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The 4th Anniversary of Obamacare

Policy • March 25, 2014

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, the President issued a statement recognizing Obamacare and its fourth anniversary. Among Obamacare’s accomplishments, the President listed an increase in the share of Americans with insurance, health care costs going down, 100 million Americans gaining the right to free preventative care like mammograms and contraception, and seniors who are saving …

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Unemployment + Economy + Gov’t Dissatisfaction = …

Jared Powell • March 13, 2014

Gallup is out with a new poll today about the top problems America faces: “Three issues — unemployment, the economy in general, and dissatisfaction with government — dominate when Americans name the most important problem facing the nation.” (Americans cite jobs, economy, gov’t as top U.S. problems, Rebecca Riffkin, Gallup, 3/13/14) It makes sense… 3.8 …

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5 Things the Keystone XL Pipeline Will Do to Build Our Economy

Communications • March 13, 2014

1) Create 42,100 jobs. ” Construction spending would support a combined total of approximately 42,100 jobs throughout the United States for the up to 2-year construction period.” (Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, U.S. State Department, January 2014) 2) Create a more energy independent North America. Construction of the Pipeline would reduce U.S. dependency on non-Canadian foreign oil including oil from …

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Health Care > Opportunities > Health Care

The Obamacare Effect on the Middle Class is Real

Jared Powell • March 13, 2014

REPORT:  “. . . the ACA threatens the middle class . . .” A brand new report from Unite Here, a hospitality industry union, states, “the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.” For a President who continues to harp on income inequality, it …

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February Jobs Report

Policy • March 12, 2014

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its February monthly jobs report.  While nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000, the unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.7 percent.[1]  Moreover, the Labor Force Participation Rate remained at 63.0 percent for the second consecutive month, among its lowest levels since the Carter Administration.[2]  Though the economy …

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Security > Foreign Policy

Ukraine Background — A Brief Overview

Policy • March 11, 2014

Policy Feature Issue: Ukraine Background – A Brief Overview  Recent developments in Ukraine have caused political, economic, and military turmoil, leading to the collapse of President Viktor Yanukovych’s regime and the emergence of an interim government that appears supportive of necessary reforms and closer integration with the West.  Russian Federation forces have since entered Ukrainian …

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4 Things House Republicans Did This Week to Ease the Middle-Class Squeeze

Jared Powell • March 6, 2014

1) Passed (along with twenty-seven Democrats) Rep. Lynn Jenkins’ (R-KS) HR 4118, the Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals (SIMPLE) Fairness Act, which would eliminate the unfair individual mandate tax for the remainder of the year.  The President already gave this break to businesses but refuses to do so for individuals, and has already issued a veto threat against this bipartisan …

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Video: Easing the Squeeze on the Working Middle Class

Jared Powell • March 5, 2014

“This week we’re voting to ease the squeeze on the working middle class –- to make their lives easier with real solutions, not more government.” Republican Leadership Press Conference (March 5, 2014) Participants: Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Conference Chair Cathy …

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Health Care > Health Care | Seniors | Women

Medicare Home Health Benefits, CMS Cuts to the Program: What Does it Mean for Seniors and Women?

Policy • March 5, 2014

What is the Issue? Approximately 3.5 million of the oldest, sickest, and poorest Medicare beneficiaries receive care at home. Yet, on November 22, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a regulation that went into effect on January 1, 2014 and is projected to significantly impact this vulnerable population and their access …

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Health Care > Health Care | Seniors

Medicare Part D, CMS Recent Regulations, and Their Impact — What Does it Mean for Seniors?

Policy • February 26, 2014

Senior health care is covered by Medicare and its four programs, including Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit program.  According to CRS, in 2012, 62 percent of Medicare-eligible seniors participated in Part D.[1] Over the last ten years, the Medicare Part D program has performed better than expected.  According to recent statistics, the estimated …

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