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Anthem’s decision to not participate in Obamacare exchanges for IN and WI next year will leave residents ‘scrambling to find new plans and new doctors’

Anthem announced yesterday that it would be leaving the Obamacare exchanges for Indiana and Wisconsin in 2018. The health insurance plan provider will still provide plans off the exchange for a select few counties in both states; however, purchasers will not be able to use tax subsidies for their coverages. The Washington Examiner has the full story: Anthem said in a statement it made its decision because "the individual market remains volatile." It blamed uncertainty ahead over whether it would receive insurance payments from the federal government, as well as whether the government would enforce the Obamacare law that requires people to have ...

CBO estimates budget deficit will decline 4.6 percent compared to last year

The 2017 U.S. budget deficit – if it remains unchanged through Sept. 30 – will decrease compared to the 2016 budget deficit, according to a recent Associated Press report. CNBC has the details: The Congressional Budget Office has projected that the deficit for the full budget year, which ends on Sept. 30, will decline 4.6 percent to $559 billion. That would compare to a 2016 deficit of $585.6 billion. The CBO's deficit estimate is based on current law remaining unchanged. President Donald Trump has called for a program of tax cuts for individuals and businesses, and increased government spending in such areas as the military and repairing ...

Tea Party Patriots: We Are Confident Scott Garrett Will Address Crony Capitalism Concerns at Ex-Im Bank

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, praising the White House’s choice of former Rep. Scott Garrett to be the next head of the Ex-Im Bank. “Scott Garrett served in Congress as a strong constitutional conservative for more than a decade. He was one of the first to raise concerns about crony capitalism at the Export-Import Bank. We are confident that he will address those concerns in his new capacity. America’s taxpayers and businesses will be better off with him at the helm of the bank to ensure it fulfills its mission properly.” Link: http://www.teapartyp...

Tea Party Patriots: Gov. Christie’s Manipulation of the Free Market will Leave Consumers to Foot the Bill

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and Co-Founder, Jenny Beth Martin, in response to Governor Chris Christie’s stepped-up attacks today on Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey over his proposal to take insurance premiums from Horizon for a new government program. “It’s unconscionable that Governor Christie continues to use taxpayer time and resources to try to extort money from a private company to fund his pet projects. When manipulation of the free market occurs, which Christie is attempting to do, consumers always end up footing the bill. In this case, it will be millions of New Jerseyans who rely on these critical funds ...

Sen. Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare is ‘a promise we can and will keep’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed other tea-party lawmakers’ sentiment that members of the House Freedom Caucus and more mainstream Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will come to a compromise and finalize an Obamacare-repeal bill that will be able to pass in both chambers of Congress. WFAA8 ABC has the story: "We must repeal Obamacare," said Cruz (R-TX). "I think that's a promise we can and will keep. We've got some more work to do." The GOP’s first effort collapsed spectacularly on itself last month when Republicans couldn't muster enough support in their own party to get the president’s proposal passed. When asked whether ...

Sen. Ted Cruz: Judge Gorsuch ‘will be confirmed’ to the Supreme Court

Democrats’ threats of a potential filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination don’t hold water, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) said during a gathering this week in front of the Supreme Court. The Daily Signal has the details: “The Democrats will not succeed in filibustering [Gorsuch],” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said. “Judge Gorsuch should be confirmed to the Supreme Court and he will be confirmed.” The other senators who gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court included Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Judiciary Committee members Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah. Several former ...

President Trump says Americans will be ‘impressed by’ forthcoming healthcare-reform plan

President Donald J. Trump during a budget meeting at the White House earlier this week said his staff is preparing to release its healthcare-reform plan in the coming weeks and that Americans won’t be disappointed with what his team has in the works. The Washington Examiner has the details: Trump told reporters before the closed-door budget discussions that the White House would release its highly-anticipated healthcare reform plan by "maybe mid to early March." "We'll be submitting something that I think people will be very impressed by," Trump said. The president promised to cut spending across the federal government, referring to ...

New VA secretary says he will ‘deal with’ troublesome employees

Former Veterans Affairs Undersecretary Dr. David J. Shulkin last week was the first of President Donald J. Trump’s cabinet nominees to receive unanimous confirmation – he will head Veterans Affairs and says he will “deal with” those in the department who underperform, a point on which he apparently clashed with former VA Secretary Bob McDonald. The Military Times has the story: “When you have one or two or three people who really aren’t doing their job, they bring everybody down,” he said during an appearance with Fox News host Pete Hegseth, taped Sunday. “And so the very best thing I know from my private sector experience is ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: Judge Neil Gorsuch’s ‘elevation to Justice Gorsuch’ will be a ‘home run’

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in a recent column for The Washington Times writes President Donald J. Trump’s decision to nominate conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is perhaps one of the crowning glories of going to bat for our now-president. Read Jenny Beth’s commentary: Judge Gorsuch’s elevation to Justice Gorsuch will be a home run. A grand slam, in fact. And that means … it was worth it. All the long days, weeks, months, and years spent identifying, recruiting, organizing, and mobilizing millions of grassroots activists across the nation, in the service of filling the [Supreme] Court vacancy ...

Neil Gorsuch Will Protect Our Constitution as Our Next Supreme Court Justice

“Our network of grassroots activists will work very hard to ensure the Senate quickly moves to confirm Judge Gorsuch.” Washington, DC – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be our next Supreme Court Justice. Tea Party Patriots plan to hold 1,000 house parties in 100 days to organize grassroots activists in support of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination and will provide a toolkit instructing them how to get involved using tactics like calling Senators’ offices, supporting the nomination on social media and writing ...