151 results for tag: Big Government


Yes, Obamacare increased healthcare premiums substantially

Outrage against Obamacare isn’t just a conservative talking point—it’s the natural response when big government sticks it to the little guy. Overwhelming evidence from scholars shows that the Affordable Care Act “significantly increased premiums.” Two Brookings Institution researchers attempted to show through analysis that the ACA had caused average premiums in the individual market to drop; however, Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg left out some important points. A Forbes contributor reported: Economists at the University of Pennsylvania, also using actual pre-ACA individual market data, estimated that the total expected price of ...

VA purchased $16 million worth of art on President Obama’s watch while veterans died awaiting care

An investigation into art acquisitions by Veterans Affairs officials shows the department bought millions of dollars worth of art while our men and women who served in our armed forces passed away on VA waiting lists. The Washington Examiner has the story: Hundreds of veterans have died while waiting to get care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, all while the department spent millions of taxpayer dollars on high-end art. According to an investigation by COX Media Washington, D.C. and American Transparency, the VA has spent $20 million on high-end art over the last 10 years, $16 million of that spent during President Obama's tenure. ...

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unemployed more likely to shop for non-essentials than job search

  The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data that shows unemployed Americans on an average day are more likely to shop for things than look for employment opportunities. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Only 18 percent of unemployed Americans spent time searching or interviewing for a job on an average day, while 41.1 percent shopped online, in store, or by phone. About one in five unemployed Americans, or 21.2 percent, went shopping for items other than food and gas… “The fact that unemployed people choose leisure over job hunting suggests the ongoing economic malaise has discouraged them from even looking for a job, ...

Sens. Mike Lee, Ben Sasse endeavor to slash bureaucratic red tape hindering job creation

Conservative Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) have partnered to roll back costly occupational-licensing laws that hurt the bottom line and job prospects of Americans nationwide. The Daily Signal has the details: Most agree that jobs that deal directly with public health and safety should require some sort of license to do. However, a 2015 study conducted by the White House Council of Economic Advisers found that the share of the U.S. workforce needing a license to work increased five-fold from 1950 to 2008. In the District of Columbia, for example, someone looking to work as a shoe shiner must attain four different licenses and ...

VA study: Veteran suicides comprise nearly 20 percent of all suicides in America

Data from the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals nationwide 20 veterans per day commit suicide, a number that accounts for nearly 20 percent of all suicides committed in the U.S. every year. Military Times has the story: Roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide, according to new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs — a figure that dispels the often quoted, but problematic, “22 a day” estimate yet solidifies the disturbing mental health crisis the number implied. In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Veterans make up ...

Report: Houston-area Veterans Affairs office falsified wait times for Texas vets seeking appointments

It's again come to light Veterans Affairs employees falsified wait times of veterans who were seeking medical appointments – this time in Texas – according to a report released this week. Fox News has the details: The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General said more than 200 appointments were incorrectly recorded for the year that ended in June 2015. Two former scheduling supervisors and a current director of two VA clinics instructed staff to incorrectly record cancellations as being canceled by the patient, the report shows. Veterans in many instances then encountered average wait times of nearly three months when the ...

New York congressman rips into VA over veteran’s benefits denial

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) this week requested Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald issue an apology after his deputy undersecretary for field operations, Beth McCoy, in a House Committee on Veteran Affairs’ subcommittee hearing refused to acknowledge the military service of a veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury and was wrongfully denied Veterans Affairs benefits. The Daily Caller has the scoop: [Veteran John Mitchell] applied for special monthly compensation owed to vets who have TBI, and Mitchell’s physician supplied all the requisite information to the VA, but the VA refused to take that information into consideration when ...

Columnist responds to President Obama’s ‘cult of small government’ comment

Columnist Robert Knight, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union, in a recent opinion piece pushes back against a comment President Obama recently made criticizing those comprising “the cult of small government” – in other words, the many Americans that rightly believe in checks and balances and the separation of powers prescribed in our Constitution. The Washington Times has the commentary: If you believe the federal government is too large and powerful, you’re in what our current president calls “the cult of small government.” That’s what he said in a speech last week in Elkhart, Indiana, in which his aim was “to bust ...

Veterans Affairs paper-records system penalizing private doctors who pick up the ball when the VA drops it

The seemingly endless stream of scandals and misconduct coming out of President Obama’s Veteran Affairs department is sickening. The latest travesty revolves around the reimbursement documentation private healthcare providers who take care of veteran patients otherwise neglected by the VA have to file to be compensated for services – a process that moves slower than molasses! The Daily Caller has the story: The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs wrote to VA Under Secretary of Health David J. Shulkin May 24 saying TheDCNF’s findings were consistent with what the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found across the department’s entire ...

National Association of Home Builders: Government regulation over last five years has driven price of single-family homes up 30 percent

Owning a home for many American millennials faced with student-loan debt and skyrocketing real estate has become a distant dream while older homeowners struggle to keep up with mortgage payments and property taxes year after year. These difficulties aren’t alleviated by big-government regulations that push dreams of home ownership even farther out of reach. How far out-of-reach? $84,671 per home out of reach … Washington Free Beacon has the scoop: Government regulations are responsible for adding $84,671 to the final price of a new single-family home, according to a report from the National Association of Home Builders. According to the ...