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Wyoming Legislature Continues to Reject Medicaid Expansion

On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Wyoming Joint Appropriations Committee struck out Governor Matt Mead’s budget proposal to expand Medicaid as provided for under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.

The Unraveling of Obamacare

Modern Healthcare reported this week that Humana expects to lose 300,000 customers by the end of the year and that it may exit the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges if the market does not turn around for them.

Gas Guzzling Highway Bill Chugs to the White House

Late on December 3, 2015, the Senate passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act with a vote of 83-16.  Needing only a signature from the President to become law, the FAST Act is a hasty solution to a long-term problem without concern for the amount of taxpayer money it wastes.

A Pro Forma Forum?

On Friday, November 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held a conference entitled, “HHS Pharmaceutical Forum: Innovation, Access, Affordability and Better Health.”  The purpose of the forum was to bring together various stakeholders to “share information and discuss ideas to increase access to information, drive innovation, strengthen incentives and promote competition.”

Keeping Rates Technology Neutral

Americans across the nation are increasingly accessing broadband services using a variety of tools and connecting not only through wireline services, but also with their wireless devices.  As demand grows for increased connectivity, so does the need to expand the infrastructure these devices rely upon.

FITARA Plans Moving Forward

Federal agencies were required to submit their implementation plans for the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) by August 15, 2015. The plans were developed and submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and indications from Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott, is that many agencies are embracing the changes to their CIO’s responsibilities.

Walker and Rubio: First Out of the Gate

Presidential candidates Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) offered their ideas for reforming healthcare on Tuesday, August 18.  Gov. Walker’s is a relatively detailed 13-page document and while Sen.

Sen. Warren Goes it Alone in Her War on Auto Dealers

Sen. Warren is having trouble getting anyone to support her war on auto dealer lending.  A June 1, 2015 Politico article stated that Warren has been actively trying to garner cosponsors for legislation that attempts to bring the auto finance industry under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's regulatory jurisdiction.  The only problem?  Even her fellow Democratic senators on the Banking Committee are reluctant to go along with her.


USPS In-APPtitude on Display

Sometimes, when it comes to grAPPling with the overarching, mind-numbing problem of trillions in government waste across all federal agencies, it's the little vignettes that really illustrate and crystallize the larger story.

And so it goes with the newest mis-hAPP unveiled by the United States Postal Service and reviewed by a reporter for Popular Mechanics:


On November 20, 2014, Chairman Darrel Issa of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Director Marilyn Tavenner and Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) professor Jonathan Gruber asking them to testify before his committee on December 9 at 9:30 AM.  The topic: to examine


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