Secretary Sebelius Admits to Double-Counting Budget Gimmicks in Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today convened a hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the president's fiscal year 2012 budget requests and implementation of the health care law. This was Secretary Sebelius' first time testifying before the subcommittee since the passage of the health care package.
"With the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), we have found there are several sections of this new law that require mandatory...
Leading Bipartisan Voices on Energy Policy Introduce Energy Tax Prevention Act
WASHINGTON, DC - Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives today introduced the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910), a bill to block EPA's controversial backdoor climate change agenda that would further drive up the price of energy for American consumers and job creators at a time when gas prices are already spiking and job creation remains weak. The bill is narrowly drawn to clarify the EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act, preserving the law's important and longstanding functions to reduce air pollution.
Head of Council on Competitiveness says foreign counterparts, "Are making fun of the United States now because of our corporate tax structure."
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Thursday convened a hearing to examine specific steps that can be taken to create new jobs, as well as to bring jobs back to the United States from abroad. Witnesses repeatedly testified that unfair taxes and burdensome regulations are stifling economic growth.
"After a record 20 straight months of unemployment above 9 percent, it's time to finally free American innovation and ingenuity - long held hostage by...
NEWS: Media Outlets Report that Health Care Law to Cost States at Least $118 Billion
Fox News: GOP Panel Claims Medicaid Costs of Health Law Are Double Previous Estimates
"As three governors testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday about the burden on states implementing Medicaid, a new report from a joint congressional GOP panel says President Obama's health care reforms will cost $118 billion through 2023 -- twice the estimate claimed by the administration."
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National Review Online: Obamacare's Gift to the States: Huge, Unfunded Medicaid Mandate
How much will states have to spend to implement the...
OPINION: Steve Forbes in Politico and Rep. Fred Upton in the Detroit News Discuss A Tale of Two Energy Policies
Obama repeating Carter's mistakesBy: Steve ForbesMarch 2, 2011
You need to watch only a few minutes of cable news analysis to realize just how ludicrous our national energy policies have become. As escalating tensions and chaos unfold in Egypt, Libya and other Middle Eastern nations, one energy analyst suggested that if Libyan oil supplies were to fail, the United States would rely on Saudi Arabia for its oil needs. If that statement alone doesn't put U.S. leaders on red alert, the looming national energy crisis may...
CMS Fails to Provide Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Estimate
WASHINGTON, DC -The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), today concluded a hearing on waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. The amount of fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid programs has risen steadily over the last forty years, in spite of promises from numerous administrations to eliminate such fraud. GAO has continually designated Medicare as a "High Risk" since 1990 and Medicaid since 2003.
During the hearing, an administration witness from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...