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Obamacare: “As Snowboarders Say: Bummer”

The Union Leader reports that in New Hampshire, Obamacare may mean shorter ski seasons for some ski resorts:

Among Obamacare’s myriad negative effects on small businesses could be this: shorter ski seasons in New Hampshire.

At a forum on the Affordable Care Act held last week, Greg Goddard, general manager of Gunstock Ski Resort, said the resort might shorten its season because it cannot afford to offer health insurance to its full-time seasonal employees who work for more than 120 consecutive days, as the law requires.

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Dealing with Fannie and Freddie: The Right Approach v. the Wrong Approach

The Heritage Foundation is absolutely clear about what needs to happen to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two housing finance giants — or government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) — that left taxpayers on the hook during the housing market crash in 2008.

We’re talking about being on the hook for trillions of dollars here. 

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Policy Analyst with Chronic Pain Condition: Obamacare Has Failed Me

Priya Abraham, a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation, a free market think tank in Pennsylvania, is qualified to talk about Obamacare on several accounts.  She is a policy analyst; she suffers from a pre-existing condition, fibromyalgia, a chronic and often debilitating pain condition; and she has bought an Obamacare plan that has failed to meet her needs.

In a recent op-ed Abraham noted:

My need to see specialists and try expensive prescriptions makes affordable health insurance crucial to softening the financial sting. This longtime uninsured, sickly gal ought to be happy.

Plaster my picture on Healthcare.gov now, right?

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Heritage Expert: Take CBO 2014 Budget Projection with “Heap of Salt”

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated budget projections for 2014 to 2024, which contains some seemingly good news about the deficit — it’s smaller than it was in 2013.  But Heritage Foundation analyst Romina Boccia cautions the CBO analysis “should be taken with a heap of salt.”

According to the CBO, the 2014 budget deficit will be $492 billion.  ”Relative to the size of the economy, that deficit—at 2.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)—will be nearly a third less than the $680 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2013, which was equal to 4.1 percent of GDP,” the report states.

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How to Resolve the Highway Trust Fund Fiasco for Good

As bland an issue as the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) may seem, the fact that it’s teetering on the edge of bankruptcy makes it a little spicier.  As President Obama put it earlier this year in St. Paul, Minnesota, “We could see construction projects stop in their tracks, machines sitting idle, workers off the job.”

He was echoed by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patty Murray0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0%, Senate Budget Committee chairman, who said, “We’re already seeing some consequences from this crisis,” in reference to several Arkansas construction projects that have been put on hold.  Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for these transportation woes?

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