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  • THE WORST PRESIDENT?

    07/13/2014 5:27:06 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 7/12/2014 | David M. Shribman
    Wow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely. These startling poll results set loose the predictable reaction: A flurry of told-you-so nods on the right and a fusillade of this-tells-us-nothing assertions on the left. For once, they're both right. Obama is...
  • Our Opinion: The lunacy never ceases (Boehner suing Obama)

    07/12/2014 7:20:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Brattleboro Reformer ^ | July 12, 2014 | The Editors
    Are we the only ones who are amazed at the nerve of House Speaker John A. Boehner? For the past few weeks, the Republican from Ohio has been promising to file a lawsuit against Pres. Barack Obama for the manner in which he has issued executive orders, which his party believes is unconstitutional. "The current president believes he has the power to make his own laws -- at times even boasting about it," Boehner said in his statement. What's most audacious about Boehner's threatened lawsuit is that it will focus on the Affordable Care Act and Obama's executive order delaying...
  • Thank Hobby Lobby for showing why we need single-payer healthcare (Here it comes)

    07/12/2014 2:18:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 11, 2014 | Various
    To the editor: When the Supreme Court handed down its Hobby Lobby decision, I was glad — glad because it would be the start of our country realizing how insane it is to link business and healthcare. ("The Hobby Lobby case proves the necessity of single-payer healthcare," July 1) I know that offering medical care to workers began as a perk, but having started something is no reason to carry on with an insane system that has made our medical care outrageously and unnecessarily expensive. Medical care must be made affordable to all, without having businesses get in the way....
  • Dems Seek Legislation to Overturn Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Ruling

    07/12/2014 9:19:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 July 2014 | John Semmens
    Outraged by what they characterized as the Supreme Court’s improper application of the Constitution’s freedom of religion clause in the Hobby Lobby case, Senate Democrats are drafting a bill to overturn the Court’s ruling. Sponsor of the bill, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) declared that “a boss’s role in health care is confined to paying for it. He has no business deciding that he won’t pay for certain medical therapies because they offend his sense of morality. My bill restores the full authority over which medical treatments will or won’t be covered to the government where it belongs.” Senator Charles Schumer...
  • 'We should be afraid of this court'(Pelosi:"Bosses now own women's bodies" )

    07/11/2014 8:43:25 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/10/14 | Mike Lillis -
    Americans should live in fear of the Supreme Court, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday. Hammering a pair of recent rulings related to birth control access, the House minority leader suggested the conservative-leaning court is stealing women's freedoms when it comes to making healthcare choices. “We should be afraid of this court. That five guys should start determining what contraceptions are legal or not. … It is so stunning,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. Pelosi said last week's Supreme Court ruling that the birth control mandate under President Obama's healthcare reform law is a violation of...
  • Obama's Law Professor: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet’ on Obamacare Surviving the Next Legal Challenge

    07/11/2014 7:34:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/11/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” Tribe told the Fiscal Times. “But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.” The law’s latest legal problem is that, as written, people who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The text of the law only provides subsidies...
  • Embryos Are Destroyed In Infertility Treatments: Can This Coverage Be Denied? (Hobby Lobby Ruling

    07/11/2014 2:16:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    7/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Longer question, as space here now permits: But before that... The SCOTUS ruling was not based upon a/any contraceptive(s) either killing a fertilized egg or stopping its fertilization, but rather was based upon a closely held company being able to deny some benefits under religious objections. Question: If the owners of a closely held company have a religious objection to infertility treatments (some or all), as they may say that unwanted embryos are destroyed in infertility treatments, and thus they will deny this benefit, would the denial of this benefit hold up under the Hobby Lobby ruling? What about vasectomies?...
  • Obama’s Law Professor: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet’ on Obamacare Surviving Next Legal Challenge

    07/11/2014 1:41:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    National Review -- The corner ^ | 7-11-14 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” Tribe told the Fiscal Times. “But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.” The law’s latest legal problem is that, as written, people who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The text of the law only provides subsidies...
  • The Innermost Doll of Failure (Palin, Boehner, Obama, Merkel, al-Qaeda and Putin)

    07/10/2014 10:03:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | July 10, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    A farmer in Boise, Idaho once compared the attack methods of a pack of wolves and a mountain lion. Mountain lions or cougars have the reputation of killing with efficiency and, if there are such things in the high desert food chain, some mercy and grace. The big cats keep bloodshed to a minimum and they kill quickly. Wolves employ far sloppier methods in their hunts. A cow might take her last breath of air amid a scene of flattened brush, trampled ground, drag marks and smears of blood–lots of blood. Nadeau calls such scenes “struggle sites.” These sites can...
  • Court decision looms in subsidy challenge that could unravel ObamaCare

    07/10/2014 3:42:56 PM PDT · by PJBankard · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – A few blocks down the street from where the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, a powerful federal appeals court is preparing its own decision in a case that could cause serious complications for ObamaCare. The case, Halbig v Sebelius, is a major legal challenge that cuts to the heart of the Affordable Care Act by going after the legality of massive federal subsidies and those who benefit from them. A ruling could come as early as Friday. In the case, the plaintiff claims the Obama administration – in particular, the Internal...
  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • Insured woman may face medical bills of more than $70K

    07/10/2014 7:41:26 AM PDT · by anonsquared · 40 replies
    KCRA News (Sacramento) ^ | July 9, 2014 | Sharokina Shams
    A Stockton couple is worried that they may face a bill of more than $70,000 for a hospital stay that was initially covered by insurance. Their health plan, Anthem Blue Cross, sent them a letter last month telling them that their insurance coverage has been canceled retroactively, back to the first day of the year -- and that they may be responsible for paying bills for medical care during that time. We called Anthem Blue Cross, and they said, ‘Well, we can cancel people whenever we want. We can do whatever we want,’” Xanttopulos said. A spokesman for Covered California...
  • MNsure Monthly Premiums Likely to Increase Significantly

    07/10/2014 7:22:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-9-14 | Jay Kolls
    The head of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans gave a hint of what might come soon to those who pay for health insurance coverage through MNsure, Minnesota's health care exchange. Julie Brunner is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which is the professional association for the HMOs that offer health coverage through MNsure. Brunner recently told a University of Minnesota symposium that she would "not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by 8, 10, or even 12 percent." Gov. Mark Dayton tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he would be disappointed by such a...
  • WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards (electronic health records)

    07/09/2014 3:15:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    CCHFREEDOM.ORG ^ | 7-9-14 | Twila Brase
    There's triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. England has already tried and failed. The National Health Service, which serves a population of 53 million, began building a national EHR system in 2002. By 2007, it missed key deadlines. In 2011, the $20 billion...
  • Senate Democrats unveil legislation to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling

    07/09/2014 9:10:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 9, 2014 | Alexander Bolton 
and Mike Lillis
    Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday to effectively reverse the Supreme Court’s decision last week exempting employers from having to provide insurance coverage for contraception. The law would not allow for-profit corporations to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that their health plans cover contraception costs. Religious institutions would still be able to opt out. “Our bill simply says that your boss cannot get between you and your own healthcare,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the bill’s chief sponsor told reporters. “Last week, we saw the Supreme Court give CEOs and corporations across America the green light to design...
  • Get Bosses Out of Health Insurance Altogether: This Will Make Hobby Lobby a Non-Issue

    07/09/2014 7:08:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/08/2014 | Michael Tanner
    The Supreme Court’s decision last week in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has pushed all the buttons that could be expected when sex and religion intersect. Many on the right are celebrating because they value religious expression and feel rather less excited about sex, especially of the non-procreative variety. And much of the Left is outraged because religion is generally considered of far less import while sexual freedom has a high priority. But both sides are missing the point. It is true that your boss shouldn’t be deciding whether or not your insurance plan includes contraceptives. It is also true that...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Unreliable, Gov't Audit Finds

    07/09/2014 3:59:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/8/2014 | John Merline
    Buried in a largely overlooked government audit of the Obama-Care exchanges is a finding that casts still more doubt on the reliability of the 8 million enrollment number commonly cited by the administration and the press. In a section titled "Other Issues," an inspector general report released last week found that the HealthCare.gov marketplace couldn't show it had been reconciling its monthly enrollment numbers with insurance companies. That's despite the fact that the law specifically calls for this reconciliation, and the fact that, as the IG report notes, "the federal marketplace obtained the services of a contractor to reconcile enrollment...
  • Report: More Than Expected Will Drop Out Of Colorado’s Obamacare Program (Abandon Ship!)

    07/09/2014 1:37:02 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 05:16 GMT | Greg Campbell
    Nearly twice as many people are expected to drop out of Colorado’s state-run health care exchange in the coming years than originally projected, leading to nearly $2 million lost in associated fees for the financially embattled program over the next two years. Connect for Health Colorado originally projected that 13 percent of enrollees will either leave the exchange in fiscal 2015 or fail to pay their bills, but now they project the figure to be as high as 24 percent, according to the Denver Post. If that’s the case, the exchange will lose out on about $1 million in fees...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Unreliable, Audit Finds

    07/08/2014 8:29:44 PM PDT · by blueyon · 7 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 7/08/14 | JOHN MERLINE
    Buried in a largely overlooked government audit of the Obama-Care exchanges is a finding that casts still more doubt on the reliability of the 8 million enrollment number commonly cited by the administration and the press. In a section titled "Other Issues," an inspector general report released last week found that the HealthCare.gov marketplace couldn't show it had been reconciling its monthly enrollment numbers with insurance companies.
  • ‘A real bomb-thrower’: Pending case experts say could kill Obamacare overnight (VIDEO)

    07/08/2014 10:44:18 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 26 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | July 8 2014 | Richard Berkow
    A pending federal court ruling could upset the entire Obamacare applecart and send the president’s titular achievement back to the Supreme Court. The appellate court in Washington, D.C., could decide Halbig v. Burwell as early as today, deciding whether the federal subsidies provided to 90 percent of Obamacare enrollees who signed up through the federal exchange are legal, according to CNBC. Michael Cannon, director of health studies for the Cato Institute, helped craft the plaintiff’s argument. Studying the legislation carefully for three years, he has said that the Obama administration and its supporters are claiming powers “that “Congress never gave...
  • What Kind Of Health Care System Do You Want?

    07/08/2014 8:44:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/8/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Reforming health care is a signature issue with the current administration, but even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare would be reluctant to call it a success. Notwithstanding the well-publicized problems, of the countless billions spent on this program, precious little has gone into actual patient care. But really, what should we expect from a system designed by soulless bureaucrats such as “bioethicist” Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services? Emanuel infamously suggested that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, while Berwick intoned that the federal government must step in between...
  • HIPAA Complaints Vex Healthcare Organizations [Thanks, Øbamacare]

    07/08/2014 7:08:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Informationweek ^ | 7/8/2014 | Alison Diana
    Since 2013, complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services have risen regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The number of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation complaints received by the Department of Health and Human Services spiraled upward in 2013. Complaints are on a similar high-speed trajectory for 2014, according to analysis by TrueVault. "The number of complaints through May 2014 is up 20.6% over the number received through May in 2013, so we believe that we will continue to see complaints surge through 2014," Morgan Brown, vice president of growth at TrueVault, said...
  • Obamacare's next threat: A September surprise

    07/08/2014 7:12:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | July 7, 2014 | By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    Obamacare open enrollment closed March 31. The White House’s Obamacare war room did not. Most state health insurance rates for 2015 are scheduled to be approved by early fall, and most are likely to rise, timing that couldn’t be worse for Democrats already on defense in the midterms. The White House and its allies know they’ve been beaten in every previous round of Obamacare messaging, never more devastatingly than in 2010. So they’re trying to avoid — or at least, get ahead of — any September surprise.
  • HHS releases 1,296 pages of regulations ahead of holiday weekend

    07/07/2014 7:16:28 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    As Americans scrambled ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend on Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services released 1,296 pages of new regulations dealing with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama's administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are focused on their holiday plans. The release came at 4:15 p.m. Last year, the Obama administration used the days surrounding the July 4th holiday as an opening to announce a delay...
  • Newspaper story about Tennessee couple stirs up social media sensation

    07/07/2014 6:48:11 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tim Cable
    Thom Throp is a Kingsport insurance agent who's sold over sixty Affordable Care Act plans. Like thousands of others, he logged on with great interest to read a story from The Tennessean newspaper about a Maryville couple forced to separate after 33 years of marriage so the wife could keep health insurance. "We are in a situation in trying to get as many people covered as possible. People are falling in the proverbial crack," Throp said. (snip) So if expanding Medicaid isn't the answer, then what is? Throp tells us, even in a tight economy, that couples like the Drains...
  • Why (exempt) liberals are abandoning the Obamacare employer mandate

    07/07/2014 5:05:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/06/14 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM, KYLE CHENEY
    Robert Gibbs’ prediction that Obamacare’s employer mandate would — and perhaps should — be jettisoned shocked Democrats back in April. By July, the former aide and longtime confidant of President Barack Obama had a lot more company. More and more liberal activists and policy experts who help shape Democratic thinking on health care have concluded that penalizing businesses if they don’t offer health insurance is an unnecessary element of the Affordable Care Act that may do more harm than good. Among them are experts at the Urban Institute and the Commonwealth Fund and prominent academics like legal scholar Tim Jost....
  • Democrats Scramble to Get Ahead of Obamacare Minefield Before Midterms (Price Hikes Ahead!!!)

    07/07/2014 1:48:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/7/14 | Arit John - Atlantic Wire
    States are now releasing their preliminary 2015 Obamacare premiums, which means price hikes could become another negative talking point right before the midterm elections. The difference between now and previous moments of bad health care PR is that Democrats insist they're getting ahead of it this time. But even then, there are a number of other issues coming up: the left's increasing aversion to the employer mandate, questions about how young and healthy this year's enrollees are and, as always, whether the Affordable Care Act is actually affordable. As Politico noted Monday, the White House's "internal health care enrollment outreach...
  • New Anti-Obamacare Stunt: A Creepy Carnival On The National Mall (Creepy Uncle Sam returns)

    07/07/2014 1:33:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 13 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 7/7/14 | Benny Johnson
    Generation Opportunity, the conservative nonprofit group who created the Creepy Uncle Sam anti-Obamacare campaign last fall, is back with an extremely elaborate new anti-Obamacare ad: [snip]Anyway, in the new video, this Obamacare Ambulance drives through a neighborhood… … and a megaphone atop it demands people “come one, come all” to join the “mandatory” carnival.Full video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6ttmDlOuqY
  • Obamacare faces another court threat — and this one could be fatal

    07/07/2014 1:05:03 PM PDT · by illiac · 14 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 7/7/14 | Russ Britt - Marketwatch
    The threats to Obamacare just keep on coming…… A case before the U.S. District Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia may determine the Affordable Care Act was written in such a way that it prevents the federal government’s HealthCare.gov web site from offering subsidies. Now such a ruling would have a long way to go before it actually would become enacted — and a lot of legal hoops would have to be jumped through — but such a finding could be a show-stopper for Obamacare. More than 5 million of the 8 million who signed up for Obamacare...
  • Sen Ron Johnson's Obamacare lawsuit gets hearing in Green Bay Poll to Freep

    07/07/2014 11:00:51 AM PDT · by UB355 · 2 replies
    Do you support Sen. Ron Johnson's lawsuit, which seeks to force members of Congress and their staffs to stop getting subsidies for their health insurance?
  • WH trying to pre-empt sticker shock on September premium increases

    07/07/2014 10:25:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 7, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    And well they might. Insurers got a close look at the profiles of the enrollees in the individual health-insurance market this spring, and they turned out to be sicker than projected, as the “young invincibles” took a pass on ObamaCare in 2014. That means that premiums will go up in the fall in order to cover the added expense of the higher-risk enrollments — and that has the Obama administration spin team working extra hard this summer to cover their rear ends just before the midterms: Most state health insurance rates for 2015 are scheduled to be approved by early...
  • In Maryland, Smoking Could Cost You Job

    07/06/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by Drango · 81 replies
    Insurance News Net ^ | July 5 '14 | Lorraine Mirabella
    July 05--Anyone who wants a job next year at Anne Arundel Medical Center -- whether as a surgeon or security guard -- will have to prove they don't smoke or use tobacco. The Annapolis hospital's new hiring policy might be controversial, but it is legal in Maryland and more than half of the United States. And it's a type of job screening that is gaining favor with employers -- from hospitals to companies such as Alaska Airlines -- trying to control rising health costs and cultivate a healthier, more productive workforce. Anne Arundel Medical Center, like a growing number of...
  • Hobby Lobby: Trying to get DemProgs to understand what it means (Read the hypothetical scenario)

    07/07/2014 6:06:41 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 7-5-2014 | Bookworm
    Impressed by the ill-informed hysterical reaction that my “real me” Facebook friends had to the Hobby Lobby decision, I explained to them that the decision is very narrow and will not (a) ban contraceptives across America and (b) lead to anti-gay lynch mobs. Here’s a slightly revised version of my Facebook post, which still failed to satisfy their paranoia and inability to understand the law. I’ve also added a little hypothetical that might open their minds. (No, don’t say it. It’s improbable, but not impossible, that a DemProg mind can open). The Hobby Lobby decision addresses one thing only: whether...
  • Supreme Court voids 35-foot abortion clinic protest buffer

    06/26/2014 7:51:40 AM PDT · by dware · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.26.2014 | FOX
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous Thursday that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice John Roberts says authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside the clinics.
  • How Hobby Lobby Undermines All Americans' Freedoms (They're flipping their lids)

    07/06/2014 5:32:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Lincoln Mitchell blog ^ | July 6, 2014 | Lincoln Mitchell
    The Supreme Court's recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case demonstrates that the court, at least the five justices who voted in favor of Hobby Lobby, has little concern for, and probably little understanding of, women's health care. By ruling that corporations, on the grounds of the alleged religious views of their owners, can deny women access to some forms of contraception, the court set a horrible precedent that if followed will endanger the health and lives of many American women. The Hobby Lobby ruling may at first seem like a victory for the minority of Americans who think that...
  • Unleashed Upon America: Obama Unchained!

    07/06/2014 4:04:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 6, 2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    My fellow Americans, we are all bit players in the making of a metaphoric slasher movie: Obama Unchained, starring Barack Hussein Obama. Here is a summary of the movie. It is a heartwarming tale about how the mainstream media and Democratic Party suckered America into electing their extreme far-left dream president – a Trojan Horse in the form of a black man. Once in the Oval Office, Obama began incrementally implementing his socialist/progressive agenda and iron-fist pressure on Americans to conform. Everyone, including a 175-year-old order of elderly Catholic nuns, was forced to comply with Obama's decreed anti-biblical new moral...
  • If Obama isn’t secretly urging Elizabeth Warren to run, he should be

    07/06/2014 3:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 6, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Obama’s Mini-Me will protect all of Obama’s, ahem, accomplishments.Ed Klein reports that Obama is using Valerie Jarrett to urge Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary in the primary to protect Obama’s transformation of the nation into something of which he and Michelle can be proud. Warren will protect Obama’s, ahem, achievements, Hillary can’t be trusted to do that. It’s entirely believable. Whether it’s true remains to be seen. Here is part of the report, This means Warren: Obama backs challenger to Hillary: "President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging...
  • Do the Math: Obamacare Won't Change the Number of Uninsured

    07/06/2014 12:08:45 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 25 replies
    The numbers for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), despite its good intentions, do not add up. I'm talking about the number of Americans who will actually have health insurance now that the ACA, also known as Obamacare, is in effect, as compared to the number who won't be covered due to cancellations. We were led to believe that the Affordable Care Act will take care of 47 million uninsured Americans when it comes to their healthcare. According to the 2010 projections by the Centers for Medicine and Medicaid Services (CMS), 14 million Americans will enroll in 2014 in the new...
  • Obama’s key executive actions

    07/06/2014 10:38:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 6 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    President Obama’s use of executive power will be a major issue in this fall’s midterm elections. The GOP is rallying its base to give control of the Senate to Republicans as a check on Obama’s powers, and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has announced the House will vote in July on a lawsuit against the president’s use of executive power. Obama, for his part, is embracing the criticism. “So sue me,” he said in a speech last week. The White House believes that by using executive power, Obama can distinguish himself from a Congress he wants to pain as dysfunctional and...
  • Fireworks at Supreme Court over emergency injunction applied against “accommodation”

    07/06/2014 7:41:39 AM PDT · by dervish · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/4/14 | ED MORRISSEY
    Today, the Supreme Court granted Wheaton College an injunction pending appeal against enforcement of the contraception mandate, even though Wheaton was eligible for the accommodation HHS has provided for religious non-profits. Specifically the Court ordered: If the applicant informs the Secretary of Health and Human Services in writing that it is a non-profit organization that holds itself out as religious and has religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services, the respondents are enjoined from enforcing against the applicant the challenged provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related regulations pending final disposition of appellate review. To...
  • The Real Internal Revenue Scandal

    07/06/2014 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | NY Times Editorial Board
    There is a scandal going on at the Internal Revenue Service, but it has nothing to do with Lois Lerner or her missing emails. No, the real scandal is what Republicans did to cripple the agency when virtually no one was looking. Since the broad Tea Party-driven spending cuts of 2010, the agency’s budget has been cut by 14 percent after inflation is considered, leading to sharply reduced staff, less enforcement of the tax laws and poor taxpayer service. The budget cutters are also trying to prevent the agency from performing its new job of collecting higher taxes on the...
  • Truth Buried — Again

    07/06/2014 4:22:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor' Business Daily ^ | 07/03/2014 | IBD Staff
    Bias: You'd think that a government audit showing how ObamaCare couldn't tell whether millions of enrollees were eligible for the subsidies they're getting would be front-page news. Instead, the press hid it from view. If you wanted to read in the New York Times about these findings — which detailed rampant problems verifying eligibility and income information from millions of ObamaCare applicants — you had to dig 17 pages into the news section. In the Washington Post, the story was on page 11, after stop-the-press-stories like a change in House travel reporting rules and a puff piece on the new...
  • Revenge: Republicans to Strip $341 Million From IRS in Response to Scandals

    07/05/2014 8:06:40 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 57 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7-4-2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    July 4, 2014 Revenge: Republicans to Strip $341 Million From IRS in Response to Scandals Pete Kasperowicz After months of frustration with the IRS over the targeting scandal and lost emails, House Republicans will exact some revenge next week by passing legislation that cuts the IRS operating budget by $341 million compared to current levels. GOP leaders plan to call up a spending bill for fiscal year 2015 that funds the IRS and other agencies, but singles out the IRS for the targeting scandal and other problems that have surfaced over the last few years. “The committee remains troubled by...
  • Progressives Have Been Caught Covering Up Their Real Goals Yet AGAIN In The Hobby Lobby Case

    07/05/2014 6:40:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Draw and STRIKE! ^ | July 3, 2014 | Brian Cates
    Amazing how many people think the Hobby Lobby decision was about forcing the company to provide birth control to it's employees. Hobby Lobby was ALREADY providing birth control coverage to it's employees. 16 different types of it, in fact. What can we draw from the fact that many of the people blathering about this case don't know that? The real issue in the Hobby Lobby case was whether the government could force private businesses/corporations into providing abortifacients. First of all, let's be clear: abortion/taking an abortifacient is not birth control. I don't care how many shrieking leftists say different. Birth...
  • Holiday Document Dump: 1,300 Pages Of Obamacare Regs On July 4th Eve

    07/05/2014 10:40:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/04/14 | Larry O'Connor
    The Department of Health and Human Services released nearly 1,300 pages of new regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at 4:15 Thursday, just as the nation was beginning their Independence Day holiday weekend. The regulations deal with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. How doctors get paid by HHS through the new, overreaching Obamacare guidelines has been an item of concern for the American Medical Association, a key supporter of the health care law. As Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner points out, the practice of dumping potentially controversial regulations on the eve of a major holiday has...
  • Doctor/Patient Confidentiality Gains New Partner

    07/05/2014 10:10:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 July 2014 | John Semmens
    It used to be that what transpires between a doctor and patient was considered confidential. Under the Affordable Care Act the Government has now been added as a participant in observing communications between doctor and patient. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell justified the expansion of those in the know as "only prudent. The Affordable Care Act has made the federal government responsible for the health of everyone in America. We can't adequately do that job if information on anyone's condition is withheld from us." "Unenlightened individuals may think that their health is their own concern," Burwell said. "They...
  • Despite Obamacare's Expanded Coverage, More Patients Going to the ER

    07/05/2014 9:04:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    CNS ^ | July 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – Despite expanded health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more people are going to hospital emergency rooms (ER) for treatment because they can’t get an appointment with a primary care physician, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “Nearly half of emergency physicians responding to a poll are already seeing a rise in emergency visits since January 1 when expanded coverage under ACA began to take effect,” according to ACEP, which gives overall emergency care in the U.S. “a dismal D+ grade.” In addition, 86 percent “expect emergency visits to increase over the next...
  • Supreme Court: Wheaton College doesn’t have to sign doc giving employees ‘free’ abortifacients

    07/04/2014 9:59:21 PM PDT · by topher · 32 replies
    Lifesitenews.com ^ | Fri Jul 4, 2014 - 2:32 pm EST | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – ObamaCare's controversial HHS mandate suffered another setback on Thursday, as the Supreme Court voted to allow a Christian college to opt out of signing a form that would result in their insurance company providing employees with “free” birth control and abortifacients. Instead, says the high court, the coverage will kick in after they inform HHS of their religious objection. The 6-3 decision exempts Wheaton College from filing Form 700, which certifies its religious objection to providing abortifacient drugs to women, until the case has been fully adjudicated. In all likelihood, the matter will ultimately be decided by...
  • Hobby Lobby Wage Boost Rankles Democrats

    07/04/2014 6:43:29 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 July 2014 | John Semmens
    With the liability of being forced to finance employees' abortions taken off its back by the recent Supreme Court voiding of the Obamacare mandate, Hobby Lobby announced it is raising the minimum wage of its full-time employees to $14.50 per hour. Aspiring presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dubbed the move "a callous and insensitive slap in the face to American women. This company went to a lot of effort to deny its responsibility to insure the reproductive health of its female employees. Now that they've won a totally unfair verdict in court they're insulting these imperiled women by investing the costs...
  • Obama’s Scandal Playbook

    07/04/2014 6:51:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Editor's note: This column originally appeared in the July issue of Townhall Magazine. Despite President Obama’s promise of an “unprecedented level of openness in government,” the American people have unfortunately become accustomed to a new normal over the past six years: incompetence, scandal, and misconduct. When news breaks about freshly exposed corruption, the reaction of far too many is, “Unbelievable, but I’m not surprised.” Since Obama took office in 2009, we’ve witnessed Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Department of Justice spying on reporters and their families, IRS targeting of conservatives, the HealthCare.gov debacle, the GSA conference scandal, Solyndra, veterans dying...