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A recent survey of 148 insurance brokers shows that ObamaCare is sending premiums rising at the fastest clip in decades.

"For the last, about, five years they've been doing this survey, so this was the largest percentage increase in any quarter since they've been doing (it)," says Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute.

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"But at 12 percent, 11 percent increase on average across all the states -- that puts it at the upper end of any increase we've seen for decades.

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A recent survey of 148 insurance brokers shows that ObamaCare is sending premiums rising at the fastest clip in decades.

"For the last, about, five years they've been doing this survey, so this was the largest percentage increase in any quarter since they've been doing (it)," says Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute.

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"But at 12 percent, 11 percent increase on average across all the states -- that puts it at the upper end of any increase we've seen for decades.

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Sep. 26, 2011 U.S. soldier smokes a cigarette while manning his post in a bunker in eastern Afghanistan.REUTERS

If you’re a member of the military, easy access to cigarettes could soon go up in smoke.

The Department of Defense is considering banning the sale of cigarettes on ships and bases in an effort to get service members to stop smoking.

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The Pentagon says no final decision has been made about banning sales to the troops, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, himself a Vietnam vet, explained why he has asked for a review.

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Jan. 23, 2014: GOP Rep. Paul Ryan recites the Pledge of Allegiance during an event in San Antonio, Texas.AP

WASHINGTON – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan renewed a fight with Democrats over spending cuts and deficit reduction, unveiling an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that aims to cut spending by more than $5 trillion over a decade and balance the budget in that time. 

Similar to past proposals, Ryan's plan would include cuts to food stamps and major changes to government-sponsored health care for the poor and working class.

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'Cooking the books' with ObamaCare?
Sunday, 30 March 2014 14:15

FILE: Feb. 13, 2012: Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.REUTERS

A Republican senator said on Sunday that the lack of details about enrollment numbers suggests the Obama administration has “cooked the books.”

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., made his comments just hours before the Monday deadline to enroll and was skeptical of the administration’s most recent enrollment figure of 6 million Americans.

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FILE: Feb. 13, 2012: Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.REUTERS

A Republican senator said on Sunday that the lack of details about enrollment numbers suggests the Obama administration has “cooked the books.”

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., made his comments just hours before the Monday deadline to enroll and was skeptical of the administration’s most recent enrollment figure of 6 million Americans.

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It might feel like first-class postage is going up every few weeks, but the U.S. Postal Service nevertheless is in need of a bailout. 

Frank Todisco, chief actuary for the Government Accountability Office, told a House committee last week that the agency had $100 billion in debt and unfunded health benefit liabilities at the end of the last fiscal year. 

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At this stage, even the Postal Service admits it needs help.

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