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Why was the Healthcare.gov site development managed so badly?

The US Department of Healthcare and Human Services was ultimately responsible for managing the contract(s) that developed the federal healthcare exchange website, Healthcare.gov. As has been widely ...
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Which states have the highest percentage of people who qualify for subsidies on the healthcare exchanges?

The Affordable Care Act allows for taxpayer funded subsidies to purchase health care plans on the exchanges. Households that make less than %400 of the federal poverty level qualify, about $46,000 for ...
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What's the definition of domestic use?

My debate team's topic is about the use of domestic nuclear energy in the United States. I have been running into trouble with people saying that anything domestic needs to physically happen within ...
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What provisions in Obamacare was Obama referring to that got snuck in?

On January 29, 2010 the House Republican caucus had its winter meeting in Baltimore, and Obama came there to speak to them and answer questions. In the course of his discussion of the healthcare ...
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What is the difference between a treaty and an executive agreement in American Foreign Policy?

So a treaty requires the consent of the United States Senate to come into effect while an executive agreement does not. However, beyond that, what are the differences between the two? Are there ...
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Are there disadvantages to the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013? If so, what?

The first Federal Assault Weapons Ban was enacted in 1994 and expired in 2004. A new Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 is being proposed. What are the disadvantages of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, if ...
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What are the advantages of a two party system vs multiple party system?

In the United States we have the two-party system unlike many other nations, including Britain, Germany, Israel, and many others. Multiple parties ultimately results in forced cooperation between ...
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ACA Individual mandate fulfilled using employer insurance

I am a bit confused with the Affordable care act and employer insurance. If the employer mandate starts in 2015 and the individual mandate starts in 2014, how would an employee know if their employer ...
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Right(s) for public building floor plans?

Under what right or rights if any does a US citizen have to see and/or attain a copy of a public build's floor plans? A example of public builds that I am referring to... libraries State Colleges ...
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Database of all US federal, state and county elections and candidates

Is there any centralized public resource out there that compiles upcoming elections, candidates, and results for federal, state, and county levels in the US? I'm trying to do some research, and I ...
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In what ways does the Affordable Care Act require entities to pay for contraception coverage?

For the past couple years, there has been some debate over religious entities being forced to pay for contraception coverage. In what ways does the Affordable Care Act require people or companies to ...
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What significant changes cause a grandfathered health plan to lose its status?

Health and Human Services estimated that between 21%-43% of all people insured would transition to the ACA exchanges. This is due to their health care plans losing grandfather status. Healthcare.gov, ...
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What does “respectively” mean in the Tenth Amendment? [closed]

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States ...
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Are persons born in U.S. embassies U.S. citizens, if their parents are not citizens?

The Fourteenth Amendment provides that children born in the United States become American citizens regardless of the citizenship of their parents. Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the ...
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How much did the US spend on each means-tested program during the last 5 years?

The Weekly Standard had an article that made the following claims: The federal government has spent a total $3.7 trillion on approximately 80 different means-tested poverty and welfare programs. ...
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Is the Affordable Care Act a regressive tax (who is most affected)?

SCOTUS ruled that the Affordable Care Act was a tax. A regressive tax is one that disproportionately taxes people's income at a higher rate for people with lower income than people with higher incomes....
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Can US Election Schedules be changed in an Emergency?

The US has a large number of elections, mostly on fixed schedulers. Does any provision exist for changing those schedules in an emergency, for example postponing an election during a time of war? Or ...
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How many people will be unable to keep their health insurance plan in 2014 due to the ACA?

NPR reported millions won't be keeping their health care plans due to new requirements of the ACA. MONTAGNE: [...] When Obamacare goes into full swing this January, millions of people who buy ...
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What foreign investment is safer than US Treasury bonds and what market share do they have?

Considering the fact that the US collects ten times the revenue it needs to pay interest on the debt, do foreign countries have a safer alternative to US Treasury bonds? Whether or not the debt ...
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How can a bill pass the US Senate by a vote of 3-0?

The Palm Sunday Compromise was a bill which passed the US Senate by a vote of 3-0, 97 not present. How is it possible for the Senate to conduct business with the overwhelming majority of its members ...
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Is not paying, questioning the debt?

A lot of people are writing opinions saying that the 14th Amendment to the US constitution... The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, ... shall not be questioned. ....
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Is House Resolution 368 Permenant?

US House Resolution 368 amended Clause 4 of standing rule XXII of House Procedures and was passed on September 30th, just before the government shutdown took effect. It prevented members other than ...
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What exactly are the formal rules around US paying off debt?

Is there a precise set of rules (e.g., very specific law, or court ruling?) that explains what specifically does - or does not give the US executive branch the right to choose to default on specific ...
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Did George W. Bush try to alter the power of the presidency by using a theory that had never been implemented? [closed]

I have heard that George W. Bush tried to alter the power of the presidency by using a theory that had never been implemented. The person who told me this fact added that this theory violates checks ...
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Is it possible for the US to borrow money from other countries, after the shutdown?

After the government shutdown and the startle of debt default, is it possible for the US government to issue bonds, and borrow money from other countries?
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How does President Obama spend money without a budget?

Since Obama took office, the House has submitted budgets every year. The Senate has not approved a budget for the past five years, which they are mandated to do. This is why we have continuing ...
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Is it true that the United States currently has no debt ceiling?

This article states that the debt ceiling was not raised in the deal enacted 2013-10-17, but rather that it was suspended allowing effectively unlimited borrowing until 2013-02-7. Is this accurate? ...
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What actually would happen if the ACA gets defunded

If the Affordable Care Act gets defunded, then what will actually happen with it. Will parts like the mandate requiring you to get insurance and all the laws about how insurance companies do business ...
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Has the US President ever been denied entry to a foreign country?

Shortly after the awarding of temporary asylum to Edward Snowden by Russian President Putin, the relationship with the US President became contentious, to the extent that it was announced that the two ...
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If Congress refused to raise the debt ceiling, would it force the federal government to balance its expenditures/revenue?

The US continually increases the debit ceiling whenever it is reached. It has been raised over 30 times in the last 30 years. The debt ceiling as explained by the Government Accountability Office is: ...
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How many times has the US defaulted on its debt?

I have heard that it would be an unprecedented occurrence, and that it has never happened. If Congress refuses to raise what’s called the debt ceiling, America would not be able to meet all of our ...
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Does medicare have its own trust fund?

Does Medicare have it's own trust fund that's supposed to be completely separate from the rest of the treasury, similar to how Social Security does? Or does medicare costs just come out of the main ...
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How did House Resolution 367 pass on the same day as introduced without a 2/3 majority?

House resolution 367 waives the requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII for resolutions on October 7th 2013. The clause 6(a) of rule XIII has the following text: 6.(a) A report by the Committee on ...
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What incentive would the House or Senate have to ever adjourn if NRLB v. Canning is upheld?

So, NRLB v. Canning is on the docket, and it raises an interesting question. If the President has the power of recess appointments, but the Senate never adjourns, it effectively kills that power. ...
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How (and how much) does the government shutdown affect the budget deficit

Does the government shutdown have an effect on the budget deficit / national debt? If so, how much money does it save/cost? I'm looking for an answer that tries to estimate the actual impact that ...
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How much in interest payments since 2002 has the increase in the debt past the old debt ceiling cost the US?

Wikipedia notes several recent changes to the debt ceiling. Increases in the debt ceiling allow the Treasury to borrow more money and increase the national debt to a level higher than previously ...
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How many times and in what way has the Affordable Care Act been modified by the Executive Branch?

On Oct. 1, 2013, the President made the following remarks regarding Affordable Care Act and the Government Shutdown No, this shutdown is not about deficits, it’s not about budgets. This shutdown ...
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How does one go about registering a political party in Texas?

How does one go about registering a political party in Texas? Is it done at the federal level?
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How does the US House of Representatives rule itself?

I just saw a video that claims to show that the Republicans changed the rules so that nobody but the majority leader can call for a vote. The whole thing looks rather odd to me, as I would have ...
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Why are some government services/programs closed from the federal government shutdown, while others aren't?

Why are some government services/programs closed from the federal government shutdown, while others aren't? For example, why does Congress get paid, while FDA inspectors are furloughed? And why are ...
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What estimates are there on the level of fraud in the Social Security Disability Insurance program?

Steve Kroft had an expose on the federal Social Security Disability Insurance program. The hearing involves the federal disability insurance program, which could become the first government ...
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What if the president, vice president, everyone in the line of succession plus the designated survivor were all killed?

Say a mad scientist detonated a nuclear device that killed everyone in Washington including everyone in the president's line of succession and say, he somehow figured out where the designated survivor ...
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Visa application lottery, best odds by country of origin?

The US application instruction manual explains that the State Department sets different limits on the number of people who will be granted visas, to different world regions (not countries). I am a ...
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Can the Executive Branch legally enter into a contract to repay Fisher House?

As a result of the shutdown, military death benefits will not be paid to soldier's spouses. The House passed a bill to appropriate funds for this purpose, but the President announced the the Pentagon ...
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Is there legal recourse for creditors if Treasury defaults on any (not necessarily all) of its debts?

This is a follow up to a previous question I had here Fed Authority I understand that once the government goes into default it triggers a number of different legal steps and procedures, such as CDS ...
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How often does Senator McCain vote against his own party?

Senator McCain was Republican candidate for presidency in 2008, so perhaps plenty of Republicans (at least in states with closed primaries) felt that he represented their views. Is there any actual ...
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Why is the National Mall open for an immigration rally?

The Washington Examiner had this article A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown. ...
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Is the House responsible for deciding what to fund in the government and is this usually done with “mini-CRs”?

The House has passed multiple continuing resolutions to attempt to end/avoid a 17% partial government shutdown. House Republicans on Wednesday night succeeded in passing three measures to reopen ...
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Does the United States have a built-in mechanism to resolve loss of supply? And if not, why not?

In countries that have inherited the Westminster system, loss of supply typically results in government being required to either reform as the majority that blocked supply; or dissolve parliament so ...
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What are the reasons for opposing the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is clearly a contentious issue up to the point where there has been a government shutdown over it. For those that oppose Obamacare, What are the ...

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