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  • ObamaCare Enrollees Got $235 Million In Excess Subsidies

    09/04/2015 5:13:36 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/4/2015 | John Merline
    An IRS audit released this week shows that nearly half a million ObamaCare enrollees were able to claim more than $235 million in excess subsidies that they will never have to pay back, thanks to a quirk in the law that leaves the program vulnerable to potentially billions in excess subsidy payments.
  • Hakeem Jeffries for New York Mayor? Some Say Yes, But He Hesitates

    09/03/2015 3:40:57 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | SEPT. 3, 2015 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    In Washington, Mr. Jeffries, a second-term congressman, is best known as a collegial, next-generation Democrat with a keen interest in criminal justice reform. In New York, however, he has positioned himself at a nexus of powerful interests that have grown frustrated during Mr. de Blasio’s tenure.... Where Mr. de Blasio has opposed charter schools, Mr. Jeffries has firmly defended them; in April, he addressed a fund-raising gala for the Success Academy organization, a fast-growing charter network heavily backed by wealthy critics of the mayor. When Mr. de Blasio sought to limit expansion of the ride-hailing company Uber, Mr. Jeffries spoke...
  • Pope Francis on Reconciliation for Abortion (Catholic Caucus)

    09/03/2015 1:38:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 3, 2015 | EDWARD PETERS
    Abortion has long sat in the middle of a three-street ecclesial intersection, namely, those of Sin, Crime, and Sanction. The meeting of any two of these factors would make for a perilous perch but the confluence of all three is fraught with opportunities for confusion. At the risk of serious over-simplification, let me sketch the basic situation and then address Pope Francis’ comments thereon.1. Abortion has always been recognized as a sin and a grave sin at that. Like other grave sins the path to reconciliation is basically by sacramental Confession.2. Like some (but not all) sins, abortion has long been treated...
  • [Citizen Action] rallies against Scott Walker health care plan

    09/03/2015 7:58:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    New Richmond News ^ | September 3, 2015 | Mike Longaecker
    Opponents of a national health care plan unveiled last month by Gov. Scott Walker took their message to Hudson last week. From the balcony of the Hudson Library, Members of Citizen Action of Wisconsin said the backdrop of the St. Croix River represented a line of demarcation between a progressive health care system in Minnesota and one proposed by the Wisconsin governor who’s seeking to become president. Robert Kraig, executive director of Members of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, said Minnesota has lower premiums because it has taken advantage of provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). “And Wisconsin does...
  • Catholic College Prepared to Pay Heavy Fines for Failure to Comply with Obamacare Mandate

    09/02/2015 6:17:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The president of Thomas Aquinas College has said that the California school is prepared to pay heavy fines, if necessary, rather than comply with the “Obamacare” contraceptive mandate. Thomas Aquinas College has appealed to the Supreme Court for relief from the mandate, as have other Catholic institutions. But Michael McLean told the Cardinal Newman Society that his school would not comply with the federal regulations, regardless of the outcome of their appeal. If the Supreme Court does not take their appeal, McLean said, the college would be forced to choose between dropping health-care coverage or finding an alternative carrier that...
  • HSAs are popular, cost-efficient & empower individuals. No wonder ObamaCare will crush them.

    09/02/2015 4:12:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/01/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: Workers across the country will soon learn just how big President Obama's "keep your plan" lie was when ObamaCare costs them their beloved Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Federal judge: Moral objections are enough to override HHS contraception mandate

    09/01/2015 6:52:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    In a stunning decision, a federal judge permanently barred the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing the contraception mandate under ObamaCare against an employer for moral rather than explicitly religious grounds. Judge Richard Leon, the same DC district court judge that ruled the NSA phone collection program unconstitutional (and was reversed last week), rebuked the federal government for violating the Equal Protection clause by only allowing religious groups a waiver for objections to contraception and other products and services. Ruling in favor of March for Life, Leon said that the 14th Amendment demands equal protection for similarly...
  • Americans for Prosperity takes to airwaves with ad attacking Jack Conway, Affordable Care Act

    08/31/2015 6:13:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/31/2015 | Nick Storm
    The political 501(c )(4) group Americans for Prosperity is jumping into the fall election cycle with an ad attempting to tie Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. The ad, first reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader, launched Monday in what AFP told the newspaper is a “hefty” six-figure ad buy. AFP is supported by the billionaire ultra-conservative Koch brothers. “Jack Conway chose Washington insiders over Kentucky families when he decided not to take Obamacare to court — now we are yolked with double-digit premium increases and thousands of lost jobs,” Julia Crigler, state...
  • Annual $36,500 tax per worker for noncompliance with Obamacare

    08/31/2015 7:19:00 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 43 replies
    IRS drops a bomb on small employers » Annual tax would be $36,500 per worker for noncompliance with Obamacare Employers with fewer than 50 employees were promised a break by not having to provide group health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But now the IRS has served notice that under the rule that has been in effect since July 1 such employers are subject to $100 per worker per day excise tax if they help their employees with their health-care costs. That could amount to a staggering $36,500 per worker annual tax. “We were told over and over during...
  • Mizzou profs. cancel classes to support grad student protest ( Health insurance subsidy )

    08/30/2015 7:36:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | Peter Fricke
    Graduate students at MU will demonstrate for larger stipends and university-subsidized housing and child care. Professors plan to cancel classes in order to attend the rally in support of their teaching assistants. An upcoming rally by graduate students at the University of Missouri (MU) demanding increased pay and benefits will likely provide undergraduate students with an unexpected break from their classes. Several MU professors plan to cancel classes Wednesday—just two days after the beginning of the fall semester—in order to attend the rally in support of their teaching assistants, who are demonstrating for larger stipends and university-subsidized housing and child...
  • Rand Paul’s sneak attack strategy

    08/27/2015 4:35:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | August 27, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    SPOKANE, Wa. – Rand Paul was 2,487 miles away from the Beltway journalists who had written off his campaign, and he was loving it. A riverfront hotel ballroom had filled early, latecomers grabbing chairs from the hallway to add more rows. Seven hundred people stood for a prayer, then the Pledge of Allegiance, then the Star-Spangled Banner, then for two amen-filled endorsements from local legislators, then a video message from the senator’s wife Kelley — and then, finally, for Rand Paul. “Looks like the liberty movement is alive and well and packing itself into the room!” said Paul. He wore...
  • Utah Poll Shows People View Planned Parenthood Negatively After It Sells Aborted Babies

    08/26/2015 12:36:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | Sarah Zagorski Aug 26, 2015 |
    A poll conducted by Jones and Associates found that 56% of Utahns view Planned Parenthood in a negative light, while only 37% view them favorably. The Salt Lake City Tribune reports the poll took place from August 7-9th and surveyed 500 adults in the state. Additionally, the survey found that most do not support using fetal “tissue” for research. The managing editor for UtahPolicy.com, Bryan Schott, says the new figures show that most Utahns would agree with the governor’s decision to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood. He said, “If I had to take a guess. I would say...
  • Utahns protest Planned Parenthood in nationwide anti-abortion event

    08/23/2015 11:02:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    ksl.com ^ | Aug 22nd | Wendy Leonard
    SALT LAKE CITY — Holding a sign denouncing Planned Parenthood for "selling baby parts," Robert Higginson said it is time for Americans to stand up for lives being lost to abortion. "We are losing a generation of people that could continue great things," he said, calling it a serious constitutional issue. "They are unable to because they are dead." About 100 Utahns joined in the peaceful protest outside the doors of the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah's Metro Health Center, located at 160 S. 1000 East. It was one of more than 300 protests, two in Utah, that were held...
  • 5 states defund and 13 states investigate Planned Parenthood

    08/20/2015 5:36:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Danny Burton
    Since the release of the first incriminating Planned Parenthood video from the Center for Medical Progress, a flurry of investigations have ensued. These videos at least show evidence indicating a strong likelihood of illegal activity, and at worst show despicable, callous disregard for the law, human life, and women. Here are the ongoing official investigations and government actions taken against Planned Parenthood. As of Wednesday, five states have made moves to defund Planned Parenthood, or end participation in the funneling of federal money to the unscrupulous organization. These states are New Hampshire, Utah, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama. Thirteen states have...
  • Utah guv orders state agencies to stop disbursing federal funds to Planned Parenthood

    08/14/2015 10:09:19 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 22 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | By MICHAEL MCFALL | and Annie Knox The Salt Lake Tribune
    Gov. Gary Herbert has ordered all state agencies to stop funneling federal funds to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. The federal government provides grants to Planned Parenthood, which are distributed through the Utah Department of Health. Utah law bars any organization from using state funds for abortions, and that prohibition extends to Planned Parenthood's federal grants, Herbert said in a statement Friday afternoon. The move came in response to the release of secretly recorded videos by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials in Houston describing how they provide fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.
  • Salt Lake protesters take their message to Planned Parenthood (Utah)

    07/29/2015 12:08:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | July 28 2015 6 | Daphne Chen
    SALT LAKE CITY — Protesters carrying signs against abortion gathered outside a Planned Parenthood Association of Utah office Tuesday afternoon to call on government officials to strip funding from the reproductive health organization. The rally drew about 100 people and was one of 65 "Women Betrayed" protests that took place across the nation Tuesday, ignited by the release of three videos over the past few weeks showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price of procuring fetal tissue. "The videos were horrific," said rally organizer Callie Oppedisano, a mother of three and active anti-abortion activist. "We want our Congress to know...
  • The Democratic Party Adopts $15/hour Minimum Wage into National Platform

    08/29/2015 10:09:00 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 53 replies
    The Democratic Party on Friday adopted a call to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr as part of their established party platform heading into the 2016 election season. The move further polarizes the progressive wing of the party by moving them further to the left of both the Republican Party, and corporate centrist Democrats such as Hillary Clinton. In response to the Democratic Party’s vote, Terrence Wise, a Kansas City, Mo. McDonald’s and Burger King Worker and member of the National Organizing Committee of the Fight for $15, issued the following statement.
  • Now Feds trying to deny 2 more constitutional rights

    08/29/2015 2:58:20 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Aug 29, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    Fight on to stop government grab of money needed for legal defense It’s no secret that President Obama and his Democratic Party want to restrict the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In addition, First Amendment religious-freedoms protections have been challenged by Obamacare. And freedom of speech? That’s just fine as long as it lines up with the “same-sex marriage” social agenda. Now, a case is posing a challenge to the Fifth Amendment’s property rights and due process protections along with the Sixth Amendment’s assurance of counsel for those accused of crimes. The U.S. Supreme Court now is...
  • Church under fire for anti-Planned Parenthood sign

    08/29/2015 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    news12.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | news12.com
    COLD SPRING - A Baptist church in Putnam County is under fire after posting a controversial, anti-abortion sign outside its building. The sign outside the Church on the Hill in Cold Spring reads, "Defund Planned Parenthood... a person's a person no matter how small." The message went up a few days ago after videos surfaced suggesting that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue. Pastor Tim Greco put up the message himself. Speaking with News 12 via Skype, he says that he wanted the community to know where the church stands on the issue. "I think the churches should stand up...
  • Ambassador Says Pope Francis Will Urge U.S. to ‘Open Doors’ for Immigrants

    08/29/2015 8:26:44 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 81 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 8-29-2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said that during Pope Francis’ visit to the United States next month, he expects the Pope will urge the U.S. to embrace its history of welcoming immigrants. Ambassador Kenneth Hackett said the Pope’s immigration message will be important as lead GOP presidential contender Donald Trump has called for a border fence between Mexico and the United States and the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, the Associated Press reports. “I think he’ll call us to continue to engage with it (the world), don’t throw any walls up around our nation, don’t revert to isolationism,”...
  • Judge: Doctor can be sued for death of 2-hour-old baby

    08/29/2015 3:04:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    ctpost.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | Daniel Tepfer
    RIDGEPORT — A Stamford doctor can be sued for allegedly causing the death of a baby while removing an intrauterine device from the mother, a judge ruled Wednesday. The case came down to whether a 22-week-old baby, which was born alive but died soon afterward, can be considered a plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit. Lawyers for Dr. Corrinne de Cholnoky claim it was not a viable baby, and therefore the lawsuit should be dismissed. But in a 25-page decision, Superior Court Judge Michael Kamp ruled it is not the age of the fetus, but the fact that it was...
  • Planned Parenthood hires fmr. lobbyist for sheikh who burned American flag during wartime

    08/28/2015 12:30:04 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/28/15 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- When Planned Parenthood announced on Thursday that a new report cast doubt on a series of embarrassing undercover videos about trafficking in human organs, the mainstream media reported it uncritically. A few outlets even referred to the firm that conducted the analysis, Fusion GPS, as an "independent research firm" - although Planned Parenthood paid the organization an undisclosed sum of money for its findings. However, Fusion GPS is a Democratic-leaning political opposition research firm whose founder was once the registered lobbyist of a Middle Eastern sheikh known for burning the American flag during...
  • Planned Parenthood exonerated, says Planned Parenthood-funded analysis of undercover videos

    08/28/2015 11:38:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/28/15 | Ben Johnson
    August 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A Planned Parenthood-funded analysis of eight explosive undercover videos has found that they would have no "evidentiary value" in a legal case against Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood announced today. The abortion provider paid Fusion GPS, a D.C.-based opposition research firm headed by Glenn Simpson, to analyze both the shorter and the hours-long full videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. "CMP edited content out of the alleged 'full footage' videos, and heavily edited the short videos so as to misrepresent statements made by Planned Parenthood representatives," the report, posted by Planned Parenthood, stated. "The...
  • Hillary: Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood are pretty much terrorists

    08/28/2015 11:32:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/15 | Robert Laurie
    The stench of desperation Let’s say you’ve been in politics for thirty or forty years. You’re crooked, corrupt, and mad with power. Your long history of deceit is well documented, but you’ve decided it’s your turn to be President. So, you’re running for the nation’s top job. To your consternation, your campaign is being decimated by your own checkered past. You’re primarily known as a dishonest, untrustworthy, liar. What do you do? HTML5 video is not supported! Special: Remove Bags and Wrinkles From Your Eyes With Two Simple Steps Well, if Hillary Clinton is any indication, you become desperate to...
  • Planned Parenthood's letter to Congress (Link Basically)

    08/28/2015 10:22:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Planned Parenthood's file ^ | August 27, 2015 | Planned Parenthood
    Click on Link to view Planned Parenthood hot air to Congress. It's only 11 pages.
  • Planned Parenthood Alleges 'Smear' in Letter to Congress

    08/28/2015 10:12:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Aug 27, 2015 | BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press
    Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended itself in a letter to Congress and sent a report showing undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists. A Planned Parenthood executive said Thursday that experts found the videos were distorted to misrepresent conversations employees had with an anti-abortion activist posing as a biomedical company employee. Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens says her organization broke no laws and that the videos are part of an agenda to ban abortion.
  • Hillary Clinton Believes the GOP Field is Full of Terrorists

    08/28/2015 9:59:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    redstate.com ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Kimberly Ross (Diary) |
    « BACK | PRINT RS FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR Hillary Clinton Believes the GOP Field is Full of Terrorists By: Kimberly Ross (Diary) | August 27th, 2015 at 10:11 PM | 15 RESIZE: AAA Share on Facebook 898 986 SHARES In an era when acts of terrorism are unfortunately becoming common, and evil is easy to distinguish, it takes one steeped in absurdity to assign it elsewhere. But if you need that person, her name is Hillary Clinton. On Thursday, Hillary said the following: “Extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups,” Clinton said during a...
  • Carly Fiorina Responds to Hillary's Comparison of Republicans to Terrorists

    08/28/2015 9:57:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it yesterday, Hillary Clinton essentially said Republicans and terrorists treat women the same way. "Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world, but it's a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States. Yet they espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward, we are not going back," she said.
  • Ted Cruz calls for removal of Planned Parenthood founder statue from Smithsonian

    08/28/2015 9:54:51 AM PDT · by Isara · 60 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | August 27, 2015 | Anthony Hennen
    Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Louie Gohmert have joined those calling for a Margaret Sanger bust to be removed from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The Sanger bust, on display in a “Struggle for Justice” exhibit since 2010, has been in the news since controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood flared up again. Sanger’s views on race and eugenics have been at the heart of the opposition to her appearance as a face of justice in America. Cruz and Texas Rep. Gohmert joined Ministers Taking a Stand for a press conference outside the gallery. They’ve circulated a petition that gained 11,000 signatures...
  • Democratic Party Lags In Money Before Presidential Year

    08/28/2015 9:42:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    MyWay.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Julie Bykowicz
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor.
  • Report for Planned Parenthood finds sting videos manipulated

    08/28/2015 9:43:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies
    politico.com ^ | 08/27/15 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    A report commissioned by Planned Parenthood has found that the sting videos targeting its tissue donation practices contain intentionally deceptive edits and inaccurately transcribed conversations and are missing footage. But there is no evidence that the anti-abortion group behind the attack made up dialogue. The report by research firm Fusion GPS attempts to undermine the videos’ political, legal and journalistic value. The Center for Medical Progress claims that the eight tapes it has released show evidence that Planned Parenthood is making money by trafficking fetal tissue and organs. The women’s health organization strongly denies those accusations and has repeatedly said...
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Bizarre Op-Ed on RFRAs: He argues that RFRAs are unconstitutional

    04/06/2015 9:47:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2015 | Ed Whelan
    In a challenging field of competitors, Fox News Channel’s Andrew Napolitano has a strong entry for the most laughable legal analysis of the Indiana religious-freedom law. In an April Fool’s Day op-ed that he evidently means to be taken seriously, Napolitano argues that state Religious Freedom Restoration Act laws are unconstitutional. Napolitano’s core claim is that the Supreme Court, in its 1997 ruling in Boerne v. Flores, ruled that the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act is unconstitutional. In Boerne the Court ruled that Congress lacked the constitutional power to apply the federal RFRA against the states. Napolitano accurately summarizes...
  • Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears [Revelation 13]

    08/28/2015 8:33:21 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    My Way ^ | 8/27/2015 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display. Obama has made no secret of his affection for the outspoken pope, calling him a "transformative leader" whose influence has transcended the Roman Catholic community. The pope has embraced many of the issues Obama has sought to advance, including...
  • Foes Dive for Discarded Records in Abortion Clinic Dumpsters

    08/28/2015 8:12:58 AM PDT · by fungoking · 7 replies
    Propublica ^ | 8/27/15 | Charles Ornstein
    The scene in front of abortion clinics is often tense, with clinic workers escorting patients past activists waving signs and taking photographs. But increasingly, another drama is unfolding out back. There, abortion opponents dig through the trash in search of patient information. Using garbage as their ammunition, anti-abortion activists – who have sometimes been accused of violating abortion seekers’ privacy – are turning the tables. They claim it’s the clinics that are violating patients’ privacy by discarding medical records in unsecured ways.
  • Pope Under Pressure As Half A Million Catholics Urge Him To Reaffirm Traditional Marriage

    08/28/2015 8:06:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    More than 500,000 Catholics, including many senior clerics, have signed a petition calling on Pope Francis to reaffirm traditional teaching on marriage and the family after months of confusion over his supposed liberal stance on the issue.
  • The long, slow death of the rule of law in America

    08/27/2015 5:39:09 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    OC Register ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | TROY SENIK
    The most disturbing aspect of the scandal around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state is not the former first lady’s penchant for secrecy. What’s truly unsettling is that it has been widely taken as read among both the media and the general public that Mrs. Clinton will likely avoid serious legal consequences for her behavior because the Justice Department is ultimately answerable to President Obama – and Democrats will not use the instruments of government to destroy one of their own. Whether that eventually proves true, the sentiment itself reveals a...
  • Obama: Regulators will never approve those massive health premium increases; Regulators: APPROVED

    08/28/2015 7:26:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Mandates have consequences, bro The argument has been ever-present, where ObamaCare is concerned, that mandating generous benefits while forbidding insurers from considering factors like pre-existing conditions, could only result in one thing: Sky-high, jacked up premiums for everyone. It’s simple economics. You can’t artificially heighten demand by forcing everyone to buy, while also mandating a gold standard in coverage, and not see prices soar. But Barack Obama thinks the regulatory state can do what the stone-cold laws of the market cannot. So when insurers earlier this year began submitting their rate increase requests to state regulators - and the numbers...
  • Obama Punishes Kansas for De-Funding Planned Parenthood by Cutting Its Title X Funding

    08/28/2015 2:24:56 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt Aug 26, 2015
    The Obama administration has punished the state of Kansas for cutting taxpayer funds for the Planned Parenthood abortion business by cutting its federal Title X funding by the same amount. The moves comes at the same time the abortion giant is facing intense criticism over its sales of aborted babies and their body parts. In 2011, pro-life Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill signed into law a bill that would shift funding away from the Planned Parenthood abortion business and stops abortion funding in health insurance programs. The Kansas Senate passed the measure on a 28-10 vote and the state...
  • Janitor at Planned Parenthood Clinic Caught Selling Aborted Babies Makes Six Figure Salary

    08/28/2015 2:08:15 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt Aug 27, 2015
    The janitor working at a California-based Planned Parenthood clinic caught selling aborted babies to StemExpress does very well financially. As LifeNews reported, some of the expose’ videos have featured Holly O’Donnell, a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012. That’s the company that acts as a middleman and purchases the body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood to sell to research universities and other places. StemExpress was partnered with Planned Parenthood up until last week, when it quietly announced it ended its relationship...
  • Abortion and Down Syndrome [Zot!]

    08/25/2015 10:31:30 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/25/15 | Editorial Board
    It is tempting to dismiss the latest anti-choice salvo from Ohio lawmakers, which would criminalize abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as a blatantly unconstitutional ploy that would never be enforced. That would be a mistake. The bill stands a disturbingly good chance of approval this fall by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature A similar bill passed in North Dakota in 2013 bans abortions on the grounds of fetal genetic anomalies, including Down syndrome. The law has not yet been enforced — under existing Supreme Court precedent it is hard to see how it could be — but...
  • Yes, Those Shocking ObamaCare Rate Hikes Are For Real

    08/28/2015 4:16:05 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/27/2015 | Staff
    When insurers requested huge rate hikes for their 2016 ObamaCare plans, we were told not to worry because state regulators would force them down. But that's not happening. Death spiral, anyone?
  • Another ObamaCare Co-Op Bites The Dust, As Taxpayer Costs Mount

    08/28/2015 4:08:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/27/2015 | John Merline
    On Wednesday, the Nevada Health Co-Op announced that it will go out of business at the end of the year. This is the third out of the 23 ObamaCare-created nonprofit health plans to fail, but it isn't likely to be the last.
  • More than 80% of healthcare IT leaders say their systems have been compromised

    08/27/2015 6:31:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucas Merian
    Eighty-one percent of healthcare executives say their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other kind of cyberattack during the past two years, according to a survey by KPMG.The KPMG report also states that only half of those executives feel that they are adequately prepared to prevent future attacks. The attacks place sensitive patient data at risk of exposure, KPMG said.The 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey polled 223 CIOs, CTOs, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at healthcare providers and health plans.Sixty-six percent of the IT executives at healthcare plans who were surveyed said they...
  • States approving huge spikes in health-insurance premiums [Where's the "Affordable" in the ACA?]

    08/27/2015 7:20:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    When insurance companies began discussing the necessary premium hikes for the third year of ObamaCare coverage, the White House was quick to dismiss the requests. State auditors would surely force insurers to admit that these requests were overblown. Barack Obama himself told a Nashville audience last month that he couldn’t see why insurers needed to hike premiums by more than a third in Tennessee, the Wall Street Journal recalls: At a July town hall in Nashville, Tenn., President Barack Obama played down fears of a spike in health insurance premiums in his signature health law’s third year.“My expectation is...
  • ObamaCare's True Cost: A New York Doctor Reveals What The Media Won't

    08/27/2015 6:56:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2015 | By Marion DS Dreyfus
    We recently spoke with Dr. Claudette Lajam, NYU Hospitals for Joint Diseases, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center. She does pediatric, assisted in the lauded robot knee-replacement procedure, affiliates with Cornell Medical and the Alpha Award Club, and hosts Sirius Radio, Monday evenings. These will do for a start. Lajam was speaking on “The Myth of Choice” to the NY County Republican Women’s Club. We stayed afterwards to schmooze and exchange views on reproductive topics and related hot-button topics. “Choice” means more than pregnancy termination....
  • Trump: Willing To Kill The Constitution In Order To Save It? I’m OK With That.

    08/27/2015 6:18:48 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 144 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-27-2015 | MOTUS
    Every day the media is filled with talking heads perplexed by the phenomenal success of The Donald. They’ve no idea what is fueling his popularity, which in itself is indicative of their disconnect from the reality of our day-to-day existence. With a new poll showing The Donald in the lead among Republican candidates with a 40% share, heads are beginning to explode and shaky legs are beginning to crumble under the pollsters.“This is real. I’m having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking.” - TimeThe only people more surprised about the appeal of The Donald than the media are...
  • Iowa approves double digit rate hikes for ACA plans

    08/27/2015 5:36:20 AM PDT · by skimbell · 10 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | 8/26/2015 | Ed Tibbetts
    The Iowa Insurance commissioner has approved double-digit premium rate increases for insurance plans held by thousands of Iowans, both through the Affordable Care Act, as well as plans that don't have to meet the law's requirements.
  • Walker’s Obamacare Alternative: Setting the Record Straight

    08/27/2015 2:02:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    On August 18, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker became the first leading Republican presidential candidate to release a full-fledged Obamacare alternative. Walker’s alternative would fully repeal Obamacare and provide the sort of real reform for which Americans have long been waiting. But there has been a fair amount of misreporting in the wake of Walker’s announcement, and it’s worth setting the record straight. It’s not Burr-Coburn-Hatch (or Burr-Hatch-Upton). A couple of outlets, most notably the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, have erroneously suggested that Walker’s proposal is pretty much the same as the one released last year by senators Richard Burr,...
  • Sorry, ladies, there really is a man shortage (War on Men?)

    08/26/2015 8:29:00 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 54 replies
    It’s not your fault. It’s the ratio. To all the young, college-educated women out there who feel like Donald Trump will probably become president before they find a decent, eligible man, take comfort. According to author Jon Birger, you’re not imagining things. In “Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game,” out today, Birger, a former writer for Fortune and Money magazines, crunched demographic, census and other data to show that it really is historically rough out there for the ladies.
  • Celebrate The Babies Who Live

    08/26/2015 7:30:22 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 26 August 2015 | Joy Pullmann
    You know you’re the mother of a newborn when you can look into the night sky and tell how many more hours it is until daybreak. I’ve been relearning the night sky the past two weeks with our fourth child, with whom the last months of pregnancy were among my most frightful. That’s because they’ve included my life’s only trip to the hospital and the necessity of having to read far too many details about the mass murder of unborn children as I edited stacks of articles discussing the Planned Parenthood video sting. I consider myself a pretty grounded person...