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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 ...

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. ...

News Briefing for Friday, March 13

HEALTHCARE: Congressional Research Service: There's No Magic Pot Of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Money “A recent report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirms what many policy experts have known for some time: states that reject Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion aren’t sending that Medicaid expansion money to other states. Instead, that money is simply never spent. This revelation is important because numerous governors and state lawmakers from across the country have used this argument to justify their support for expanding Medicaid through Obamacare. However, as CRS succinctly explains, these arguments are entirely frivolo...

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 Monday, January 26, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: It’s Not Just Tactics, Mr. Speaker (Op-ed by Jenny Beth) http://dailycaller.com/2015/01/25/its-not-just-tactics-mr-speaker/   Iowa GOP consultant takes PAC position (TPPCF mention) “Chuck Laudner, who oversaw Rick Santorum’s victorious caucus campaign four years ago, was named national campaign coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Funds, a super PAC dedicated to electing conservative Republicans. The group supports candidates nationwide, including Iowa U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and U.S. Rep. Steve King in 2014. As campaign coordinator, Laudner will “oversee implementation of the super PAC’s efforts ...

News Briefing for Thursday, November 27, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare, coming to a mall near you “HHS is hitting the malls this weekend to make sure that Obamacare is on the minds of consumers during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. The department on Wednesday will announce new partnerships it has made with retail stores, pharmacies and popular websites to spread the word about the current open enrollment season, which began on Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 15. On three key days after Thanksgiving — Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — as well as dates beyond, Westfield Shopping Centers, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the XO Group will provide ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Burwell soliciting ideas for 'increased transparency' at HHS “Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell is looking for ways to make her department more transparent after the House GOP discovered that officials had overstated Obamacare enrollment. Burwell emailed senior HHS leadership Sunday night asking them to work toward a “culture of increased transparency, ownership, and accountability.” She asked them to meet with their staff and cull good ideas. “I believe strongly that a hallmark of effective leadership and management is instilling a culture of transparency, ownership and accountability,” Burwell ...

News Briefing for Friday, October 17, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Oregon Obamacare Exchange Hits 18th Security Breach “An Oregon woman was sent personal information of other Obamacare applicants, marking the 18th time in just six months that the embattled exchange has leaked personal information. Ann Migliaccio told the Associated Press that she received documents containing the names, birth dates, and Obamacare exchange ID’s of two separate customers who also applied for coverage on the exchange, but said she did not receive their Social Security numbers. When officials became aware of the breach last week, the exchange sent Migliaccio a return envelope for her to send back the documents. She ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HEALTHCARE: In Some States, a Cost Crunch Over Expanded Health Benefits “President Barack Obama promised that his Affordable Care Act would work to reduce health costs. But a recent Kaiser Health News article outlined one way in which the law–and the way the administration and states have implemented it–is helping to increase costs. The issue surrounds benefit mandates at the state level, which require insurers offering policies in that state to cover a particular type of treatment, provider, or service. While many of these mandates may sound appealing, they incrementally raise the cost of insurance–for procedures that some people might ...

America’s Finances, Family Style

In the next two months, debates over Obamacare funding, the federal government’s funding, and the debt ceiling will dominate Washington. The Heritage Foundation has a wonderful new toy – “Federal Spending by the Numbers, 2013” – that’s helpful in understanding why it’s critical to hold strong on delaying and defunding Obamacare and freezing the debt ceiling. Alison Fraser has a summary of the full document on the Heritage site, but this brings the federal government’s profligacy home to your friends and family: We can’t wait any longer. Delay and defund Obamacare, keep the debt ceiling where it is, and get federal spending ...