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Health Care Exchanges, Round 2
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Health Care Exchanges, Round 2

As I wrote in December, the fight over ObamaCare is far from over, and Round 1 went to the states.  So far, 27 states have resisted ObamaCare by refusing to participate in setting up a health care exchange, the bureaucratic mechanism for implementing the health care law.  See below:

01/18/2013
FreedomWorks Media Roundup: January 8th – 18th, 2013
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FreedomWorks Media Roundup: January 8th – 18th, 2013

Freedom Works 4 million: Libertarian non-profit continues soaring up social media rankings but still way to go to surpass Lady Gaga

01/18/2013
Fifty Shades of Freedom
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Fifty Shades of Freedom

If you ever want to lose an audience, start talking federalism. Sure, a few of us policy geeks love this foundational principle of American polity but the other 97.4 percent closes the browser window faster than you can say “Alexis de Tocqueville.”

01/18/2013
House GOP: "No Budget, No Debt Hike"
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House GOP: "No Budget, No Debt Hike"

Update on the Debt Ceiling fight: House Republicans appear to be listening to the grassroots. Today GOP leaders announced they will not pass any bill to extend the national debt ceiling until the Senate does its job and passes a budget.

01/18/2013
Forgotten Federalism
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Forgotten Federalism

Most Americans are aware of very few of their Constitutional rights, or more accurately, Constitutional protections. As kids we try unsuccessfully to "plead the fifth" when mom questions us about the broken lamp and as teenagers, we love to remind our parents of our right to free speech. But aside from these few, there's an unfortunate ignorance about our other protections, in particular the tenth amendment.

01/18/2013
Medical Device Tax: Stifling Innovation and Hurting Veterans
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Medical Device Tax: Stifling Innovation and Hurting Veterans

It should surprise no one that Obamacare contains numerous time bombs of illogical and destructive policy. One such policy, which has recently gained national attention, is the implementation of a 2.3% medical device tax. This tax applies to any and all medical devices, from crutches to high tech surgical equipment.

01/18/2013
The Cavalry Isn’t Coming — States Must Create Their Own Success
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The Cavalry Isn’t Coming — States Must Create Their Own Success

I miss the heady days of January 2012, just 12 months ago. Sure, the economy was lousy, GOP primary debates were tedious, and “We Bought a Zoo” was still in theatres. But there was a faint glimmer of hope on the horizon.Conservatives had made huge gains in 2010, the Supreme Court had a decent chance of tossing out Obamacare, and the presidential approval rating was well under 50 percent. If everything broke just right, the GOP could recapture the White House and start to fix the economic damage.

01/18/2013
Keystone Round 2: Will Obama Blink?
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Keystone Round 2: Will Obama Blink?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but we're still a nation desperately in need of jobs and revenue, right?A new study commissioned by supporters of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline says Nebraska could reap close to $2 billion in economic benefits if the project were built.

01/18/2013
End the Debt Ceiling Shenanigans
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End the Debt Ceiling Shenanigans

Here we go again… The U.S. is expected to hit the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling by the end of February. That means that we can expect more partisan bickering in Washington over whether to raise the debt ceiling—with or without spending cuts. It has now become typical for Washington to stumble from one manufactured crisis to the next instead of fixing the root cause of the problem.

01/17/2013
FreedomWorks Busts Myth Of Debt Ceiling And "Not Paying Our Bills"
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FreedomWorks Busts Myth Of Debt Ceiling And "Not Paying Our Bills"

The repeated refrain from the likes of Paul Krugman and Jay Carney is that we MUST increase the debt limit so that we don't default on the full faith and credit of the United States, and that we continue to pay our bills. Indeed, on Monday, President Obama chastised Congressional Republicans for making spending cuts mandatory in any debt ceiling negotiation:

01/17/2013

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