GAO Says CMS Lacks Authority to Bail Out ObamaCare Insurers
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for power-hungry bureaucrats.
Recently, the General Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report faulting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for being unable to produce itemized spending documents, and thus not complying with federal audit guidelines.
This week, the non-partisan government watchdog agency issued a legal opinion saying CMS does not have the authority to bail out ObamaCare-aligned insurance companies, unless Congress agrees.
GAO’s non-binding but influential legal opinion was generated by a request from congressional Republicans concerned about a CMS announcement that it would use money appropriated for other activities to fund ObamaCare’s “risk corridor” program.
This month, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet conducted an important hearing regarding what’s known as the “first sale” doctrine, with particular focus on its application in the current Internet era.
So what is the first sale doctrine, and why would extending its application to digital works be a bad idea?
Broadly speaking, copyright law rightfully protects creators’ ability to determine the manner in which their works are distributed. If you create something, fairness generally dictates that you…
"The United States military and intelligence community have learned a lot over the past decade of conflict. Our commander in chief, unfortunately, has not. Since the start of his administration, President Barack Obama has ignored his generals and the intelligence community. Over the past few weeks, he has half-heartedly pursued a strategy that destines us to fail in our mission, and over the past…[more]
—Joseph Miller, Daily Caller. Joseph Miller is the pen name for a senior Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.
— Joseph Miller, Daily Caller. Joseph Miller is the pen name for a senior Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.