The WasteWatcher: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The WasteWatcher

The WasteWatcher is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact blog@cagw.org.


Will the Alexander-Murray Bill Prop Up or Make Big Changes to Obamacare?

Late Thursday night last week, President Trump announced his administration would stop providing Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSRs) payments to insurers.  What are CSRs?  They are subsidies, or reimbursements, given to insurers by federal taxpayers for issuing reduced deductibles and copayments to low-income individuals that participate in the Obamacare exchanges.  CSRs are not payments given directly to low-income people to help them buy insurance

Why did the President Trump state his administration could no longer provide the CSRs?  Because the subsidies were illegal.

Cook County Soda Tax Repealed After Only Two Months in Effect

When politicians decide to tax something new, taxpayers rarely see the end of it.  This adage is especially true of so-called “sin taxes,” levies on products like alcohol, tobacco, and, increasingly, soda.  Those in government always appreciate more money, and politicians like beating up on unpopular industries.  It’s a two-pronged argument:  you shouldn’t be buying too many alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, sugary drinks, and the like; and besides, the government needs more revenue anyway. 

President Trump's Executive Order on Healthcare

Today, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO), "Promote Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States,” with the goals of bringing financial relief and more healthcare choices to millions of Americans. Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, was signed into law, Americans have seen their health insurance options limited while their premiums and deductibles have soared.

Welcome to Medicare ... or not

Individuals who are not on Social Security at age 65 are supposed to sign up for Medicare anytime between three months before their 65th birthday and three months thereafter.

I turn 65 on January 9, 2018, and thought I should get an early start by checking everything out exactly three months before that date. 

Epic Fail or Phoenix Rising?: Obamacare Repeal and Replace

For seven years, Republicans in Congress have promised that repealing Obamacare would be a top priority.  They have failed, at least for now.

Graham-Cassidy is Far Superior to Obamacare

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) introduced a replacement plan for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, on September 13, 2017.  The Graham-Cassidy bill is expected to be considered on the floor of the Senate next week.  As it gains support across the conservative spectrum, ACA supporters are getting very worried.

Eligibility Check Reveals Massive Medicaid Problems in Oregon

Oregon attracted national ridicule in 2013 and 2014 as its state-run online Obamacare exchange, Cover Oregon, epically failed to sign up even one person for coverage, despite a federal grant of $303 million.  The fiasco was so colossal that the state gave up completely and had the federal government take over its enrollment for the next year’s sign-up period. 

Liberal States Are Trying to Prop Up Obamacare

As Washington struggles with what may be its final chance to repeal Obamacare, the law’s problems in the states continue.  One major problem that has plagued Obamacare for years is that not enough young and healthy people are signing up for health insurance coverage.  The Obama admini

Connecticut Legislature Passes a Bipartisan Budget Plan

Faced with a budget deficit of $3.5 billion over the next two years, and three months overdue on a budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, Connecticut lawmakers face a difficult situation and must make tough choices.  In 2011 and 2015, the legislature tried to solve the state’s fiscal woes by passing big tax increases.  That’s why a vote in the wee hours of Saturday, September 16 is so impor

Are You Ready for Some Legalized Sports Betting?

If you were ready for some football, then the National Football League’s 2017 season opener on Thursday, September 7, provided quite a tasty first course:  The Kansas City Chiefs upset the favored New England Patriots by a final score of 42-27, well outside the 8-point spread that bookmakers offered on the game.  Bettors supporting the underdogs would have fared well… and most probably did, albeit while breaking the law.

Pages

Sign Up for Email Updates!Click Here!

View Archives

Posts by Tag

Big Government (151) Waste (72) Obamacare (66) Budget (64) Healthcare (61) Congress (59) Uncategorized (56) Telecommunications (49) Debt (43) Technology (42) Deficit (42) Internet (41)