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Spending on the elderly is gobbling up the federal budget

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A recent Congressional Budget Office report, “The 2015 Long-Term Budget Outlook,” reminds us that the federal government is slowly becoming an agency for taking care of the elderly. Almost everything else is being crowded out. We ignored that during the Obama presidency, and now it seems that the presidential campaign may do likewise. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats plug fairer economic growth. Jeb Bush and other Republicans are more forthcoming (they talk about raising Social Security’s eligibility age) but concentrate their rhetoric on creating faster economic growth. There’s a bipartisan triumph of political expedience over professed beliefs. Liberals shrink many ...

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The GOP Senate should end the filibuster rule and repeal O-care

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Friday he’s open to eliminating the Senate’s 60-vote threshold if it helps Congress repeal Obamacare and enact “free-market oriented” health care reforms. Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, the former Florida governor was asked if he’d support invoking the “Reid rule”—also known as the “nuclear option”—to nix the legislative filibuster to replace the Affordable Care Act. At first, Bush said his focus was coming up with a health care plan that Republicans can unify behind. “I’d have to see—if the repeal is what I’m going to advocate, then I might consider that.” “I think ...

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The Roberts Obamacare majority once more saves a bad law

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The Judicial Branch’s highest court seems oblivious to the fact that it is not judicial activism to overturn unconstitutional law The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, upheld a rather unique legal principle on Thursday – that despite what words are actually written into a law, they don’t necessarily mean what they actually say. That’s the logic a majority of justices – led by the chief justice, John Roberts – applied when ruling in favor of the White House when affirming that Obamacare-related taxpayer subsidies are valid in states that chose not to set up an exchange. The primary argument, ...

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2016 GOP hopefuls are right to condemn Obamacare ruling

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White House hopefuls quickly began responding Thursday to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to uphold Obamacare subsidies, with several Republican candidates suggesting that the only way to get rid of the health care law is to elect a Republican president. Thursday’s reaction is a preview of what will likely be a rallying cry for many GOP candidates through the nomination season as a way to excite the conservative base. Democrats, meanwhile, hailed the court’s decision, which held that the law authorized federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own exchanges but in the 34 ...

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Obamacare Is destroying our healthcare system

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The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. The outcome is the second major ...

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Obamacare Is Trampling On States Rights

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Ten Republican state attorneys general are asking Republican lawmakers to prevent the Obama administration from taking what they call “coercive efforts” to compel them into expanding their state Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. In a letter to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), attorneys general from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Texas, South Carolina and Utah say they’re concerned the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may threaten to withhold federal funds if they don’t expand Medicaid. “We welcome assistance from Congress in reigning-in CMS, an agency insistent upon trampling the rights of our sovereign states to ...

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Ruling on Obamacare Will Demand Need Swift Action by Republicans

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Republican tensions over Obamacare rose Tuesday after Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint ramped up pressure on the party not to extend health insurance subsidies—even temporarily—that the Supreme Court could erase within days. In an op-ed titled “Let the subsidies die,” the former senator and conservative kingmaker took aim at Republicans who are eyeing a backup plan that temporarily preserves the subsidies to avoid massive disruptions and loss of coverage for millions of Americans. “It would be uncaring and unfair for Congress to force taxpayers to continue funding Obamacare’s subsidies, DeMint wrote in the Washington Examiner. “Extending the subsidies would be political malpractice, ...

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