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  • Yet Another New Obamacare Bureaucracy

    Once again, Obamacare shows that, when it comes to health care reform, the saying “Hey, it’s the thought that counts” just doesn’t cut it. Proponents of the new law argue that its stringent insurance regulations will help consumers, but these new regulations also threaten some existing employer-sponsored plan arrangements. To … More

    Governors to Congress: We Could Do Better If Washington Got Out of the Way

    On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to explore the impact of Obamacare on the states and the federal roadblocks to state-based reforms. Front and center at the hearing was Medicaid. Obamacare puts an additional 18 million people in this federal–state health care program for the … More

    House Hearing: Obamacare Threatens American Medical Innovation

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama emphasized the need to focus on innovation, job creation, and global competitiveness as part of a strategy to “win the future.” Unfortunately, by signing Obamacare into law, the White House has endangered these very things. Until now, the United States has … More

    White House Still Failing to Fix Medicaid Crisis

    Yesterday President Obama announced support for the “Empowering States to Innovate Act” authored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Scott Brown (R-MA). The Wyden-Brown proposal would advance the enactment date of an Obamacare provision that allows states to pursue alternative routes to reform if they can meet the same targets … More

    The Case for Entitlement Reform: Taxpayer Contributions Fall Dangerously Short of Received Benefits

    Medicare and Social Security are important retirement security programs for millions of Americans. But they are ticking time bombs with trillions in future unfunded obligations that will bankrupt America if they are not changed. Though awareness of this critical situation continues to grow, Americans remain reluctant to support reform, understandably … More

    House Hearing: Could the Individual Mandate Create a National Police Power?

    Last week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the constitutionality of the individual mandate. The mandate has been declared unconstitutional by federal courts in Virginia and Florida, and appeals are pending in those cases. The committee heard from three legal experts: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Duke University … More

    New CBO Report Proves We Cannot Afford Obamacare

    Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released its report on H.R. 2, the House-passed legislation that would fully repeal Obamacare. The takeaway message was that American taxpayers simply cannot afford Obamacare. CBO’s initial scoring of Obamacare analyzed its effects from 2010 to 2019, including only six years of full implementation, … More

    House Education and Workforce Committee: Obamacare Is a Job Killer

    The effects of Obamacare will reach every niche of the health care system, but they won’t stop there. The new health law will also have widespread negative effects on the economy, especially businesses, which are already facing growing health care costs and incentives to dump coverage altogether. Congressman John Kline … More

    President's Budget Contains One Sorry Excuse of a Doc Fix

    President Obama has received praise for including a two-year Medicare “doc fix” in his FY 2012 budget proposal, but hold the applause. Every year, physician reimbursement for treating Medicare patients is scheduled to decrease according to the “sustainable growth rate” formula. This complex and unworkable policy is intended to create … More

    Community Development Block Grants: Waste the Continuing Resolution Should Cut

    Last Friday, the House Appropriations Committee unveiled its revised spending plan for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2011. This continuing resolution would reduce discretionary spending by more than $100 billion compared to the spending levels requested in President Obama’s FY 2011 budget proposal. Though enacting serious spending reductions is … More