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  • Do Skyrocketing Electricity Rates in New England Foretell Consequences of Clean Power Plan?

    12/17/2014 2:32:36 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 30 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 12-17-14 | John Eick
    The New York Times ran an interesting article a few days ago discussing the skyrocketing electricity prices residents of New England are being forced to pay even before the winter season begins. The article identifies a resident of New Hampshire named John York who paid $376 to power his small printing business this past October. With no change in the amount of his work or his thermostat, his electricity bill climbed to $788 in November – an increase of 110 percent in just one month. What the article reveals (perhaps unintentionally) are the likely consequences of heavy handed government policies...
  • Insurers in New York Must Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery, Cuomo Says

    12/11/2014 12:16:09 PM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 10, 2014 | Anemona Hartocollis
    Lee Albertorio felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body. After serving in the Air Force, he began taking hormones, which deepened his voice and made his physique more masculine. He changed his passport to reflect that he was male, and last year he decided to have a mastectomy, known as top surgery. But his insurance company told him the operation was cosmetic and refused to cover it, he said Wednesday. Now Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is warning insurance companies that they will no longer be allowed to deny gender reassignment surgery or other treatment to change a person’s...
  • Halbig v. Burwell Would Free More Than 57 Million Americans

    07/22/2014 9:01:07 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/21/2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often described as the second-highest court in the land, could rule on Halbig v. Burwell as early as tomorrow. Halbig is one of four lawsuits challenging the legality of the health-insurance subsidies the IRS is dispensing in the 36 states that did not establish a health-insurance Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “ObamaCare,” and thus have Exchanges established by the federal government. Though the PPACA repeatedly states those subsidies are available only “through an Exchange established by the State,” and there are indications IRS officials knew they...
  • Kathleen Sebelius' Reign Of Error

    04/14/2014 9:05:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 14, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Overhaul: The midwife of ObamaCare exits stage left, leaving behind wreckage that once was the finest health care system in the world, less affordable health insurance and patients unable to find doctors and hospitals. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services — referred to in the increasingly un-Affordable Care Act's iconic use of the phrase "the Secretary shall determine," which appears in ObamaCare's guiding document no fewer than 1,005 times — has determined that it's time to go. Or rather it's been determined for her by a White House in whose parallel universe ObamaCare's current alleged enrollment...
  • Obama's solution for Obamacare: ban business from reducing staff in response to employer mandate.

    03/03/2014 1:39:05 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 36 replies
    ALEC ^ | 3-3-14 | Ed Walton
    The Obama administration has a new solution to force compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA): simply ban businesses from reducing staff in response to the law’s burdensome employer mandate. The administration previously postponed the law’s requirement that all businesses with 50 or more employees provide health insurance until 2015, a year later than required by the ACA. In what is being referred to as “transition relief,” the administration’s latest delay of the employer mandate through 2015 exempts mid-size businesses with 50-99 employees from the requirement, and lowers the requirement for businesses of 100 or more employees from 95 percent...
  • DOT plans to mandate ‘talking’ cars

    02/03/2014 10:49:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 80 replies
    Politico ^ | February 3, 2014 | Kevin Robillard
    The Obama administration announced Monday that it intends to require new cars to include technology enabling them to communicate with each other, a step that transportation planners have said could significantly reduce crashes. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters that he hopes to finish the mandate before President Barack Obama leaves office. That would allow time for DOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to work out issues including security and privacy.
  • Sonia Sotomayor Grants ObamaCare Contraception Stay

    01/03/2014 6:46:43 PM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 3, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ObamaCare: In bad news for a White House intent on shredding the First Amendment, a Supreme Court justice has exempted a group of nuns from the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in health plans. Just hours before ObamaCare's birth-control mandate was to take effect, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday issued a last-minute stay in response to a case brought by the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged against the Department of Health and Human Services. The U.S. government is "temporarily enjoined from enforcing against applicants the contraceptive coverage requirements imposed by the Patient Protection...
  • Catholic Groups Win First Amendment Victory Over ObamaCare

    12/19/2013 5:56:48 AM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Reform: In yet another legal blow to the president's signature law, a federal judge rules that its contraceptive mandate does not trump Catholic groups' right to exercise their religious liberty and conscience. Religious liberty advocates and First Amendment defenders are cheering the stunning decision by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in New York that promises to speed up the unraveling of ObamaCare. Cogan not only found that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that requires health insurance to include contraceptive coverage was constitutionally questionable, he actually forbade HHS from enforcing it. As the New York Post details, in...
  • So You Think You're Enrolled In ObamaCare

    12/12/2013 4:20:24 PM PST · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 12, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ObamaCare Fail: An urgent mass email to all Senate staff warns not to trust any confirmation from the D.C. health exchange and they may not have insurance come January. Why aren't the rest of us being warned? We have chronicled the fact that ObamaCare, the increasingly unaffordable Affordable Care Act, has caused many with pre-existing conditions like stage-four cancer, the very people it was supposed to help, to lose their insurance at a critical point in their lives. For others, the skyrocketing premiums and often five-figure deductibles have made having insurance almost irrelevant. If you can't afford the premiums or...
  • Scotus Deciding If ObamaCare Trumps Religious Liberty

    11/27/2013 4:06:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 27, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: The Supreme Court will hear a challenge by a Christian-owned store chain against the HHS birth-control mandate that requires businesses to provide contraception coverage, a violation of religious conscience. Some 16 months after the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare as a constitutional form of taxation, some 40 for-profit companies are about to find out its constitutionality on another front — whether they must cover some or all forms of birth control if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The nation's highest court has agreed to hear the federal government's appeal of a June decision by the U.S. 10th Circuit...
  • Congressman Mike Rogers' opening statement on Health Care reform in Washington D.C.

    Congressman Mike Rogers' opening statement on Health Care reform in Washington D.C. Video of hearing
  • Constitutionality of Renewable Energy Mandates in Question

    06/17/2013 8:51:41 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    The American Legislator ^ | 6-17-13 | Todd Wynn
    With a potentially striking blow to renewable mandate advocates, a recent federal court ruling calls into question the constitutionality of key components of many states’ renewable energy mandates. On Friday, June 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against the state of Michigan (among other petitioners) in a dispute over FERC’s plan to apportion costs for new power lines to transport millions of megawatts of wind power around the Great Lakes region.
  • Obama Rationing Plan Revealed in Lawsuit

    02/27/2013 4:01:17 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    A federal lawsuit has revealed one of Obama's rationing plans. The Administration says states can cut Medicaid payments to doctors and other providers to hold down costs -- until they decide not to and states are stuck with the bill. This is a breathtaking statement. President Obama's signature law, Obamacare, adds 16 million people to Medicaid. It offers states the "opportunity" to expand Medicaid at no cost for the first two years, and then offers to pay 90% of the cost in perpetuity of all individuals eligible under the expansion. The law also increases payment to primary care doctors for...
  • College Students Get Stung By ObamaCare

    02/06/2013 12:42:52 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | February 5, 2013 | Alieta Eck MD
    College students will soon wake up to the fact that they have been had. While they were overwhelmingly supportive of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or “ObamaCare”) when their charismatic President was championing it, they will not be pleased when they find out that there is a huge price they will have to pay. ObamaCare will be anything but affordable. Apparently, New Jersey is the only state in the nation that currently requires all college students to have healthcare coverage. This has always been a bare-bones plan costing from $100-600 per year. The new healthcare regulations will...
  • EDITORIAL: Global warming catches fire

    01/08/2013 5:51:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2013 | Editorial
    Crusade against carbon dioxide threatens the environmentTechnologies advanced as the solution to the purported global warming problem are catching fire — just not in the way intended. Bureaucrats are quickly learning that their regulatory offerings designed to entreat Mother Nature into bestowing cooler temperatures upon the planet have created environmental hazards of their own. It’s well-known that the fluorescent light bulbs being foisted on a reluctant public spread deadly mercury when dropped. In March, the administration will be free to enforce a federally imposed ban on the manufacturing of warm, pleasing and affordable 100-watt light bulbs. This will force more...
  • 13 Gifts from Obama

    12/10/2012 8:25:39 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    CCHF ^ | 12-5-12 | twila brase
    With just 20 days until Christmas, the White House has sent you seven gifts -- and it's not seven swans a-swimming. You may decide these shouldn't be called gifts. I agree. He's given us a stack of proposed Obamacare rules prepared well before the election and released to the public just two days before, and eight days after, Thanksgiving. In a nutshell, here is what's inside these 871 pages of federal regulatory "gift-wrapping": · Health Insurance Market Rules (131 pp) - rules on ending health insurance (as we know it no pre-existing condition exclusions) and nationalizing coverage, leading to higher...
  • What's a Christian business owner supposed to do?

    10/16/2012 9:47:10 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 12 replies
    World ^ | October 16, 2012 | Mark D. Taylor
    My parents founded Tyndale House Publishers 50 years ago as a Christian publishing company. From the very beginning we have published Bibles, and we also publish a wide range of other Christian books. Our corporate purpose is “to minister to the spiritual needs of people, primarily through literature consistent with biblical principles.” I’ve always thought—in a theoretical way—that I might someday face a situation where the government was asking or telling me to do something that was counter to God’s law as I understood it. If such a situation arose, I hoped I would have the backbone to stand tall...
  • Four Reasons Black Christians Will Not Vote for Obama

    10/14/2012 5:04:06 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 18 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Oct 14, 2012 | Eric Cornett
    Outspoken and passionate in his faith, Maryland Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr. tells it like it is. Speaking to his congregation last Sunday in Baltimore, the outspoken man of faith declared his reasons for opposing the re-election of Barack Obama this November 6th. In fact, he offered four compelling reasons to make a stand against the first black president that may resonate strongly in the black Christian community. We have the video, and on Pulpit Freedom Sunday, Jackson took a strong political stand on the upcoming November elections. “The Bible says righteousness and justice,”he preached. “We've come to a point…...
  • Proposed Rear-view Camera Mandate Would Cost $57.2 Million Per Life Saved

    10/11/2012 10:10:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 25 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/8/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it hopes to complete a rule that would require rear view cameras in the back of vehicles, which could cost as much as $57.2 million per life saved. Equipping all vehicles with the rearview camera with interior mirror display would cost between $1.1 billion to $2.57 billion and is estimated to result in 26 to 69 "total fatalities avoided," according to NHTSA documents. "On a costs-benefits analysis, this makes no sense whatsoever," said Shirley Ybarra, a senior transportation policy analyst for the Reason Foundation. "I'm sorry when people back over their children. In...
  • Health Premiums Up $3,000; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut

    09/25/2012 4:01:55 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/24/2012 | John Merline
    During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term. But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama's vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey. [snip] And ObamaCare will continue to fuel health premium inflation.
  • How the Affordable Care Act Reduces Our Liberty

    08/13/2012 5:34:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | August 10, 2012 | Chris Conover
    With one to two weeks left before most schools begin their fall semester, there’s still time left to squeeze in a bit more summer reading. So if healthcare policy is your idea of a beach read, grab a copy of Why Obamacare is Wrong for America. Authored by former OMB associate director Jim Capretta, American Enterprise Institute resident fellow Tom Miller, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Bob Moffit, and Galen Institute president Grace-Marie Turner, the book makes nuances of the debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) palatable to a lay audience by breaking down the law into eight pillars. This...
  • What we need is another law. Really?

    08/01/2012 10:37:47 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 4 replies
    Orange Punch readers know how we feel about most laws passed by politicians. They should be few and legitimate, but instead are too many and tools for rewarding friends and punishing enemies. In short, they should protect rights, not invent new ones. Laws generally seek to take from someone something of value, often not merely cash, and bestow on someone else a benefit, oh say, like health care insurance. We’re pleased to see – but not surprised to see – that the majority of Americans believe there are too many unnecessary laws. ..
  • Today’s favorite Obama headline: Community Organizers Sue Obama

    07/10/2012 10:35:44 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 1 replies
    What makes this headline even more delicious is that the story is from President Barack Obama’s hometown. No not from Hawaii. Not even Kenyan. It’s from Chicago.\ As the sub-head explains: What Chicago would be like with the contraceptive mandate—and without Catholic Charities...
  • A State Revolt Against ObamaCare Emerges

    07/10/2012 5:38:46 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/09/12 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: After the Supreme Court's ruling, President Obama declared ObamaCare "here to stay." But a revolt is brewing among states that, if it continues, could cause key pieces of the misbegotten law to collapse.
  • Do We Want a Religious Exemption?

    04/29/2012 2:09:27 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 17 replies
    The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property ^ | February 21, 2012 | Written by John Horvat II
    It has been said that “the road to Hell is paved with religious exemptions.” There are always those who are willing to cut a deal with the devil to avoid having to confront a thorny moral issue. This is certainly the case of the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate which would now force employers to provide medical insurance that guarantees free birth control, tubal ligation, and morning-after abortifacients. There are those who hope to avoid the whole issue by rallying around the idea of a religious exemption. In fact, the whole debate is even being framed by...
  • The next health care overhaul? Look to employers

    04/24/2012 5:27:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 55 replies
    AP ^ | 4-24-12 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    If the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama's health care law, employers and insurance companies—not the government—will be the main drivers of change over the next decade and maybe even longer. They'll borrow some ideas from Obamacare, and push harder to cut costs. Business can't and won't take care of America's 50 million uninsured, but for the majority with coverage, here's what experts say to expect:
  • Kathleen, I’ve got a feeling you’re still in Kansas (Health insurance)

    04/20/2012 6:30:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 2012 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    Republicans embrace big-government health care Sebelius left behindLiberals are a curious breed. They actually believe the government can mandate you into prosperity. They wave a magic wand, and the universe bends to their whim. At the end of each day, they rest their weary heads blissfully - willfully - unaware of the damage they cause. Witness Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Before she was wielding the iron fist of power granted to her by Obamacare, she was the Kansas’ governor and, before that, the Kansas insurance commissioner. Health insurance mandates were her stock in trade, and with...
  • Can we get back to the basic question? What should government do?

    04/18/2012 4:29:47 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 4 replies
    The Tea Party movement did the nation a great service in 2010 by focusing on the problem behind much of what’s gone wrong in America: government, and too much of it. It’s refreshing to see that the sentiment lingers about this nation under God dedicated to preserving our God-given rights. “Voters believe too much government power is a dangerous thing and put a very high value on protecting the rights of the individual,” says ...
  • Notice: Free Republic has been in full rebellion mode since 2008 and will remain so for the duration

    04/11/2012 8:04:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,464 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | April 11, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Notice: Free Republic has been in full rebellion mode since 2008 and will remain in full rebellion mode for the duration! No more Doles!! No more McCains!! No more RINOS!! NO ROMNEY!! Those who cannot stomach rebellion might as well start looking for a new home on the net!! Those who have ignored my hundreds of posts on this crucial issue or who have doubted me these last three or four years might as well get used to it. FR will never support the abortionist, homosexualist, socialist, mandate loving, constitution trampling liar Mitt Romney. In case you haven't noticed, a...
  • Notice: FR is and will remain a pro-life, small government conservative site.

    04/10/2012 12:29:15 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,369 replies
    April 10, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    To hell with the GOP-e. Barring a miracle, they got their big government, unconstitutional mandate loving, socialist abortionist Obama-lite RINO on the ballot, they can now get him elected. We are the resistance!! Shove him down our throats today, we shove him up your donkeys in November!! I can see November from my house!!
  • Memo to Supremes: ObamaCare Mandate Won't Fix Anything in Health Care

    03/29/2012 7:00:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/29,2012 | John Merline
    he Obama administration told the Supreme Court this week that the Affordable Care Act's mandate that everyone buy insurance is vital to providing universal coverage and lower insurance costs. But ObamaCare won't solve either problem, as government reports show. Despite the mandate, there will still be 27 million uninsured a decade from now, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The promised uninsured rate — 10% in 2022 — isn't much better than in 1980, when it was 12%.
  • Obamacare: Imagine the government said, “You must buy top surloin steak, or pay a fine”

    03/22/2012 5:05:55 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 14 replies
    There are so many things wrong with Obamacare, it’s a wonder we’ve reached a point where so many people don’t see the problems. Or perhaps they just refuse to, hm? Next week there will be arguments before the Supreme Court on whether it’s constitutionally within the government’s power to dictate to private people that they must buy private products from private providers. Back in the day, we’d say that was a transaction for all those private parties to decide. We’ve come a long way, indeed. One thing not likely to come up ...
  • Reducing U.S. oil appetite... by smart mandates and taxing. (Flashback)

    03/20/2012 2:01:50 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Enquirer ^ | January 31, 2008 | Rick Santorum
    I suggest that in the short term, we dig our way out of this problem. The United States is the "Saudi Arabia of coal," and Pennsylvania is sitting on hundreds of years of this affordable and accessible resource, which, with innovative technologies - spearheaded by Pennsylvanians - we can use cleanly and right away. Pennsylvania coal already generates most of the electricity in this state. The industry is in the process of doing it more cleanly through clean-coal technologies, such as gasification of coal into methanol, a form of alcohol that can be burned in internal combustion engines directly or...
  • The Man Who Likes Mandates

    03/18/2012 7:18:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 26, 2012 | Bill Kristol
    Why is there still so much resistance among Republican primary voters to Mitt Romney, the likely but not inevitable GOP nominee? Perhaps the deepest reason is this: At a moment in history when we need a bold commitment to reform, a fundamental willingness to limit the state and revitalize self-government, RomneyÂ’s achievements and qualifications seem out of step with the times. Consider a revealing debate moment. ItÂ’s not from this yearÂ’s campaign but from 2008, when Obamacare did not yet exist. HereÂ’s an exchange from the debate among Republican candidates at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire on January 5...
  • Video: What if auto insurance mandates were just like ObamaCare’s?

    03/16/2012 8:26:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) argued on C-SPAN last week that the upcoming review of ObamaCare by the Supreme Court won't overturn the law, because ObamaCare's mandate is just like those imposed by states on auto insurance. CNS News' Eric Scheiner imagines the reverse: what would auto insurance look like if it were handled like ObamaCare? Only fans of Monty Python could conceive of the result:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO During a March 8th interview on C-Span Rep. Jackie Speier (D- Calif.) was discussing the upcoming Supreme Court date focused on Obamacare.When asked what would happen if part, or all...
  • Sandra Fluke on MSNBC Ed Schultz Show defending Obamacare before Rush's comments

    03/09/2012 8:16:15 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 56 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2/16/2012 | Ed Schultz/ Sandra Fluke
    SCHULTZ: Joining me tonight is Sandra Fluke , the woman Congressman Darrell Issa rejected as a witness today. Ms. Fluke is a law student at Georgetown University . Great to have you with us tonight, Sandra . Now, I understand that you already planned your testimony. You were going to cite examples of people who could have benefited from President Obama ‘s mandate for birth control coverage. Share with us what you would have told that committee today. SANDRA FLUKE, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW STUDENT: That is what I was there to speak to the committee about. That's why I was...
  • Cardinal Dolan blasts White House contraception plan as 'freedom of religion battle'

    03/03/2012 12:21:22 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 26 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/3/2012 | KEVIN SHEEHAN and GARY BUISO
    It’s holy war! Cardinal Timothy Dolan ramped up the battle with the White House today, blasting the government for a controversial new regulation that would require providing free contraceptive services to workers of religious institutions. “Don’t impose your teaching upon us and make us do as a church what we find unconscionable to do!” the freshly minted prince of the church told a roaring crow of 1,000 at Holy Trinity Diocesan HS in Hicksville. In a blistering attack interlaced with humor, Dolan never mentioned President Obama by name — only his policies.
  • Sandra Fluke a Self-Described Professional Pro-Abortion Activist

    03/05/2012 3:14:36 PM PST · by NYer · 128 replies
    Life News ^ | March 5, 2012 | Ethika Politika
    LifeNews Note: Reprinted with permission from Ethika Politika, the blog of the Center for Morality in Public Life.Remember the Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, who was forced to suffer through $3,000-worth of protected sex during her stint at law school? Turns out, thereÂ’s a bit more to the story.According to some sources, Fluke might just have been a well-placed fake. Not exactly the young-and-helpless female law student most took her for, FlukeÂ’s LinkedIn profile speaks for itself:With a six year hiatus between her undergraduate time and GT Law, Fluke is probably closer to 30. And sheÂ’s had plenty of involvement...
  • Congresswoman Looking into Broader Health Mandate

    03/03/2012 12:29:29 PM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 March 2012 | John Semmens
    Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) says the furor over the President’s declaration that all insurers must offer birth control coverage free-of-charge is “helping highlight a broader divide between those who really care about the welfare of people and those who don’t.” “Look, 90% of Catholic women use birth control,” Pelosi maintained. “This is a huge majority. In our form of government the majority rules. The President’s executive order requiring insurers to cover the cost of birth control meets the needs of this majority. Those who oppose this are placing the rights of the 10% minority ahead of the rights...
  • Democrats: Americans Who Dislike ObamaCare Are Stupid

    02/27/2012 5:22:25 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 36 replies · 2+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/24/2012 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Democrats used to say the more people knew about ObamaCare, the more they'd like it. Well, the public has had almost two full years to soak it in, and more want it repealed than ever. A Quinnipiac University poll last week found 52% of Americans want ObamaCare scrapped. That's up from 44% last May. Meanwhile, just 39% want to keep it, down from 45%. Even one in five Democrats now says Congress should repeal the law. That hasn't kept liberals from calling ObamaCare foes idiots, which is what Democratic party head Debbie Wasserman Schultz did when asked about...
  • Obama’s reach: Today condoms, tomorrow bananas?

    02/16/2012 5:19:33 PM PST · by landsbaum · 3 replies
    The logic of the Obama Administration is that out of its sense of fairness, it will provide what America lacks. Not merely a chicken in every pot, but a condom, an insurance plan and any other convenience of modern life needed by those who otherwise might have to do without – or, perish the thought, have to fend for themselves. It’s quite incidental to the Equalizer-in-Chief that these acts of governmental “fairness” to balance all of life’s scales of inequity must come at someone’s expense, which tilts another scale out of balance. But, as we said, that’s incidental...
  • All green cars are equal, but some more equal than others

    02/09/2012 4:46:40 PM PST · by landsbaum · 6 replies
    Here’s a mind-boggling explanation of how the state government, setting out to manipulate private manufacturers into making electric cars, gets so tangled up in its special treatment for special constituents that its bureaucratic web ends up working against itself. The California Air Resources Board, second only to the federal EPA in government heavy-handedness, adopted rules ostensibly to cut down on smog and, of course, global warming. Tucked into the folds of this bureaucratic diktat is a provision that some call “a loophole.” Yes, we’re as shocked as you to find that the dictatorial among us would allow for exceptions to...
  • Coulter Care - Schooling Ann Coulter on the individual mandate

    02/08/2012 5:22:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | February 8, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    Sorry, Ann. I have adored you as a commentator, as you know, and appreciate your kind words about me in the past. But in discussing the individual mandate in your piece last week, "Three Cheers for RomneyCare," you honestly don't know what you are talking about. In the process, you are transgressing on my own work and past policy achievements, and grossly undermining the policy and political case against Obamacare. Read on, and I will explain in full. It was me, working for and with conservative health policy guru John Goodman, who first rang the alarm bell for conservatives over...
  • Catholic Bishops Reject Obama’s Surrender Terms

    02/02/2012 5:49:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2012 | IBD staff
    1st Amendment: Catholic bishops on Sunday issued a response to ObamaCare's mandates on providing contraception in violation of conscience and religious freedom. The message was simple: We will not comply. It was hardly a profile in courage when the Obama administration, hoping to kick the issue down the road past the November election, announced last Friday that Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions will have an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. On Sunday, America's Catholic bishops in an open letter to their parishioners and...
  • Why Mitt Romney’s Electability is Not Inevitable

    01/29/2012 12:50:34 PM PST · by maggief · 40 replies
    RedState ^ | January 29, 2012 | Ben Howe
    After many months of getting a pass, it seems that the other candidates are willing to finally start hitting Governor Mitt Romney on his major weakness: The Massachusetts Health Care Insurance Reform Law. The bill, known by most as Romneycare, is (as we all have been saying for many moons) the basis for the much maligned Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise affectionately known as Obamacare. I’ve been in endless debates and discussions with Romney supporters and surrogates for some time now as they paint a beautiful picture of the ultimate State’s Rights battle. They claim that Romneycare vs...
  • Santorum actually opposed individual mandate in 1994 race for U.S. Senate

    01/27/2012 3:35:42 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    As the race for the Republican presidential nomination has reached a point where opposition research has hit a fever pitch, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is discovering that even he isn’t immune from vicious political attacks. A Washington Examiner piece by Joel Gehrke reported Friday that Santorum supported individual health mandates, citing a 1994 The Morning Call (Pa.) story. But as The Right Scoop blog pointed out on Friday, the article “doesn’t even quote Santorum as supporting the individual mandate.” Running for the U.S. Senate in 1994, however, Santorum actually said just the opposite of that, as a video from...
  • State-run health insurance reemerges in California

    01/16/2012 3:54:14 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 6 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 1-15-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    A pending bill would establish the California Healthcare System, administered by another new band of bureaucrats, the California Healthcare Agency. Demagogues know how to exploit our weaknesses. To gain control over us they slyly appeal to our genuine yearnings. They promise to relieve our universal sufferings. Too often they succeed in persuading many of us who should know better, and too many of us who have yet to learn better. Universal health care is a particularly vile form of this demagoguery...
  • Question For Iowans -- What Was Santorum's Position On Ethanol During The Caucus?

    01/05/2012 6:29:02 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 22 replies
    moi | 1-5-11
    Can anyone in Iowa tell me what Santorum said about bringing back ethanol subsides/saving mandates? If he campaigned on doing that, I'm going back to Perry. It's still ABR in the primary.
  • Congress Shucks Ethanol Subsidies, Not Mandates

    01/03/2012 4:36:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 3, 2012 | Editor
    Energy Policy: Congress let the corn-based fuel's tax credits expire when it adjourned, but continuing mandates for its use means pump prices will go even higher and the money saved will be spent elsewhere. Subsidies for ethanol expired over the weekend, ironically just days before the Iowa caucuses. In their 33 years of existence, ethanol subsidies, the original poster child for crony capitalism, with an estimated cost of at least $45 billion and an annual price tag in recent years of $6 billion, have been a political sacred cow, letting farm state politicians bring home the bacon in exchange for...
  • Wind Power and the free market

    01/04/2012 10:50:23 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Energy Research ^ | 1/4/2012 | Robert Murphy
    The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is committed to free-market policy solutions for America’s energy needs. IER has repeatedly argued that reducing the federal government’s intervention in the energy sector would reduce prices for consumers and, especially in our current recession, would create thousands of good jobs for unemployed workers. In this context, a recent opinion piece on FoxNews by Steve Lockard—CEO of a company making wind turbines and a board member of the American Wind Energy Association—was quite ironic. Lockard was trying to appeal to conservative readers by claiming that the Congress was threatening to destroy American jobs through...