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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 ...

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 ...

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, ...