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News Briefing for February 21, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Money running out for Homeland Security Dept. (Quote by Kevin Broughton) “Kevin Broughton, communications director for the Tea Party Patriots, said it was time for Republicans to make good on campaign vows to address Obama’s executive actions. “The point is that Republicans last fall went hard against executive amnesty ...,” he said. “Now is not the time to lose your nerve.” With the fate of the DHS funding bill uncertain, the agency is preparing for a possible partial shutdown. DHS officials said 30,000 employees – about 15 percent of its workforce – might be furloughed. That group would include 5,500 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 Monday, February 16, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare sign-ups hit technical snags on big weekend “The Obama administration says some people trying to sign up for health insurance ahead of a looming deadline are getting snagged by technical difficulties. Administration spokeswoman Katie Hill says some haven’t been able to get their income information electronically verified. That’s crucial because the amount of financial assistance to help pay premiums is based on people’s income. The IRS handles income verification for the HealthCare.gov website. The glitch seemed to be affecting people with new applications. People who previously submitted their income details - but ...

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 12, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare Co-Ops Cost Taxpayers $17,000 Per Enrollee “More than 500,000 people enrolled in health plans offered by nonprofit insurance companies created under the Affordable Care Act. And with the co-ops receiving an average of $108.7 million from the federal government, taxpayer-backed funding per enrollee topped $17,000. Twenty-three co-ops received a total of $2.5 billion from the federal government and enrolled more than 520,000 people in plans through September. However, an analysis conducted by The Daily Signal published yesterday found that just one, Maine Community Health Options, was profitable last year. Using the latest ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Great Job So Far, Sen. McConnell. Now Cancel The Recess. “Politicians are flirting dangerously with a deadline for funding a critical government service. A recess looms. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Republicans ran hard against executive amnesty for illegal aliens last fall, and were rewarded by voters with historic majorities. Rather than negotiate from a position of strength, GOP leadership opted to fund almost the entire government through Sept. 30, 2015 – in a lame duck session. The Department of Homeland Security was funded only through February 27, which brings us to the current impasse. Democrats – ...

News Briefing for Saturday, February 7, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Affordable Care Act? Try 'Aggravating Challenge for Accountants' “Two of the most complicated facets of American life have just collided: health care and the federal income tax form. As set out in the Affordable Care Act, starting now health insurance has been woven into every individual federal tax form. Let’s ignore the effect on the ibuprofen market (investment tip?). For the IRS and for thousands of accountants, the result is a once-in-a-generation challenge: a new tax requirement for every American that could be violated accidentally, with ease. “This is a very very big change,” says tax accountant Poonam Bansal. “It ...

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 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 ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment (Jenny Beth Martin’s op-ed) http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20150203-jenny-beth-martin-its-time-to-pass-a-u.s.-balanced-budget-amendment.ece Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment http://heralddemocrat.com/opinion/national-commentary/it-s-time-pass-lee-balanced-budget-amendment Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment https://home.butlereagle.com/clickshare/authenticateUserSubscription.do?CSProduct=butlereagle&CSAuthReq=1422997869:57356328138461&CSTargetURL=http://www.butlereagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/l...