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NEWS: 11 of 12 Fake Obamacare Applicants Got Coverage in GAO Investigation

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testing Obamacare's effectiveness in verifying applicants identity and citizenship status found 11 of 12 fictitious applicants were accepted, reports The Blaze. Republicans in Congress requested the GAO analysis amid numerous recent setbacks for Obamacare including concerns the program is vulnerable to waste and fraud.

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OPINION: Average Orange County Pension 88% of Final Salary

Orange County government employees who have worked 30 years received an average pension benefit of $73,875 in 2013 writes Robert Fellner in UnionWatch. Some Orange County retirees who held highly-paid positions receive six figure pensions, which critics contend are excessive when compared with private sector benefits.

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NEWS: Sales tax rate map released for California

A newly released map from the State Board of Equalization offers a visual aid for taxpayers and also a sales tax lookup tool by zip code, reports the Victorville Daily Press. Generally, communities in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay area pay the highest sales taxes.

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OPINION: Why the State and Local Pension Problem Will Get Worse

Detroit's successful renegotiation of pension liabilities associated with future work to be performed by its employees has made reform advocates hopeful of similar agreements elsewhere. However, Steven Malanga writes in City Journal that legal obstacles in California and elsewhere may require more effort to overcome.

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NEWS: DMHC, Blue Shield Announce Data Breach Affecting 18K Calif. Doctors

A recent data breach involving the state Department of Managed Health Care and Blue Shield of California resulted in the accidental release of 18,000 doctors' social security numbers, reports California Healthline. A series of data breaches involving state agencies have led some people to question whether confidential information maintained by the government is truly secure.

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