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  • Texas bill aims to make organ donation opt-out, sparking debate

    04/28/2017 10:07:32 AM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies
    kxan ^ | April 27, 2017 | Alyssa Goard
    Currently, Texas residents must opt in to be placed on the donor registry during their driver’s license process. HB 1938 would instead automatically place all adults on the driver’s license process on the registry, unless they opt out. Under this bill, each applicant will have to answer the question, “Would you like to refuse to join the organ donor registry?” Applicants who answer no or simply don’t answer will automatically be enrolled.
  • 30 North Carolina magistrates opt out of performing gay marriages; judge says it’s OK

    09/08/2015 2:35:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 09/08/2015 | Jonah Hicap
    More than 30 North Carolina magistrates so far have refused to perform weddings since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states. But they’re not likely to suffer the fate of Kim Davis, the Tennessee county clerk who was recently jailed for her refusal. It turns out that taking this position is legal in North Carolina, according to CBN.com. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s June decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally guaranteed right, the North Carolina legislature passed a law enabling officials to opt out of performing marriages altogether. The...
  • California school backtracks on Common Core opt-out punishment

    06/25/2015 12:28:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A California high school where a majority of juniors opted out of Common Core testing has backed off of plans to ban the students from using the school’s parking lot and from taking part in senior class activities after parents and education groups raised a fuss. C.J. Foss, principal of Calabasas High School in Los Angeles County, last week sent an email to seniors-to-be announcing that certain privileges would be withheld from students who skipped the controversial test, which detractors say is an attempt to nationalize America’s public education system. Although the test, which critics say dictates curriculum, is widely...
  • New No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Attempt Targets Opt-Out Movement

    06/08/2015 9:51:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Emmett McGroarty
    Editor's Note: this column was co-authored by Lisa Henson, an attorney, activist, and mom, regarding the No Child Left Behind Re-authorization and the Common Core testing opt-out movement.The latest attempt to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB), sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patti Murray (D-WA) and euphemistically named the Every Child Achieves Act), has surprisingly gained bi-partisan support. But it targets the Opt-Out movement, one of the great grassroots phenomena. Here’s what’s going on.For decades, education policy-making has been increasingly centralized. Legislatures, local boards of education, and parents have been marginalized. In 2002, NCLB made things worse. Building on prior...
  • Anti-Common Core activists keep up push to get parents to 'opt out'

    03/07/2015 6:51:54 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 1 replies
    Newsday ^ | 03/07/2015 | WILL JAMES
    Teachers and parents gather to discuss state testing, use of test scores in teacher evaluations and the possibilities of students opting out, at a community education forum at the Port Jefferson Village Center in Port Jefferson on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
  • Illinois Introduces Automatic Retirement Savings Program, a First for the Nation

    01/05/2015 9:37:59 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 33 replies
    ny times ^ | 1-5-2015 | JOSH BARRO
    Illinois is taking a novel approach to getting its residents to save for retirement. Starting in 2017, most state residents who don’t already have a retirement plan at work will be automatically enrolled in individual retirement accounts, funded through a 3 percent deduction from their paychecks. The program will be created under a law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday. Participation will be voluntary, but workers who don’t want to save will need to opt out manually. (They will also be allowed to save more than 3 percent if they wish.) An estimate produced by the plan’s backers found...
  • School District Trying New Lunch Menu Without Federal Guidelines

    09/07/2014 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | September 3, 2014 | Susanna Song
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The state’s second largest school district has started the school year with a new look for its lunch menu, after opting out of the National School Lunch Program and forfeiting nearly $1 million in federal funding, to gain more freedom in the food it serves students. In May, the board for Township High School District 214 voted to drop out of the federal program, after deciding its guidelines were too restrictive. For instance, kids would not have been able to buy hard-boiled eggs or certain types of yogurt. School officials also have noted new guidelines consider hummus...
  • Obamacare Court Ruling in Halbig a Major Blow to Opt-Out States

    02/13/2014 3:17:29 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 29 replies
    Open Market ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sam Kazman
    The court’s ruling today in Halbig v. Sebelius delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program. It is also a blow to the small businesses, employees and individuals who live in those states as well. In upholding this IRS regulation that is contrary to the law enacted by Congress, this decision guts the choice made by a majority of the states to stay out of the exchange program. It imposes Obamacare penalties on employers and on many individuals in those states, penalties that Congress never authorized, putting their livelihoods and...
  • Federal law says you CAN opt out of Obamacare and CAN NOT be penalized if you do

    01/09/2014 8:58:27 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 43 replies
    The DC Clothesline ^ | January 9, 2014 | Dr. Eowyn
    Ever heard of a federal law 42 USC § 18115: Freedom Not to Participate in Federal Health Insurance Programs? I haven’t either.But thanks to FOTM reader Joseph, now we all do!This is how Cornell University Law School’s website describes 42 USC § 18115: No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act(or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such...
  • Eight Ways to Opt Out of Obamacare

    12/25/2013 10:31:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 25, 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    With the deadline to sign up for Obamacare having come and gone, many Americans have decided to “opt out” of President Obama’s signature health care reform law, choosing instead to pay the $95 penalty for sidestepping the individual mandate. “For many Americans opting out of Obamacare is the best decision they can make, but it's important that they do it the right way—just refusing to buy health insurance and not having another way to pay for catastrophic medical expenses is a mistake,” Sean Parnell, author of the newly-released The Self-Pay Patient, told Breitbart News. “People who want to opt out...
  • Thumbs up to Generation Opportunity and Evan Feinberg!

    12/13/2013 6:57:01 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 2 replies
    12-13-13 | johnwk
    SEE: Are young Americans paying attention to Obamacare ads?Jennifer Smola,USA TODAY November 20, 2013"On the other side of the issue is the Opt Out campaign, a product of the non-profit organization Generation Opportunity.”Opt Out has employed Web videos and events on college campuses — like the University of Miami — featuring "Creepy Uncle Sam,"who is the visual tool the campaign is using to demonstrate the"creepy" and "intrusive" nature of Obamacare, Generation Opportunity President Evan Feinberg says."Uncle Sam is a symbol of patriotism," Feinbergsays. "Creepy Uncle Sam is what happens when the government oversteps itsbounds."”And why shouldn’t Generation Opportunity not promote...
  • How to Opt Out of Obamacare

    12/11/2013 12:57:27 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 57 replies
    The Self-pay patient ^ | 12-3-13 | Sean Parnell
    December has arrived, and the deadline to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare, of course) that will be effective January 1 is looming large. Recent press accounts suggest the online exchanges are working somewhat better than before, although there are still problems with the federal site and several of the state sites as well. At the same time that people are being urged to sign up for health insurance by the Obama administration and its allies, others are urging people to ‘opt out’ of Obamacare, particularly the young who are generally being asked...
  • Opt out of Obamacare is conservative group's message to young people

    10/13/2013 6:28:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | October 13, 2013 | Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief
    WASHINGTON — As the battle over the health care law was grinding on — Republicans no closer to victory than when they forced the government shutdown — a different fight was rising on a recent Saturday from inside Sharkey's, a bar near the campus of Virginia Tech, 260 miles away. Lured by free beer, gift cards and the chance to win an iPad, 100 students heard a pitch from the young staffers of a group named Generation Opportunity: Obamacare is a bad deal and you should opt out. With enrollment in the insurance marketplaces under way, and tens of millions...
  • More parents opting kids out of standardized tests

    09/08/2013 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 8, 2013 1:45 PM EDT | Katie Zezima
    While his eighth-grade classmates took state standardized tests this spring, Tucker Richardson woke up late and played basketball in his Delaware Township driveway. Tucker’s parents, Wendy and Will, are part of a small but growing number of parents nationwide who are ensuring their children do not participate in standardized testing. They are opposed to the practice for myriad reasons, including the stress they believe it brings on young students, discomfort with tests being used to gauge teacher performance, fear that corporate influence is overriding education and concern that test prep is narrowing curricula down to the minimum needed to pass...
  • Obamacare Fallout: More Doctors Opting Out of Medicare

    07/29/2013 11:13:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 29 Jul 2013 10:06 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Three times more doctors are refusing Medicare patients than three years ago, many citing Medicare's increasing rules and lowered payment rates. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers the program, even doctors who still see some Medicare patients are limiting the number of Medicare patients they will treat, reports The Wall Street Journal. … The numbers of doctors refusing both Medicare and Medicaid payments won’t completely undermine Obamacare, health experts say, but some patients may have problems finding doctors who will accept their new coverage under the healthcare reform law. …
  • As Towns Say No, Signs of Rising Resistance to Smart Meters

    05/28/2013 7:21:52 PM PDT · by opentalk · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | Chris Hooks
    BRADY, Tex. — In October, the City Council of this Central Texas town voted unanimously to purchase advanced electric meters, known as smart meters, for the city-owned electric utility. But some residents resisted, and the smart meter vote played a large role in last weekend’s recall of the city’s mayor and the electoral defeat of two council members. Voters here passed a referendum last weekend to enshrine in the City Charter the right of residents to refuse the installation of smart meters on their property. Sheila Hemphill, an organizer of the effort, called the victory her “San Jacinto.” The reaction...
  • Smart Meters – Not a Smart Idea Health & Safety Risks of Wireless Utility Meters

    05/07/2013 4:05:52 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 28 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 7, 2013 | Rick Haymow
    There are now 322 million cell phone subscribers in the U.S. and 4 billion worldwide with over 5 million cell towers and antennas scattered across the planet. 20 million Americans currently use wireless laptops, tablets, and routers, and according to the Wireless Association, that number has increased by 50% in just the last two years. Wireless devices emit radio frequency radiation (RFR) that consists of low intensity high frequency radio waves of non-ionizing radiation in the microwave range of approximately 900 MHz to 2.4 GHz. Wireless RFR now permeates most cities and rural areas and is spreading at lightning speed...
  • Can you opt out of Obamacare?

    11/28/2012 12:30:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Citizens Council for Health Freedom ^ | 11-27-12 | twila brase
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out Section 1555, one of the major chinks in PPACA's armor according to an attorney at the Goldwater Institute. Section 1555 is in the law under "Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions." Since bringing this up, I've heard from some who believe that this section is limited solely to those who sell ("issue") health insurance. Here again is Section 1555: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made...
  • Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues

    05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    JSOnline via twincities.com ^ | 5/18/12 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks. What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues. But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that...
  • Federal immigration enforcement is mandatory, memo says

    01/09/2012 8:47:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    LAT ^ | January 8, 2012, 11:01 p.m. | Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
    Two years after the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program was implemented, federal officials determined that choices available to local law enforcement agencies that wished to decline or limit their participation would be "streamlined" or "eliminated," making the information-sharing program mandatory, according to a memo recently made public. Launched in 2008, Secure Communities was promoted to local and state leaders as a way to focus immigration enforcement efforts on "serious convicted criminals." But the program, which involves the FBI sharing fingerprints collected from county jails with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has come under fire because a large percentage of immigrants...