Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
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The Heartland Institute has a new digital magazine called the Heartlander. It’s a one-stop-shop to read the news (the MSM counter-spin) on the hottest political and policy stories in America. If you love freedom, if you cherish your liberty, if you want the info you need to argue for smaller government involvement in your life, the Heartlander is something to bookmark and put in your reader feeds.
Just one of the latest stories at the Heartlander explores how Obamacare’s intentions are butting up against a bipartisan brick wall — or at least a rhetorical wall of scorn in Congress. Not what the president had in mind one-year-plus out from his “signature” achievement.
Congress members of both parties are directing ire against a controversial element of President Obama’s health care law, which proposes to restrain Medicare costs through the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
The IPAB is a fifteen-member body that would, beginning in 2015, submit recommendations to Congress to lower Medicare’s costs. Congress can alter these recommendations with a three-fifths vote. If it does not do so, IPAB’s recommendations will go into effect.
On a June 23 voice vote, the House Energy and Commerce Committee accepted an amendment sponsored by Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) to the Semi-Annual Committee Activity Report. This amendment pledges the committee to “recommend support for proposals to repeal provisions [in Obamacare] that provide an unelected fifteen member body to ration care.…” The Activity Report does not have the force of law.
Read the rest here.