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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.




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.

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

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

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. 

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.

Bill Addresses International Challenges to Online Privacy

American businesses have taken the lead in cloud computing technologies, enabling citizens around the world to communicate with each other, store photos, videos, and documents with greater security and at lower costs. 

Two Significant Healthcare Bills Introduced to Replace Obamacare

On Wednesday, two important healthcare bills were introduced in the Senate to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.  One bill, introduced by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), would amend the healthcare reform legislation that passed the House in May, the American Health Care Act.  That bill was sent to the Senate and has languished in that chamber since the end of July, in spite of several attempts to address senators' concerns by amending it.

No, Obamacare's Problems Are Not Over

Last Wednesday, August 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that only one county, Paulding County, Ohio, would have no health insurers participating in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.  Admittingly, this was a very different scenario from what was anticipated just a few months ago.  In June, the New York Times

The Can-Kicking Congress: Business as Usual

In political patois, “kicking the can down the road” connotes procrastination.  As long as the proverbial can is kicked “down the road,” rather than picked up, then the proper disposition of the derelict container is put off until some future point in time.  And much like the (equally proverbial) kicker’s aversion to taking definitive action on a relatively straightforward task, the U.S. Congress is composed of 535 “can kickers,” given their predilection to avoid taking action until the last possible minute.  On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, when the current Congress reconvenes after its annual August recess, it will have less than a month to complete several “must pass” items.

The Summer of Healthcare Discontent

As the end of their summer recess approaches, the Republican-controlled Congress has still not done what it has promised to do since March 2010:  repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, and allow consumer-driven forces to create more competition and choices in order to drive down healthcare costs.  It has been said that Republicans behaved like a dog which had constantly chased after a car and then finally caught it:  They were ill-prepared about what to do after Obamacare was snagged in their metaphorical jaws.

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