By Philip Klein | 01/23/14 05:20 PM
If the goals of limited-government conservatives could be distilled into three simple demands for Republicans, they would be as follows: – When possible, eliminate existing government programs. – When impossible to eliminate government programs, make them more efficient, with more...
By Philip Klein | 01/23/14 11:37 AM
Credit ratings firm Moody's Investors Service on Thursday lowered its outlook for health insurers to "negative" from "stable," citing "uncertainty" swirling around the rollout of President Obama's health care law. In a new report, the agency said that the outlook for insurance companies is no...
By Philip Klein | 01/17/14 10:05 AM
President Obama's health care law aims to expand insurance coverage to 25 million Americans by 2016. But expanding health insurance isn't necessarily the same thing as increasing access.
By Philip Klein | 01/15/14 06:07 PM
A program to refund insurance companies for losses incurred during the implementation of President Obama’s health care law could impose significant costs on American taxpayers, but under regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, those costs won’t be known until the...
By Philip Klein | 01/15/14 02:59 PM
A lawyer for Wisconsin Club for Growth director Eric O'Keefe, who has been subject of a secretive probe against conservative groups in the state, on Wednesday sent a letter threatening to sue state prosecutors for violating the First Amendment unless they drop their investigation.
By Philip Klein | 01/14/14 07:42 PM
President Obama's health care law may have gotten off to a rocky start, but executives of major private health insurance companies are informing investors that they're still betting on the program in the long run. Speaking at a health care conference sponsored by JPMorgan this week, insurers...
By Philip Klein | 01/13/14 04:13 PM
Just 24 percent of Americans signing up for coverage under President Obama's health care law through December were part of the young adult demographic, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday -- well below the nearly 39 percent the White House had once deemed essential to...
By Philip Klein | 01/10/14 11:15 AM
Humana Inc., the nation's fourth-largest health insurer by market share, warned Thursday that the risk pool of applicants for insurance through President Obama's health care law would be worse than previously expected.
By Philip Klein | 01/09/14 05:54 PM
When the Tea Party movement emerged to challenge President Obama in 2009, it also posed a counterweight to the “compassionate conservative” wing of the Republican Party, which was defined by the expansionist policies of President George W. Bush. After years of being marginalized,...
By Philip Klein | 01/07/14 11:52 AM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday proposed delaying the requirement that individuals obtain government-approved health insurance or pay a tax in exchange for extending unemployment benefits. Last September, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that delaying the individual...
By Philip Klein | 01/06/14 06:45 PM
Health care spending in the United States grew 3.7 percent in 2012, according to a new government study, representing the fourth straight year of relatively low medical inflation. But the report from actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services stipulated that the weak economy...
By Philip Klein | 01/02/14 07:11 PM
Under fire for the botched rollout of President Obama’s health care law, Democrats have vowed to step up the push for increasing the minimum wage. Politically, it’s easy to see the attraction of the idea, as it’s a long-favored Democratic policy that will help mobilize the party’s base...
By Philip Klein | 01/02/14 12:41 PM
On a Fox News panel earlier this week, Charles Krauthammer floated a proposal for a two-tiered minimum wage system in which the rate would be raised for individuals who are the breadwinners of their families and remain the same for others. But this would be an absolutely terrible idea. By way...
By Philip Klein | 12/31/13 04:44 PM
With President Obama's health care law scheduled to begin in earnest when the new year kicks off, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius claimed on a Tuesday conference call that as of Dec. 28, "2.1 million people have enrolled in a private insurance plan" through the program.
By Philip Klein | 12/31/13 11:15 AM
Though the Obama administration has been touting an accelerated pace of individuals signing up for plans, it still remains an open question how many actually completed the enrollment process.
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