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  • Monthly Archives: March 2012

    Side Effects: Doctors Fear Obamacare

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    The American public doesn’t support Obamacare, and a new survey shows that doctors have an even worse opinion. No one has a better grasp on the state of the health care system than physicians, and according to the Doctors Company survey, 60 percent of them believe that Obamacare will have … More

    Why America Needs Social Conservatism

    Should conservative leaders be talking about social issues? Do conservative positions on these issues still appeal to Americans? Jeffrey Bell, author of The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism, visited The Heritage Foundation on Friday to make the case that they do. His book discusses the fight … More

    Louisiana Teachers Cancel Class to Lobby Against Jindal Reforms

    Demonstrators protest educational funding cuts on the steps of the state capitol building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in March, 2011.

    The Weekly Standard is reporting that teachers in Louisiana plan to cancel class this week in order to protest Governor Bobby Jindal’s (R) education reform proposals, which will see committee action tomorrow. The governor’s proposals include reforms to teacher tenure, a significant school choice expansion, and changes to teacher compensation … More

    International Climate Change Lawsuits?

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    If the U.S. reverses its 30-year policy and joins the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), it will certainly be exposed to climate change lawsuits in the tribunals established by the convention, as detailed in a new Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Accession to U.N. Convention on the Law … More

    Obamacare: Higher Taxes, More Uninsured, Says CBO

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    On March 13, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) updated its score of Obamacare, announcing that the program is $48 billion cheaper than in its previous 2011 score. The primary reason for this change is that more individuals will lose their employer-provided coverage than originally anticipated, and the government will collect … More

    PODCAST: Red Tape Rising

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    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, expert James Gattuso discusses the punishing increase in government regulations in 2011. Click here to listen. How far above trend was last year’s increase in the regulatory burden? How can Congress put a stop to agencies that are effectively legislating regulatory rules? And where … More

    Morning Bell: Harry Reid Opts for Political Theater on Judicial Nominees

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    Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has rightfully earned the reputation of running a do-nothing Senate. More than 1,000 days have elapsed since the upper chamber approved a budget. He’s currently ignoring the House-passed JOBS Act and actively opposing steps to lower gas prices. Now, in a blatant political stunt, Reid is … More

    Obama's Non-Solution for High Gas Prices

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    Gas prices and the approval of President Obama’s management of the issue are heading in opposite directions. As the price at the pump continues to climb, his approval rating for handling gas prices is a meager 26 percent—the lowest of any of the polled questions. Much of what’s led to … More

    U.S. Drawdown: A Heritage Roundtable

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    Heritage’s Peter Brookes wrote a recent column for the New York Post entitled “A Dangerous U.S. Drawdown” on President Obama’s plans to cut 15,000 U.S. troops from Europe. It has generated responses from other Heritage analysts: Luke Coffey There are some who believe that basing U.S. troops in Europe is … More

    Fed Reports on Bailouts and Moral Hazard

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    Back in 2010, The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom first reported the shocking erosion of America’s long-cherished economic freedom. The interventionist policies put in place by the “Yes, We Can” Administration caused our nation’s economic freedom status to plunge from “free” to “mostly free.” The downward trend has continued … More