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    Deflating Hospitals’ Arguments for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    The Obamacare Medicaid expansion debate continues in the states, and many hospitals are lobbying their state lawmakers to accept the expansion. The hospitals argue that because Obamacare cut their payments for charity care—so-called disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments—they need their states to expand Medicaid coverage so as to increase the … More

    Crop Insurance Reform Would Save Lots of Taxpayer Money

    Crop insurance is probably not the first thing you want to talk about at a cocktail party. It isn’t sexy. However, it starts looking a lot prettier when common-sense reforms to crop insurance could save taxpayers billions of dollars. The Senate is currently debating its bloated farm bill. The Congressional … More

    Getting More Bang for the Buck from Food Aid

    Proposed changes to food aid programs would allow U.S. tax dollars to feed more people at a lower cost. Representatives Ed Royce (R–CA) and Karen Bass (D–CA) recently proposed legislation that would remove counter-productive restrictions on the use of food-aid dollars while ending a wasteful process known as “monetization.” Monetization … More

    Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion: Error and Terror are Two Different Things

    On April 17, a West Texas fertilizer plant exploded, leaving 14 dead and approximately 200 injured. Investigators continue to look into exactly what caused the explosion that left an estimated $100 million in damages in its wake. Yet, while investigators are still looking to determine if the blast was due … More

    Morning Bell: President Says Obamacare Is Going Great

    Obamacare is “working fine,” President Obama said yesterday in his press conference. It’s made health insurance “stronger, better, more secure than it was before.” There are just a few slight details left to be implemented, but we shouldn’t worry about those, according to the President. Right. There’s nothing to worry … More

    New GAO Report on Weapons Acquisitions Fundamentally Skewed

    On March 28, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its annual assessment of the performance of the Department of Defense (DOD) in purchasing specific new weapons in a cost-efficient manner and reducing the overall cost to the taxpayers of a wide variety of weapons purchases. This year’s assessment was generally … More

    DOE Sitting on Taxpayer Dollars Due to Negative Publicity

    Despite billions of dollars in unused loan authority remaining under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office, negative publicity surrounding the loan guarantee programs (which offer taxpayer dollars to government-approved companies) has tampered with applications, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. More than $51 billion in … More

    Department of Energy: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    President Obama is touring the country and campaigning against the spending cuts under sequestration, such as cuts to energy research. The Department of Energy (DOE) itself has claimed that it may have to “curtail vital programs” and furlough employees in light of sequestration. The Heritage Foundation has already identified wasteful … More

    Obamacare Budget Bombshell

    Then: In his September 9, 2009, speech to a joint session of Congress, President Obama declared, “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future.” Now: Over the next 75 years, the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—will add an estimated $6.2 trillion to … More

    National Institutes of Health: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) made it onto an Obama Administration fact sheet listing the “most damaging effects of a sequester on the middle class.” According to the White House, under sequestration the agency “would be forced to delay or halt vital scientific projects and make hundreds of fewer … More