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Legislative Update for 04/27/15

Listen to the Podcast here: CALENDAR: The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. It’s a short week – there are no votes scheduled after 3 PM on Thursday. The Senate will return tomorrow, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. We anticipate they’ll be in all week. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House took up and passed the two Cybersecurity bills we discussed last week – H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731 – and also took up and passed H.R. 1195, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House will begin its work Tuesday with votes on seven ...

An Obamacare cautionary tale in California

A bombshell new report up at The Daily Signal exposes the vast problems plaguing California’s Obamacare insurance exchange. It’s true that for a long time, California was held up as sort of a national model for how states should be implementing their health care exchanges. But if the Golden State is still considered such a model than all we have to say is…heaven help us all. Reports The Daily Signal [1]: Whether it’s falling far short of 2015 enrollment goals or sending out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms, Covered California is struggling with its share of challenges. Now, several senior-level officials integral to the launch of Covered ...

One step closer to repealing Obamacare

This week, the GOP-controlled Congress took one step closer to repealing Obamacare for good. So in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, we’re cautiously applauding our lawmakers today. According to news reports, [1], the Senate managed to pass a budget that sets the stage for cutting $4.3 trillion in benefit programs over the next decade – including dissolving Obamacare. The passage sets the stage for a repeal of Obamacare through a procedural shortcut called reconciliation. At this point the Senate and the House have until mid-April to resolve differences in the budget through conference. Once both chambers agree on language, ...

ObamaCare’s Fifth Birthday Makes Us Sick

Five years ago today, without a single Republican vote, Congress rammed the unconstitutional Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. We know it as “Obamacare.” As former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) one famously said, “[W]e have to pass [Obamacare], so that you can find out what is in it.” Five years later, we now know why this massive overhaul of America’s already imperfect healthcare system was rushed through at rapid speed before the public could scrutinize the details. Despite President Barack Obama’s promises that if you liked your plan, you could keep it, millions of people have lost their insurance coverage. Millions ...

SCOTUS takes on Obamacare, round two

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell. The stakes [1] couldn’t be higher. At issue is the legality of Obamacare subsidies. The Obama Administration must argue it has the legal authority to issue subsidies in all 50 states, even though the Affordable Care Act only allows for subsidies through an “exchange established by the state.” That very point was driven home by none other than Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who admitted in 2012 that [2], "[I]f you're a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. “ If the court upholds the challenge, it ...

TPP to make presence felt at King/Burwell

Atlanta – Tea Party Patriots (TPP) will be out in force Wednesday to make their voices heard as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments King v. Burwell, the historic case that could decide the future of Obamacare. “We’re hopeful that the Justices will apply the plain meaning of the words in the statute,” TPP President Jenny Beth Martin said. “The law clearly says that Obamacare subsidies are legal only in states that have set up healthcare exchanges.” Many legal experts have predicted if the Court rules that the words in the statute mean what they say, President Obama’s nationalization of the healthcare system will be unraveled. ...

Numbers don’t lie

Remember when Obamcare opponents were warning about the havoc the law would surely wreak on our nation’s finances? Well, we’re already starting to see glimpses of that come to fruition. The first quarter of 2015 isn’t even over yet, and overall spending has increased [1] eight percent, thanks to, you guessed it, Obamacare. President Obama brazenly promised nationalized health care would reduce the deficit. Now we can count that as just one more Obamacare lie. As economist Stephen Moore noted in  a recent op-ed [2], health care costs are exploding. The increases account for spending on everything from insurance subsidies to Medicaid. Mea...

The IRS and Obamacare: a match made in heaven?

Obamacare is going to make tax season significantly more complicated this spring. For most of us, that doesn’t come as a shock given the amount of authority the Affordable Care Act cedes to the Internal Revenue Service to enforce the new health care law. For starters, [1] this year Americans will have to divulge to the IRS, whether or not they have health insurance. If they do, great! If not, get ready for more forms and a hefty fine. Then there’s the tax credits and subsidies qualifications that Obamacare enrollees will have to decipher, though getting those wrong could incur even more penalties down the road. So what’s a confused ...

Obamacare comes to Harvard

There’s a new wrinkle in the Obamacare “success” story that the Obama Administration is trying to either ignore or downgrade. The New York Times[1], of all places, published a story earlier this week noting faculty outrage at Harvard University over changes to their health care plans; changes that, as the university put it, must “respond to the national trend of rising health care costs, including some driven by health care reform.” The irony here is rich. There was no shortage of Harvard faculty members pressing for the Affordable Care Act, and advising the president and his administration on health care policy. But now that they’re ...

2015 Brings on Employer Mandate

January 1 was not just the start of 2015, it was also the day the Obamacare employer mandate officially took effect. Starting yesterday, businesses with 100 or more employees will have to provide affordable insurance coverage, or face hefty fines. The mandate will apply to businesses with 50 or more employees starting in 2016. It is, no doubt, a gloomy aspect of the new year. Though the mandate has already been delayed twice, it seems the Obama Administration has run out of political downsides with continuing to do so. Never mind the headache it will cause for small businesses! The employer mandate is just one of the many disastrous items in ...