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Employer health insurance mandate a political orphan 29.7.2014 LA Times: Business
When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its requirement that large employers provide health coverage or pay a penalty seemed to many supporters a key pillar of the effort to guarantee health coverage to Americans.
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House Democrats Blast Anti-Obamacare Tactics: 'Don't We Have Anything Better To Do?' 29.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A trio of Democratic congressmen blasted their Republican colleagues on Monday for reviving attacks against the Affordable Care Act. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on "Protecting Americans From Illegal Bailouts and Plan Cancellations Under the President's Health Care Law." Committee members Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Gene Green (D-Texas) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) gave little credence to that title, railing against the GOP lawmakers' intentions from the get-go. "Today's hearing is nothing more than another episode in a series of Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and this time it's even harder to take seriously," Pallone said. Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Texas) saw the matter otherwise, panning the White House for ignoring "the harsh realities of this law." Pallone hit back, arguing that such attacks are election-driven and that GOP has presented no true health care alternative. Among the GOP-driven suggestions is a bill introduced by Rep. Bill ...
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More Vouchers and Supportive Housing Will End Homelessness 28.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Since 2005, the number of people in the U.S. experiencing longer-term (what is known as chronic) homelessness has been cut almost in half. This stark decrease is attributable in part to bi-partisan efforts in Congress to invest in supportive housing, a seamless fusion of subsidized affordable housing with comprehensive services that help residents address mental health issues, substance use and barriers to employment, enabling them to move beyond the challenges that can contribute to homelessness. Not only is supportive housing a game changer when it comes to individual success, it is a more cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars. Inexplicably, however, the federal programs used to bolster supportive housing and save money are under attack, placing at risk the gains we have realized to date. This is an issue that affects all states and communities, not just the more urbanized ones. The threat to future progress centers on the proposed federal budget passed by the US House of Representatives that includes ...
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Obama signs plan to build affordable housing on 40 acres along I-70 near Frisco and Dillon 28.7.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
FRISCO, Colo. — - New federal legislation will allow the U.S. Forest Service to sell land to Summit County for a planned affordable housing ...
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House votes to boost child tax credit for high-income families, restrict it for immigrants 26.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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July 28 Readers' letters: Be nice to Russia, beware immigrants, let employers pay for housing 26.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Letters
Letters from Mercury News readers.
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House votes to boost child tax credit 26.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The House passed a bill Friday that would gradually increase the popular child tax credit and make it available to more families with higher incomes. However, millions of low-income families would lose the $1,000-a-child credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire. The bill also aims to make a dent in illegal immigration by prohibiting people without Social Security numbers from claiming a portion of the credit reserved for low-income fa...
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Advocates want Met Council to create suburban affordable housing 26.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Metropolitan Council is under fire for not using its authority to press wealthy, white suburbs in the Twin Cities to do their part to create affordable housing.
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HUFFPOST HILL - Congressman Seeks To Entangle America In Domestic Affairs 26.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Congress is taking so long to respond to the needs of veterans you’d think it was the VA. Rep. Curt Clawson won this year’s “Guam Capsize Award For Excellence in American Foreign Policy” when he sought to improve relations with the American government. And policy wonks spent the day debating whether a law called The Affordable Care Act is supposed to help people get health insurance. Did you know that "wonk" is K-N-O-W spelled backwards? This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, July 25th, 2014 PEOPLE ARE FLIPPING OUT OVER JONATHAN GRUBER - Y'all should chill, suggests Greg Sargent: "The big story of the day is that Obamacare foes have unearthed what they call a smoking gun: Video of Jonathan Gruber, a key architect for the Affordable Care Act, in January 2011 seeming to endorse the argument that subsidies would not be available to those who get coverage on the federal exchange. This seems to bolster the case made in Halbig — that the law never was intended to provide subsidies to the three dozen states ...
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House votes to boost child tax credit for some 26.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.
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Child tax credit: Who gets it? 26.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
The House passed a bill Friday that would gradually increase the child tax credit and make it available to higher income parents. However, the bill lets expire a provision that makes the credit available to millions of low-income families.
House votes to boost child tax credit for some 26.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.
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Special Counsel Clears White House Political Office Of Wrongdoing 25.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - The White House's political office did not engage in illegal partisan activity, a federal oversight agency said following a congressional hearing to probe whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for political purposes. The Office of Political Strategy and Outreach (OPSO) "appears to be operating in a manner that is consistent with Hatch Act restrictions," the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel said in a letter dated July 24 and released on Friday. It also said it has received no allegations about wrongdoing about any staffers in the White House's political unit, including by director David Simas. The House of Representatives' Oversight and Government Reform Committee, headed by Republican Darrell Issa, held a hearing last week on how the political office has complied with the Hatch Act, which forbids most federal government employees from engaging in partisan political activity. Issa has queried other administration activities, ...
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How big cities that restrict new housing harm the economy 25.7.2014 Ezra Klein
For the last couple of years, San Francisco has been erupting with periodic protests aimed, rather imprecisely, at a nexus of grievances related to gentrification, affordable housing, transportation, the tech industry, newcomers to the city, its changing skyline and Silicon Valley to the south. The city is screaming, although at what its protestors seem a ...
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House votes to limit tax credit for immigrants 25.7.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House passed a bill Friday that would gradually increase the popular child tax credit and make it available to more families with higher incomes....
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House votes to limit tax credit for immigrants 25.7.2014 Yahoo: Business
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Friday that would gradually increase the popular child tax credit and make it available to more families with higher incomes.
'Poor door' concept is nothing new 25.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
'Poor door' concept is nothing new
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Reverse Robin Hood: Conservatives Take Child Tax Credit from Families on the Brink, Give to the Rich 25.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Ryan "Opportunity Grant" Proposal Would Likely Increase Poverty and Shrink Resources for Poverty Programs Over Time 25.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A centerpiece of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan would consolidate 11 safety-net and related programs — from food stamps to housing vouchers, child care, and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) — into a single block grant to states.  This new “Opportunity Grant” would operate initially in an unspecified number of states. While some other elements of the Ryan poverty plan deserve serious consideration, such as those relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit and criminal justice reform, his “Opportunity Grant” would likely increase poverty and hardship, and is therefore ill-advised, for several reasons: While Chairman Ryan describes the proposal as maintaining the same overall funding as the current system for each participating state, that would be a practical impossibility. His proposal would convert the nation’s basic food assistance safety net — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps — from an entitlement that ...
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The Koch Brothers Want To Creep You Out 25.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A conservative advocacy group terrified young children and millennials on the National Mall with a hospital of horrors and knife-throwers Wednesday evening, an effort to scare them away from Obamacare. Under a tent in the sweltering heat, the event featured games, junk food, a haunted hospital and a playlist that blared slightly dated songs such as Ke$ha's "Die Young." The catch was that all of the games were intentionally rigged against young people -- a metaphor for how Obamacare, some say, will disproportionately push costs onto younger generations. The carnival was organized by Generation Opportunity, an advocacy organization that targets young conservatives and libertarians and is funded by the Koch brothers. According to spokeswoman Corie Stephens, the group has made health care a signature issue; last fall, it launched a campaign to persuade young people to opt out of health care, sending ambassadors to tailgating parties on college campuses. There they set up beer pong tables and ...
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