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News Briefing for Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Senate Dems block GOP effort to tie DHS funding to Obama immigration actions “The Tea Party Patriots group is suggesting that Senate Republicans are backing down because they fear Americans will blame them for a partial DHS shutdown. “Senate Republicans are about to cave in to President Obama,” the group said Monday. “It’s time … to ratchet up the pressure on wobbly Senators.” A federal district court judge in Texas last week temporarily blocked the administration's plans to carry out an executive action that protects millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/02/24/t...

News Briefing for Thursday, February 19, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Obama delays action on aliens after ruling (Quote by Jenny Beth) “Jenny Beth Martin, a founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said in a statement that the ruling "points out the lawless, overreaching nature of President Obama's actions." http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/feb/18/obama-delays-action-on-aliens-after-rul/   Courts unlikely to defuse immigration stalemate in Congress http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Courts-unlikely-to-defuse-immigration-stalemate-6086053.php     HEALTHCARE: How One Nebraska Woman Lost Her Health Insurance Three Times ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, February 11, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Insured, but Not Covered (From Feb. 7) “WHEN Karen Pineman of Manhattan received notice that her longtime health insurance policy didn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, she gamely set about shopping for a new policy through the public marketplace. After all, she’d supported President Obama and the act as a matter of principle. Ms. Pineman, who is self-employed, accepted that she’d have to pay higher premiums for a plan with a narrower provider network and no out-of-network coverage. She accepted that she’d have to pay out of pocket to see her primary care physician, who didn’t participate. She even ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 6, 2015

HEALTHCARE: IRS Seeks 9,000 New Employees as It Prepares to Enforce Obamacare “As millions of Americans brace for tax season, the Internal Revenue Service is requesting a $2 billion boost to its budget and 9,000 new employees as it prepares to enforce Obamacare’s tax provisions. President Obama released his $4 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 this week, which includes $13.9 billion for the Internal Revenue Service. The agency asked Congress for close to $2 billion more for operations than last year—a 16 percent increase. The billions of dollars will help the agency bolster its staff by adding more than 9,280 full-time employ...

News Briefing for Monday, December 29, 2014

HEALTHCARE: As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care “Just as millions of people are gaining insurance through Medicaid, the program is poised to make deep cuts in payments to many doctors, prompting some physicians and consumer advocates to warn that the reductions could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to obtain care. The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the ...

News Briefing for Monday, December 1, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Exclusive: U.S. CEOs threaten to pull tacit Obamacare support over 'wellness' spat “Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain "workplace wellness" programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter. Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs. The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk ...

News Briefing for November 22, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Health insurance costs have nowhere to go but up “Regardless of where you get your health insurance, one thing is for sure: Your premiums for 2015 and the next several years are set to rise significantly. Folks are used to the fact that health insurance costs always seem to go up. They've done so for the last 14 years, with the highest annual increase of about 14 percent and the lowest at about 3 percent. But the increases for 2015 are staggering, ranging from 20 percent to over 60 percent. And consumers need to plan for more rate hikes over the next several years, especially those who have coverage through their employer. One of ...

News Briefing for Monday, November 17, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's 2.0 health insurance enrollment period begins “President Barack Obama's plan to extend private health coverage to the uninsured entered a new uncertain phase on Saturday as U.S. government-backed online insurance marketplaces opened their 2015 plans to millions of potential enrollees. The HealthCare.gov website relaunched with little fanfare and appeared to work smoothly early on Saturday with no sign of the technical glitches that paralyzed the operation a year ago and drove Democrat Obama's signature domestic policy to the brink of disaster, exposing him to criticism from Republicans who have campaigned for its ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Report: Most of new Obamacare insured are on Medicaid “Medicaid expansion accounts for the vast majority of new health insurance enrollment under Obamacare, a new report by the conservative Heritage Foundation has concluded. The think tank crunched numbers derived from insurer regulatory filings and other sources and determined that, out of the 8.5 million people who gained health insurance coverage in the first half of this year, Medicaid expansion for working-age adults comprised 71 percent of them. “The inescapable conclusion is that, at least when it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare so far is mainly a simple ...

News Briefing for October 18, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/18/us/unable-to-meet-the-deductible-or-the-doctor.html?src=twr   ObamaCare Bronze Plan Premiums To Jump 14% In 2015 “ObamaCare shoppers in search of the lowest-cost plan may come down with a mild case of rate shock when 2015 exchange enrollment begins next month. An examination of next year's rates in the biggest city in 15 states and Washington, D.C., reveals that the cost of the cheapest bronze plan will jump an average of 13.9% for 40-year-old non-smokers earning 225% of the poverty level ($26,260). In Seattle, the cost of the cheapest bronze ...