Oregon’s Medicaid expansion should prompt rethinking of Obamacare’s premise. “The results stunned and embarrassed ObamaCare supporters. Medicaid increased medical spending from $3,300 to $4,400 per person, but produced no discernible improvement in blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, or risk of heart attacks after two years. . . . [T]here’s no reliable evidence that government-provided catastrophic coverage would improve enrollees’ health, either. This landmark study’s findings strengthen the case for repealing ObamaCare. Until Congress acts, states can stop both the Medicaid expansion and ObamaCare’s health insurance ‘exchanges.’ ”
Democrats’ reliving 2010 anxiety? “As Midterms Loom, Democrats Worry About Health Law.”
Reminding us that immigration reform is pro-growth, the Hoover Institute finds: “[N]ew H-1B visa workers, would add an estimated $456 billion to GDP and $113 billion to federal tax revenue over the next ten years. $244 billion of that increase in GDP would accrue to current US citizens and residents, with the rest going to the new H-1B workers.”
Repeating empty rhetoric with no action really isn’t accomplishing much. “President Obama said Tuesday that the United States had both a ‘moral obligation’ and a ‘national security interest’ in ending the civil war in Syria.” He’s failed on both counts.
Reviewing the Obama administration’s words usually leads to the same conclusion: It doesn’t believe what it is saying. On Syria: “While one should never be cavalier about the deployment of American forces, it seems doubtful that Pentagon planners truly believe that Syria’s air defenses are a formidable hurdle to intervening in Syria’s civil war. More likely, the argument reflects the U.S. military’s reading of what the White House would like it to say and, in a time of declining budgets and potential conflict in the Persian Gulf, a desire to avoid another resource-draining operation.”
Reaffirming what most observers already suspected. “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) said that he thought the parties were too far apart on the question of overhauling major entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid, saying this would prevent a major deal from being concluded.”
Rejecting a Senate run likely leaves Georgia as a safe seat for the Republicans. “Democratic Rep. John Barrow said Tuesday he will not run for an open Senate seat in Georgia, leaving his party to scramble for a top-tier candidate in 2014.”