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News Briefing for Thursday, April 16

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Marco Rubio and the Three-Strikes Theory of Politics “…In the past year or so, Rubio has been trying to regain the trust of his party’s hard-liners, saying that nobody has an automatic right to immigrate to the United States and stressing that improving border security should be the first priority. He’s had some success in this enterprise. “I think that Sen. Rubio has done something that most politicians don’t do,” Jenny Beth Martin, the president and co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots group, told Politico. “He evaluated what went wrong … [and] is working to make sure he doesn’t make the same mistakes ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 2

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare’s Misery Index: How Covered California Imposed ‘Widespread Consumer Misery’ “President Obama doubtless plans for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to be the keystone of his legacy. That calls for an examination of Obamacare’s largest wholly-owned subsidiary. Covered California turns out to be something of a misnomer, but it’s definitely a success at spending money. Covered California has shelled out $454 million, nearly half a billion dollars, on a computer system. Covered California bosses also spent tens of millions on grants to promote the program, in addition to an $80 million television, ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Great Job So Far, Sen. McConnell. Now Cancel The Recess. “Politicians are flirting dangerously with a deadline for funding a critical government service. A recess looms. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Republicans ran hard against executive amnesty for illegal aliens last fall, and were rewarded by voters with historic majorities. Rather than negotiate from a position of strength, GOP leadership opted to fund almost the entire government through Sept. 30, 2015 – in a lame duck session. The Department of Homeland Security was funded only through February 27, which brings us to the current impasse. Democrats – ...

News Briefing for Saturday, December 20, 2014

HEALTHCARE: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid to promote ObamaCare “The Obama administration announced Friday that it will partner with eight pharmacy chains around the country to promote coverage on ObamaCare's marketplaces.  CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Wal-mart and several smaller chains will provide consumers with information about the healthcare law through written materials, events and targeted outreach, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS assisted in promoting the exchanges last year. "Pharmacies and pharmacists are a trusted source of information for consumers who have health-related ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, November 4, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Supreme Court Will Mull King v. Burwell a Bit Longer “Will the Supreme Court choose to hear King v Burwell, the case regarding the delivery of subsidies in states without a state-based exchange? Today the court chose to delay its answer for at least a week. Last Friday the Supreme Court considered an appeal of the King v Burwell decision. The court could have chosen to hear the case or it could have rejected the appeal altogether. Instead the Court chose to re-list the case for more discussion this week. So next Monday we may find out whether four Justices have chosen to accept the case or not. The fact that the case was relisted, ...

News Briefing for Thursday, September 11

Below are some of the news stories that we are reading today. HEALTHCARE:   Obamacare: Fewer Doctors, More Demand The trends are not pretty if you’re a physician — or a person who needs medical care. “Obamacare, as its advocates increasingly point out, has succeeded in expanding the number of Americans with insurance. Even though this achievement came at enormous cost, still leaves millions of Americans uninsured, and dumped millions more into Medicaid, this is still one of the few “successes” that the health-care law can claim. However, health insurance and access to health care are not the same thing. And evidence is ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, September 9

Below are some of the news stories that we are reading today. HEALTHCARE:   The Myth of ObamaCare's Affordability The law's perverse incentives will have the nation working fewer hours, and working those hours less productively. http://online.wsj.com/articles/casey-b-mulligan-the-myth-of-obamacares-affordability-1410218437   ER visits skyrocket under Obamacare “More people newly insured by Medicaid under ObamaCare are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms — one of the most expensive medical settings, a study released Monday concludes. The analysis by the Colorado Hospital Association found that the average ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 22

HEALTHCARE: Costs trouble Obamacare enrollees “More than one-third of Obamacare enrollees aren't happy with the extra out-of-pocket costs they must still pay for healthcare. Thirty-seven percent of respondents to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Thursday said they're "somewhat" or "very" dissatisfied with their plan's deductible — a set sum consumers must pay for some doctors visits or treatments before their insurer steps in. Those on plans that meet the new requirements under the Affordable Care Act were more likely to report problems with costs — like being unable to pay their medical bills or skipping doctors visits because of cost ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Group Teams With ACLU, NAACP On Patriot Act “Growing concerns about the Patriot Act’s renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to “tell Congress [to] protect our privacy.” On top of that, the executive director of Iowa’s ACLU and Tea Party Patriots’ boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on “the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act.” And even the NAACP — which hasn’t always been kind to the tea party movement ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, May 19

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare Premium Increases Next Year May Shock You “The top ObamaCare exchange insurers in six states where 2016 rate requests have already been filed are seeking to raise rates an average 18.6% next year. Early reports range from an alarming 36% hike sought by the dominant insurer in Tennessee, to a hefty 23% average increase requested by Oregon insurers, to a moderate 7.7% average rise proposed in Connecticut. Flyers promoting Blue Cross Blue Shield and ObamaCare are on display to attract Hispanic customers at a kiosk at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C.... Flyers promoting Blue Cross Blue Shield and ObamaCare are on display to ...