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Murder in Northwest DC

May22

By John Feehery

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Topic: Uncategorized

SGR Down. Corporate Tax Reform Next?

Mar26

By John Feehery

John Boehner.jpg

“John Boehner” by Gage Skidmore – Flickr: John Boehner. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

If Congress can solve a problem like Medicare’s “doc fix,” lawmakers should be able to address a corporate tax rate that kills economic growth and moves jobs overseas.

Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate” mechanism was part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The idea was to tie the set rate at which Medicare doctors are compensated to economic growth. But health-care costs grew faster than the economy, and to avoid a physician exodus that could threaten the program, every year Congress would pass a temporary “doc fix” adding to the amount paid to the doctors.

Fixing the SGR gives peace of mind to doctors that they can continue to participate in Medicare. It’s good policy and good politics. (more…)

It’s Really Not That Complicated

Jan7

By John Feehery

Obama Health Care Speech to Joint Session of Congress.jpg

“Obama Health Care Speech to Joint Session of Congress” by Lawrence Jackson – whitehouse.gov. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s really not that complicated.

I don’t mean to sound like Peter Morini, but when it comes to the vote for Speaker of the House, it really isn’t that complicated.

You are either shirts or skins.  Red or blue.  Republican or Democrat. (more…)

5 Reasons the GOP Will Beat Expectations Next Week

Oct28

By John Feehery

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“Pat Roberts official photo 2″ by United States Senate – File:Pat_Roberts_official_photo.jpg. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

The midterm elections are one week away. Here are five reasons that Republicans are set to do much better in seven days than the polls indicate today:

1. Democrats are already playing the blame game. Josh Earnest, the president’s spokesman, told the press corps last week that the White House was not to blame for Democratic losses. But over the weekend, the New York Times reported that was precisely what Senate Democrats were preparing to do. Political campaign professionals are like squirrels in the fall: When they start packing up their nuts early, you know it’s going to be a long winter. (more…)

Late to the Party

Oct1

By John Feehery

President Barack Obama.jpg

“President Barack Obama” by Official White House Photo by Pete Souza – P120612PS-0463 (direct link). Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

If the President were to plan and throw a surprise party for his wife, Michelle, he would be late to it.

This Administration is always late to the party. (more…)

 

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