Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of March 7, 2014. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am. Remember, you can listen online at or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.


Cruz at CPAC

Stand and fight for principle. That was the message Senator Ted Cruz delivered at CPAC yesterday. According the Breitbart Texas, the message Cruz was trying to to send to the audience was how to win in the future.

“You win elections by standing for principles and believing that there is a better tomorrow,” Cruz stated.  He then asked, “How do we inspire people? Number one we tell the truth.”

“The truth is Washington is corrupt,” Cruz continued. “You are in some of the richest counties in the country. As more and more people make great wealth in Washington, young people, single moms, and small business owners suffer.”

“Real change,” he concluded, “is changing the corruption that is here in Washington, D.C.”

The Senator then transitioned to the young people of American saying, “Who are the two people who most energized young people? [Ronald] Reagan and [Ron] Paul. What did they do? They painted a bold picture of what America can do.”

He contrasted the message of Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul with the results of life for young people under the Obama Administration. “Under President Obama, the American Dream is harder to achieve…. If you were to sit down and hammer the living daylights out of young people, you couldn’t do better than the Obama Administration. Obamacare is a massive wealth transfer. And who the heck is going to pay for our national debt?”

“We need to stop bankrupting our country,” Cruz said. “What we’re doing to our kids and grandkids is morally wrong. If we don’t change course, they will be left working to pay off the debts their parents left them with. We are need to turn this around.”

The Senator concluded his remarks by discussing his new proposal for an American Energy Renaissance. This proposed legislation was the topic of an exclusive Breitbart Texas interview in February. The Senator outlined a positive agenda that includes increasing high-paying jobs in the energy sector, repealing Obamacare, expanding school choice, abolishing the IRS, ending welfare for corporations and auditing the Federal Reserve.  Cruz even touched on the politically sensitive issue of term limits.

You can watch the remarks from Senator Ted Cruz and read more of Breitbart's coverage of CPAC on the link above.

After listening to his remarks, I thought Senator Cruz did an excellent job at arguing why you stand for principle rather than sitting down and not rocking the boat. I wonder what Senator Cornyn's message will be this morning when he speaks to CPAC. The two Senators may have the same goal, but much different ways of achieving that goal.

Obamacare Failure

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to provide insurance to those who don't have insurance or couldn't afford private insurance. At least that was the stated goal. In reality, Obamacare has been a disaster. According to the Washington Post, only 1 in 10 uninsured are actually signing up.

The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway so far in signing up Americans who lack health insurance, the Affordable Care Act’s central goal.

A pair of surveys released on Thursday suggest that just one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private health plans through the new marketplace have signed up for one — and that about half of uninsured adults has looked for information on the online exchanges or plans to look.

Taken together, the snapshots shown by the surveys provide preliminary answers to what has been one of the biggest mysteries since and separate state marketplaces opened last fall: Are they attracting their prime audience?

One of the surveys, by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., shows that, of people who had signed up for coverage through the marketplaces by last month, just one-fourth described themselves as having been without insurance for most of the past year.

The survey also attempted to gauge what has been another fuzzy matter: how many of the people actually have the insurance for which they signed up. Under federal rules, coverage begins only if someone has started to pay their monthly insurance premiums.

And, the survey show, that just over half of uninsured people said they had started to pay, compared with nearly nine in 10 of those signing up on the exchanges who said they were simply switching from one health plan to another.

The second survey, by researchers at the Urban Institute and based on slightly older data from December, shows that awareness of the new marketplaces is fairly widespread but that lower-income Americans and those who are uninsured are less likely to know about this new avenue to health coverage than other people.

The surveys are not a perfect way of showing who exactly is gaining coverage, and whether the marketplaces are reaching parts of the U.S. population that need insurance the most. But they begin to fill in blanks that both advocates and opponents of the sprawling, 2010 health-care law all say are critical to understand.

“If there is one point to the law, it is to lower the number of uninsured,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy organization. “Ultimately, that has to happen for the law to be judged a success.”

With just over three weeks remaining in a six-month sign-up period, the question of how many uninsured people are gaining coverage so far is eluding both Obama administration officials and most of the private health plans being sold through the new marketplaces.

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