Two for the road | WashingtonExaminer.com

October 31, 2012

He had two choices. One was to scale down his health care bill to a few proposals which could have won broad approval, try to win over some centrist Republicans, and have a small but real win he could take to the public. The other, which he chose, was to go big: ram the bill back through the House of Representatives, enrage the people already against him, and add to their number those made as angry by the procedure as others had been by the bill.

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Counting All the U.S. Government’s Regulations – Political Calculations – Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary – Page 1

October 21, 2012

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is proud to announce the launch of a breakthrough database that provides a dramatically improved measure of the federal regulatory burden.

RegData is the first database to count the actual number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations, as opposed to the former method of simply counting total pages. The interactive tool enables a far more focused view of the regulatory burden by measuring the growth of regulation by industry. While previous methods provided an idea of the growth of overall regulation, they told nothing about how those regulations affected specific sectors in the economy.

via Counting All the U.S. Government’s Regulations – Political Calculations – Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary – Page 1.


Articles: The Origination Clause: Die Harder, ObamaCare!

October 19, 2012

Chief Justice John Roberts could begin his next Supreme Court decision regarding ObamaCare with the following statements: “Whoops, ObamaCare is unconstitutional.  As ObamaCare involves taxes, the House — not the Senate — was constitutionally responsible for originating ObamaCare.”

If Roberts agrees with the Pacific Legal Foundation’s (PLF) recent case against ObamaCare, then Roberts, as suggested above, could reverse his decision in June 2012 that most of ObamaCare is constitutional.  On September 11, 2012, PLF sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, alleging that ObamaCare violates the Constitution’s Origination Clause

via Articles: The Origination Clause: Die Harder, ObamaCare!.


Employers’ Use of Health Insurance Exchanges: Lessons from Massachusetts

October 17, 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s HCFO program is pleased to release a report by grantee Mark A. Hall, J.D., “Employers’ Use of Health Insurance Exchanges: Lessons from Massachusetts.” Hall, a professor of law and public health in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University Medical School, is completing a qualitative investigation of employers’ use of the Massachusetts Connector in order to inform states and the federal government about best strategies for the design and operation of new small-group health insurance exchanges and market regulations.


Understanding the Impact of Family Caregiving and Work – AARP

October 17, 2012

The number of workers with eldercare responsibilities is on the rise. This fact sheet highlights research to better understand the impact of family caregiving on work, and how working caregivers can better manage their work and caregiving responsibilities.

via Understanding the Impact of Family Caregiving and Work – AARP.


Still No Obamacare Questions | The Weekly Standard

October 17, 2012

But just like the week before, during the vice presidential debate, not a single question focused directly on Obamacare, the president’s signature domestic achievement and the source of a multi-year, major national policy debate about the role of government, health care, and insurance regulation.

The candidates, too, hardly mentioned the law. Obama spoke about Obamacare once, to point out that his reform law was “the same health care plan” as what Romney implemented in Massachusetts. Romney, on the other hand, mentioned Obamacare three times: He noted that its full implementation will add $2,500 to the average family’s health insurance premiums and spoke twice very briefly about how the law depresses economic growth.

via Still No Obamacare Questions | The Weekly Standard.


Former Aide on Obama: ‘Stunning that He’s in Politics, Because He Really Doesn’t Like People’ | The Weekly Standard

October 16, 2012

Neera Tanden, a former aide to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, had this to say about the relationship of the two presidents:

Clinton, being Clinton, had plenty of advice in mind and was desperate to impart it. But for the first two years of Obama’s term, the phone calls Clinton kept expecting rarely came. “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him,” observes Tanden. “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.”

It’s a revealing statement from Tanden, who “served as senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, advising Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and working on President Barack Obama’s health reform team in the White House to pass the bill,” according to her bio at the Center for American Progress. She is currently president and CEO of the liberal organization.

via Former Aide on Obama: ‘Stunning that He’s in Politics, Because He Really Doesn’t Like People’ | The Weekly Standard.