NEWS: Politico "Starbucks CEO Rethinks Health Law Position"
Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz says the health overhaul law's employer requirements will impose "too great" a pressure on small businesses.
Schultz supported the law as he watched his company's health insurance tab -- $250 million as of last year -- surmount its coffee bill. But he told The Seattle Times in an interview published Tuesday that he's now worried about what happens when it takes full effect in 2014:
We have faced double-digit increases for almost five consecutive years with no end in sight.......... So,...
NEWS: E&E Daily "House Republicans Cast Doubts on Stimulus Spending"
House Republicans took aim at the Department of Energy's stimulus spending yesterday, pointing to its delayed projects and flawed oversight as an example of broader problems with the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
DOE has so far spent about $12.4 billion of the $35 billion it received two years ago under the Recovery Act. That money has gone to programs that weatherize homes, clean up former nuclear weapons sites and fund clean energy projects.
Some lawmakers think the money has not been spent quickly enough -- or with...
NEWS: Politico "Bill Clinton Drilling Delays 'Ridiculous'"
As published in Politico:
Bill Clinton: Drilling delays 'ridiculous'...Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are "ridiculous" at a time when the economy is still rebuilding, according to attendees at the IHS CERAWeek conference....Clinton spoke on a panel with former President George W. Bush that was closed to the media. Video of their moderated talk with IHS CERA Chairman Daniel Yergin was also prohibited....But according to multiple people in the room, Clinton, surprisingly, agreed...
OPINION: Wall Street Journal Editorial "Carbon and Democracy"
As posted in the Wall Street Journal:
Get a load of this. Some Members of Congress actually think that Congress should have a say in whether or not the government regulates carbon. Some of them even want to have a debate about it first. Don't these yahoos understand that democratic consent doesn't apply to the Environmental Protection Agency?
Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee began debating a bill that would prohibit the EPA from abusing the clean air laws of the 1970s to impose the climate regulations...
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...
NEWS: Politico "The Fixer: Upton's Oversight Far, Wide"
For months, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has basked in the glory as the chairman with the oversight power to conduct wide-ranging investigations and issue subpoenas. But federal agencies have learned in recent weeks that the chairman who can impose real pain is Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the aw-shucks head of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
In just the first six weeks, Upton's hearings and investigations have been relentless and wide ranging. For starters, they have pursued the more than 900 waivers that the Health and Human Services Department...
OPINION: Tom Corbett in USA Today "Let States Guide Medicaid Reform
Pick up any newspaper across the country, and you'll likely see a headline about the difficult choices facing states as they struggle to balance their budgets.
Unlike the federal government, states are legally required to have balanced budgets. They cannot run a deficit and accumulate massive debt. While this presents a daunting challenge in many state capitals that is non-existent in Washington, it also has made governors into some of the nation's most innovative thinkers when it comes to efficient governing.
Governors have led the way in reforming...