Daily Archives: March 8, 2013

Good news on jobs

Maybe the economy really is improving. The Dow has returned to record highs, and official unemployment is now at a four-year low. Unemployment dropped to 7.7 percent, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. Also, the number of jobs in February increased by 236,000 from January. It will be interesting to see what impact the sequester has on jobs and unemployment.

What was CPAC thinking?

The Conservative Political Action Conference is getting hammered by conservatives for not inviting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to its annual gathering in Washington, D.C., and for inviting Donald Trump (in photo). Though Christie isn’t as ideologically pure as some would like, conservatives should be ecstatic about his record of reform, columnist Cal Thomas argued. And inviting Trump – described by columnist Jennifer Rubin as “a self-promoting and unserious person” – made CPAC seem like a sideshow.

Insurance commissioner sees need for Medicaid expansion

Include Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger among those supporting an expansion of Medicaid in Kansas. She said the expansion of Medicaid would help low-income Kansans who are not getting the care they need, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. It also doesn’t make sense to forgo hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding and have that money go to other states, she noted. Not expanding also would hurt hospitals, because federal subsidies for treating those without insurance are declining (in anticipation that Medicaid is expanding). “That could mean the difference, especially for some of our rural hospitals, between being able to keep their doors open (or not),” Praeger said.