Background: In an effort to win the support of health insurance companies during the debate over Obamacare in 2009, three health insurer bailout provisions were written into the bill to compensate health insurance companies for insuring high-cost consumers in the Obamacare state exchanges. These three bailout provisions include risk corridors, reinsurance and cost-sharing reduction subsidies. Combined, these could cost taxpayers $170 billion over the next decade. The risk corridor and reinsurance provisions expired last year,
Background: President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear before the November 2016 election that pro-growth tax reform would be a major legislative priority for Republicans in 2017 if they were given the chance to govern. Now that the American people gave Republicans control of the House, Senate and White House, there is a real opportunity to achieve comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform. A rewrite of the tax code couldn’t come soon enough.
Background: In response to the financial crisis of 2007-08 and the Great Recession, Congress rushed through Dodd-Frank under the guise of “consumer protection.” This law imposes 3,500-plus pages of new rules and regulations on the financial industry. Dodd-Frank codified “too big to fail” policies, destroyed local community banks, restricted access to credit for investors and homebuyers, raised lending costs, reduced access to capital for businesses, and created one of the most powerful and unaccountable federal agencies in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Background: In the last few decades, innovative technologies dramatically expanded the amount of available oil reserves in the United States. U.S. natural gas reserves have grown by 78 percent from 2004-2014 leading to an abundant growth of jobs in the energy sector. The energy industry, on its own, saved the country from a deeper and longer economic recession. From 2007-2012, total private sector job growth increased by only 1 percent. During that same period,