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  • Hoyer Makes it Official - Congress Shuns Budget Duties

    The term ‘fiscal responsibility’ is en vogue in Washington these days.  Lawmakers have been quick to claim they will tackle the federal government’s impending financial crisis, a claim showcased by the President’s commission to reduce the federal deficit.  But Congress’ recent behavior proves they are no more serious about reining … More

    Obamacare: A Hard Pill to Swallow for Physicians

    The negative effects of Obamacare will impact every American.  However, it is those who are the very backbone of the United States’ high-quality health care system who will be most severely affected: physicians.  In a recent paper, Heritage’s health policy expert Robert Moffit, Ph.D., details the changes American doctors can … More

    What’s the President’s Weapon of Choice for America’s Economic Decline?

    When it comes to spending, President Obama’s proposed budget for 2011 takes fiscal irresponsibility to Greece and beyond. Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Robbins, both former Treasury tax officials, write in the Washington Times that “the president’s planned fiscal excesses beyond 2010 cannot plausibly be attributed to the recession, … More

    Presidential Rhetoric vs. Reality of Spending Cuts

    The United States must reverse its spending habits, and most Americans know it.  A recent poll by Resurgent Republic shows that 62 percent of likely voters are very concerned about the level of deficit spending of which Congress is guilty.  When those that were somewhat concerned are included, the percentage … More

    Side Effects: Physician-Owned Hospitals Face New Regulations, Limits on Growth

    Obamacare was going to expand access to higher-quality health care for all Americans, right? Well, though the legislation can purport to extend health insurance for millions of currently uninsured Americans, when it comes to access to high-quality care, Obamacare is more likely to have the opposite effect. One way the … More

    America to Debt Commission: Read Our Lips—No New Taxes.

    Last week, the President’s debt commission held its kick-off meeting.  The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a group of 18 lawmakers and policy experts, has been tasked with proposing a solution to the mounting financial crisis facing the United States government. As we show in our 2010 Budget … More

    Standing Up To Obamacare: What The States Can Do

    Due to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the nation’s health care system is on its way to undergoing a tremendous overhaul. The impact of the implementation process will be felt by all, but state and local governments will play a significant role. As former … More

    Side Effects: Stay Single and Save 15 Percent or More on Health Insurance

    No, this isn’t a Geico commercial.  Come 2013, America’s bachelors may want to think twice before popping the question.  Thanks to Obamacare, some couples can save thousands on health insurance just by opting to cohabit rather than marry. How?  The subsidy system erected in the complicated new health law manages … More

    Side Effects: State Reluctant to Swim in National High-Risk Pools

    Obamacare aims to insure the uninsured.  To do that, the law bars insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions—but not until 2014.  In the meantime, the law calls for a national high-risk pool to offer coverage to the otherwise “uninsurable.” Under the new law, an important deadline looms.  … More

    Memo to Deficit Commission: Spending is the Problem

    The President’s deficit commission met yesterday to begin its task to address the mounting fiscal crisis facing the nation.  As we show in our 2010 Budget Chart Book, the estimated federal deficit in 2010 will be $1.54 trillion, and spending on entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) and interest … More