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Friday
Apr172015

CEI Today: Obamacare subsidies, Ex-Im Bank, and EPA's Clean Power Plan in court 

Friday, April 17, 2015
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES - SCOT VORSE

 

New Report Shows States Had Serious Questions about Obamacare Tax Credits in 2011

A new CEI report shows many states knew as early as 2011 that they might not receive tax credits if they opted out of establishing a state-based health insurance exchange. Whether nonparticipating states had adequate knowledge that they were putting their Obamacare subsidies at risk is a critical question in CEI’s Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell.  > Read more 
 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG


Fiduciary rule elicits mixed reactions

 
This week, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing, where Ex-Im head Fred Hochberg defended his agency from Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), who wants to close the bank. Also this week, the Justice Department charged former Ex-Im employee Johnny Gutierrez with bribery.  > Read more 

 

> Interview Ryan Young 
 

EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - WILLIAM YEATMAN

 

CEI's William Yeatman on the Murray Energy Challenge to the Clean Power Plan
 

This week, oral argument in the Murray Energy case against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took place before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. CEI's William Yeatman said: "In making the case that the court has jurisdiction to hear their challenge, Murray Energy and the interveners on their behalf advance two premises: First, that EPA doesn’t have the authority to issue the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to begin with. Second, that state regulators and utilities have no choice but to start complying with the proposed Clean Power Plan now, because they are capital-intensive businesses that must plan years in advance." > Read more






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White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban
 

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


 

The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


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Tuesday
Apr142015

NHDP - Legislature’s Failure to Protect Medicaid Expansion Could Lead to Increased Rates

Legislature’s Failure to Protect Medicaid Expansion Could Lead to Increased Rates for All Granite Staters on the Health Insurance Marketplace
 
Concord, N.H. – After the O’Brien-Jasper House budget removed the Governor’s proposal to continue New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion plan, the Associated Press highlighted that the longer the legislature waits to act, the greater the effect could be on rates for all Granite Staters on the Health Insurance Marketplace.  
 
Jennifer Patterson of the state’s Insurance Department told the AP, "The decisions that (insurance companies) make and any uncertainties that result from what's going on in the legislative process, all of that gets played out in the rate development, and that is reflected across the entire private market."
 
Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire, told the AP, "It has huge implications on the prices people pay." 
 
“Even if the legislature eventually agrees to do the responsible thing and continue the state’s successful Medicaid expansion plan, by dragging their feet New Hampshire Republicans could cause increased rates for all Granite Staters on the Health Insurance Marketplace,” added New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.  
 
“The evidence shows that New Hampshire’s expansion plan is working, and it’s time for members of both parties to come together and maintain our commitment to New Hampshire’s people, businesses, and economy by continuing the state’s expansion plan,” added Buckley.
 
BACKGROUND
 
Steve Ahnen and Henry Lipman: “Medicaid expansion is unquestionably helping Granite Staters”
… the question many will, and should, ask as the debate over reauthorization of the NHHPP goes on is: “Is it working?” While we are only a few months into the implementation of the NHHPP, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.” … As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, hospitals across New Hampshire saw a 17 percent reduction in the number of people who were treated in the emergency department who did not have insurance. We are also seeing reductions in the number of patients being treated in the inpatient and outpatient departments as well. We will continue to monitor these trends, but we expect that number will grow as more people become eligible for the program. [Union Leader, 4/13/15]
Wednesday
Apr082015

CEI Today: Retirement reform & Obamacare, White House petition, union subsidies 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE + RETIREMENT REFORM? - JOHN BERLAU

 

IBD: ObamaCare Is Worst Possible Model For Retirement System Reform
 
Given the political fallout from ObamaCare — with stories of patients losing access to their doctors and choices of medical services — one would think the Obama administration would be wary of using medical analogies to sell another industry overhaul.
Yet in recently unveiling the Department of Labor's revised "fiduciary rule" governing 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts, top administration officials repeatedly invoked the doctor-patient relationship. > Read more
 


PETITION THE WHITE HOUSE - MICHELLE MINTON


White House Petition Asks President to Veto of Online Gambling Ban
 

A week after members of Congress debated a bill that would forbid states from legalizing online gambling, the Poker Players Alliance have issued a petition asking the White House to veto the measure. In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. 
 
Despite having legal and effectively regulated online gambling in America for more than two years, some in Congress insist that allowing states to legalize and regulate the activity is too dangerous for America. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton 


UNION SUBSIDIES - TREY KOVACS 

 

Washington Teachers’ Union Boss Compensation Not Unusual
 

A recent article in the Yakima Herald-Republic describes a union subsidy, which pays 75 percent of the teachers’ union president’s salary, as “unusual.” Unfortunately, that is far from the case, and similar compensation packages are common across the country at every level of government. > Read more


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The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

 
 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


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Saturday
Mar212015

NRSC - Time for a FULL REPEAL and REPLACEMENT of Obamacare!

   

Friend,

We are 3 days out from the 5th anniversary of one of the most devastating pieces of federal legislation ever crafted in this country: Obamacare.

The rollout was a disaster, but the implementation is an even greater fiasco:

•    Thousands of Americans have been dropped from their insurance plans

•    Health care premiums have SKYROCKETED for many Americans

•    Obamacare’s employer mandate is set to cost American companies over $100 BILLION in fines for those who fail to comply   

•    Countless other harmful effects to our economy remain to be seen
 

It's time for a FULL REPEAL and REPLACEMENT of Obamacare!

Sign our petition if you agree!




  

 

 


Wednesday
Mar182015

NHDP - Bill O’Brien Budget Part 2: “Who Will Plow Our Roads?” 

 

 

 

 

House GOP Also Puts Medicaid Expansion “On The Chopping Block,” Repealing Health Coverage for Over 36,000 Granite Staters and Counting
 

Concord, N.H. – Bill O’Brien’s devastating budget cuts are continuing in Concord, as House Republicans work to slash funding for the Department of Transportation and repeal health coverage from over 36,000 Granite Staters and counting.
 
“In the absence of a sensible budget plan, House Republicans are simply proposing to recycle Bill O’Brien’s devastating budget that hurt New Hampshire’s families, businesses and economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “These are real people’s lives we’re talking about, yet House Republicans are determined to repeal health coverage from 36,000 Granite Staters and leave our roads unplowed out of pure politics.”
 
See below for a coverage recap of House Republicans’ “plan” to slash funding for DOT, resulting in less plowing, fewer bridge inspections, and a halt to the expansion of I-93:
 
The Associated Press reported that Deputy Transportation Commissioner Patrick McKenna told the House Finance Committee, "Passing this bill is not passing a budget — it's passing the buck."
 
Adding that McKenna explained, “the cut would mean 50 to 70 percent reductions in engineering functions, halting progress on the Interstate 93 expansion and allowing for fewer bridge inspections. It would mean a 9 percent reduction for winter maintenance, forcing the closure of 16 highway maintenance facilities across the state. In total, 321 employees — out of a workforce of around 1,650 — would lose their jobs, and 84 vacant jobs would be eliminated, he said. Cutting state money could also jeopardize federal funds.”
 
The Concord Monitor also quoted Gary Stevens, a DOT worker who said, “Who will plow our roads in the winter? Do you want your wife, children, grandchildren… friends or constituents to drive on unsafe roads or bridges?”
 
WMUR also covered House Republicans’ so-called “plan” that would result in over 300 layoffs at DOT and make New Hampshire’s roads less safe.
 
See below for a coverage recap of House Republicans’ “plan” to repeal health coverage from over 36,000 Granite Staters and counting:
 
WMUR reported, “Medicaid expansion is on the chopping block,” adding that Democrats are also “decrying a number of proposed reductions in the HHS budget: Meals on Wheels, the Sununu Youth Services Center and homeless shelters.”
 
The Concord Monitor reported that enrollment through Medicaid expansion “ has surpassed the state’s expectations for the first year of the program.”
 
Adding that “While criticized by some lawmakers at the State House, the program has earned praise from the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. A recent report from the hospital association found that the state’s hospitals saw a 17 percent reduction in uninsured patients’ visits to emergency rooms between 2013 and 2014, as well as a 15 percent reduction in the number of uninsured inpatient admissions.”