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Sticker Shock: Healthcare Spending Spikes As ObamaCare Takes Effect

For some time now, Barack Obama and his apologists have trumpeted slowing healthcare costs as somehow attributable to ObamaCare.  Never mind that the declines predated Obama's election, and that even The Washington Post gave him three Pinocchios in its Fact Checker analysis of this claim on November 5 of last year:

Healthcare inflation has gone down every single year since the law [ObamaCare] passed, so that we now have the lowest increase in healthcare costs in 50 years - which is saving us about $180 billion in reduced overall costs to the federal government and in the Medicare program."

To illustrate how he played the role of rooster taking credit for the sunrise, healthcare cost inflation reached 7% in 2003, but plummeted to approximately 2% before Obama even took office.…[more]

July 31, 2015 • 10:02 am

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Coalition Urges Congress to Act on Comprehensive Tax Reform Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 09 2014

In a letter sent this week to the leaders of the Senate Finance and House Way and Means Committees, the Center for Individual Freedom ("CFIF") joined with more than a dozen other national organizations in urging Congress to pass comprehensive tax reform that focuses on simplicity and lower rates.  The letter was organized by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

Read the letter below or download it here (.pdf).

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July 8, 2014

Dear Chairmen Camp and Wyden and Ranking Members Levin and Hatch:

The undersigned groups, representing millions of taxpayers, write to express our support for efforts to modernize and reform our tax code.  Our nation's outdated and broken tax code is unfair to America’s business owners – hindering their ability to invest and compete.  Businesses of all sizes need meaningful tax reform, with simplified rules and significantly lower rates, to unleash their ability to grow and hire.

Congress conducted its last major overhaul of our tax code in 1986.  Since then, America has stood in place while other nations have been aggressively modernizing their business tax codes and lowering their rates so that they can better compete on the international stage.  The average rate for industrialized nations is now 25 percent, while the United States currently sits at 39.1 percent (combined 35 percent federal rate and average state rate).  This disparity in tax rates is causing real harm to our economy and the time for action is now.

While your respective committees continue to work on comprehensive tax reform efforts, we strongly caution against the urge to take action on short-term fixes aimed at individual symptoms, rather than the entirety of the tax code.  We are specifically concerned about proposals that seek to make changes to our tax laws as a means to pay for projects that are totally unrelated to tax reform.  Attempts like these are a step in the wrong direction.  Their passage will do nothing to help America’s job creators.  In fact, it will make it even more difficult to achieve true tax reform.

Our organizations encourage you to stay focused on the task of achieving comprehensive tax reform that focuses on simplicity and lower rates, so that we realize the economic growth and job creation that will come as a result.

Sincerely,

David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Phil Kerpen, President, American Commitment
Brent Gardner, Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for Prosperity
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
Jeffrey Mazzella, President, Center for Individual Freedom
Thomas A. Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom
Mario Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund
Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director, Independent Women's Forum
Heather Higgins, President and CEO, Independent Women's Voice
Seton Motley, President, Less Government
Gregory T. Angelo, Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans
Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union
Andrew Moylan, Executive Director, R Street Institute
Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Ryan Alexander, President, Taxpayers for Common Sense

 


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