CEI Today: Unemployment benefits, fuel poverty, Obamacare costs, and Fiat/Chrysler

Monday, January 6, 2014
In the News Today


USA Today: Extending unemployment benefits would do more harm

Unemployment insurance extensions in the past five years have kept at least 600,000 people out of the labor force, because people tend to ride a gravy train. A year's extension would add $25 billion to the tab, or about $6.25 billion for three months. That money is not in the budget, and none of the options for getting it is pain-free.

So, what can we do that will actually generate economic growth and get people back to work?
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> See also: CEI Podcast: Rethinking Unemployment Insurance

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

> Follow Aloysius Hogan on Twitter



Globalwarming.org: UK Fuel Poverty: Green Energy Policies Partly to Blame

Today’s Climatewire (subscription required) reports that in the UK last year, “more than 30,000 winter deaths were thought to be caused by fuel poverty, up by a third from the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics.”

What makes fuel poverty deadly? “Poor heating and a lack of insulation are known to increase the likelihood of strokes in the elderly and to exacerbate asthma and rheumatic disease in all age groups,” explains Climatewire correspondent Erica Rex. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis



Openmarket.org: Bogus Rationale for Obamacare Still Being Peddled Even after Study Debunked It


Emergency-room visits will go up, not down, due to Obamacare. Before Obamacare was enacted, only about two percent of all healthcare spending was on emergency-room care. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader



Jim Bohannon Show

Chrysler wound up in the hands of Italian automaker Fiat, after a major push by the Obama administration. Fiat assumed full control of Chrysler through an over four billion dollar buyout of the shares that had been held by the United Autoworkers Union. Our guest tonight says you - all of us U.S. taxpayers - made it possible. He's John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who has just written a blog on CEI's OpenMarket.org website entitled "The Great Italian Auto Bailout -- Courtesy of U.S. Taxpayers." > Listen to the interview starting at the :40:25 mark

> Interview John Berlau
> Follow John Berlau on Twitter




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