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News Briefing for Monday, April 27

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare Leaves Behind Millions Of Lower Income Workers “Despite being designed to help the poor, certain aspects of Obamacare are holding millions of individuals back who fall into what is being called the “coverage gap.” Reverend Vann R. Ellison, the president of the Florida based <span class='highlight'>Sspan>t. Matthew’s House, is trying to bring attention to the issue which he says affects people that fall between the $10,000 and $12,000 a year income range. <span class='highlight'>Sspan>t. Matthew’s House, which takes care of roughly 1,500 people, provides food and shelter to those individuals trying to work their way out of poverty. “We generally deal with lower income ...

Legislative Update for 04/27/15

Listen to the Podcast here: CALENDAR: The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. It’s a short week – there are no votes scheduled after 3 PM on Thursday. The <span class='highlight'>Sspan>enate will return tomorrow, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. We anticipate they’ll be in all week. LA<span class='highlight'>Sspan>T WEEK ON THE HOU<span class='highlight'>Sspan>E FLOOR: The House took up and passed the two Cybersecurity bills we discussed last week – H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731 – and also took up and passed H.R. 1195, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act. THI<span class='highlight'>Sspan> WEEK ON THE HOU<span class='highlight'>Sspan>E FLOOR: The House will begin its work Tuesday with votes on seven ...

News Briefing for April 25

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare penalty could be too low, analysis finds “A new analysis highlights that it is often cheaper for people to pay ObamaCare’s penalty for not having health insurance than to buy coverage, meaning the penalty might be too low to spur middle-income people to get covered.  The analysis from the consulting firm Avalere Health finds that for people making less than 200 percent of the poverty line, or about $23,000, purchasing insurance is usually cheaper because of income-based subsidies under the law. The penalty for not having health insurance in 2015 is $325 or 2 percent of income, whichever is greater. But for healthy ...

Yes, Carly Fiorina was Fired

We still have a week to go, but it’s already clear that the Most Valuable Player of the Month will be Carly Fiorina. <span class='highlight'>Sspan>he wins the award because she has done what nobody else has thought to do or, more likely, had the nerve to do. <span class='highlight'>Sspan>he has said in a loud, clear voice that the Empress has no clothes. Carly notes that, while the Empress Hillary went to fancy schools, ran expensive campaigns, held high political office, signed her name to multiple autobiographies, generated Kardashian levels of personal publicity and became Romney-rich while serving some never-quite-identified public interest, she hasn’t actually accomplished anything. Carly has ...

TPP disappointed in GOP cave on Vitter subpoenas

Atlanta – The Tea Party Patriots (TPP) reacted angrily to the <span class='highlight'>Sspan>enate <span class='highlight'>Sspan>mall Business and Entrepreneurship Committee’s refusal to issue subpoenas that would have exposed the special treatment the political ruling class receives under Obamacare. “Today’s vote to deny Chairman Vitter’s request for a subpoena is a shameful reminder that the real political split in this nation is not between Republicans or Democrats, or even between conservatives and liberals, but between the Inside-the-Beltway Ruling Elite and the rest of us who pay them,” said TPP President Jenny Beth Martin. “<span class='highlight'>Sspan>houldn’t we know the names of the people who falsely ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 23, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Another <span class='highlight'>Sspan>ide Effect of Obamacare: Increased Food <span class='highlight'>Sspan>tamp Enrollment? “Expanded Medicaid under Obamacare could be responsible for more people signing up for food stamps, the Associated Press reported. That’s because so many state agencies are making it simpler to enroll in multiple government assistance programs at once if they are eligible for Medicaid. In New Mexico, enrollment for <span class='highlight'>Sspan>upplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, grew by 5 percent in 14 months. “We attribute the increase in <span class='highlight'>Sspan>NAP to Medicaid expansion,” New Mexico Human <span class='highlight'>Sspan>ervices Department Deputy <span class='highlight'>Sspan>ecretary <span class='highlight'>Sspan>ean Pearson told the AP. ...

Jenny Beth Martin, Ronald Reagan, and Jelly Beans!

Yesterday evening (April 21st), Tea Party Patriot's President Jenny Beth Martin addressed the Ronald Reagan Lecture <span class='highlight'>Sspan>eries at the Embassy <span class='highlight'>Sspan>uites hotel in Ashburn, Virginia. More than 100 patriots attended. <span class='highlight'>Sspan>tarted in 2009, The Ronald Reagan Lecture <span class='highlight'>Sspan>eries is a non-partisan organization with the goal of educating the public about conservative ideas through leading conservative speakers. The group is named after Reagan for his extraordinary communication skills. After a montage of highlights from Border <span class='highlight'>Sspan>tates of America about our immigration crisis, Jenny Beth spoke and took many questions from local activists about how best to continue promoting ...

Leadership Conference in the Keystone State

For the fifth year in a row, Tea Party Patriots proudly sponsored the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. It took place on April 17 and 18 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), Pennsylvania. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, it is billed as the “largest state-based conservative conference in the nation.” With 15 sponsors, 26 co-sponsors, and plenty of exhibitors, it was an exciting event for more than 740 patriots from the Commonwealth to network and discuss conservative principles. Attendees heard from <span class='highlight'>Sspan>enator Pat Toomey (R-PA), former <span class='highlight'>Sspan>enator Rick <span class='highlight'>Sspan>antorum (R-PA) of Patriot Voices, Rep. ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 04/20/15

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 04/20/15 Listen to the podcast here: CALENDAR:   The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. It’s a short week – there are no votes scheduled after 3 PM on Thursday. The <span class='highlight'>Sspan>enate will return tomorrow, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. We anticipate they’ll be in all week. LA<span class='highlight'>Sspan>T WEEK ON THE HOU<span class='highlight'>Sspan>E FLOOR: Last week’s “theme of the week” in the House was “Tax Freedom and Financial Independence.” The House voted on a number of bills regarding various aspects of taxation, IR<span class='highlight'>Sspan> targeting, and tax reform. You’ll recall I said last week that ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, April 21

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare is benefitting the biggest hospitals and insurers, and that's not a good thing “These days, when liberals defend Obamacare, they often say something along the lines of, Look, Obamacare can't be that bad, even big business likes it! A writer at the liberal Mother Jones defended Obamacare by pointing out that the largest hospital chain in America is fighting to save the law. Wendell Potter, at the Center for Public Integrity, seems to think it's a rebuke to Obamacare's critics that the nation's largest health insurer is making bank off the law: Anyone who still thinks the Affordable Care Act was a "government takeover of ...