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A Very Good Beginning

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing today.  The title of the hearing said it all, “An Overdue Checkup: Examining the ACA’s State Insurance Marketplaces."  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) hopes it will be the first hearing of many, not only in the House of Representatives, but in the Senate, as well.  Taxpayers need to know how their tax dollars were utilized in creating ObamaCare exchanges in the states.

September 29, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1443557113

More of the Same

Presidential candidate and former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed several worn-out initiatives this Tuesday that would supposedly lower drug prices but, if implemented, would seriously damage research and development in the United States while harming patients well into the future.  Many promising drugs would either never be discovered or be severely delayed in reaching the market.

September 25, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1443211402

Gov. Walker Will Get Rid of Congress's Special Exemption Under ObamaCare

Citizens Against Government Waste was pleased to learn that presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker agrees that Congress and their official staff have been given a special exemption under the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, and that it must be abolished.  He joins fellow presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in calling for its repeal.

August 26, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1440598767

Walker and Rubio: First Out of the Gate

Presidential candidates Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) offered their ideas for reforming healthcare on Tuesday, August 18.  Gov. Walker’s is a relatively detailed 13-page document and while Sen.

August 24, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1440445338

IBD: ObamaCare DOES Cut Employees' Hours

Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) took on the subject of whether or not the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, has encouraged employers to reduce their employees’ working hours in order to avoid the law’s penalties.  According to an August 14 column by Jed Graham, the answer is yes and “there is no clearer test than the one put forth by the White House Council of Economic Advisers.”  That test computed the ratio of employees that work 31-34 hours

August 19, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1440001049

Howard Dean is Correct

It is not too often that I agree with former Vermont Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean but when it comes to the government “negotiating” drug prices in Medicare Part D, he is correct.

August 14, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1439576092

Bigger is not Better

News broke on Friday, July 24 that Anthem, the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, will purchase Cigna for $48.4 billion.  The total deal, which includes purchasing Cigna’s debt, is worth $54.2 billion.  Cigna is known primarily for administrating health insurance coverage for large employers.  The Wall Street Journal notes Cigna is currently the fifth largest health insurer in the country and is being purchased by the second large

July 27, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1438017722

More Proof the 340B Program Needs Reform

On July 6, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the independent, non-partisan investigative arm of Congress, released a report entitled, “Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals.”  The report confirms what Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has been saying for some time; the 340B drug discount program is being abused by many hospitals for profit-making purposes and needs to be reformed.

July 17, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1437153974

Our Constitution Continues to Dissolve

On Thursday, June 25, the Constitution and our tripartite system of government took a major hit.  The Supreme Court, in a 6 to 3 opinion, ruled against the plaintiffs in King v Burwell, a lawsuit concerning who was entitled to taxpayer-funded subsidies in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better known as ObamaCare.  You may recall this lawsuit was discussed in a prior SwineLine blog.

June 30, 2015 — Elizabeth Wright 1435684740

IRS Hiring of Outside Litigator Appears to Violate Law and Infringe Privacy

In what appears to be an unprecedented and illegal action, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has apparently for the first time hired a law firm to assist in the income tax audit and investigation of a taxpayer.

May 19, 2015 — Thomas Schatz 1432062839

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