Pennsylvania Governor Says Yes to ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion
After years of rebuffing calls to participate in ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett is changing his mind.
While the announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, it doesn’t appear to be a total loss for fiscal conservatives. (Others may disagree, of course.)
According to the terms of the agreement between Gov. Corbett’s office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Pennsylvania won’t simply be expanding its Medicaid program. Instead, it will use the extra dollars made available under ObamaCare to pay for (i.e. subsidize) private health insurance plans for newly eligible state Medicaid beneficiaries.
The agreement stipulates that Corbett’s alternative is being allowed as a five-year “demonstration project,” meaning…[more]
Under current law, songwriters, music producers and others receive royalty payments when their songs are played on AM-FM terrestrial radio.
The performers themselves, however, receive no such compensation except via a Byzantine licensing maze.
Meanwhile, under current law performers do receive compensation when their songs are played by digital broadcasters – Internet, satellite or cable mediums, for example.
Yet the terrestrial radio broadcasters remain exempt by law from paying that same compensation.
In other words, AM-FM radio enjoys a special government carve-out. …
"The White House appears to be moving full-speed ahead on an executive order that would provide widespread protection to illegal immigrants from deportation, Republicans -- and maybe some Democrats -- be damned. Those close to the process expect an order in the first few weeks of September -- and expect it, in the words of one immigration advocate, to be 'significant.' White House aides stress…[more]
—James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent