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    Congress and Obamacare: A Big Double Standard

    Are lawmakers and  their personal staffs “exempt” from Obamacare, as some conservative critics are saying? Well, not exactly. Members of Congress and their staffs  must be enrolled in the Obamacare exchange plans effective January 1, 2014.   Under Section 1312 (D) of the Affordable Care Act,   they can no longer get … More

    Congress Should Do These 3 Things in the Next 31 Days

    In the next 31 days—starting today—the budget conference committee will try to accomplish something Congress has failed to do for the past four years… Agree on a budget. But not just any budget. This one needs to tackle the key driver of spending and debt: entitlement spending. Think of it … More

    3 Trillion Reasons Not to Raise Taxes Again

    Do you know how much President Obama has raised taxes? Oh, by about $3 trillion. In a new paper, Heritage expert Curtis Dubay reminds us: President Obama has already raised taxes substantially twice—first as part of Obamacare and then as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal earlier this year. Together, … More

    Farm Bills Would Cost More Than Obama Stimulus

    The House and Senate are considering farm bill legislation this week whose costs should raise red flags for all Americans. In fact, the House and Senate versions of the bill would cost far more than the Obama stimulus package. The costs are just one example of how the farm bill … More

    3 Ways Obamacare Is Like HealthCare.gov

    The abject failure of the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, is proving quite the analogy for Obamacare itself—with good reason. CNN reported yesterday: “Experts say the major problems with the Obamacare website can’t reasonably be solved before the end of 2013, and the best fix would be to start over from scratch.” … More

    Obama's Priorities vs. the Economy

    Now that the government is whirring again, President Obama has identified three priorities for the country. Here’s a quick look at how they stack up against your priorities. “There is a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that … More

    Senate Debt Ceiling Bill Includes 10 Pages of Nonsense

    Last night Congress passed a bill (the Default Prevention Act of 2013) to suspend the debt limit until February 7, 2014. The bill was then signed into law by the President. There are a variety of policy reasons why suspending the debt limit is fiscally irresponsible. The Default Prevention Act … More

    The Deal That's No Deal

    To hear Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tell it, America’s long national nightmare is over. Except…it’s not. Our national nightmare isn’t the government shutdown; it’s Obamacare. Congressional leaders have been congratulating themselves on reaching a deal to spend more of our money—a deal that keeps their own … More

    Senate Decisively Rejects U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The U.S. Senate responded decisively today to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent signature on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In a bipartisan letter led by Senators Jerry Moran (R–KS) and Joe Manchin (D–WV), half of the Senate has officially pledged to oppose the ratification of the ATT. The … More

    Obamacare's Secret Is Out

    Timing is everything. And just as Congress’s focus seems to be drifting from Obamacare’s ravages on the economy, Americans are learning the reason this law’s implementation was postponed until after the presidential election. That reason is becoming clear as person after person opens the mail. Insurance costs are going up. … More