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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Obamacare Individual Mandate
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Obamacare Individual Mandate

On Wednesday, The Hill reported that the Obama administration had begun to implement the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare. Noting its unpopularity, rules have been written by the IRS and Department of Health and Human Services that "downplay the scope" of the mandate and emphasize the exemptions. As a curious blogger, I wanted to see for myself the fact sheet that was disseminated.

02/01/2013
In a Pickle Over Regulations
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In a Pickle Over Regulations

Sizes of whole pickles are based on the diameter and the relationship of diameter to the count per gallon. Size designations, applicable counts, and diameters are outlined in Table II of this subpart. The diameter of a whole cucumber is the shortest diameter at the greatest circumference measured at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the cucumber…

01/31/2013
Looks Like Richard Windsor May Have More Imaginary Friends At EPA
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Looks Like Richard Windsor May Have More Imaginary Friends At EPA

Remember Lisa Jackson and her secret email name? It appears that Richard Windsor wasn't alone. I know, you're as shocked as I am that others may have used fake email addresses to avoid FOIA requests.

01/29/2013
HSBC and the Era of Too Big to Fail
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HSBC and the Era of Too Big to Fail

Advocates of extensive government regulation of private markets often argue that such measures are necessary to prevent large companies from abusing their market power for illicit gain. What is seldom highlighted, however is that big government and big business inevitably go hand in hand, and that  it is impossible to support one without supporting the other.

01/29/2013
There’s No Such Thing as a Free Launch
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There’s No Such Thing as a Free Launch

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand." — Milton FriedmanAs President Obama took office in 2009, I sold electronic health records, which track a patient’s medical history by computer instead of by hand. For a couple of decades, companies like mine had helped medical providers save money while they improved their patients’ quality of care. Once we installed and launched EHR software at a doctor’s office or hospital, it was a win for everyone.

01/23/2013
Supermarket Retailers: Washington Regulations Have Us "Under Attack"
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Supermarket Retailers: Washington Regulations Have Us "Under Attack"

Washington's sweeping regulations for the food retail industry seem too tough to swallow for some business leaders, as retailers and consumers alike can expect higher costs for a government program that will contribute little to its stated goal - improving food safety.A recent gathering known as the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Midwinter Conference saw major executives in the supermarket business challenge the administration to recognize that burdensome regulations do not necessarily equate to progress for industry safety.

01/23/2013
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
Yet Again, HHS Secretary Sebelius Extends ObamaCare State "Exchanges" Deadline
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Yet Again, HHS Secretary Sebelius Extends ObamaCare State "Exchanges" Deadline

The more forgiving amongst us may feel some genuine pity for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. On one hand, President Barack Obama loaded her department with the mammoth task of writing up the thousands of rules and regulations that will constitute the real weight of ObamaCare. On the other, he charged Secretary Sebelius with the even more onerous duty of convincing a (rightfully) skeptical American public that the new 2,801 page health care reform law represented a landmark achievement that would benefit all citizens. So far, this hasn't gone so well.

01/16/2013
Sandy: Log-Rolling from Alaska to New Jersey
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Sandy: Log-Rolling from Alaska to New Jersey

The House of Representatives passed the second installment of the Hurricane Sandy bailout Tuesday night, as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) brought up a bill he knew would pass without support from his own party. That allowed conservatives to vote against a bill that conservative groups were adding to their legislative scorecards.The path of the bill has been marked by one consistent strawman argument: opposition has been cast as opposition to relief, rather than opposition to the corrupt spending accompanying it.

01/16/2013
The FreedomCast: Episode 2 - Dean Clancy on Obamacare and the Debt Crisis
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The FreedomCast: Episode 2 - Dean Clancy on Obamacare and the Debt Crisis

The FreedomCast: Episode 2 - Dean Clancy on Obamacare and the Debt Crisis Today, Dean Clancy VP of health care policy and legislative affairs at FreedomWorks joins me to discuss the debt crisis, Obamacare, and patient center health care as the key to our rising health care costs.

01/10/2013

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