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Fuzzy Math and Little Details on Obamacare Premium Costs

Today, the Department of HHS finally revealed the premium prices for Obamacare.  Several press outlets got an advanced copy and some reporters were not all that impressed.

Here is Politico’s take:

Disability Insurance – Reform is Needed

A recent General Accountability Office (GAO) report, “Disability Insurance – Work Activity Indicates Certain Social Security Disability Payments Were Potentially Improper” reminds us that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is the nation’s largest cash assistance program.  In light of that, it is no surprise then that the congressional watchdog agency estimates that the Social Security Administration (SSA)  made $1.29 billion in potential cash benefit over-payments to 36,000 individuals in 2010.  This number represents 0.4 percent of all primary disability beneficiaries in fiscal ye

Tax and Spend Won't Fix the Results of the Financial Crisis

Today, the President gave a speech on the five-year anniversary of the financial meltdown and claimed his policies of government “investments” and intrusion into the private sector, higher taxes, and more regulations have helped the economy turn the corner.  He called for more government spending as he claimed, yet again, turning the economy around is his top priority.  But his policies have prolonged the financial turn down and have created a stagnant economy, perpe

Will the Senate Close the Door to Obamacare Fraud?

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R.

Another New Math?

It seems that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew may have created another form of “new math.”  According to CNSNews.com, the U.S. Treasury has not reported an increase in the debt for the entire month of August.  It has remained at the same level every day since May.  As CNSNews points out, “that makes 112 days that, according to the U.S.

Seeing Double: Yes, Even More Duplication!

As part of a continuing series, CAGW is providing you with examples of duplication and overlap within the federal government that has been researched by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  In the 2011 GAO annual report, “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue,” the agency offers 81 suggestions on where cost-saving ideas could be implemented.  Here is another example from the report.

CAGW's Prime Cuts Hones in On Programmatic Waste

Every year, Citizens Against Government Waste produces Prime Cuts, a comprehensive list of spending cuts that could be used by Congress to reduce spending and keep the budget under the Budget Control Act spending caps.  Here are just a few of the programs CAGW includes in its Prime Cuts report.

Eliminate the Rural Utilities Service

1-Year Savings: $9.6 billion

5-Year Savings: $48.1 billion

Just Words?

Yesterday, The Daily Caller highlighted a continuing issue I have with the Obama Administration and that is using words that attempt to hide or do not describe what the government is talking about.  For example, the President constantly uses the word “revenue” instead of taxes and “investment” instead of more government spending.  But that is not the only example.

Another Delay?

The Obama Administration is changing the requirements again for the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.  Reuters reports the administration has decided to delay signing the final agreements with insurance plans that are going to be sold in the healthcare insurance exchanges.  The exchanges are supposed to be up and running on Oct. 1.

Welcome Spendopedia

There’s a new sheriff in town called Spendopedia and its going after the big, wasteful spenders.  The web-based site was launched this month and is a project of the Public Notice Research and Education Fund.  Its home page says it is “a Wikipedia-like resource for questionable spending by the United States federal government to which anyone can submit content.”

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