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White House budget director solicits feedback from the American people on ways to streamline government

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is requesting feedback from everyday Americans like you and me on ways to cut bureaucratic red tape that makes life more difficult for businesses, organizations, families – you name it. “Over the course of the next six months, all the federal agencies will be coming up with ideas that they think will make those agencies better. We will be doing the same thing here at OMB, but we need your help,” Mulvaney says in a video posted to the White House YouTube account. The budget director pointed to five stacks of federal regulations apparently taller than him and said they were written – ...

UnitedHealthcare is kissing the Obamacare marketplace goodbye

UnitedHealthcare, with the exception of a few states, is exiting the Obamacare marketplace in 2017, the CEO announced Tuesday. The Hill has the details: The announcement, made by CEO Stephen Hemsley on an earnings call, follows up on the company’s statement in November that it was considering dropping out of ObamaCare due to financial losses. The moves by UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest health insurer, have drawn attention for what they could indicate about the sustainability of ObamaCare as a whole. The Obama administration has downplayed the importance of UnitedHealth, saying the insurer is a fairly small player in the marketplaces, ...

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Obamacare enrollees can kiss their tax refunds goodbye

This week brings more bad news for Obamacare enrollees. Remember all those promises about how the Affordable Care Act would save middle-class American families thousands of dollars a year and it wouldn’t impact our taxes? Yeah, we do too. The Associated Press reports[1] however, that a lot of Obamacare customers will be left without a tax refund for 2014, or may have to pay even more money to the government. Specifically, the change will hit the millions of enrollees receiving taxpayer-funded subsidies who misstated or miscalculated their earnings. If their 2014 income turns out to be higher than they estimated when they signed up for subsidies, ...

Goodbye Benefits. Hello Obamacare.

While the employer mandate isn’t set to kick in until 2014, businesses are already making preparations to comply with the new regulations. A new study reveals bleak trends for employees as businesses try to survive under Obamacare: “Some 31% of franchise businesses and 12% of non-franchise businesses say they have already reduced worker hours because of the law. About 27% of franchise businesses and 12% of non-franchise businesses have already replaced full-time workers with part-time employees because of the law. Some 41% of the non-franchise firms say they already see health-care costs rising because of the law.” Sadly, the very law that ...