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    Reform Medicare Now

    Washington is broken and no better example of this is the fight Congress is having over the Budget and something called “Doc Fix.” Both the House and the Senate are going to battle over the budget for the next fiscal year. Before that fight happens, they are going to deal with another budgetary nightmare — “Doc Fix.” The biggest problem is that our federal government | Read More »

    Congress To Look at Drug Stores and Hospitals “Honest Graft”

    George Washington Plunkitt, the famed New York City political boss, once bragged about making money through “honest graft,” purchasing plots of land knowing that the government was looking to buy then plot and then selling it back to the taxpayers at a higher rate. Today’s version of honest graft is called the 340B Discount Drug Program, a service designed to help the poor and indigent get drugs | Read More »

    Chaffetz’s Opening Gambit for Billionaire Sheldon Adelson

    Erick Erickson properly took a number of Georgia GOP state legislators (“Prostitutes and Their Johns“) to task for supporting a scheme to prohibit brewers from selling beer directly to the public. As Erickson pointed out, the issue is not alcohol; it’s corruption and cronyism. Unfortunately, the Georgia GOP can’t hold a candle to the GOP-led effort in Washington, DC to help the largest political donor to | Read More »

    High Tech Visa Reform

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a full committee hearing this week on “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers.” Sen. Chuck Grassely (R-Iowa) will be chairing the hearing and the existence of the hearing begs the question – are Republicans in the Senate willing to march forward on immigration reform this year? If so, what will that reform look like? There is a | Read More »

    Music Corporate Cronyism is Not Conservative

    Next week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) will hold a hearing on music licensing and a potential decision by the Justice Department that will impact all those who like to listen to music on the radio and a computer. He wants to know whether the crony capitalists of Big Music are using their lobbying influence to try to disrupt the market and make it harder for you to enjoy | Read More »

    Cronyism Alive and Well In New Congress With Reintroduction of Gaming Bill

    Despite an expanded Republican majority, crony capitalism is off to a running start in the House of Representatives. (R-UT) fired the starting pistol by reintroducing legislation sought by a Las Vegas billionaire that would prohibit states from legalizing online gaming for citizens within their own borders. Sheldon Adelson, the owner of the Sands Casino, has openly bragged he would “spend whatever it takes” to prohibit | Read More »

    Geithner Threats Washed Away in S&P Deal

    Crossing the Obama Administration often comes at a cost and for the respected credit rating firm Standard and Poor’s (S&P), which has been around since the Civil War, that cost can be calculated at about $1 billion. In the aftermath of the Obama spending spree — the stimulus, cash for clunkers and, of course, ObamaCare — the S&P issued a warning about the torrent of | Read More »

    Hospital Lobby Continues Effort to Gut Anti-Fraud Provisions

    It is rare for Congress to identify rampant fraud and actually do something to prevent it. That’s what the Recovery Audit Contractor (RACs) Program in Medicare is all about. Like most anything that works, the program has become a target by the hospital. The American Hospital Association (AHA) has lobbied Congress, the White House and has even press the courts to end the RACs program. | Read More »

    Senate Delay on TRIA Would be Costly

    The cowardly attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is an unpleasant reminder that terrorism is a constant threat and possibility.  Terrorism insurance has become a necessary requirement for things like construction projects but unlike auto and life insurance, we still do not have enough quantitative data to make an accurate prediction about the probability and the likely damage the next attack could cost. When | Read More »

    Obama Turns Blind Eye to Medicare Fraud

    In what appears to be a direct quid pro quo with hospitals for their support of ObamaCare, the White House has suspended a critical anti-fraud program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that has found billions in mistaken and illegal payments since the program was created.  Hospitals appears to have been overpaid billions of dollars by Medicare and faced with the threat | Read More »