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    States Struggle to Draw Interest in Obamacare Health Plans

    Obamacare’s rollout has become a punch line for late-night comedians, Saturday Night Live, and the Country Music Awards, which all noted that only six people enrolled in the federal health exchange’s website on its first day. But the federal exchange isn’t the only part of the health law that’s suffering. … More

    The Road to a $12.50/Hour Minimum Wage in D.C. Is Paved with Good Intentions

    If only the D.C. city council understood good intentions do not ensure good results. Council members are debating four different proposals to raise the city’s minimum wage from $8.25 per hour ($1 above the federal minimum) to between $10.25 and $12.50 per hour. Proponents of the legislation want to help … More

    Obamacare Exchange Glitches and Delays Keep Coming

    With just six days before the Obamacare insurance exchanges open, news of glitches and delays abounds. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal noted several examples of how officials in Washington and the states have suffered new and significant problems implementing the law’s exchanges: Colorado became the second state, after Oregon, to limit … More

    Illinois Supreme Court Catches Up on the Second Amendment

    The Illinois Supreme Court has finally joined the rest of the nation and the U.S. Supreme Court in recognizing the right of Illinois residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights. On September 12 in Illinois v. Aguilar, the Illinois court voided a state statute that made the “aggravated unlawful use … 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

    Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion: How Does Your State Fare?

    The Medicaid expansion is touted by proponents of Obamacare as a “no-brainer.” While it is true that some states may see projected savings, it is erroneous to claim that this experience applies to every state. Proponents predict that by expanding Medicaid states will be able to reduce payments to health … More

    Obamacare Exchanges: State of the States

    Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave seven more states “conditional approval” to operate state-run Obamacare exchanges. The announcement came two days after the deadline for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to determine which states will be ready to run their own exchanges in 2014. So it … More

    Second Amendment: Illinois Gun Ban Struck Down

    On December 11, in a major win for Second Amendment rights, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Illinois’s virtual ban on the carrying of any guns, whether concealed or otherwise. In Moore v. Madigan, the state of Illinois claimed that there was no … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Is Accountable—to Parents

    The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) has helped hundreds of D.C. schoolchildren leave underperforming public schools to attend schools of their parents’ choice. As The Washington Post reported Sunday about the school voucher program: In the District, it’s clear that vouchers have provided many children with an education at well-established … More

    States and Organizations Fight to Preserve Liberty from Dodd-Frank Act Intrusions

    The states of Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Carolina have sued the Obama Administration in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that allow the government to seize financial institutions. Several private organizations joined in the legal complaint, to challenge also the constitutionality … More