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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 Monday, March 23

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Cruz to launch White House bid, will tea party go along? (Tea Party Patriots mentioned) “…While tea party leaders still like Cruz, they’re also looking elsewhere for 2016. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, regarded as a new voice and a Washington outsider, has drawn a passionate following, particularly in Iowa. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucus, retains a loyal conservative following. Walker so far has pulled ahead of everyone, and held a telephone town hall last week with followers of one group, the Tea Party Patriots. Afterward, the group said on its website “there is perhaps no one the ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HEALTHCARE: We all win if Supremes gut ObamaCare “…If the high court reins in the subsidies, here’s what’s likely to happen: --People with ObamaCare subsidies will still be helped - No matter how the justices rule, it will have no impact on the poor. Nine out of every 10 people who are newly insured because of ObamaCare are on Medicaid, which will be unaffected. Yes, close to 6 million middle-class Americans get the questionable subsidies and so pay a fraction of their plan’s actual cost, while taxpayers pick up three-quarters of the bill. If the court nixes those subsidies, these people will be facing huge premium hikes — and the ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, January 13, 2015

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare's Exchange Subsidies Are So Essential, People Are Turning Them Down “According to U.S. News & World Report: “[B]rokers say they do hear from clients who are eligible for subsidies – which are based on household income and not assets – but want no part of them. Health officials have been boasting that 6.6 million people have enrolled in health coverage through state or federal marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, but in sharp contrast stands a small group of Americans who say they want nothing to do with the plans, even if they would save money. Their reasons vary: Some are protesting Obamacare, ...

News Briefing for Monday, December 29, 2014

HEALTHCARE: As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care “Just as millions of people are gaining insurance through Medicaid, the program is poised to make deep cuts in payments to many doctors, prompting some physicians and consumer advocates to warn that the reductions could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to obtain care. The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Burwell soliciting ideas for 'increased transparency' at HHS “Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell is looking for ways to make her department more transparent after the House GOP discovered that officials had overstated Obamacare enrollment. Burwell emailed senior HHS leadership Sunday night asking them to work toward a “culture of increased transparency, ownership, and accountability.” She asked them to meet with their staff and cull good ideas. “I believe strongly that a hallmark of effective leadership and management is instilling a culture of transparency, ownership and accountability,” Burwell ...

Obama sets up bailout for insurance companies

Looks like President Obama, after years of castigating insurance companies for a broken healthcare system, is now ready to cozy up to the industry. Last week, the administration slipped in some new regulations that make a future federal bailout for insurers increasingly likely. Apparently, they hoped no one would notice. According to reporting in the Los Angeles Times:[1] The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature healthcare law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money. The move was ...

Questions for Obamacare’s Taxpayer Sponsored Navigators

At The Wonk Blog, Sarah Kliff reports House Republicans want detailed information from Obamacare’s navigators, and certain states are putting up their own restrictions. From Kliff: In Ohio, for example, navigators won’t be allowed to compare and contrast plans for customers,” she write. “And in Missouri, which has a Democratic governor but a Republican legislature, they are required to immediately cut off contact with any customers who at some point have talked to a professional broker or agent.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been an especially vocal critic of the navigator program, arguing recently that “Navigators may increase the ...

Head-in-sand Syndrome: Media voices say deficit is not a problem

Since the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its latest projections on the national debt this past Tuesday, a chorus of voices has claimed our short-term and/or medium-term deficit problems are largely solved. Unfortunately, these voices are relying on unrealistic assumptions in the CBO’s report. Whenever the CBO releases its budget projections, it includes a “baseline,” or “current law,” scenario. Current law assumes what is on the books will stay on the books. However, since this rarely happens, CBO created a “current policy,” or “alternative fiscal,” scenario, in which certain deficit reduction measures do not go into ...