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UnAffordable Care Act – Sticker Shock Stuns Students

Students across the country are cringing as the new medical insurance law’s mandates eliminate the affordable policies they previously enjoyed, imposing a new financial burden. “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free. ” –P.J. O’Rourke, 1993 1903. Is that a year? No, that’s 1,903%, which is how much medical premiums for students have increased at Louisiana’s Nicholls State University this year, thanks to a partial implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In March of 2010, President Obama signed what is now popularly termed “Obamacare” into law. Much of the new health law ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 07/11/15

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session at noon Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. They anticipate staying through Thursday, with no votes later than 3 PM. The Senate will come back into session on 3 PM Monday, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. At that point, the Senate is expected to vote on two amendments to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, also known as Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization, or No Child Left Behind.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  On Tuesday evening of last week, the House adopted by voice vote three Democratic amendments that would restrict Confederate flag ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, June 3

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Patriot Act Renewal: Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Proceed “…Conservative groups are arguing against McConnell’s amendments, and that could augur trouble in the House. So far, the USA Freedom Act has enjoyed unusual support from both tea party groups and the American Civil Liberties Union. “We support passage of the USA Freedom Act as passed by the House, and see no need whatsoever for these amendments which are obviously designed to weaken the bill,” Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement. “Simply put, if it is amended in the manner that the Majority Leader desires, we will be forced to ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, June 2

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: End the NSA dragnet (Op-ed) http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/opinion/2015/06/01/end-nsa-dragnet/28276189/ HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's Double-Digit Rate Hikes For 2016 Disclosed “After two years of relatively stable premiums across the country, rates will jump in 2016 by double-digit percentages for individual policy purchasers on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in practically every state, according to the first glimpse of proposed costs for next year released by the Obama administration. The rate increases aren’t a huge surprise as health insurers across the country in recent weeks have been disclosing ...

News Briefing for Monday, June 1

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Oklahoma's U.S. senators support extending surveillance programs to allow more time for debate “Ahead of a rare Sunday night session in the U.S. Senate, top leaders of the American Civil Liberities Union and the Tea Party Patriots said Friday the law allowing the collection of bulk telephone data should be allowed to expire this weekend. Jenny Beth Martin, president of the Tea Party Patriots, told reporters that the collection of so-called “metadata” regarding Americans’ telephone calls sounded harmless until one considered how much tracking of locations and movement it allowed. “It is violating our freedom and the Bill ...

News Briefing for May 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Choosing between Big Brother and the Bill of Rights (Op-ed) “Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, there was a seismic shift in the U.S. Congress. As the Senate deadlocked over what to do about several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, it became clear that political momentum had moved away from surveillance and secrecy toward freedom and privacy….” http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0529-abdo-martin-nsa-20150529-story.html ACLU and Tea Party leaders unite against surveillance “It takes a travesty most vile to compel two groups that are essentially polar opposites to get together and call for reform. Enter the ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 28

HEALTHCARE: Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare, study finds “Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Group Teams With ACLU, NAACP On Patriot Act “Growing concerns about the Patriot Act’s renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to “tell Congress [to] protect our privacy.” On top of that, the executive director of Iowa’s ACLU and Tea Party Patriots’ boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on “the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act.” And even the NAACP — which hasn’t always been kind to the tea party movement ...

Tea Party Patriots Legislative Update for 05/18/15

CALENDAR: The House and Senate will both return to work tomorrow. The House will stay in session through Thursday, with no votes planned after 3 PM, and the Senate will stay in session through Friday. At the end of the week, both Houses will break for the Memorial Day recess, and they’ll return to Washington on Monday, June 1. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Tuesday, and took up several bills on the Suspension Calendar. They also passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which deals with Clean Water Act overregulation. On Wednesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 2048, the Uniting and ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 05/17/15

CALENDAR:   The House and Senate will both return to work tomorrow. The House will stay in session through Thursday, with no votes planned after 3 PM, and the Senate will stay in session through Friday. At the end of the week, both Houses will break for the Memorial Day recess, and they’ll return to Washington on Monday, June 1.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:   The House came back into session on Tuesday, and took up several bills on the Suspension Calendar. They also passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which deals with Clean Water Act overregulation.   On Wednesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 2048, ...