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Sebelius Pledges Feds Will Always Be There For The States; The Climate Change Gestapo; Alternative Media Gets Foot In White House Door; Bono Preaches Free Enterprise Over Handouts; Obamacare’s Slow Roll – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 8-13-2013

August 13, 2013 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

 

  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke to assembled State legislators in Atlanta Monday, noting fear among states that Congress will not hold to its original promises on Medicaid financing. Obamacare proposes that federal taxpayers will cover expansion costs in fiscal 2014, 2015 and 2016, with the federal share eventually dropping to 90 percent, leaving 10 percent to each participating state. The expansion is intended to supplant existing federal and state payments to hospitals that treat the uninsured. Sebelius assured lawmakers that “this is not a bait-and-switch,” and she noted that several states that plan to accept Medicaid expansion have required in law that they withdraw from the program if a future Congress ever reneges on the 90-10 cost split. Source: CBS Atlanta…

 

  • Buried in a lengthy Washington Post article about President Obama’s environmental policy is an illuminating anecdote about just how debatable the administration views climate change — namely, not at all. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell took the unusual step of suggesting that no one working for her should challenge the idea that human activity is driving recent warming. “I hope there are no climate-change deniers in the Department of Interior,” said Jewel. Source: Washington Examiner… 

 

  • New York Times reporter Peter Baker tweeted some news yesterday that signals the shift in influence from old media organizations to new media entities: “WH briefing room chgs: Real Clear Politics, Yahoo News to get seats. Sharing seats: MediaNews, Daily Beast, SiriusXM, Sky News, FT, Guardian.” The addition of RCP to the White House briefing room is seen by many media observers as a shift in relevance and importance for new media companies. Source: Breitbart… 

 

  • While speaking at Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Event, U2 frontman Bono admitted that capitalism trumps aid in the long run. “Aid is just a stop-gap. Commerce [and] entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid. In dealing with poverty here and around the world, welfare and foreign aid are a Band-Aid. Free enterprise is a cure. Entrepreneurship is the most sure way of development. Source: Independent Journal…

 

  • According to the Congressional Research Service, as of November 2011, the Obama administration had missed as many as one-third of the deadlines, specified by law, under the Affordable Care Act. The latest piece of the puzzle to stall out until 2015 is a provision that sets caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs. Source: Forbes…

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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