More Entitlements Articles

  • Tough tax votes loom in Illinois

    Faced with an expected $3 billion budget hole from an expiring income tax increase, Illinois lawmakers are grappling with whether to raise taxes to avoid major cuts to schools and social services next year.

  • Medicaid expansion debate good for insurers in Virginia

    Some of the biggest health insurance companies in the country are poised to benefit from the debate over expanding Medicaid in Virginia, regardless of its outcome.

  • Wisconsin schools turn more often to voters for money

    A growing number of Wisconsin school districts are asking to raise taxes to cover salaries, utilities and other basic costs, and voters are approving their requests at record rates.

  • High fees eroding many 401(k) retirement accounts

    It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

  • Mediation in Rhode Island pension lawsuits fails

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Talks to salvage a proposed settlement that would end the legal fight over Rhode Island's 2011 landmark pension overhaul have failed, and the court challenge is moving ahead. Gov. Lincoln Chafee and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo on Friday announced the settlement...

  • Alaskans line up for free dental care in Anchorage

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans have been lining up for a two-day clinic offering free dental care in Anchorage that was scheduled to begin Friday. ZhanCai Hanna Lee of Anchorage was the first in line Thursday morning outside the downtown Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center for the effort...

  • Medicaid expansion fails in Maine for a third time

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature failed on Friday in its third attempt to overturn Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to 70,000 low-income residents under the federal health care law — an issue that's certain to play prominently in this year's...

  • GAO recommends scrapping failed auto loan program Energy Department wants to revive

    Department of Energy officials could save taxpayers at least $4.2 billion by scrapping a loan program the government said last week it wants to revive, according to Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 5 increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,101 from the previous week's total of 1,985. There were 2,444...

  • Cover Oregon narrows exchange future to 2 options

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials with Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange say they've narrowed the options for the site's future to two: switching to the federal exchange, or staying with the current technology and hiring a new contractor to fix it. Cover Oregon's interim chief...

  • House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable Care...

  • Unemployment claims lowest since 2007, but employment boom not guaranteed

    Weekly unemployment insurance claims fell in the week ending April 5, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, to 300,000 -- the lowest number since early 2007, well before the beginning of the recession. The four-week moving average for claims also fell to 136,250, the lowest post-crisis...

  • House passes Paul Ryan's budget plan

    The House on Thursday passed a 10-year Republican spending plan drafted by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan that promises to balance the budget by cutting Democratic-championed programs like Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.

  • Maine Medicaid rules reduce narcotic prescriptions

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's severe restrictions on opioid painkillers for Medicaid patients, requiring many to instead seek alternative pain management treatment for the past year, have sharply reduced the number of people obtaining highly addictive medications blamed for drug abuse and...

  • Harvard study: Your share of the federal debt is $106,000

    American workers would have to cough up a one-time “debt reduction fee” of $106,000 to pay off the nation's debt that has grown 58 percent under President Obama, according to Harvard University's Institute of Politics annual report on the USA. The 91-page report provided to Secrets pegged...



From the Weekly Standard

  • The Conservative Case Against Obamacare: A Restatement

    Since Obamacare “hit” its “enrollment” “target,” Democrats, liberals, and their friends in the press have enjoyed some old-fashioned taunting of Republicans. This would be justifiable...

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  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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