chambliss’ Public and Private Bills

In 2011 Sen. Chambliss, R-Ga., introduced four bills, three for public laws and one for a rare, private law. The three public bills would modify statutes dealing with terrorist detainees, the national tax system, and the visa program for agricultural guest workers. A separate article describes the private bill which names a man and would grant him "lawful permanent resident" status. Guest Workers: Chambliss introduced (sponsored) S.1384, the HARVEST Act of 2011, which would alter the H-2A visa program that provides for legal entry of temporary agricultural workers. The Congressional Research Service states the bill would require "H-2A employers ...

Public Interest, Private Bill

Uncommon secrecy surrounds this uncommon immigration bill. Senate bill S.335 states, “Notwithstanding…the Immigration and Nationality Act…Salah Naji Sujaa shall be eligible for…adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident.” Sen. Chambliss, R-Ga., introduced the bill in February 2011. Mr. Sujaa’s name is the only information about him in this one-page, private bill. When requested, Chambliss’ staff refused to provide additional information about Sujaa or about the senator’s reasons for sponsoring this uncommon kind of bill. What is a private bill? “Private” bill does not mean “secret” bill. Congress’ “private ...

Hillary’s email server “wiped clean”

Before turning anything over to Congressional investigators, Hillary Clinton wiped her email server clean, forever deleting emails that she sent during her tenure as Secretary of State. And just like that, the Hillary email scandal reached a whole new level. Or did it? Shockingly, Hillary has plenty of defenders in the Washington, D.C. bubble. But that should be part of the scandal, too. The revelation came in response to a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which asked Clinton to turn over all emails and documents relating to the 2012 terrorist attack. When Clinton World finally responded to the subpoena, their answer ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 03/29/15

Listen to the legislative update podcast here: CALENDAR:   The House and Senate are both out of session for the next two weeks.   LAST WEEK’S HOUSE FLOOR ACTION:   As happens every now and then, I need to begin this week’s update with a correction to something I said last week. Last week, when I was discussing House floor action the week before, I said the House had passed the Rules for both H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Act, and H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act. But I most specifically did NOT say the two bills had passed on the floor. That’s because I couldn’t find any record online of ...

News Briefing for Monday, March 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Perry tells tea party group he was right to back Dewhurst over Cruz in 2012 primary Says loyalty bound him to his lieutenant governor, says more of this quality is needed in US politics “Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a tea party group Sunday that he supported his lieutenant governor against Ted Cruz in the 2012 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate out of loyalty — a characteristic, he said, that is sorely missing in American politics. During a conference call hosted by Tea Party Patriots, Mr. Perry said he endorsed then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst because of the strong relationship they had developed over the years. ...

News Briefing for Friday, March 27

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge? “…Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is at or near the top of most early polls among Republicans, likes to boast how he stuck to conservative principles to win statewide office three times in a centrist state. “To win the center, you don’t have to go to the center, you have to lead,” he said last week during a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall. Tea party loyalists are still somewhat wary of Walker, though, because of past positions on immigration and government support for ethanol, a big issue in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus. In 2006, he ...

News Briefing for Thursday, March 26

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge? “…Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is at or near the top of most early polls among Republicans, likes to boast how he stuck to conservative principles to win statewide office three times in a centrist state. “To win the center, you don’t have to go to the center, you have to lead,” he said last week during a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall. Tea party loyalists are still somewhat wary of Walker, though, because of past positions on immigration and government support for ethanol, a big issue in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus…” ht...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 25

HEALTHCARE: How many will have to pay back Obamacare subsidies? “More Americans will owe the government money for their Obamacare subsidy than won't, says a new analysis. A big upcoming Tax Day question is how many Americans with government-subsidized health insurance will find that they collected more in subsidies than they're qualified for and have to pay some of it back — and how many will find themselves in the opposite position, with the government owing them money. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that half of all subsidy-eligible households will be in the first boat, owing the government an average payment of $794. That situat...