Obamacare was rushed through Congress five years ago on a partisan vote. The law is still not fully implemented, and its damaging side effects already include: higher premiums; narrow provider networks; a more far-reaching IRS; worse economic growth; discouraging work and marriage; and encouraging states to shift resources from the social safety net.
EPA’s proposed power plant rule offers states fake “flexibility” to choose which carbon-reduction measures to implement. For EPA, “flexibility” means allowing states to choose the method of their own economic wounding – and allowing EPA to shift the blame for the rule’s disastrous consequences.
In early August, the Highway Trust Fund is expected, by law, to stop making payments to states to avoid a negative balance. In the past, Congress kept the HTF solvent primarily with general fund money – transferring $54 billion since 2008. But the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 stipulated that any transfer to the HTF now must be offset. Congress is currently working through options to keep the HTF solvent.