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Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rate review regulations monitoring premium increases, and "to our surprise," there was a waiver for the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), reports Let Freedom Ring, a non-profit organization committed to Constitutional government, free enterprise and traditional values. They report that AARP is exempted in the types of supplementary insurance coverage they offer.
"While special interest groups like AARP receive waivers, millions of Americans have been left asking 'Where's MY Waiver?' said the organization.
Let Freedom Ring plans to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking correspondence between the HHS and AARP pertaining to the rate review regulation.
Claims of Catastrophic Warming Are Overwhelmingly Contradicted By Real-World Data
The scientific hypotheses underlying global warming alarmism are overwhelmingly contradicted by real-world data, and for that reason economic studies on the alleged benefits of controlling greenhouse gas emissions are baseless. That’s the finding of a new peer-reviewed report by a former EPA whistleblower.
Dr. Alan Carlin, now retired, was a career environmental economist at EPA when CEI (Competitive Enterprise Institute) broke the story of his negative report on the agency’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gases in June, 2009. Dr. Carlin’s supervisor had ordered him to keep quiet about the report and to stop working on global warming issues. EPA’s attempt to silence Dr. Carlin became a highly-publicized embarrassment to the agency, given Administrator Lisa Jackson’s supposed commitment to transparency.
The nation’s state retirement systems totaled $2.0 trillion in holdings and assets in 2009, a loss of $641.3 billion (24.0 percent) from $2.7 trillion in 2008, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This follows a $152.2 billion loss the previous year.
These large decreases are mostly attributed to a $484.9 billion decrease in earnings on investments between 2008 and 2009, following a loss of $439.8 billion the previous year.
The Montana Farm Bureau was pleased with the recent developments regarding free trade with Colombia. “News that the Obama administration has been able to strike a deal that moves the Colombia free trade agreement forward is good news for Montana’s farmers and ranchers,” noted Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson. ‘This is the kind of development that a group of Farm Bureau leaders pushed for during the past two weeks while they were visiting with farmers and trade leaders in Colombia and Panama.”
U.S. farmers and ranchers have been losing market share in Colombia to competitors who have trade agreements with the country. Colombia has duty-free access to the U.S. market, while our products face excessive tariffs to sell to Colombia’s market. When implemented, the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would level the playing field for U.S. farmers and ranchers by eliminating these tariffs.
Federal regulations cost even more than the skyrocketing federal budget deficit, and help bring the federal government’s share of the economy to over 35 percent, a new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute reveals.
Frequently there are claims made that the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. Or that the American Dream is dead and there’s no opportunity to move up the ladder. Or, that the disbursement of wealth is static.
The results of a recent study would indicate that quite the contrary is true; there is a great deal of movement up and down the economic scale among American citizens. Almost half of income earners slid into different income categories over just a three year period.
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