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  • Side Effects: List of Missed Obamacare Deadlines Grows

    Missed deadlines by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continue to show us the absent-minded way in which Obamacare was put together. Finishing the health care reform race “first” was more important to the liberals in Congress than finishing with “success.” Lawmakers hastily wrote and passed a book … More

    Breaking Health Care Research: How Obamacare Undercuts Existing Health Plans

    Before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), President Obama made several promises to the American people in an attempt to build support for his health care plan. Among them was a promise that “nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.” However, since … More

    Wyden-Brown Won’t Give States the Flexibility They Need to Reform Health Care

    States have a lot to lose under Obamacare. Beyond representing a huge overreach of Congress’s constitutional authority, the new law includes several provisions that restrict states’ ability to reform their health care systems in ways that best serve residents’ specific needs. Obamacare requires all states to extend eligibility for Medicaid … More

    High Speed Funding in President’s Budget Means More Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

    Elected officials in Washington finally seem to get it that something must be done to reduce federal spending. Last week, House Republicans unveiled a plan to cut $74 billion from President Obama’s budget request for this year, and members of the Republican Study Committee have proposed an even more ambitious … More

    Preview of President's Budget Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

    Next week, President Obama will release his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012. Though the President’s budget carries no real legislative weight, it will showcase his financial priorities and the seriousness of his rhetorical commitment to rein in federal spending. A recent New York Times article by Jacob Lew, the … More

    Side Effects: Children Face Reduced Access to Coverage Under Obamacare

    While the Senate failed last week to pass a full repeal of Obamacare, the negative effects of the health care overhaul continue to build the case for scrapping it and starting over. Americans were told that Obamacare would open the door to medical coverage for all children. Those with preexisting … More

    Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: Arguments for Individual Mandate's Constitutionality Don’t Hold Up

    In the wake of federal Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that Obamacare’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to further examine the issue. The individual mandate forces Americans to purchase a level of insurance deemed appropriate by the federal government or else pay a fine. … More

    Is New York State on Track to Become Fiscally Conservative? Will Congress Follow Suit?

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) promised during his campaign that he would balance the Empire State’s budget without increasing taxes or borrowing. Left untouched, the state’s $135 billion budget would otherwise result in $10 billion in deficit spending. This week, Cuomo appears to have taken the first step to … More

    Ways and Means Hearing: Obamacare Is Bad for Business

    Last Thursday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner sent a letter extolling the impact of Obamacare on small business. Geithner touted small business tax credits and the creation of health insurance exchanges as ways to enable a greater number of employers to offer health benefits. But reality tells a different story. A … More

    Obamacare Does No Favors for the Nation’s Fiscal Outlook

    Last week served up another dose of reality for Obamacare supporters. In addition to House committee hearings that exposed the negative effects of the new law, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its new 10-year baseline, which unveils the “daunting economic and budgetary challenges” facing the United States. In 2011, … More