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    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

    Warning: Obamacare May Be Hazardous to Your Health

    We’ve talked a lot about Obamacare’s costs—how it will hurt the economy, kill jobs, and cost you and your family more when you pay for health care. But there’s an even more important cost: your health. Obamacare will affect the quality of care in this country. It will limit the … More

    10 Ways Obamacare Isn't Working

    Obamacare is an unworkable law. It’s obvious because the Administration keeps trying to “fix” it—to no avail. It has delayed parts of the law, ignored others, and carved out exemptions for its political allies. 1. WAIVERS: The Administration established a legally questionable program of temporary waivers when firms announced they … More

    Obamacare Quiz for Employers

    If you work somewhere, Obamacare is most likely affecting your employer—and you. In a new paper, Heritage’s Alyene Senger explains how “Obamacare will impose new health coverage costs, the employer mandate, compliance regulations, and new taxes on all businesses.” How will businesses respond to all these costs and regulations? What … More

    Back to School: The Secret Costs Hiding in Your Child's Backpack

    It’s that time of year again, and back-to-school sales are in full swing. But before parents eagerly snap up every on-sale item, they might do well to consider this sobering fact: Almost everything they buy, from backpacks to lunchboxes to pencils, costs more because of tariffs. In 2012 alone, the … More

    Federal Appeals Court Chafes at Diaper Rash Class Action

    Class-action lawsuits can be a useful tool for consumers. They can also be abused by unscrupulous lawyers acting in concert with companies they are supposedly suing. Last Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found that a lower court abused its discretion in certifying a class … More

    Morning Bell: Even Unions Are Turning on Obamacare

    It’s not every day that union bosses sound like policy experts at The Heritage Foundation. But the beginning of the Obamacare letter from the heads of three major unions—the Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and UNITE-HERE—to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is … More

    Roll Out the Barrels? Obamacare Funds to Sponsor Bourbon Festivals

    One day after The Washington Post reported that federal taxpayer dollars could be used to promote Obamacare through porta-potties, the same outlet posted this e-mail from a Kentucky state official on how the Commonwealth plans to use federal funds to promote Obamacare: I briefly scanned a schedule of upcoming mobile … More

    Environmentalists Sue, Settle, and Apologize Later

    Environmental groups are the biggest abusers of a legal tactic known as “sue and settle,” according to a recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It works this way: An environmental advocacy group sues a federal agency—usually the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Department of Interior—charging that the government … More

    Carbon (And Practically Everything Else) Just Got More Expensive

    The Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a rule at the end of May that mandates the amount of energy microwaves can use on standby mode starting in 2016. The DOE tries to legitimize the rule by saying that the alleged social cost of carbon (SCC) is more than it was … More