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Topic - Michael D. Tanner
Sen. Ted Cruz has become a marked man in Washington, where his insistence that Republicans hold fast to defunding Obamacare — even if it means flirting with a government shutdown — has been derided from across the GOP political spectrum.
States are wrestling with how to treat smokers under the new health care law as they navigate the thorny issue of providing coverage for those who knowingly engage in harmful behavior and how much taxpayers should pay for those folks' choices.
Every year, religious institutions, charitable organizations and philanthropically inclined individuals and corporations give of their time, talents and financial resources to assist those in need.
The high cost of providing health insurance and a general willingness among businesses to skimp on employee benefits has left Virginia with its lowest rate of workplace health coverage in almost 20 years, according to a new study.
Despite President Obama's promises to lower the deficit and rein in spending, there was a conspicuous omission from his 2012 budget blueprint that many say would go a long way toward easing the nation's financial woes: Social Security reform.
Tea partyers may be getting all the attention, but the centrist wings of both parties remain the fulcrum in Congress, though which way they swing depends on the issues lawmakers tackle first.
More than four months after pushing through President Obama's health care legislation, Democrats said Missouri voters who overwhelmingly rejected the new law still don't know enough about it.
Mr. Tanner said there was a chance to fight for something more specific such as a one-year delay in the individual mandate requiring all Americans to obtain coverage, but there was never much likelihood Mr. Obama or Democrats were going to accept an end of the Affordable Care Act.
"I'm not sure he has a strategy. This seems to be sort of like Obama on Syria. It's kind of improvising as you go along here," said Michael D. Tanner, a Cato Institute senior fellow.