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Obamacare SCOTUS Fever Has No Cure
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Obamacare SCOTUS Fever Has No Cure

The countdown has begun.The time of year normally reserved for excitement only among baseball fans and out of school students has an added political component that's unusual even for a presidential election year: a nation breathlessly awaiting a Supreme Court decision that could swing that election.

06/26/2012
Obamacare: It's The Bureaucracy, Stupid
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Obamacare: It's The Bureaucracy, Stupid

While being interviewed by a progressive author for a book about conservatives a few years ago, I was asked why I thought the government shouldn't be running health care in America. I replied that it wasn't so much that I thought it shouldn't but that I thought it couldn't, at least with any semblance of efficiency or cost-effectiveness. 

06/05/2012
Tell Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 4160, the State Health Flexibility Act
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Tell Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 4160, the State Health Flexibility Act

As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 4160, the State Health Flexibility Act. Introduced by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), the bill would block grant Medicaid and S-CHIP to the states. The current Medicaid system is based on top-down regulatory controls from Washington. State governments shoulder roughly half of Medicaid’s annual costs but they have virtually no say on how it is run.

03/12/2012
The Entitlement Deficit: America’s Other National Debt
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The Entitlement Deficit: America’s Other National Debt

On May 16, 2011, the US public debt once again reached the debt ceiling (the legal cap set by Congress for how much the United States is allowed to borrow). The United States’ debt now stands at around 14.3 trillion dollars.  A quick visit to usdebtclock.org shows that the United States now owes around $46,000 dollars per citizen and over $129,000 per taxpayer. Those are big numbers; numbers big enough to get many lawmakers on both side of the aisle talking about reducing the deficit.

06/03/2011
The Great Debt Ceiling Debate Begins (Get Your Scorecard Here)
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The Great Debt Ceiling Debate Begins (Get Your Scorecard Here)

The Great Debt Ceiling Debate of 2011 has begun, and FreedomWorks has published this handy scorecard to help you follow the action and weigh in. Here, on one page, is where all the key players stand: 

05/19/2011
Discovered: An UNLIMITED Obamacare Slush Fund
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Discovered: An UNLIMITED Obamacare Slush Fund

Just when we thought there were no more brazen audacities left to report about in Obamacare, here comes a doozy.    House Republicans have uncovered, tucked away in Section 1311(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), an UNLIMITED Obamacare implementation slush fund. That's right.  Unlimited.  

04/28/2011
Record Number of People Dependent on Government Programs
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Record Number of People Dependent on Government Programs

USA Today reports that a record number of Americans—one in six—are now dependent on government anti-poverty programs. Since the recession began in December 2007, the enrollment and cost of government programs have grown at an alarming rate.

09/01/2010
The Sources of Insurance (Issue Analysis Number 126)
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The Sources of Insurance (Issue Analysis Number 126)

Download a .pdf version of the full study complete with footnotes and graphs by clicking here! Executive Summary

07/08/2009
Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate
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Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate

Settled science rarely is. Except to those with a vested policy interest in the debate. True to form, a recent diatribe by Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest acknowledges none of the widely available data that conflict with his passionate crusade against table salt. However, to a debate that has endured for decades, Jacobson does bring a modern twist:

06/11/2009
Beware of Strange Bedfellows in Washington
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Beware of Strange Bedfellows in Washington

The consumer group Families USA and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) are teaming up in Washington to lobby to increase coverage for Medicaid.  Why would the medical companies support more government intervention in their industry?  Maybe because they did a cost-benefit analysis and concluded that they would make more money with more interventions.  According to Politico, "The upside is that it would help drug companies tap a new market by providing coverage to those who are too poor to buy drugs."  These groups worked together on S-CHIP as well, likely for the same reason.

04/21/2009

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