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    Government Shutdown Highlights Need for Head Start Reform

    Due to the government shutdown, roughly two dozen federally funded Head Start day care centers will temporarily close their doors this week. For those low-income parents in affected areas expecting to send their toddlers to Head Start this week, the closures will no doubt create some headaches. But all of … More

    What the Administration Didn't Tell You About Obamacare Exchange Plans

    Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report regarding premiums and plan offerings in Obamacare’s exchanges for next year. Despite the Administration’s claims, premiums are going up due to Obamacare—and the quality of the “coverage” is, in many cases, going down. In both today’s report and … More

    The Obama Administration, Marriage, and the States

    Just as families are getting ready to head out the door for a long holiday weekend, the Obama Administration has rolled out new policies that disregard states’ authority over marriage and redefine marriage for a variety of federal purposes. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS and the … More

    Planned Parenthood to Receive Over $655,000 as “Navigators” for Obamacare

    This morning, the Obama Administration announced the award of over $655,000 in taxpayer grants to three Planned Parenthood affiliates to act as “navigators,” helping enroll Americans in federally facilitated insurance exchanges under Obamacare. Those grants are part of $67 million in federal funds that will go to over 100 organizations … More

    Kathleen Sebelius: The Insurance Industry’s “Big Sister”

    As the Administration gears up to sell Obamacare to the American people, it’s also gearing up its regulatory apparatus to strong-arm private companies. The Hill reports that even though the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) previously claimed that it would not try to negotiate rates with insurance companies, … More

    GUEST POST: History of Medicaid Expansion in Maine Foreshadows Failure

    The states play an important role in protecting citizens against this flawed federal health care law–from challenging the health care law before the Supreme Court, to resisting efforts to establish Obamacare exchanges or expand a failing Medicaid program, to offering alternative proposals that will ensure citizens are not left abandoned … More

    If Obama Were a CEO, Government Would Hold Him Responsible for Scandals

    Over the past week, the Obama Administration has been hit with scandal after scandal. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) apologized for targeting conservative organizations, the State Department covered up its reaction to Benghazi, the Department of Justice (DOJ) secretly seized phone records of AP reporters, and the Department of Health … More

    Welfare: Obama Wanted to Gut Work Requirements in 2009

    President Obama had been seeking ways to circumvent the 1996 welfare work requirements since coming to office, according to a 2009 memo released Tuesday by Representative David Camp (R–MI) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT). “From the first year the Obama Administration took power, it was trying to find any legal … More

    Teens Need Parental Involvement, Not "Plan B"

    On Tuesday, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the non-prescription sale of Plan B One-Step to girls as young as 15 years old. While the approval did not include total over-the-counter access of Plan B for any age—which many groups have pushed for and a federal lawsuit has threatened to … More

    Medicaid Expansion in Arkansas: A Fig Leaf, Not a Solution

    As action to stop Obamacare languishes in Washington, the debate continues at the state level. Heritage is hosting a series of health care reports from our allies in the states to provide an up-close view of state-level action regarding Obamacare. The states play an important role in protecting citizens against … More