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Reality Check: Unemployment Has NOT Dropped Faster than the Administration Projected in Selling Their Failed Stimulus Plan
November 21, 2014
On Wednesday, the White House released a curious chart, attempting to show that unemployment “is dropping faster than projected.” The chart compared the actual unemployment rate with forecasts made by the Administration in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014: Notice something missing, given that the President took office in 2009? Specifically, where’s the “2009 Forecast” line? Here’s what that would look like (comparing the actual unemployment rate with the Administration’s projection in their infa... More
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Inspector General Finds Billions in Payment Errors by Social Security Judges
November 19, 2014
Washington, DC – In a report released last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed that several judges have wrongly awarded billions of dollars in Social Security Disability Insurance benefit payments. In response to the report, Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) issued the following statement. “As we know through multiple Ways and Means Subcommittee hearings – and through a previous OIG report linking jud... More
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House and Senate Leaders Introduce Bill to End Social Security Benefits for Nazis
November 19, 2014
Washington, DC – Today, a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers introduced legislation to terminate Social Security benefits for Nazi persecutors who receive them because of a loophole in current law. In the House, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Subcommittee Ranking Member Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and 34 additional House members introduced H.R. 5739, the No Social Security for Nazis Act. In the Senate, Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-... More
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Brady Unveils Discussion Draft to Improve Hospital Issues in the Medicare System
November 19, 2014
Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) unveiled the Hospitals Improvements for Payment (HIP) Act of 2014 discussion draft as part of the Committee’s broader effort on comprehensive Medicare reform, addressing the problems associated with Medicare’s two-midnights policy, short inpatient stays, outpatient observation stays, auditing and appeals. Title I of the HIP discussion draft includes detailed solutions to these problems; Title II includes 19... More
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Social Security’s $300 Million IT Project Investigation: Bad News for Taxpayers
November 18, 2014
Washington, DC – Last week, Social Security Administration (SSA) Inspector General (IG) Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr., released a further response to the June 2014 letter sent by Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX), requesting a full and immediate investigation into the SSA’s mismanagement and failed implementation of the $300 million Disability Case Processing System (DCPS). This response follows a September 2014 Interim Report provided to Chairman Johnson, b... More
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