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?
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.
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 MurraySenate Democrat Average0%, 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?
Cellulosic ethanol, a form of non-food based fuel produced from sources such as algae, wood chips, and corn stover, is not a likely topic of dinner table discussion. But as taxpayers, whether we were aware of it or not, we have been involved in attempts to produce it for many years.
Why? The Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Debbie StabenowSenate Democrat Average0% is convinced it’s a central part of becoming energy independent and lowering our gas prices at the pump.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mike LeeSenate Republican Average100% has some advice for Republicans
if they are serious about regaining popularity. It boils down to being true to their word and upholding “principles we already espouse.” One such principle is their stance against crony capitalism, which was singled out for condemnation for the first time in 2012 in the Republican party platform.
“Republicans have slammed all this ‘corporate welfare’ and ‘venture socialism’ for ‘unfairly picking winners in the marketplace’,” he recalls.