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News Briefing for Thursday, April 9

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The Speaker strikes back (Op-ed by Jenny Beth Martin) “House Speaker John Boehner’s latest volley in his petty war against conservatives in the GOP conference – while saying much more about himself than the men he’s targeting – provides a great opportunity for a discussion about Congress’ stewardship of taxpayer dollars. In the aftermath of the failed attempt to displace him in January, Boehner moved into recrimination mode with considerable dispatch.  For his sin of allowing colleagues to place his name in nomination for speaker, Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.) was bounced from the Rules Committee, along with his ...

News Briefing for Friday, January 16, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Burwell urges GOP to 'move beyond' ObamaCare arguments “Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Thursday promised a "vigorous" defense of ObamaCare this Congress as she outlined policy priorities she said could receive bipartisan support, such as addressing prescription drug abuse and accelerating the development of medical cures. "I hope we can move beyond the back and forth of the Affordable Care Act," Burwell said at the New America Foundation. She also downplayed Republican plans to target pieces of the healthcare law now that the GOP is in control of both chambers on Capitol Hill.  "We want to find ...

News Briefing for Saturday, January 10 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Troubled assets no trouble “Weeks after voters dissed the Democrats, an important economic benchmark was passed with little public notice: The U.S. government sold off its stake in Ally Financial, the auto financing company once known as GMAC. It even made money on the deal — about $2.4 billion. That sale ended the six-year effort to rescue the American auto industry from financial disaster. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew was correct in saying, "This program worked.” In 2014, American carmakers sold 16.5 million vehicles, their best year in almost a decade. That boom fits into a broader ...

News Briefing for Friday, January 2, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare PR push goes silent “Health care reform advocates who struggled for decades to pass Obamacare left the job half-undone. They failed to sell it. They also underestimated the unrelenting intensity and duration of the opposition that makes the law so vulnerable to legislative and legal challenges even now, nearly five years after its passage. The White House and its allies are trying fresh messaging strategies for 2015 enrollment, including a lower-key sales pitch and narratives from real people who are happy with their coverage. Those success stories didn’t exist before coverage began one year ago. Yet the messaging missteps ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HEALTHCARE: GAO: Largest Health Insurers Have Gotten Even Bigger Since Obamacare Passed “Obamacare made it through Congress with top Democrats’ constant assertions that big, corporate insurance companies were the problem, but in the three years after the health-care law passed those insurers only got richer.  The three largest insurance companies held an average of 86 percent of all customers in the individual health insurance market in 2013, up from 83 percent in 2010, when Obamacare was passed, according to a report from the nonpartisan General Accountability Office. It doesn’t look like that’s changing much this year. A September GAO ...

News Briefing for Monday, December 1, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Exclusive: U.S. CEOs threaten to pull tacit Obamacare support over 'wellness' spat “Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain "workplace wellness" programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter. Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs. The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election States with key Senate races face double-digit premium hikes http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/14/obamacare-website-wont-reveal-insurance-costs-for-/ Admin Won’t Release Final HealthCare.gov Premiums Until After Elections http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/09/admin-wont-release-final-healthcare-gov-premiums-until-after-elections/?advD=1248,1626424   Karl to Earnest: Why Do People Have To Wait Until After Election To See New Obamacare Premiums? “JOHN KARL, ABC NEWS: The enrollment period for Obamacare is going to be ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HEALTHCARE: In Some States, a Cost Crunch Over Expanded Health Benefits “President Barack Obama promised that his Affordable Care Act would work to reduce health costs. But a recent Kaiser Health News article outlined one way in which the law–and the way the administration and states have implemented it–is helping to increase costs. The issue surrounds benefit mandates at the state level, which require insurers offering policies in that state to cover a particular type of treatment, provider, or service. While many of these mandates may sound appealing, they incrementally raise the cost of insurance–for procedures that some people might ...

Senator McConnell talks about cutting spending…but where are the specifics?

As the debt ceiling debate heats up, politicians on all sides of the discussion are putting down stakes. Earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) began laying down his demands to the President in an op-ed published on National Review Onlinel. To his credit, Senator McConnell outlined an articulate response to the President’s declaration that Washington should not cut spending in return for raising the debt ceiling. He cited historical examples of deficit reduction being traded for raising the ceiling, and pointed out the false claim that raising taxes will do enough to dent future debt levels. He also called out his Democr...