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CEI Today: Win for Obamacare Halbig lawsuit 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Court Strikes Down IRS Obamacare Rule in Halbig Case

Tuesday's court decision in Halbig v. Burwell is a landmark victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for states’ rights and for individuals and companies in the approximately 36 “refusenik” states who chose to opt-out of establishing ObamaCare insurance exchanges.

 “[Tuesday’s] court decision is welcome relief to the individuals, small businesses and employees who live in the approximately 36 states that opted out of ObamaCare. This illegal rule would have cost employers crippling fines, destroyed jobs, andforced Americans to pay for insurance they didn’t want or need,” said Sam Kazman, general counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the organization responsible for coordinating and funding the lawsuit.  > Read more

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The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

The 24 states with right-to-work laws compare to the other states.The top 10 states most negatively affected by the lack of a right-to-work law are: Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan.

Understanding Public Pension Debt

State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate.


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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. >


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NHDP - Havenstein Refuses to Stand Up for Women’s Affordable Access to Health Coverage (Again)

Manchester, NH – Once again, failed CEO Walt Havenstein refused to stand up for women’s health as he remained silent on the Hobby Lobby "fix" legislation that was blocked by Senate Republicans, which would have ensured women receive health coverage for their full range of basic health needs regardless of their boss's personal religious beliefs. 
It’s no surprise Havenstein has stayed quiet. Whenever he's been pushed to show his true colors on critical issues, he's proved to Granite State women why he can't be trusted to protect their right to affordable health care. 
In recent weeks, Walt celebrated the Supreme Court’s far-right Hobby Lobby decision that allows bosses to come between a woman and her doctor, and voiced his opposition to buffer zone measures that protect women and workers accessing reproductive health clinics.
“Walt Havenstein has shown time and again that he can't be trusted to stand up for New Hampshire women and families,” said Julie McClain, Communications Director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.“Given his disturbing stances on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision and buffer zone laws that protect women's safety and privacy, we're left to wonder where he stands on a number of other issues critical to women’s health that he refuses to answer.”
Below are just a few of the key questions Walt Havenstein has refused to answer on women's health:

Would he support the Bill O’Brien agenda to defund New Hampshire Planned Parenthood clinics?
He's already said he opposes New Hampshire's bipartisan plan to expand critical health coverage to tens of thousands of working women, including coverage for contraception. Would he also work to repeal our state's Medicaid expansion? 
He supports allowing employers to compensate women less than men by refusing to cover a woman's full range of basic health care needs while covering those of her male co-workers. Would he also work to repeal the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act that helps ensure women receive equal pay for an equal day's work? 
Would he support restrictions on women’s health clinics that were considered in the state legislature last spring?

And what other health coverage does he think men deserve but women don't? 

NHDP - Scott Brown in the News 


Adams For Executive Council (D4) - Jim Adams Blasts Approval of $300 Million Unread ObamaCare Contract 

Concord, NH- Today, the New Hampshire Executive Council approved a nearly $300 million contract regarding ObamaCare expansion in New Hampshire despite the fact that no member of the Council had yet to have an opportunity to read it. Notwithstanding the pleading of the Republican members of the Council to table the contract so it might be properly vetted, Councilor Pappas and his Democrat colleagues approved the over 160 page contract without so much as a glance. 

Jim Adams- Candidate for District 4 Executive Council 

"It is absolutely unconscionable that Councilor Pappas could approve a $300 million, 160 page contract without even reading it. Although the legislature has already passed ObamaCare Expansion, it is the Council's job to fully vet every contract that comes across their desk. A 15 minute presentation and 20 minute discussion on a $300 million contract is not what it takes to properly represent the taxpayers of New Hampshire. The Pappas/Pelosi way of reading, approving items in order to find out what's in them, is not the transparency and accountability the voters of District 4 deserve."


To learn more about Jim's campaign for Executive Council, please visit his website at


Wheeler For Executive Council - Candidate Dave Wheeler Calls Out Executive Council for Acting Like Congress 

$292 M Contract Passes Without Being Read

Concord NH — Eerily reminiscent of how Congress passed Obamacare, the NH Executive Council passed a $292 million dollar 200-page contract amendment at its Wednesday meeting without reading it.  The item was brought to the Council as a late item just before the meeting on Wednesday.  Councilors Chris Sununu and Joe Kenney argued vigorously that a contract of this magnitude should never be passed without first allowing sufficient time for review by both the public and the Council.  Consequently, the three Democrat Councilors and the Governor ignored the warning and passed one of our state's largest contracts, admitting they had not read it.  To make matters even worse, when Health and Human Services commissioner Toumpas was asked if any resident would go without services if the contract was not ratified immediately, he replied with an unequivocal "no". The item passed only on a 3-to-2 party line vote.

"This is a perfect example of why our Granite Staters are losing faith in their elected officials," said Wheeler.  "NH and the Executive Council has always taken pride in conducting the peoples' business in public, out in the open. Yet there has been a disturbing trend in the executive branch in Concord to keep the public in the dark regarding spending in excess of authorized appropriations," he added.

Wheeler noted that late items not on the regular prepost agenda should be very rare and for emergencies only.    

Wheeler concluded, "I can assure you if I am elected to the Council, I will again keep the light on the peoples' affairs. District 5 will be better represented on these huge health care contracts. It’s time to make Concord accountable to the people, and not to special interests who might stand to gain from the passage of these contracts."
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