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    The Video That Explains the Desperate Need for Agriculture Policy Reform

    As part of their Downsizing Government project, the Cato Institute recently released a video which handily sums up the sorry state of agriculture policy and the desperate need for reform. Agriculture is a state-of-the-art industry that has left the average farmer very well off. Far from evoking images of characters … More

    Congress Is Right to Keep the Housing Trust Funds Closed

    Affordable housing groups are hoping that new Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director Mel Watt will reverse course and finally fill two national housing trust funds with money. But, in a preemptive move, Representative Ed Royce (R–CA) has introduced the Pay Back the Taxpayers Act of 2014 (H.R. 3901) that … More

    Meet the Man Who Got His Dead Mom's Social Security Benefits for 23 Years

    The 2014 omnibus bill contains an increase in funding for running the Social Security Administration (SSA). Maybe now they can stop paying Social Security benefits to dead people. According to a December Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, SSA systems do not accurately note and confirm the deaths of beneficiaries, resulting … More

    Tea Party Taps Mike Lee for Response to State of the Union

    In another sign of his rising national stature among small-government conservatives, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will deliver the Tea Party movement’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Lee, who recently has staked out his own turf on issues such as education, poverty and health care, … More

    Temporary Worker Programs Should Not Be Disguise for Amnesty

    Various new outlets are reporting increasing interest from leaders in the House of Representatives in advancing some form of amnesty, whether through some form of DREAM act or through a not-so-temporary worker program. Indeed Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chairman of the important House Judiciary Committee, has recently begun seeking “legal … More

    House Conservatives Reaffirm Push for Separate Food Stamp, Farm Bills

    As negotiations continue over the farm bill, conservative members of Congress voiced their commitment to keeping agriculture programs separate from food stamps. “This House made the biggest reform that we could’ve hoped for in this Congress, and that was when we separated out the food stamps from the farm bill,” … More

    Fix Medicare Physician Payment, But Fund It With Structural Reforms

    Medicare physicians will soon face a 24 percent pay cut.  The statutory formula that updates Medicare physician payment, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), requires it. The purpose of the formula is “sustainable growth”, meaning that Medicare physician payment is to track growth in the general economy, as measured by the … More

    Solve Medicare's Payment Problem, But Protect the Doctor-Patient Relationship

    This year Medicare physicians face a 24 percent pay cut. The reason:  Medicare payment is fixed by statute, including the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) update formula. And, as in the past, that Medicare formula requires another deep cut. While complex, the SGR formula basically attempts to limit the growth in … More

    Bottom Feeder Lurking in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill

    If you’re looking for the word catfish in the omnibus appropriations bill, you’ll just look past the language that was included in the legislation: Provided further, That the Food Safety and Inspection Service shall continue implementation of section 11016 of Public Law 110–246. In the Joint Explanatory Statement regarding the … More

    5 Obamacare Questions for HHS Official

    Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hear testimony from Gary Cohen, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Here are few questions that Members of the Committee should consider asking: Despite … More