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One of the most significant yet underreported outcomes of ObamaCare is its impact on the truly needy. Before ObamaCare, our country maintained a safety net that was reserved for our neediest neighbors. The Medicaid program, for example, primarily served poor children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. But ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion sought to change this. It sought to transform a safety...[ read more ]

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Late Monday, House GOP leaders released several changes to the American Health Care Act, the House’s vehicle for partially repealing and replacing ObamaCare. The amendment would eliminate enhanced funding for new Medicaid expansion states and reducing funding for new enrollees in existing expansion states, starting in 2020. These are both critical steps to protect limited dollars for the truly needy...[ read more ]

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Since the rise of the internet, the world has witnessed more impressive levels of technological innovation than was ever thought possible. While this progress was quick to transform the American economy, government policy has struggled to keep pace. Those entering the new economy are different as well. Many millennials have the desire to start their own businesses. Young voters' respect...[ read more ]

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Places like Nashville, Tennessee, should love short-term rental platforms like Airbnb or HomeAway. For one, the city has a booming tourism industry but remains short of enough hotels to meet surging demand. This is why Nashville’s downtown has the highest average nightly hotel rate in the United States — ahead of cities like San Francisco and New York City. More...[ read more ]

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It may not make the news every day, but welfare fraud is a serious problem – not only because of its volume, but also because of its impact on the truly needy. On the front end of welfare enrollment, lax eligibility verification by states has resulted in an unknown number of individuals signing up for benefits they don’t actually qualify...[ read more ]

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When Republican leaders in the House of Representatives released the proposed American Health Care Act to replace Obamacare, it was the shot heard around the Beltway. It represents the first major step in fulfilling a key mandate issued by the American people in November's election results. However, despite a flurry of headlines, meetings and negotiations, key technical points about implementation...[ read more ]

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Illinois taxpayers have paid $9.2 billion for the state’s Medicaid expansion, slightly more than double what politicians initially projected. Massive cost overruns have left fewer resources for other priorities, including education, public safety, and even services for the most vulnerable. As Congress now prepares to offload more expansion costs onto state budgets, Gov. Bruce Rauner should begin the process of...[ read more ]

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As Congress and the Trump administration move forward with plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they are looking for proven state-led reforms that maintain access for those with pre-existing conditions in the current exchange market while also lowering premiums for everyone buying insurance in the individual market. Maine faced similar challenges in 2011 as it sought...[ read more ]

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By a vote of 55 to 32, the Arkansas House voted yesterday to pass HB1465. The bill, sponsored by Republican State Rep. Josh Miller, would require the Department of Human Services to ask the Trump administration for an enrollment freeze in the state’s out-of-control Medicaid expansion program. No existing enrollees would be removed but no new applications would be accepted....[ read more ]

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In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., delivered his first inaugural address. He laid out an agenda focused on returning to "frugality in government" and building an economic climate that would create new private-sector jobs. Walker assured everyone that, despite the tough challenges facing the Badger State, Wisconsin was up to the task and would serve as a model for the...[ read more ]