More Philip Klein Articles

  • Time to scrap the mortgage interest deduction

    In the coming weeks, Americans will spend an average of 13 hours and $210 to prepare their federal taxes. Beyond the compliance burden the federal tax code imposes, it also distorts economic activity and discriminates against some taxpayers in favor of others. But one of its most egregiously...

  • Obamacare spokeswoman says most people are 'truthful' when seeking government benefits

    Dismissing questions about the potential for individuals to exploit the latest Obamacare enrollment loophole, a spokeswoman for President Obama's health care law Wednesday insisted that relying on an honor system was okay because most people are “truthful” when seeking government benefits....

  • It's time for White House to start sweating over legal challenge to Obamacare subsidies

    As the U.S. Supreme Court weighed the constitutionality of a contraception coverage mandate Tuesday morning, a federal appeals court heard a separate legal challenge that could have much more sweeping implications for the future of President Obama's health care law. And if the oral arguments...

  • Exclusive interview: Gov. Scott Walker's limited government pragmatism

    Last fall, as the popular history went, Republicans were locked in a civil war pitting Tea Party purists who wanted to stand on principle against pragmatists representing the party's establishment. But this lazy narrative obscured the reality -- there were many Americans who wanted Republicans...

  • Even if GOP takes Senate, it will be hard to hold it in 2016

    Republicans are increasingly optimistic about the party’s chances of taking control of the Senate in November. But even if they achieve that goal, it will be difficult to maintain control of the chamber in 2016.

  • Pace of Obamacare signups accelerates in March

    With just weeks to go before the deadline expires for most Americans to sign up for coverage through President Obama's health care law, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Monday that more than 5 million have signed up -- representing an accelerated pace for the month of March....

  • Obamacare enrollment lagging in states with highest uninsured rates

    With the six-month open enrollment period coming to a close at the end of the month, it remains unclear how many of 4.2 million private insurance sign-ups claimed by the Department of Health and Human Services came from the ranks of the previously long-term uninsured.

  • When big government tried to change the value of pi to 3.2

    March 14 is known as international Pi Day (3/14), which honors the mathematical ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Most people will remember from school that pi is roughly 3.14 (nerds might remember it as 3.141592653589, plus many more digits). But did you know that big government...

  • President Obama is now the most powerful insurance salesman in the free world

    With 2014 looking like an increasingly grim year for Democrats seeking re-election, the role of the most powerful leader of the free world has been reduced to that of an insurance salesman.

  • Monthly Obamacare signups lagged projections in four of five months

    Enrollment in insurance plans through President Obama's health care law is trailing expectations -- and this cannot be explained away by the early technical problems that plagued the program's rollout.

  • Obamacare sign-up numbers vary widely by state

    Massachusetts and Connecticut share a border and both have Democratic governors, yet when it comes to signing residents up for insurance through President Obama's health care law, the two states are polar opposites. Between the launch of Obamacare last Oct. 1 and the end of February, only...

  • Obamacare signups slow down in February, youth enrollment well below target

    The pace of Americans signing up for privately administered insurance through President Obama's health care law slowed down in February, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services, and youth enrollment is well below target levels set before the program's launch....

  • Ted Cruz is Rand Paul's most dangerous foreign policy critic

    If Sen. Rand Paul has any hope of capturing the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, he'll have to convince the conservative base he can be trusted on foreign policy -- which is exactly why Sen. Ted Cruz is his most dangerous critic. Though they have often been allies on domestic...

  • Gallup survey says uninsured rate is falling, but what does that tell us about Obamacare?

    A new Gallup survey finds that the rate of uninsured adults in the United States is falling, but it's not clear what that really tells us about the implementation of President Obama's health care law. At first glance, the news that the U.S. uninsured rate has declined to 15.9 percent would...



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