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Tuesday
Jul152014

CEI Today: FOIA reform, Dodd-Frank & Obamacare, and a near-future Obamacare ruling 

Monday, July 14, 2014
In the News Today

 

FOIA REFORM & EPA - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: Bipartisan FOIA Reform Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Federal agencies routinely circumvent information requests, and the censors’ primary tool for achieving opacity is a statutory exemption from disclosing “deliberative process.” Colloquially, it’s known as the “b(5)” exemption; among information seekers, it’s known as the “withhold it because you want to” exemption.
> Read more

> Interview William Yeatman
 

DODD-FRANK & OBAMACARE - JOHN BERLAU

Washington Examiner: Just as health insurance premiums and deductibles skyrocketed due to Obamacare's many mandates, so too may those of life, home and car insurance due to provisions of
Dodd-Frank. > Read more

> Interview John Berlau
 

OBAMACARE LAWSUIT

Court Ruling Imminent in Challenge to Obamacare Exchange and Federal Overreach

 

A ruling on a major Obamacare lawsuit may be imminent. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. will rule on whether the IRS over-stepped its limits in imposing Obamacare penalties and subsidies in states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


 

CEI Podcast for July 10, 2014: The Wire Act and Online Gambling


Michelle Minton argues that the Wire Act applies only to interstate sports gambling, not online gambling as a whole. The Wire Act's 50-year history is on her side. Click here to listen.

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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Saturday, 10am ET
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Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the academic watchdog Retraction Watch, discusses the trend of increasing fraud, falsification, and plagiarism in the scientific community and the disincentives to retracting bad science reporting.
 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

No one likes stereotypes


 





 

Saturday
Jul122014

CEI Today: Imminent ruling on Obamacare, UAW & Volkswagon, online gambling, and more 

Friday, July 11, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE LAWSUIT

Court Ruling Imminent in Challenge to Obamacare Exchange and Federal Overreach

 

A ruling on a major Obamacare lawsuit may be imminent. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. will rule on whether the IRS over-stepped its limits in imposing Obamacare penalties and subsidies in states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges.

According to the explicit language in the
Affordable Care Act, tax credits for purchasing federally-regulated healthinsurance on the “Obamacare” exchanges are only supposed to be available "through an Exchange established by the State." But the IRS decided to dole out the tax credits in those states anyway by arguing the federally-created exchange can somehow be “an Exchange established by the State.”  Don’t laugh; two liberal trial court judges bought the argument in cases like Halbig v. Sebelius, which is now on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and King v. Sebelius, which is on appeal to the Fourth Circuit. Decisions by those appeals courts are expected any day now.  > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


 

UAW & VOLKSWAGON IN CHATTANOOGA - TREY KOVACS

Labor unions should not have the power to take away workers’ right to a secret ballot election.

Thursday, UAW officials announced plans to establish a local members’ union to represent workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. Ostensibly, membership would initially be voluntary, and no employees would be required to join. In addition, the newly created members’ union would not have bargaining rights with management and could only use its influence to impact work conditions.

However, the members’ union is just a stepping-stone for the UAW. UAW leadership also announced that they and the automaker reached a "consensus" and anticipate Volkswagen management will voluntarily recognize the UAW if they sign up a large enough portion of employees. Once that happens, the UAW would be able to negotiate a contract that would apply even to workers who oppose UAW representation.  


> Interview Trey Kovacs
 

CEI Podcast for July 10, 2014: The Wire Act and Online Gambling


Michelle Minton argues that the Wire Act applies only to interstate sports gambling, not online gambling as a whole. The Wire Act's 50-year history is on her side. Click here to listen.

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

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Saturday, 10am ET
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Up first Saturday-- @ivanoransky co-founder @RetractionWatch!
 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

No one likes stereotypes


 





 

Saturday
Jul122014

NH House Republicans Comment on ACA Related State Budget Concerns 

CONCORD - Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Finance Committee Ranking Republican Neal Kurk (R-Weare) offered the following comments relative to news that enrollment in the State’s traditional Medicaid program has spiked, in part due to the ACA related individual mandates, and that DHHS is facing a $37 million budget shortfall.

 

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

 

“For months prior to Obamacare mandates taking effect, we were warned that an enrollment surge was a likely possibility. Now we’re faced with another potential state budget breaker largely as a result of this unpopular federal law. It’s great that the federal government is picking up 50% of the cost for this pool of new enrollees, but states shouldn’t have been expected to absorb all of this excess in cost all at once. This situation is essentially an unfunded mandate, made possible by a poorly conceived law.”

 

House Finance Committee Ranking Republican Neal Kurk (R-Weare)


“It’s safe to say that the DHHS estimates for increased enrollment in traditional Medicaid were too low. While it’s never easy to make predictions with 100% certainty, this surge was not unexpected. Health care experts had been warning that, with all of the attention being given to ObamaCare, individuals eligible for traditional Medicaid would "come out of the woodwork" in droves. The experts were right. This is not a temporary problem. New Hampshire taxpayers will have to continue to fund the state's share of the cost to provide care for many of these new enrollees into the foreseeable future.”

"We can only hope that enrollment estimates for the new, three-year, expanded Medicaid program don’t follow suit. That would be very expensive for taxpayers, as they must pick up 10% of the cost of the program should it be made permanent by the legislature."

Friday
Jul112014

CEI Today: State pensions ranking, Obamacare lawsuit, and Dodd-Frank at 4 

Thursday, July 10, 2014
In the News Today

STATE RANKING ON PENSIONS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

CEI Ranks States' Pension Debt and Analyzes the Consequences


Today, many states face budget crunches due to massive pension debts that have accumulated over the past two decades, often in the billions of dollars. The Competitive Enterprise Institute released the first installment of CEI’s new three-part series, The High Cost of Big Labor, which looks at the economic impact of labor policies on U.S. states. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

OBAMACARE LAWSUIT

Court Ruling Imminent in Challenge to Obamacare Exchange and Federal Overreach


According to the explicit language in the Affordable Care Act, tax credits for purchasing federally-regulated health insurance on the “Obamacare” exchanges are only supposed to be available "through an Exchange established by the State." But the IRS decided to dole out the tax credits in those states anyway by arguing the federally-created exchange can somehow be “an Exchange established by the State.” Don’t laugh; two liberal trial court judges bought the argument in cases like Halbig v. Sebelius, which is now on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and King v. Sebelius, which is on appeal to the Fourth Circuit. Decisions by those appeals courts are expected any day now. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


DODD-FRANK & OBAMACARE - JOHN BERLAU


National Review: Dodd-Frank Is Like Obamacare - it raises premiums by treating insurance companies as banks.


As Dodd-Frank approaches its fourth anniversary, Obama is singing its praises. Yet even to lawmakers from Obama’s own party, this “financial reform” legislation is looking more and more like a destabilizing force — much like the so-called reform of health insurance.
> Read more

> Interview John Berlau


Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest. Sign up today!

 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

No one likes stereotypes


Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org


Up first Saturday-- @ivanoransky co-founder @RetractionWatch!




Thursday
Jul102014

Heritage - It’s Not True that 20 Million Americans Gained Coverage Under Obamacare  

The Daily Signal

 

July 09, 2014

It’s Not True that 20 Million Americans Gained Coverage Under Obamacare

Daily Policy Focus: A new report claims 20 million Americans “gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act as of May 1.” But a closer look at that number reveals it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

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Obama Seeks $3.7B to Meet Surge of Kids Crossing Border

President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in “emergency” funds to stem a surge in children and families from Central America illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico.

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This Chart Shows How Many Obamacare Enrollees’ Self-Reported Citizenship Status Doesn’t Match Federal Data

According to a report, “the online federal marketplace could not resolve nearly 90 percent (or 2.6 million) of its 2.9 million data ‘inconsistencies.’

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Quick Hits:

Tolerant Left? ‘Holly Hobby Lobby’ Vulgarly Attacked on Twitter

Cartoon: Border Security Under President Obama

Harry Reid on Hobby Lobby Decision: ‘We’re Going to Do Something’

‘Happy,’ Taxpayers? Police Film Music Video While on Duty

Issa on IRS Scandal: Obama Team Wants to ‘Outlast Us’

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