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  • Court: Birth control mandate violates religious rights

    07/22/2016 8:29:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 22, 2016 9:58 PM EDT | David A. Lieb
    A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Missouri lawmaker who cited religious objections while challenging the inclusion of birth control coverage in his government-provided health insurance. State Sen. Paul Wieland said Friday that the ruling, while applying only to his family, could serve as a guide for others seeking to challenge the application of a section of President Barack Obama’s health care law that requires insurers to include coverage of contraceptives. “I think this sets a precedent, so that if anybody else has religious convictions and they find these drugs offensive … they can use this as a...
  • My Life Under The Affordable Care Act or My OBAMACARE DISASTER [Vanity]

    02/24/2016 12:38:16 PM PST · by Red Badger · 87 replies
    The Democrats | 02-24-2016 | Red Badger
    Okay, I've posted very few vanities during my time on FR, but this I believe is important for all FReepers and their relatives, who may be in the same situation. I signed up for health insurance as required under The Affordable Care Act, using the Healthcare.gov website in November of 2014. Up until that time, my employer provided my family health insurance at no cost to me, but because of the new law was unable to continue doing so for financial reasons. At that time, the Healthcare.gov website, after having entered my base salary numbers and my wife as sole...
  • Little Sisters' Religious Liberty Goes On Trial

    03/25/2016 7:02:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    This is the kind of case the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia liked to sink his judicial teeth into -- whether the federal government can compel a religious entity like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious beliefs and acquiesce to the ObamaCare contraceptive coverage mandate. As LifeSite News reported on Wednesday’s hearing: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who have vowed their lives to care for the elderly poor.
  • Trump Again Hearts Planned Parenthood

    03/03/2016 7:23:25 AM PST · by raptor22 · 98 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 3, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Shortly after he claimed to be a “unifier” during his Super Tuesday press conference, Donald Trump was at it again, lambasting “so-called conservatives” who don’t share his liberal position on Planned Parenthood, continuing to insist he applauds the group because it allegedly “does a lot of good of good things” for women’s health. Similar logic applies to his position on ObamaCare. He loves the coercive freedom- and job-killing individual mandate, which is the heart of ObamaCare, because he doesn’t want to see bodies in the street, a classic liberal rhetorical scare tactic. Planned Parenthood may do the occasional mammogram referral,...
  • marco Rubio’s Health Plan Has an Individual Mandate

    02/26/2016 12:52:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2016 | by MICHAEL F. CANNON
    When Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump momentarily embraced Obamacare's individual mandate before disavowing it, Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives caught the vapors. But where is conservative outrage over Marco Rubio's health plan, which actually contains an individual mandate? Rubio, unlike his opponents, has offered details on how he would replace Obamacare. (Trump merely promises "something terrific.") He builds his replacement plan around an individual mandate, and an expansion of Obamacare's spending. Rubio's plan is so similar to Obamacare, so disruptive, and so easily demagogued, you would think he was a Democratic mole. The centerpiece of Rubio's proposal would "provid[e] every...
  • Trump ditches defense of Obamacare mandate

    02/21/2016 1:21:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 117 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/21/16 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Donald Trump said Sunday he actually opposes Obamacare's individual mandate, following up his reversal last week of his apparent support for the law. The GOP presidential frontrunner told CNN's Anderson Cooper Thursday that he "likes" the healthcare law's requirement to have health coverage. He tweeted the following day that he would actually repeal it, along with the rest of President Obama's healthcare law. On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday Trump said he doesn't like the mandate at all.
  • Who's Dying in the Streets, Mr. Trump?

    02/19/2016 3:28:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 19, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Pope is backin' away from what he said, and Trump is backin' away from what he said. Trump's backin' away from a couple of things that he said! Trump's going moderate on the Pope, and now Trump is backing away from his allegation last Saturday that George W. Bush "lied" about Iraq. What's that going to do to the Democrat outreach plan? ... There is all kinds of confusing stuff going on out there, folks. And you are at the right place to have it all untangled. There are intricately woven webs of deceit no matter...
  • Trump clarifies Anderson Cooper remarks on Obamacare mandate

    02/19/2016 12:54:46 PM PST · by springwater13 · 249 replies
    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 26m26 minutes ago I was asked about healthcare by Anderson Cooper & have been consistent- I will repeal all of #ObamaCare, including the mandate, period. I was referring to a backstop for pre-existing conditions. I will eliminate the law, in its entirety, & replace it w/ something much better. I will replace it with private plans, health savings accounts, & allow purchasing across state lines. Maximum choice & freedom for consumer. I'm self-funding and I am going to take care of the people – not the special interests and insurance companies like the other candidates. Remember,...
  • Donald Trump Just Publicly Embraced the WORST Part of Obamacare [VIDEO] [Ind. Mandate]

    02/19/2016 12:18:37 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 265 replies
    PoliStick ^ | February 19, 2016 | Matthew K. Burke
    Donald Trump: “I like the mandate.” Donald Trump has often promised to repeal the “disaster” that is Obamacare and he’s right, it is a disaster.But at Thursday night’s CNN Republican Presidential Town Hall in South Carolina, Donald Trump embraced what is easily the worst part of Obamacare, the anti-free market “individual mandate” which forces Americans to buy only government-approved health care insurance, whether they want to or not.To justify his support for the Obamacare mandate, Donald Trump uses leftist talking points of not wanting people to “die in the streets,” as if they has ever happened in America — before...
  • Trump: I 'Like' Obamacare's Individual Mandate

    02/19/2016 10:18:44 AM PST · by Falcon28 · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2-19-16 | Jeffey Anderson
    Trump: I 'Like' Obamacare's Individual Mandate 7:48 AM, Feb 19, 2016 | By Jeffrey H. Anderson The most unpopular part of Obamacare now has a champion in the Republican presidential field. Via the Right Scoop, Donald Trump was asked on Thursday night by CNN's Anderson Cooper, "If…there's no mandate for everybody to have insurance, what's to—why would an insurance company not have a preexisting—insure somebody with a preexisting condition?" Trump replied, "Well, I like the mandate. Okay, so here's where I'm a little bit different. I don't want people dying on the streets. And I say this all the time."...
  • Trump on ObamaCare: "I like the mandate" [Watch Video]

    02/19/2016 9:08:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/19/2016 | Allahpundit
    If Cruz and Rubio are looking for some eleventh-hour ad material to galvanize righties before tomorrow’s big vote, they can’t do better than this. Somehow, after six years of conservative agitation against the mandate and a 5-4 Supreme Court majority finding it unconstitutional as an exercise of Congress’s commerce (but not taxi!) power, it seems likely we’re going to end up with two consecutive Republican presidential nominees who are pro-mandate. Romney at least wanted to leave the mandate-making to the states; Trump, an authoritarian with no apparent philosophical interest in federalism, probably won’t be as deferential. The silver lining,...
  • Donald Trump Supports the Obamacare Mandate

    02/19/2016 8:42:04 AM PST · by agrarianlady · 93 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/19/2016 | Streiff
    "COOPER: If Obamacare is repealed and there's no mandate for everybody to have insurance what's to… and why would insurance company not have a pre-existing insure somebody… TRUMP: I like the mandate. Okay, so here's how I'm a little bit different. I don't want people dying on the streets and I say this all the time. And I say this… Look I did five speeches maybe six speeches today we had a lot of rallies with thousands and thousands of people. I mean we get big crowds. Everytime I talk about this I get standing ovations. The Republican people, they're...
  • Will Religious Liberty Die With Scalia?

    02/15/2016 4:02:36 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 33 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2//15/2016 | David Catron
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was more than a tragedy for his family and American jurisprudence. It was a calamity for religious liberty. The Court will soon hear Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, which challenges the Obamacare contraception mandate. Because the loss of Scalia reduces the number of justices to eight, the spectre of a tie vote now looms over the case. If the remaining justices vote as they did in the Hobby Lobby case, the result will be a per curiam decision whereby a prior miscarriage of justice by the Tenth Circuit Court of...
  • Obamacare Tightens Yoke on Small Business

    01/04/2016 3:17:26 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/4/2016 | David Catron
    One of the worst of Obamacares ill-conceived provisions went quietly into effect on January 1. The employer mandate, previously inflicted only on businesses with 100 or more employees, will now be imposed on those with as few as 50. This mandate will prevent countless small employers from hiring workers they would otherwise have hired and incentivize many others to replace full-time employees with part-timers. It is such an obvious job killer that the Obama administration delayed enforcement until after the 2014 midterms, the liberal Urban Institute has called for its repeal, and it has even been obliquely criticized by Hillary...
  • 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...
  • Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews Join Forces, Ask SCOTUS to Take Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate

    08/24/2015 2:05:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/24/2015 | Samuel Smith
    As the Little Sisters of the Poor are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal court decision that forces the order of Catholic nuns to abide by the "Obamacare" contraception mandate, over 20 states, a group of Orthodox Jewish rabbis and a number of Evangelical and secular organizations are urging the high court to take up the case and protect religious liberty. "We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from such a wide range of people and groups," Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor, said in...
  • Gov. Brown Moves Bill That Would Mandate 50% Reduction In Gas Usage by 2030 - Agenda 21

    07/18/2015 10:19:30 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 55 replies
    LA CBS ^ | 07/17/2015 | LA CBS
    Gov. Brown Talks To KCAL9 About Bill That Would Mandate Reduction In Gas Usage LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — As Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to travel to Rome next week for an international climate conference, the debate over a bill aimed at reducing gas usage in California is heating up. Brown fully supports SB-350, which would mandate a 50-percent cutback in California’s gas usage in the next 15 years, arguing that it’s a prime factor in global warming. “We’ve got a serious problem here,” he told KCAL9 Political Reporter Dave Bryan via satellite. “Burning oil and gas and coal and diesel...
  • ObamaCare's Mandate Penalty Tax Brings In 40% Less Than Expected

    07/17/2015 4:21:40 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/16/2015 | John Merline
    The IRS reported this week that 6.6 million people paid the ObamaCare mandate penalty for not having insurance last year, which the administration says is 10% higher than they'd expected. This isn't exactly good news, given that the entire point of the mandate penalty tax is to encourage everyone to buy coverage. Even if it were, the number comes with two big caveats.
  • Israel’s Great Opportunity

    06/20/2015 5:19:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    Over the past two decades Israel has managed to destroy its regional reputation. With our own hands, we have twice shown our neighbors they have little reason to tie their fates to ours. We are unreliable. In 1994, Israel betrayed the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Gaza who had helped us fight against PLO terrorists for decades. Open season on our Palestinian allies officially began in July 1994 with the entrance of thousands of PLO terrorists – led by Yasser Arafat – into Gaza and Jericho. Arafat’s henchmen did not limit their murderous wrath to the Palestinians who saved countless...
  • Supreme Court tosses ObamaCare contraception ruling

    04/27/2015 8:46:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Supreme Court on Monday gave new life to a lawsuit challenging ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, striking down a previous ruling in favor of the federal government. An appeals court in Cincinnati will now reconsider the legal challenge from the Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee that had sought exemptions from an ObamaCare provision that requires employers to cover birth control for all workers. The justices asked the lower court to reconsider the case in light of last year's landmark ruling on the contraception mandate. That ruling, which was issued last June, decided that the arts-and-crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby, could...
  • Washington state school district removes 143 students over vaccine law

    04/14/2015 1:22:45 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/14/2015 | Eric M. Johnson
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state school district pulled 143 students who lacked documentation proving they had received required immunizations from classrooms on Monday, in a first-in-the-state clamp-down triggered by a recent measles epidemic. The Spokane Public Schools, the state's second-largest district, made the decision after a measles epidemic in which more than 150 people fell ill across the United States, and a whooping cough outbreak in the state's eastern city. "(The students) stay out of school until they show compliance," district spokesman Kevin Morrison said. He said the district was the first in the state to take such action....
  • Texas GOP Rep: Obama ‘Deserves Impeachment’

    01/25/2015 3:47:52 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10:30 AM 01/25/2015 | Ginni Thomas
    George Orwell said that “in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Republican congressman Brian Babin is new to Congress, and this dentist from Woodvine, Texas radiates a love for country while worrying for his grandchildren when he sees the sorry state of our federal government. But Babin is unafraid to speak clearly, and Washington should listen to what he has to say.
  • The GOP’s Obamacare Mandate Strategy: Don’t raise the cutoff to 40 hours.

    01/08/2015 7:23:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/08/2015 | The Editors
    Republican leadership has an odd idea for one of its first big policy pushes of this Congress: a change to Obamacare that threatens to make the law worse. The idea, expected to come to a vote in the House on Thursday, is to change Obamacare’s requirement that most employers provide full-time workers with generous health insurance, a rule known as the “employer mandate.” (Or the “employer shared responsibility provisions,” if you prefer Gruber-speak). It sets the definition of full-time work at 30 hours a week. Republicans have been making the case for some time — and no small number of...
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part II

    01/07/2015 3:06:15 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 10 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | January 7, 2015 | Larry Walker II
    Effing the Middle Class:: By: Larry Walker II ::In Part 1, we voiced concern that in constitutional law sense, an excise tax is usually an event tax as opposed to a “state of being” tax, the recent exception to this principle being the "minimum essential coverage" tax under Internal Revenue Code section 5000A as enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148), whereby an indirect tax is imposed on the condition of not having purchased health insurance coverage.This is not the first time in history the United States has forced its middle class to pay a...
  • Obamacare employer mandate kicks in Jan. 1

    01/01/2015 6:06:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/31/14 | Tom Howell Jr.
    **SNIP** The White House delayed the mandate twice, moves that Republicans lambasted as political ploys to delay enforcement until after the midterm elections. The issue will be thrust back into the public eye in the coming weeks, when congressional Republicans taking control of both chambers try to force changes to the rule. GOP lawmakers say leadership will hold votes to change the mandate’s definition of full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours, as even some Democrats fear the nontraditional definition is hurting the workforce. Republican lawmakers have coined a phrase, “the 29ers,” to describe people whose hours were cut...
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part I

    12/13/2014 6:19:48 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 6 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 13, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    What the Individual Mandate means for you and your family:: By: Larry Walker II ::Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, State governments, insurers, employers, and selected individuals are supposed to share in the responsibility of providing health insurance coverage. The Act’s shared responsibility provision, also known as the individual mandate, requires you and each member of your family to either: Have minimum essential coverage; or An exemption from the responsibility to have minimum essential coverage; or Pay an Excise Tax. You will report minimum essential coverage, claim an exemption therefrom, or make an excise tax payment when...
  • Little Sisters: Don't Let ObamaCare Stop Our Ministry

    12/10/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Law: If there really is a "war on women," it's being waged against a group of nuns who seek to honor their call to serve the dying poor without being compelled to provide contraception coverage to those who help them. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments Monday in the lawsuit by the Little Sisters of the Poor challenging the ObamaCare abortion-inducing drug mandate that threatens religious liberty. The case of the feisty nuns challenges a bizarre "accommodation" offered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under its proposal, the Little Sisters can fill...
  • Republicans Reject Their Mandate - Laying the groundwork for Democratic victory in 2016

    12/08/2014 5:57:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 8, 2014 | Jed Babbin
    Mary Landrieu’s defeat in Louisiana on Saturday should have put paid to Obama’s statism. But it didn’t because Republicans evidently have dedicated themselves to throwing away the mandate to end Obamaism that voters gave them in November. Some used to call the Republicans the “stupid party,” but what is going on now goes much farther than mere stupidity can account for. How else can you view the responses to Obama’s unconstitutional — and hence, illegal — immigration amnesty declaration? The problem extends far beyond that, but the immigration amnesty is the most apt example because it is the most current....
  • Smaller Firms Brace For Obamacare Price Shocks (employer mandate hits)

    11/23/2014 1:32:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 11/20/14 | Dan Way
    RALEIGH — Already socked with rising premium costs due to Obamacare, Southern Elevator has delayed planned growth and job creation as it contemplates up to $800,000 in added annual health insurance costs a year from now, when employer mandates for medium-size businesses kick in. “Our health care insurance agent is estimating that we will have a 10 percent increase this year that is currently being priced,” said Rodney Pitts, owner of Greensboro-based Southern Elevator. That is on top of increases totaling 44 percent since 2012. The company now pays up to $20,000 annually for each employee with spouse and dependent...
  • The Policy at the Heart of the Jonathan Gruber Controversy

    11/16/2014 12:55:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Neil Irwin, Beltway Accounting
    [SNIP]To figure out whether an individual mandate would count on the federal books — whether it would be more like the coal miners’ insurance or the wheelchair ramps — the C.B.O. laid out several factors. Would consumers be able to choose among a number of insurance plans? Would plans have differing levels of coverage from which people could choose, and be offered by different companies? The more clearly the answer to those questions was “yes,” the more lawmakers could rest assured that the individual mandate wouldn’t shift trillions of dollars in private-sector health spending onto the government’s books.And for advocates...
  • Gruber Who? Democrats do their best to erase many links to Obamacare’s “Mr. Mandate.”

    11/14/2014 3:35:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 14, 2014 | Ian Tuttle
    ".......Gruber’s comments have been much-remarked-upon, particularly on the right, not only for confirming what Obamacare critics have said for five years but also for capturing at least in part the ethos of modern progressive liberalism: smarter-than-thou zealotry masquerading as for-the-greater-good pragmatism. (That he did it at sound-bite length is simply an added perk.) But for a movement that touts its stratospheric intelligence, the response to Gruber’s comments from his longtime supporters, both on Capitol Hill and in the media, reminds observers of something else: that liberalism tends to handle its PR nightmares with an iron first. Consider what is happening...
  • Obama thinks his post-election "mandate" is bigger than the GOP's

    11/07/2014 12:46:01 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 35 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-7-14 | The Looking Spoon
    From the Washington Examiner President Obama did something extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, in his post-election news conference Wednesday: He claimed a mandate on behalf of voters who didn't vote. "To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you," the president said. "To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too."...Obama's message to Republicans was unmistakable: My mandate is bigger than your mandate.... LOL. Liberalism is the ideology of anti-intellectual children, the examples of this are too numerous to count, but Obama has the brightest (or more accurately,...
  • Marxists, Mandates & A Crazy Little Naked Thing Called Karma!

    11/07/2014 11:42:18 AM PST · by xuberalles · 16 replies
    Self | 11/7/14 | Me
    Please tell me why Republicans are expected to compromise and capitulate for the greater good, when Democrats, under the tutelage of one Barack Obama, defiantly implemented the most radical and rogue agenda in our nation’s history? And yet the same discerning media that has demonized any and all dissent during their savior’s tenure now calls it imperative to squash any suggestion of an “implied” conservative mandate granted by a small rabble, but by no means “a wave”, of discontented voters? Because irony and journalistic integrity are known to cause mental and moral paralysis, I’m guessing our righteous critics were sick...
  • MSNBC’s Maddow: Republicans Won the Senate, But Democrats “Won the Argument”

    11/05/2014 10:22:39 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 68 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/5/14 | Aurelius
    After the astounding victories by Republicans last night, it was only a matter of time until liberals tried to make sense of it all, while still not admitting that they were defeated. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC earned the gold medal for mental gymnastics last night, however, by claiming that Democrats “won the argument” when it came to their policies by… losing the Senate. This sentiment was then echoed on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC blog, in a post titled, “A Win? Yes. A Mandate? No.” The piece says that, with an overwhelming victory, Republicans will say the election was “an endorsement from...
  • Obamacare and Extenders: Examining the Draft 1040 for 2014

    11/05/2014 8:54:13 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 10 replies
    Tax Foundation ^ | August 4, 2014 | Alan Cole
    "The IRS last month posted drafts of its new forms for the 2014 tax year. These should by no means be considered complete – Congress can often keep meddling with the tax code deep into December – but looking at the draft 1040 can remind us of the changes ahead. Here are four lines from the 2014 1040 that reflect changes....... Line 61 – “Health care: individual responsibility (see instructions):” This is the much-talked-about individual mandate. The fee for not having health insurance in 2014 is 1% of your yearly income or $95, whichever is higher. The payment amount will...
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Obama Administration Revises HHS Mandate Yet Again

    08/22/2014 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/22/14 | Lori Windham
    Washington, DC – Today, the Administration released its eighth revision to the Health and Human Service (HHS) Mandate. This is the latest step in the administration’s long retreat on the HHS Mandate. It is the eighth time in three years the government has retreated from its original, hard-line stance that only “houses of worship” that hire and serve fellow believers deserve religious freedom. We look forward to reviewing the new rule and its implications for the 102 cases, including religious charities like Little Sisters of the Poor (see video), Mother Angelica’s Eternal Word Television Network (see video), and religious colleges...
  • Oh, by the way, 90% of people without insurance won’t have to pay ObamaCare’s penalty after all

    08/07/2014 6:49:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    Another reminder that when the economic realities of this boondoggle collide with Democrats’ political priorities, the economics ultimately must bow. The first hard lesson in that was the “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” fiasco. It was never true that people could keep their old plans if they liked them under O-Care, as even Barney Frank admits. The whole point of the law was to cancel low-cost existing plans and steer healthy people to new plans with “comprehensive” benefits that many don’t really need. That’s how you justify squeezing them for the added revenue needed...
  • Supply Side Contraceptives

    07/12/2014 8:08:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Paul Krugman and others on the left routinely sneer at the idea that you can actually increase government revenues by cutting tax rates. (Turns out most of the time you can’t, but in some cases you can.) But there is a similar myth on the left. It’s the idea that by spending more money on health you can reduce overall health care costs. According to The New York Times, President Obama is using that idea to support free contraceptives for women: The Obama administration says the cost of providing contraceptives will be offset by savings that result from greater use...
  • 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....
  • The Hobbled Hobby Lobby Decision

    07/02/2014 2:46:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Looked at from a distance, it may seem as if the Supreme Court struck a mighty blow in defense of religious liberty in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which it decided this week. Yes, the court ruled that a law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act could apply to "closely held" corporations, and under its terms the federal government could not force the Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs and devices that violate the family's religious beliefs. But looked at more closely, the case shows how profoundly the Supreme Court has...
  • Liberals’ Hobby Lobby Doublethink: If birth control is not your boss's business, why make him pay?

    07/02/2014 7:42:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Monday holding signs that read “Birth Control: Not My Boss’s Business.” Much to their chagrin, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito agreed in his ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. Of course, that’s not how supporters of the government’s contraception mandate see it. They actually believe that birth control is their boss’s business, and they want the federal government to force employers to agree. More on that later, but it’s first worth noting how we got here. First, contrary to a lot of lazy punditry, there is no Obamacare contraception mandate. As...
  • Free to Choose vs. Cost-Free Access

    07/01/2014 2:18:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    How did women get birth control before President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act? Before Obamacare, a woman could go to a doctor and get birth control. She often had to pay or make a copayment for contraception. But in the 2014 political lexicon, that means she had no access. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision, which recognized family-owned corporations' religious right to not offer contraception mandated under the Affordable Care Act in their employee health insurance plans. In her dissenting opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg charged that the ruling would "deny legions of women...
  • EWTN gets last-minute stay on HHS mandate after Hobby Lobby decision

    07/01/2014 8:06:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Late yesterday, the first fruits of the Hobby Lobby decision fell into the lap of EWTN, the Catholic satellite television station which has fought the HHS mandate into the appellate court. Today would have been the first day that EWTN would have to start paying ruinous fines for refusing to provide free contraception and sterilization in its health insurance coverage. Fortunately, the Eleventh Circuit granted a stay not long after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby: In a resounding victory for religious freedom, today EWTN was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of...
  • The Hobby Lobby Ruling: A Shallow Victory Because It Does Not Get To The Heart Of The Problem

    07/01/2014 7:38:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2014 | John Daniel Davidson
    Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage in employees’ health insurance. Opponents of Obamacare’s contraception mandate claimed victory, as did opponents of the law more generally, as well as many Americans with deep religious convictions. Hobby Lobby, a family-owned business that has grown from a mom-and-pop operation in the 1970s to a chain of 514 stores that employs more than 21,000 people, is the largest company to challenge the health-care law. The company’s statement of purpose says the board of directors is committed, first and foremost,...
  • The HHS Mandate Fight Will Continue: After Hobby Lobby, there are more legal battles to come.

    07/01/2014 7:35:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2014 | James C. Capretta
    The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case should be seen as a clear and important victory for religious liberty. The majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, makes it clear that owners of closely held corporations, based on their sincerely held religious convictions, have the right to opt out of the so-called HHS mandate – the regulatory requirement that employers must include free contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacient products in their health-insurance offerings to workers. The plaintiffs in this case should be commended for having the courage to fight for their rights in court and for seeing their...
  • BREAKING: Court Sides With Hobby Lobby

    06/30/2014 7:24:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 94 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 30, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    In a victory for religious freedom, the Supreme Court ruled today 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (formerly named Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby). The case was the strongest legal challenge to Obamacare since 2012. Justice Alito authored the majority opinion, and Justice Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion.
  • Hobby Lobby Wins !: Where Do We Go from Here?

    06/30/2014 7:24:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 06/30/2014 | Ed Stetzer
    The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration (and, hopefully the world) a lesson in the first freedom. I'm sorry it was necessary, but it was—the government cannot (and must not) require people of faith to violate their sincerely-held beliefs. The High Court's Ruling The ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties underscores religious liberty as our "first freedom." The freedom to exercise religion, enshrined in our Constitution's Bill of Rights, has been called "the cornerstone of the American experiment" because it is from our religious freedom all of our other freedoms flow. Below is a...
  • Wind Power 'Success Story' Was a Massive Failure

    06/26/2014 11:33:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A few years ago, Vice President Joe Biden called a wind turbine facility in Saginaw one of the top "100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America." In 2010, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded Merrill Technologies Group a $22 million advanced energy manufacturing tax credit that then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm's office said was used to buy advanced manufacturing equipment needed to create wind turbine components in a facility in Saginaw. The Recovery Act also gave Merrill Technologies another $3 million. The former governor trumpeted the facility as the future of Michigan's economy that would help create 89,918 clean energy...
  • The Four Horsemen of Hobby Lobby

    06/16/2014 5:28:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 24 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6/16/2014 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby on June 26, and the closer we get to that date the more frantic liberals become. Their fear of a decision in favor of the arts and crafts chain, whose owners have challenged the constitutionality of Obamacare’s contraception mandate on the grounds that it violates their religious liberty, has reached such a pitch that they are making claims that transcend the merely portentous. Their warnings concerning the consequences of a high court win for the Green family, the company’s owners, have now become downright apocalyptic....