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Another Win for Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein

We’ve been citing Philip Klein at this blog a lot lately. One of his pieces from last week is a prime example as to why: To recap, as originally envisioned, Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges were supposed to be able to quickly verify information provided by applicants against multiple databases before providing beneficiaries with taxpayer subsidies to purchase insurance. But under the gun to get the exchanges up and running by the Oct. 1 deadline, HHS decided to substantially weaken the requirements and rely increasingly on applicants’ personal claims about their income level and insurance status, thus increasing the likelihood of fraud. If ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 31

HEALTHCARE: House Tea Party leader signs up for ObamaCare “One of ObamaCare’s staunchest foes in Congress acknowledged for the first time that he has purchased insurance at HealthCare.gov. “For the record, I am on ObamaCare. Yee-hah!” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said during a town-hall meeting on Thursday. “My wife complains about it all the time,” he said, according to the Clay Center Dispatch. The disclosure from the chairman of the House GOP’s Tea Party Caucus comes just days after another firebrand conservative, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), admitted that he was planning to enroll in insurance through ObamaCare…” http...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 24

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party first to cheer Cruz bid (quote by Jenny Beth) “He's a leader of the Tea Party in Washington, so it's not a surprise that Tea Party leaders are heaping praise on Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential announcement today. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, was the first to embrace Cruz, noting his firm stands on conservative principles. "It's fitting that Sen. Ted Cruz is the first announced candidate in the GOP presidential field," Martin said in a statement. "In his two short years in the Senate, he has yielded to no one in championing the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 18

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Scott Walker: I Will Run as a Conservative “…Later in his town hall remarks, Walker criticized the Obama administration's handling of foreign policy challenges posed by the Islamic State and expressed concern about the administration's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat. Walker also responded to a question from Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin over his position on ethanol. Her question noted that while Walker had opposed a Wisconsin effort to mandate its use in midgrade gasoline, he recently said in Iowa that he would "go forward on continuing the [federal] Renewable Fuel Standard." Walker responded that ...

News Briefing for March 14

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare special enrollment for penalty payers a one-time deal, admin says “The Obama administration said Friday the special enrollment period that kicks off this weekend for uninsured Americans who missed Obamacare’s signup deadline and face a tax penalty will be a one-time deal, as the nation confronts the confluence of health care and tax season for the first time. Customers in 37 states can select a health plan on the federal HealthCare.gov exchange between Sunday and April 30 if they meet three conditions — they’re paying the “individual mandate” tax for lacking insurance in 2014, they learned about the penalty ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 27, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: MITCH MCCONNELL CAVES (Quote by Jenny Beth Martin) The Senate GOP calls retreat on amnesty. “…And the third reaction? That came from Tea Party Patriots chair Jenny Beth Martin, who said in a statement: Throughout the election cycle Republicans vowed to do everything they could to stop the President's overreach. Now, the Republicans in the Senate under Majority Leader McConnell's guidance are playing games. Today we have learned that Sen. McConnell's plan is to bring a bill to the Senate floor that would fully fund the Department of Homeland Security without defunding executive amnesty! Congress has the "power of the ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 20th, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's Co-Ops: A Bigger Scandal Than Solyndra? “The decline and bankruptcy of insurance co-ops conceived by Obamacare is being trumpeted as another emblem of the law’s many failures. But the fiasco speaks to a much more parochial flaw that animates progressive PGR -0.15% views on healthcare. The co-ops aren’t dying only because they were hastily constructed, or poorly managed. Their disaster is far more willful and deliberate. They meant to lose money. Last year, the co-ops made a big bet. While private plans were raising their premiums for the second year of Obamacare, the co-ops proposed sharp cuts. Liberal policy makers ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Obama administration plans appeal (Quote by Jenny Beth) “…But it remains to be seen if the decision will provide a way out of a Homeland Security budget impasse that comes to a head on Feb. 27. While the court order remains under review, hard liners on illegal immigration have been pressuring congressional Republicans to permanently pull the funding from an executive order they see as illegal amnesty. Many see Hanen's order not as an exit ramp, but as a vise grip to exact concessions from Democrats. "We're hopeful this will be a wake-up call to Senate Democrats," said Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin. GOP ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 13, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Taxpayer Watchdogs Urge Members to Protect RAC Program: Program is Highly Effective Anti-Medicare Fraud Tool “Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) was joined by five organizations in a letter to members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, urging them to protect the Recovery Audit Program (RAC) from further meddling when Congress considers legislation regarding Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) patch, or “doc fix.” The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) RAC program is a highly effective post-payment auditing tool that has been largely sidelined by ...

News Briefing for Thursday, February 5, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Sen. Cruz: 'Absolutely' Use Reconciliation to Repeal Obamacare http://cnsnews.com/video/cnsnews/sen-cruz-absolutely-use-reconciliation-repeal-obamacare   Ed Schultz: Obamacare Defunding Votes Are "Symbolic Hatred" For Obama “House Republicans pass another Obamacare repeal, despite the overall success of the law. Ed Schultz calls it a "colossal" waste of taxpayer time and money." http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/02/04/ed_schultz_obamacare_defunding_votes_are_symbolic_hatred_for_obama.html   Counting Repeal Votes “House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted yesterday that House Republicans ...