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  • Monthly Archives: July 2013

    The Policy Behind the Obamacare Rebates

    Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom

    President Obama’s speech today on Obamacare had a heavy focus on the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision. The provision, which took effect last year, requires insurers in the individual and small-group markets to spend 80 percent of premiums (85 percent for insurers in the large-group market) on medical claims or … More

    101 Million Americans Received Food Aid Last Year

    Medicaid Food Stamps Waiting Room

    Nearly one-third of Americans received government-funded food aid in 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector has explained, there are roughly a dozen federal food assistance programs operating today. The USDA reports that 59 percent of households that … More

    Internet Sales Tax: Wishful Thinking Can’t Make It Pro-Growth

    Newscom

    A new study argues that the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), better known as the Internet sales tax, would be good for economic growth. But the argument is premised on something that isn’t in the bill. The study says that because the MFA would allow states to enforce their sales … More

    Cantor and Goodlatte: Please Show America Your Immigration Bill

    Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–VA) and House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA), reportedly continue work “on a bill to provide a legal status to those who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children by their parents.” Although Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH) spoke favorably about … More

    Arrest of Notorious Zetas Leader Built on U.S.–Mexican Cooperation

    MIGUEL ANGEL TREVINO MORALES (Xinhua/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

      Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, leader of Los Zetas, was captured by Mexican law enforcement on July 15. Treviño was among the most feared outlaws in Mexico. Los Zetas, an offshoot of renegade soldiers who turned to lives of crime, has expanded into a major drug and crime syndicate. Treviño’s … More

    Confronting Chinese Cyber Espionage

    Newscom

    The U.S. and China opened high-level security and economic discussions last week in Washington, and critical cybersecurity concerns are on the agenda. The Administration’s diplomatic efforts on cybersecurity, however, have so far failed to deter aggressive Chinese cyber attacks against the U.S. public and private sectors. Over the past year, … More

    Rebutting President Obama on Obamacare and Premiums

    Polaris/Newscom

    President Obama just finished speaking about Obamacare a few minutes ago. Several of his claims merit specific responses: The President claimed that Obamacare was serving as a “check on rising costs.” But what he didn’t say is that Obamacare is actually reducing costs—because it’s not. The non-partisan Medicare actuary concluded … More

    The Growing Presence of Iran in Latin America

    Newscom

    The Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee recently held a hearing about Iran’s influence and presence in Latin America. Contrary to a prior report released by the State Department, all of the experts who testified expressed deep concern over what they called a growing influence of Iran in the region. Ilan … More

    Lithuania LNG Terminal a Big Step in the Right Direction

    Storage tanks with the Liquefied Natural Gas (Zarembo Igor Itar-Tass Photos/Newscom)

    Lithuania is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the port of Klaipeda. The project, which is expected to be operational by 2014, will give the Baltic nation access to the world’s LNG market. Today, the nation’s existing natural gas infrastructure consists of a single pipeline owned by the … More

    The Obama Administration's Fuzzy Premium Math

    OBAMACARE_Premiums

    President Obama is scheduled to make an address talking about Obamacare this morning. He’s expected to claim that Obamacare is working to lower premiums. There’s only one problem with that claim: His math doesn’t add up. Let’s look at the facts. In 2008, then-Senator Obama promised premiums would go down … More