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    With His Premiums More Than Doubling, This Dad Would "Rather File Bankruptcy" Than Deal with Obamacare

    Ben Neptun and his wife Charla are “furious” their family’s health insurance premium will be raised from $419 to $899 per month because of Obamacare. “We will absolutely go in a hole with this change,” Ben said. Ben, 36, and Charla, 34, are both home health nurses in Mobile, Alabama. … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Churchgoers Smoke Less

    After all manner of campaigns against smoking, it turns out that civil society has some sway in the matter. A recent Gallup poll found that regular church attendees are three times less likely to pick up a cigarette. While the group that has the highest concentration of smokers—young, single men—is … More

    Parents, Not Government, Know How to Feed Their Children

    Some Members of Congress think they are better parents than you are. Under the tax code, companies are able to take deductions for business expenses, including marketing. Recently, however, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D–CT) introduced H.R. 2831, which would prohibit businesses from taking tax deductions for marketing “food of poor nutritional … More

    With Obamacare, What Happens in Massachusetts Won’t Stay in Massachusetts

    PriceWaterhouseCoopers recently released a study of Massachusetts’s experience with health care reform, claiming that under Obamacare most employers will not reduce or eliminate the health coverage they currently offer. However, there are at least three aspects the study did not directly address, all of which suggest that employers will, in fact, … More

    House Bill Ends the $3 Public Election Tax Check-Off, Spends “Savings”

    H.R. 1724, the Kids First Research Act of 2013, sponsored by Representative Gregg Harper (R–MS), would end the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF). That’s the good news. But then the bill would authorize spending existing PECF funds on a new 10-year pediatric research initiative via the National Institutes of Health … More

    10 Myths About the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    As Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is being debated in the states, many myths are being perpetuated by its advocates. Here, Heritage provides the research to debunk such myths: 1. Myth: Expanding Medicaid is “free money” for the states. Reality: The expansion adds an estimated $638 billion in new government spending from … More

    Chart of the Week: The Health Benefits of Marriage

    What can you do to reduce your risk of heart attack? A new study released last week in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found one important factor that could contribute to saving your life: marriage. The study found that “unmarried men were 58 percent to 66 percent more likely … More

    Obesity in America: Blame Trade Protectionism on Sugar

    With a new study pointing the finger at high fructose corn syrup as a culprit in America’s explosive epidemic of obesity, it is important to remember just why we are consuming so much of this commodity as opposed to the more traditional, and apparently healthier, sucrose or common table sugar. … More

    Virginia's Uranium Working Group Releases Report

    The Uranium Working Group (UWG)—established by Governor Bob McDonnell (R–VA) to help Virginia state legislators determine the regulatory requirements for uranium mining—released its final report today. Though we are still reviewing the 125-page report, some cursory conclusions are appropriate. The most obvious takeaway is the comprehensive nature of the report. … More

    Medicare Roundup 10/19: Setting the Record Straight

    In recent weeks, liberal politicians, editorialists, and policy analysts have vigorously attacked reform of Medicare based on a defined contribution financing. In fact, this approach to reforming Medicare has a long bipartisan tradition going back to the 1980s and Representatives Richard Gephardt (D–MO) and David Stockman (R–MI). In fact, much … More