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  • NARAL President: Repealing Obamacare ‘Is About Disempowering Women’

    01/06/2017 6:02:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 5, 2017 | 6:06 PM EST | Lauretta Brown
    A Republican initiative aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act “is about denying women healthcare” and “disempowering women,” NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue said on Capitol Hill Thursday. Speaking at a press conference held by House Democratic leaders to protest GOP plans to repeal the ACA and defund Planned Parenthood, Hogue said President-elect Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP-controlled Senate have “no mandate to take away our healthcare.” “More Americans voted for Democratic leadership in the White House and the Senate than voted for the Republicans,” she said. Hogue also cited “reports” saying “that Trump voters are...
  • Trump: Dems 'Own the Failed ObamaCare Disaster...Don't Let the Schumer Clowns Out of This Web'

    01/04/2017 8:18:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2017 | 9:37 AM EST | Susan Jones
    President-elect Donald Trump is reminding Republicans that Democrats “own the failed ObamaCare disaster” and should not “let the Schumer clowns out of this web.” In three tweets on Wednesday morning, Trump said: “Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases…like the 116% hike in Arizona. Also, deductibles are so high that it is practically useless. Don’t let the Schumer clowns out of this web…massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess. It will fall of its own weight...
  • NC governor pledges to expand Medicaid, despite state law

    01/04/2017 4:22:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2016 7:03 PM EST | Gary D. Robertson
    Setting up more conflict with the Republican-led legislature, new North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced plans to expand Medicaid through the federal health care overhaul, even though a state law specially prevents such unilateral action. Cooper, the attorney general for the past 16 years before narrowly beating GOP Gov. Pat McCrory in November, announced at a New-Year economic forum that he plans to file paperwork with federal regulators by Friday. Cooper’s action comes in the waning days of the administration of President Barack Obama, who championed the 2010 health care law and wants to protect his legacy,...
  • Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode

    01/02/2017 11:03:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2017 12:09 PM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past. After years of pushing forward a progressive agenda, legislative Democrats will be pushing back against conservative policies from President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. Instead of expanding Medi-Cal health coverage to adult immigrants who can’t prove they’re legally in the country, Democrats are now concentrating on how to retain health coverage for those who already have it. And anti-poverty...
  • Obama lines up a meeting with lawmakers, a speech in Chicago

    12/31/2016 9:35:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 2:31 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    Eager to stop Republicans from destroying his signature health care law, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers will meet next week to try to forge a common strategy. Obama also plans a major valedictory speech in Chicago, his hometown, shortly before his presidency ends. Obama will travel to the Capitol on Wednesday morning for the meeting with House and Senate Democrats, according to an invitation sent to lawmakers. The White House is casting it as an effort to unite Democrats behind a plan to protect the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, before Republicans have a chance to settle...
  • In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama's agenda

    12/31/2016 8:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 11:35 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Republicans’ grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama’s agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama’s health care law. Beyond that, they’ll look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities. Republicans will face some obstacles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats “stand ready to fight vigorously” to protect health care and other...
  • Obama says he'll focus on helping new generation of leaders

    12/19/2016 8:56:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2016 6:29 AM EST
    President Barack Obama says one of his missions after leaving office will be to develop a new generation of leaders on issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform and expanding health insurance coverage. In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, Obama said he wants to ensure that young people working on those issues have “whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up.” Obama said in the interview airing Monday that the issues he cares most about will be well served when that new generation moves into positions of authority. …
  • Californians with pre-existing conditions worried about health care future

    12/17/2016 5:34:33 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | December 17, 2016 | Tracy Seipel
    Atherton resident Evan Collins lives in the nation’s second priciest ZIP code, where $4 million barely buys you a fixer-upper.
  • Pelosi on Ryan's Medicaid Plan: People ‘Won’t Be Able to Go to Their Own Doctor’

    12/07/2016 6:42:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2016 | 4:31 PM EST | Penny Starr
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) proposal to cut Medicaid spending over time to help balance the federal budget would prevent seniors from seeing the doctor of their choosing. “And I might add with what they want to do to the Affordable Care Act and what they want to do in the Ryan budget to Medicaid — a trillion dollars over 10 years taken out of Medicaid,” Pelosi said. “Two thirds of that goes to long-term heath care to our seniors.” “They won’t be able to go to their own doctor...
  • Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

    12/07/2016 3:18:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 2:03 PM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of “significant market disruption” that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. Republicans dismiss such dire scenarios, saying that they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign. […] The new study from the nonpartisan Urban Institute looks at a scenario where “repeal” goes through, but “replace” stalls. It predicts heavy collateral damage for people buying individual...
  • McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time

    12/03/2016 7:30:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 177 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 12:12 PM EST
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress will act early next year to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative. […] Speaking in Louisville, McConnell cautioned that the law’s critics “can’t just snap your fingers and go from where we are today to where we’re headed.” He said a replacement to the health care law will be done in a “phased-in way.” …
  • Obama: Health care act is law, US can't go backward

    12/02/2016 3:39:02 PM PST · by mdittmar · 164 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 2, 2016 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging the public to help save his health care law, which is in serious danger of being repealed under President-elect Donald Trump.In a Facebook Live appearance, Obama says the Affordable Care Act has improved millions of lives over the six years it's been the "law of the land." He says the country can't go "backward."
  • Rep. McDermott: It's ‘Not American’ To Remove Individual Mandate for Health Insurance

    11/30/2016 2:40:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2016 | 12:27 PM EST | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) says removing the federal government's individual mandate to purchase health insurance is “not American.” McDermott told C-Span’s Washington Journal Tuesday, that Republican efforts to remove the government mandate to purchase health insurance from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will not work. …
  • Schumer: Republicans Are 'Plotting a War on Seniors'

    11/30/2016 6:18:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 114 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2016 | 5:45 AM EST | Susan Jones
    During the presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump said he would not cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, but no matter. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the next Senate minority leader, on Tuesday warned that Republicans are “plotting a war on seniors.” The New York Democrat said he was “so disappointed” that Trump has nominated Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be his Health and Human Services secretary. “When it comes to issues like Medicare, the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood, Congressman Price and the average American couldn’t be further apart,” Schumer told a news conference on Capitol Hill. …
  • Trump to nominate Georgia Rep. Tom Price as health secretary

    11/28/2016 8:11:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 28, 2016 10:50 PM EST | Julie Pace
    President-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a leading critic of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law, to head the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a person familiar with the decision. If confirmed by the Senate, Price will play a central role in Republican efforts to repeal and replace the current health care law. Trump has pledged to move quickly on overhauling the landmark measure, but has been vague about what he hopes to see in a replacement bill. …
  • Top Senate Dem serves notice to GOP, Trump on priorities [Schumer]

    11/19/2016 5:07:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2016 7:01 PM EST | Erica Werner
    Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is threatening political payback if congressional Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump try to undo President Barack Obama’s major legislative achievements. “They will rue the day” they repeal Obama’s health care law, Senate Democrats’ leader-in-waiting told The Associated Press in an interview in his office on Friday. “It’s a political nightmare for them. They’ll be like the dog that caught the bus.” Trump, after meeting with Obama, said he’d like to keep popular pieces of the six-year-old law, including the requirement to extend coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and the provision allowing young...
  • ObamaCare’s Chickens Come Home to Roost

    11/03/2016 8:57:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 11/03/16 10:00am | Austin Bay
    Lies passed ObamaCare legislation, lies supported its implementation. As its death spiral begins, angry and panicked lies by Democratic apologists attempt to deflect accountability for its economic devastation. ObamaCare’s economic wreckage will insure President Barack Obama’s now classic promises regarding ObamaCare will eventually scar his legacy. History is written usually by the victors. In the case of ObamaCare, the economic losers are so numerous their bitter complaints will write the titles, fill the chapters and pack the footnotes. …
  • Anthem says it may trim Obamacare participation in 2018

    11/02/2016 9:56:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 2, 2016 | 10:46am EDT | Caroline Humer and Ankur Banerjee
    U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Wednesday raised the prospect of smaller participation in the individual Obamacare exchanges in 2018, saying it would have a market-by-market strategy that hinges on 2017 profitability. The company said that losses due to sicker-than-expected customers in its individual Obamacare plans were a bit less than foreseen in the third quarter and that it was planning for a slight profit in that business next year. For 2018, it is targeting 2018 profit margins in the low- to mid-single-digits from the individual business. …
  • Obama says health consumers need to shop around

    10/27/2016 3:40:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2016 5:41 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is telling workers and volunteers signing up customers for health insurance coverage that the enrollment season comes at a critical time in the Affordable Care Act’s history. […] Some insurers have bailed out of markets and premiums are jumping in many states. But Obama says government tax credits will offset the premium increases for most consumers. He says people will be pleasantly surprised at just how affordable their options are, if they shop around. …
  • Trump hits hard at 'Obamacare' after gloomy report

    10/25/2016 9:12:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 25, 2016 11:43 AM EDT | Jonathan Lemire and Steve Peoples
    Donald Trump declared Tuesday that “Obamacare is just blowing up,” hoping for powerful late-campaign ammunition against Hillary Clinton after the government projected sharp cost increases for President Barack Obama’s health care program. Just two weeks before Election Day, the New York businessman addressed the health care development during an appearance at one of his Florida golf resorts that highlighted the extraordinary intersection of his business and political interests. His message was somewhat scattershot, leaving questions of how well he and his party can capitalize on a revived emphasis on “Obamacare.” …
  • Open Enrollment In Affordable Care Marketplace Will Bring Unpleasant Changes To Consumers

    10/25/2016 7:39:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | October 24, 2016 9:50 PM | Pat Loeb
    When the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period begins next week, customers will see some changes, including fewer choices and higher prices. In Pennsylvania, the number of insurers in the marketplace has gone from 13 to eight. In Philadelphia, just two insurers are left and premiums are expected to rise 53 percent.Aviva Aron-Dine of Health and Human Services says the size of the hike reflects artificially low rates early on. Pennsylvania had among the lowest rates in the nation. …
  • Phila. area faces hefty increases in Affordable Care Act rates

    10/17/2016 4:09:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer via Philly.com ^ | October 17, 2016 — 6:06 PM EDT | Harold Brubaker
    Because of market turmoil and decisions by United Healthcare and Aetna to withdraw from Affordable Care Act exchanges in Pennsylvania for 2017, the remaining insurer in the Philadelphia area, Independence Blue Cross, has been granted bigger rate increase — 28 percent — than it requested in the spring, the state Insurance Department said Monday. Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said additional companies beyond United and Aetna were considering ending their ACA individual-exchange businesses in Pennsylvania. If that happened, some counties might have been left without any offerings on the exchange, which is where individuals have to buy plans to qualify for...
  • Study: Obamacare Penalizes Americans Who Work Full-time

    10/13/2016 12:24:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 11, 2016 | 3:25 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    A new study on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University shows that the health care law penalizes Americans who work full-time, will reduce the number of full-time workers, and rewards those who work less. “The ACA’s employment taxes create strong incentives to work less,” the study, The Affordable Care Act and the New Economics of Part-Time Work, states. “The health subsidies’ structure will put millions in a position in which working part-time (29 hours or fewer, as defined by the ACA) will yield more disposable income than working their normal full-time...
  • GOP seeks to block ObamaCare settlements with insurers

    10/06/2016 5:14:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/05/16 05:28 PM EDT | Peter Sullivan and Sarah Ferris
    Republicans in Congress are plotting ways to block the Obama administration from paying insurance companies hundreds of millions of dollars as part of an ObamaCare program. GOP lawmakers say they are looking at “a dozen” options — including a possible provision in the year-end spending bill — to prevent the administration from using an obscure fund within the Treasury Department to pay out massive settlements to insurers. The insurance companies are suing over a shortfall in an ObamaCare program that they say is damaging their businesses. Settling the cases could help insurers deal with losses on the ObamaCare marketplaces, but...
  • UnitedHealth sued over prescription drug co-pay costs

    10/05/2016 5:10:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    CNBC ^ | ‎10‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎
    UnitedHealth Group has been sued by three customers who accused the largest U.S. health insurer of charging co-payments for prescription drugs that were higher than their actual cost and pocketing the difference. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Minnesota by three UnitedHealth customers, seeks to represent a nationwide class that it says could include "tens of thousands" of people insured by UnitedHealth. The lawsuit said Minnesota-based UnitedHealth and affiliated companies charged customers co-payments for drugs that were significantly higher than prices it negotiated with pharmacies for those drugs. For example, the lawsuit claims, one class member paid a...
  • Obama's Ideas to Fix Obamacare: Expand Medicaid, Offer a 'Public Option'

    10/04/2016 11:50:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 4, 2016 | 8:43 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    President Barack Obama is “quite proud” that his signature health care law has expanded coverage to 20 million more Americans. But he admits the law could be strengthened, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday. “The president does have some ideas for things that we could do to further strengthen Obamacare. The first is to find a way to ensure that every state across the country is expanding Medicaid, consistent with what was envisioned in the law.” Earnest said “too many Republican governors” have blocked Medicaid expansion “just because of political differences” with Obama. But some of those governors...
  • This Just In: Obamacare Collapsing

    10/03/2016 5:24:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 03, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    The whole idea behind the scam known as Obamacare — from its Stalinist passage along a strict party line vote, to its ludicrous state “exchanges,” to its predictably parlous financial condition, to its misuse of a politicized IRS to act as its enforcer, to its destruction of the reputation of a pusillanimous and cowardly chief justice John Roberts — was to wreck the American private-insurance industry so dramatically that a demoralized and anxious public would demand socialized medicine, aka a “single-payer” system. That day is now here. […]The departing president, the woman who seeks to replace him and nearly one-third...
  • Minnesota regulator: Insurance market in dire situation

    10/02/2016 8:35:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2016 3:24 PM EDT | Kyle Potter
    Minnesota’s individual health care market is in “an emergency situation,” the state’s top industry regulator said Friday, noting that it took the approval of massive rate increases to persuade all its remaining insurance companies not to pull out for next year. After a major insurer’s exit from the market earlier this year, the state scrambled to convince the seven remaining companies to continue offering plans to those residents who aren’t covered by an employer or through a public program, Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said. The state agreed to rate increases that range from an average of 50 percent...
  • Memo to Congress: No ObamaCare Bailouts

    09/28/2016 10:11:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Investor’s Business Daily ^ | 09/27/2016 | Nathan Nascimento
    Friday afternoons are the Obama administration’s preferred time to release information it doesn’t want the public to see. Case in point: On Sept. 9, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quietly released a memo indicating its intention to bail out the health insurance companies participating in the Affordable Care Act. Congress — and the American people — should pay attention. Such a bailout is one of the administration’s top goals between now and Dec. 31. But spending billions of taxpayer dollars would only prop up a failing law that continues to harm the people it was supposed to...
  • Census Bureau: 118,395,000 on 'Government Health Insurance' in 2015; 28,966,000 Uninsured…[tr]

    09/13/2016 10:56:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 13, 2016 | 10:47 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    There were approximately 118,395,000 people in the United States who had “government health insurance” at some time during 2015 and 28,966,000 who were uninsured for the entire year, according to numbers released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The number on government health insurance was up 10,108,000 from 2013, when 108,287,000 people in the United States had government health insurance, according to the Census Bureau. […] Table 1 in the report shows the numbers that the Census Bureau estimated for each type of health insurance coverage based on its Current Population Survey. A footnote to the Table states: “The estimates...
  • Obamacare Shrinks Economy through Medicaid Expansion and Tax Credit Cliffs

    09/07/2016 10:19:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | September 6, 2016 | Hans Bader
    Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid reduced employment in those states that participated in it by a statistically significant extent, according to a recent study by Georgetown University’s Tomas Wind:“I find a significant negative relationship between Medicaid expansion and labor force participation, in which expanding Medicaid is associated with 1.5 to 3 percentage point drop in labor force participation.”As Wind notes, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion provided an unusually good test case for the effects of a government program, since it went into effect in some states but not others during the covered period. […] Ironically, despite its enormous cost of billions of dollars...
  • ObamaCare coverage options disappearing across country, report finds

    08/29/2016 7:02:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 29, 2016
    Nearly a third of U.S. counties will be left with just one insurance option next year on the ObamaCare exchanges, according to a new analysis fueling warnings about the impact of the insurance company exodus from markets across the country. The Kaiser Family Foundation study found residents in Pinal County, Ariz., are even at risk of having no insurance options on the exchanges, which provide subsidized plans. Republicans seized on the report Monday to claim that the health care overhaul is not providing the choices promised by President Obama and others. […] The Kaiser Family Foundation study found that overall,...
  • Last chance? Obama administration proposes health law fixes

    08/29/2016 5:09:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2016 6:01 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    In one of its last chances to tinker with the president’s signature health care law, the Obama administration Monday proposed a series of fixes and adjustments for 2018, when the White House will have a new occupant. The changes are detailed in a highly technical draft regulation, nearly 300 pages long. Insurers and consumer advocates were trying to decipher its implications Monday evening. The proposal would update the health insurance marketplace’s premium stabilization system to reflect concerns that insurers have raised. It also proposes changes to a current five-year ban on companies returning to the health law’s markets after they...
  • Obamacare Critic: 'Premiums Are Going Up, Up, Up'

    08/18/2016 9:17:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 18, 2016 | 4:48 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    When Obamacare’s fourth open enrollment period begins on November 1, many customers will face fewer insurance options and much higher prices. “Only the sick people sign up. And that’s why the premiums are going up, up, up,” said Obamacare critic Betsy McCaughey, who is the former Lt. Gov. of New York. Premiums will go up by double digits, she predicted — “20 percent for the biggest plans in New York, 40 percent in Tennessee, and somewhere in between around the country.” …
  • Cost of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion 49% Higher Than Previously Estimated

    08/12/2016 10:14:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | August 12, 2016 | 12:00 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    A government report finds that the cost of expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people is increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. The law provided for the federal government to pay the entire cost of the Medicaid expansion from 2014 through the end of this year. Obama has proposed an extra incentive for states that have not yet expanded Medicaid: three years of full federal financing no matter when they start. But the new cost estimates could complicate things. In a recent report to Congress, the Centers for Medicare...
  • Obama: Honesty Is ‘Absolutely Necessary’ Trait for a President

    07/24/2016 11:27:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 78 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 24, 2016 | David Rutz
    President Obama said in an interview with CBS airing Sunday that honesty was “absolutely necessary” for a president in order to build trust with the American people. Obama has endorsed his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to succeed him in the White House. In the wake of her private email scandal and the FBI’s revelation that she was “extremely careless” with classified material, Clinton’s honesty numbers with the public are dismal. The FBI also refuted Clinton’s constant claim that she never sent or received classified material on her server, which she has dismissed as a mere “mistake.” “FDR and...
  • 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...
  • New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person

    07/13/2016 4:44:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 13, 2016 5:21 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The nation’s health care tab this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the problem of high health care costs on to its successor. The report from number crunchers at the Department of Health and Human Services projects that health care spending will grow at a faster rate than the national economy over the coming decade. That squeezes the ability of federal and state governments, not to mention employers and average citizens, to pay. Growth is projected to average 5.8 percent from...
  • Director Affleck Casts Literal Bible Believers as 'Neanderthals'

    06/08/2007 7:56:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 70 replies · 2,342+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As NewsBuster Geoffrey Dickens has noted, Ben Affleck appeared on yesterday evening's edition of Hardball. And while it's true that the actor/director/Dem activist offered a generally innocuous analysis, he did manage to engage in a bit of religious bigotry. Affleck's foul foray arose in the course of his discussion of the way the various Republican candidates have dealt with the issue of evolution and creationism. Talk turned to the former governor of Arkansas. BEN AFFLECK: I think Huckabee actually framed his position in a much less dramatic way than had been made out. Which was he said it could...
  • Gen. Flynn on Abortion: 'Woman Have to Be Able to Choose'

    07/10/2016 7:58:25 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 77 replies
    ABC This Week ^ | July 10, 2016
    Possible Trump VP pick Gen. Michael Flynn on abortion: "Woman have to be able to choose." #ThisWeek
  • Meet the Leftist Reverend Behind the Dallas Black Lives Matter Protest

    07/08/2016 9:56:04 AM PDT · by maggief · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 8, 2016 | Jen Lawrence
    The lead organizer of the Dallas protest where snipers opened fire on police officers has made several disturbing comments on his social media. A Breitbart News review of Jeff Hood’s internet footprint revealed regular posts about the apocalypse, violent retribution to police, and Hood even recently posted about the 2013 death of a self proclaimed “social justice warrior” who committed suicide by lighting himself on fire in front of a shopping mall in Texas. Video of Hood speaking on camera just after the attack surfaced on social media where Hood talks about “leading the protest” (snip) Reverend Hood closely follows...
  • After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs

    07/06/2016 7:19:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    npr ^ | 07/06/2016
    Prescription drug prices continue to climb, putting the pinch on consumers. Some older Americans appear to be seeking an alternative to mainstream medicines that has become easier to get legally in many parts of the country. Just ask Cheech and Chong. Research published Wednesday found that states that legalized medical marijuana — which is sometimes recommended for symptoms like chronic pain, anxiety or depression — saw declines in the number of Medicare prescriptions for drugs used to treat those conditions and a dip in spending by Medicare Part D, which covers the cost on prescription medications. Because the prescriptions for...
  • Court Strikes Down Obama Health Care Rule on Insurance Standards

    07/05/2016 6:50:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2016 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has ruled that consumers must be allowed to buy certain types of health insurance that do not meet the stringent standards of the Affordable Care Act, deciding that the administration had gone beyond the terms of federal law. The court struck down a rule issued by the Obama administration that barred the sale of such insurance as a separate stand-alone product. “Disagreeing with Congress’s expressly codified policy choices isn’t a luxury administrative agencies enjoy,” the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said on Friday in a decision that criticized...
  • Elite NYC school teaching kindergartners about 'white privilege'

    07/02/2016 4:19:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 2, 2016 | Paul Sperry
    An elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from “white privilege,” while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers. Administrators at the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side claim it’s a novel approach to fighting discrimination, and that several other private New York schools are doing it, but even liberal parents aren’t buying it. They complain the K-8 school of 430 kids is separating whites in classes where they’re made to feel awful about their “whiteness,” and all the “kids of color”...
  • About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year

    06/30/2016 8:53:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 6:39 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law dropped out by the end of March, according to administration figures released late Thursday. The report from the Health and Human Services department said some 11.1 million people were still signed up. But that’s a drop of nearly 13 percent from the 12.7 million who initially enrolled for subsidized private coverage this year. Those dropouts failed to seal the deal by paying their premiums. …
  • An Abortion Business was fined $77 for a Patient Death; The Average Animal Shelter Fine: $5,305

    06/28/2016 5:26:06 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 9 replies
    Presentation Right to Life ^ | April 3, 2015 | CharlesOConnell
    Abortion Clinic That allegedly Killed Woman and Failed Inspection Just Gets $77 Fine Dog Pounds Are Better Regulated Than Abortion Businesses John Jansen April 3, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois | LifeNewsImagine you run a shoddy abortion clinic that amasses a $36,000 fine by your state’s health department after an 18-year old patient dies. “Women’s Aid Center” Abortion Business “Providing the Support and Care You Deserve”You file for bankruptcy, but your case is dismissed.Then, you close out your bank account, dissolve your old company, change your name, and move to a different location.When the state comes calling, you say the old...
  • WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH v. HELLERSTEDT - First: NULLIFY; Second: LIMIT (as with all SCOTUS Decisions

    06/27/2016 11:14:45 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 20 replies
    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/15-274_p8k0.pdf ^ | June 27, 2016 | Supreme Court of the U.S.
    See link for opinion which is void of good-faith constitutionally-based reasoning.
  • In Voisine v. US, SCOTUS just ruled people convicted of domestic violence can't buy guns

    06/27/2016 9:17:13 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 46 replies
    AOL ^ | June 27, 2016 | Marie Solis
    On Monday, in the case of Voisine v. the United States, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision that prohibits people convicted of domestic violence from purchasing guns in a 6-2 vote, according to SCOTUSBlog. This was the case of two Maine men who were convicted on state domestic violence charges and then found with firearms and charged with violating a federal law that prohibits domestic abusers from having firearms," reads the live blog. "The question was whether their convictions qualified under the statute."
  • Breaking: SCOTUS Strikes Down Texas Abortion Laws

    06/27/2016 7:10:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 274 replies
    WaPo ^ | 06-27-2016 | Staff
    The Supreme Court struck down Texas abortion restrictions that had caused more than half of the state’s abortion clinics to close.
  • 'Daily Show' slammed for controversial tweet on Texas abortion ruling

    06/27/2016 3:15:07 PM PDT · by pburgh01 · 29 replies
    "The Daily Show" is under fire for a tweet they sent out many are calling out of line. In response to the Supreme Court's decision Monday to strike down a Texas law regulating abortion clinics, the "Daily Show" tweeted, "Celebrate the #SCOTUS ruling! Go knock someone up in Texas!"