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What’s the Pentagon Hiding from Its Auditors? — The Defense Department just made it extremely difficult for federal auditors to keep track of how billions of dollars are being spent in Afghanistan. In its quarterly report to Congress, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) told lawmakers that the government has classified an "unprecedented" amount of information about the U.S.'s $65 billion dollar efforts to bolster the Afghan National Security Forces.

Why Health Care Could Get More Expensive for 5 Million People — In a little over a month, the Supreme Court will take up King v. Burwell, the much-anticipated case that has the potential to completely dismantle the president's health care law. And though the stakes are high for millions of Obamacare enrollees, the majority of Americans aren't familiar with the case, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

$1 Billion Paid for Loose Bolts and Damaged Aircraft — It's bad enough that federal contractors hired to perform routine maintenance work on Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) airplanes dodged their work hours and shirked important safety requirements. It's even worse that they overcharged the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars for their "work" - and agency officials didn't notice any of it.

Major Changes to Medicare Coming for Senior Health Care — The Obama administration has announced a major change to the way the federal government pays doctors and hospitals under Medicare. It's an historic attempt to shift away from the traditional, costly fee-for-service model and quell the ballooning costs of health care.

$1 Billion a Year in Redundant Obamacare Programs — The Health and Human Services Department is shelling out billions of dollars on three new federal programs that essentially do the same thing. The Affordable Care Act provides funding toward new initiatives aimed at improving the quality of care.

Arkansas Republican Gov Gambles on Medicaid Expansion — Newly elected Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson had a problem. The Medicaid expansion program under Obama's new health care law would cost Arkansas $778 million more than expected. Yet it serves more than 200,000 low-income people in his state with no health insurance. Unlike other GOP governors in southern states with similar demographics, Hutchinson made a bold move.

Scott Walker Is Running for President…Maybe — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spent Saturday afternoon in Iowa wooing conservative voters during a speech that sounded an awful lot like a presidential campaign kickoff. Speaking to about 1,200 people at the conservative Iowa Freedom Summit, Walker -- who's been dancing around a presidential bid for months -- made his clearest case yet for the White House.

Defense Department Misfires on Conference Spending — How many government bookkeepers does it take to put a line item in a spread sheet named "conferences"? Pentagon officials don't really know how much they spent on conferences in 2013 - but auditors think it's a lot more than the agency is claiming.

Obamacare on Pace to Hit Sign-Up Goal — Compared to last year, it's shaping up to be a pretty successful 2015 for Obamacare. So far, more than 7.1 million people have signed up for coverage through the federal exchange since Friday, and an estimated 1.1 million have enrolled through state exchanges through January 16 th.

Health Care Costs, Confusion Have Many Avoiding the Doctor — Confusion over health policies and out-of-pocket costs have led many people to delay seeking medical treatment. That's the finding of a new report by Connecticut-based SCIO Health Analytics and commissioned by Harris Poll. According to the survey, about four in 10 Americans said they had a difficult time understanding their health care plans.
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Jan 31, 2015

RT @OhNoSheTwitnt: Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's a sickness she could have avoided if you had vaccinated her, Jenny.

Jan 27, 2015

but seriously, who among us hasn't gotten drunk and crashed our quadcopter drone into the White House?…

Jan 26, 2015

RT @MotherJones: The Pentagon is holding an essay contest to honor Saudi Arabia's brutal king. Here's our entry

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