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The Swine Line

The Swine Line 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.


An Obamacare Repeal/Replace First Draft

On February 16, an "Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief and Resources" document was released that laid out the following points:  Obamacare has failed; it will only get worse; that repealing the law will provide relief combined with a stable transition to something new; and the Republicans in Congress have a better way to deliver healthcare in this country.

HHS Secretary Tom Price Moves Fast to Ease Obamacare Burdens

You can tell the new secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is on the job. Sworn in hours after he was confirmed by the Senate on Friday, February 10, Doctor Tom Price began his first full day at HHS on Monday. By Wednesday, a new proposed rule was released that will help to stabilize the current individual marketplace that has been ravaged under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly referred to as Obamacare.

At Age 21, Telecommunications Act Needs to Grow Up

On February 8, 2017, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 turns 21 years old.  Some might say, “Oh, here is a law that has stood the test of time.”  But they would be wrong.

House Passage of the Email Privacy Act

On February 6, 2017, increased privacy for emails took a step forward with the House passage of H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act.  This legislation provides a much-needed update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and extends the legal requirements of warrants to email communications stored by cloud services providers.

Trump to Resistant Bureaucrats: You're Fired

Disturbing news was reported in the January 31, 2017 Washington Post about a growing resistance from federal workers in implementing President Trump’s policies.

CAGW Statement on Designation of Commissioner Ajit Pai as FCC Chair

On January 23, 2017, it was announced that President Trump has designated Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

The following statement can be attributed to CAGW President Tom Schatz upon learning of this designation:

HHS Secretary Tom Price: Just What the Doctor Ordered

The left is doing their best in trying to disrupt and stop Dr. Tom Price’s nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  They are throwing every smear and outrageous accusation they can up against the wall, hoping something sticks.  Why?  Because Dr.

President Trump Immediately Lives Up to a Campaign Promise

President Donald Trump lived up to a campaign promise and began the process to repeal and replace “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)”, or Obamacare, within hours of becoming president.  On Friday night, he signed an executive order to “Minimize the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.”  The executive order requires government agencies to minimize “unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and to prepare to afford the States more flexi

TV Blackouts on the Rise Again

Cable subscribers across the country may be wondering what is going on when they receive notices across their screens threatening the potential loss of one channel or another.  The comments encourage the viewer to contact their local cable or satellite operator if they want to continue watching their favorite shows, making it appear that only the service provider is at fault. 

Email Privacy Legislation Reintroduced in the House

Advances in technology over the past 30 years have rendered the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that established the standards for government access to private electronic communications, out of date.  ECPA was enacted in 1986, long before individuals and companies connected with each other electronically and stored information through email and in the cloud.  Today’s society communicates in a dramatically different manner than in 1986, with an increasing amount of data stored digitally with third party providers, including emails and other date stored in the cloud. 

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