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An Obamacare cautionary tale in California

A bombshell new report up at The Daily Signal exposes the vast problems plaguing California’s Obamacare insurance exchange. It’s true that for a long time, California was held up as sort of a national model for how states should be implementing their health care exchanges. But if the Golden State is still considered such a model than all we have to say is…heaven help us all. Reports The Daily Signal [1]: Whether it’s falling far short of 2015 enrollment goals or sending out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms, Covered California is struggling with its share of challenges. Now, several senior-level officials integral to the launch of Covered ...

TPP disappointed in GOP cave on Vitter subpoenas

Atlanta – The Tea Party Patriots (TPP) reacted angrily to the Senate Small 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. “Shouldn’t we know the names of the people who falsely ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 23, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Another Side Effect of Obamacare: Increased Food Stamp 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 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, grew by 5 percent in 14 months. “We attribute the increase in SNAP to Medicaid expansion,” New Mexico Human Services Department Deputy Secretary Sean 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 Series at the Embassy Suites hotel in Ashburn, Virginia. More than 100 patriots attended. Started in 2009, The Ronald Reagan Lecture Series 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 States of America about our immigration crisis, Jenny Beth spoke and took many questions from local activists about how best to continue promoting ...

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 ...

News Briefing for Monday, April 20

HEALTHCARE: Group Takes On Insurance Companies Over Obamacare “Justin Danhof, general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, challenged the president of Humana Thursday for his support of Obamacare during a shareholder’s meeting. Danhof took aim at Bruce D. Broussard, president of the insurance giant Humana, over his support of Obamacare, particularly in light of ongoing legal challenges. Broussard defended his position arguing healthcare is a right and therefore must be respected, an answer Danhof disputed. “I think at Humana, we have one fundamental belief and that is that individuals have the right to receive health ...

News Briefing for April 18

HEALTHCARE: Under Obamacare, Competition Is Costly For Consumers “Normally, market competition is good for consumers. More competition generally means competitors are battling each other to lower their prices and/or raise the quality of their goods. But when it comes to Obamacare, the market is working backwards, at least for people receiving health insurance subsidies through the exchanges. The more competitive the marketplace, often the more people have to pay for insurance. How did this happen? The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, created a series of exchanges where people can shop for health insurance if they don’t already receive it from ...

The Reagan Agenda is Back in Business

It may not be morning in America quite yet, but I think we can see rosy-fingered dawn peeking over the horizon. Last month, Ted Cruz stepped up. Last week, Rand Paul stepped up. Last Monday, Marco Rubio stepped up. Their arrival may not be the second coming of Ronald Reagan, but it’s the second coming of the Reagan coalition. Does anybody make the case for traditional values more cogently than Ted Cruz? Does anybody confront overweening government more consistently than Rand Paul? Does anybody summon the themes of American patriotism more evocatively than Marco Rubio? Family values. Limited government. American exceptionalism. Those are the ...

News Briefing for Friday, April 17

HEALTHCARE: 27.49% of Everyone's Tax Bill Is Spent on Health Care Share of Each Taxpayer Dollar Spent on Health Care Up 22 Percent Since 2012. “Every year since 2011, the White House has used tax time to post a "Federal Taxpayer Receipt" showing taxpayers how their federal tax dollars are being spent. President Obama introduced the concept in his 2011 State of the Union address, and Wednesday the White House posted the fifth installment so taxpayers can see how "tax dollars are being spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, and health care."  While users can punch in their own tax liability and see dollar amounts assigned to each ...

Liberty is on the Rise! YAL Activist Training in the Buckeye and Lone Star States

The Young Americans for Liberty state conventions continued, which Tea Party Patriots are proud to sponsor. This time, approximately 100 students, along with a few older activists, traveled across the Buckeye state and gathered at the University of Cincinnati on April 11 to learn how liberty activists can successfully promote their message of liberty government. After a morning of training from Chris Doss of the Leadership Institute, the attendees were excited to hear from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-WV). Massie, who of the few champions for freedom in Washington, D.C., gave an update on what Congress is up to. In addition, YAL Midwest Regional ...