Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
If You Really Care About Ending Poverty, Stop Talking About Inequality | W. Bradford Wilcox at the Atlantic
W. Bradford Wilcox at The Atlantic: Don’t mind the rich-poor gap. Statistical analysis shows three factors—overall income growth, marriages, and local government spending—matter most for poorer children chasing the American Dream.
WorldNetDaily: The House of Representatives will vote Friday on legislation to force the Obama administration to reveal Obamacare enrollment data and other key figures so lawmakers and the public can see whether the goals are being met and the right people are signing up.
One News Now: The Media Research Center reports that Internews, a global non-profit media organization founded in 1982 by self-described Marxist and anti-war protester Soros, has received more than $364 million from the State Department and USAID since 2002 (see breakdown below). That accounts for 80 percent of the organization’s funding, primarily in the form of federal grants.
NCPA Policy Digest: Can an employer pay chronically ill workers to leave the company health plan and get insurance somewhere else? That’s a question some business owners are asking, now that no one can be turned away from individual health plans under ObamaCare, says BusinessWeek.
Ben Shapiro at Townhall: Conservatives talk results when discussing the shortcomings of socialism. They’re right: Socialism is ineffective, destructive and stunting to the human spirit. But they’re wrong to abandon the field of morality when discussing the contrast between freedom and control. And it’s this abandonment — this perverse laziness — that has led to socialism’s comeback, even though within living memory, we have seen continental economies collapse and millions slaughtered in the name of this false god.
The Courant: The Connecticut Insurance Department is directing all health insurance companies operating in the state to provide coverage of mental health counseling, hormone therapy, surgery and other treatments related to a patient’s gender transition.
AP: There’s another quirk in the Obama administration’s new health insurance system: It lacks a way for consumers to quickly and easily update their coverage for the birth of a baby and other common life changes.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker at Patheos: Every society that has advanced and moved forward historically has moved beyond matriarchy and polygamy. This must be so because matriarchy demeans men and polygamy demeans women. Only in monogamy are man and woman ideally treated as equals.
The Hill: The Gallup survey released on Wednesday showed that 72 percent of people say that “big government” is a bigger threat to the country than “big labor” or “big business.”
Media And Politicians Want To Impose Same-sex “marriage” – But Citizens Fight Back. The Case Of Estonia
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The controversial “Lunacek-Report” was rubberstamped in yesterday’s session of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties and will probably be voted in one of the Parliament’s plenary sessions in January. The support of Socialists, Communists, and Greens for this radical paper is not really surprising (after all these groups are known to have embraced same-sex “marriage”, homosexual adoption, etc. as part of their social agenda) – but with regard to the Conservative and Christian Democrat members of the committee one is tempted to wonder whether they have really understood what they have raised their hands for. The experience with the Estrela-Report should have taught them to be more watchful.
The Hill: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) offered the outlines of a Republican alternative to ObamaCare in the party’s weekly address. “There are common-sense, bipartisan solutions to our health care problems that don’t require ObamaCare’s wholesale government take-over of the system,” Toomey said.
Washington Blade: The document from the Department of Health & Human Services, dated Dec. 2, finds that the reasoning for the ban is “not complete and adequate” to support denying Medicare coverage for transgender people seeking the procedure.
NewsMax: The Affordable Care Act is “intentionally designed to screw over young people” who are being forced to pay higher premiums, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says.
National Review: Obamacare’s defenders often point to states like Washington to prove that the law is succeeding. However, the Evergreen State is signing up vastly more people for Medicaid than for private insurance.
The Hill: Companies with fewer than 50 employees were slated to begin buying coverage through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), an online exchange, this month. The exchange’s delay means small businesses will instead have to seek out coverage through an agent or broker.
Politico: The Obama administration today announced a year-long delay of online enrollment for small businesses looking to purchase health coverage through federal-run exchanges, another setback for HealthCare.gov.
Capitol City Project: With the roll out of Obamacare being as disastrous as possible for the Obama administration, one group was given a $1 million grant to help lead a rebranding effort with hopes of salvaging the law in the eyes of the American people.
Walter Williams at CNSNews: The idea that one person should be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another has served as the foundation of mankind’s ugliest and most brutal regimes. Do we want that for America?
Fox News: Almost 80 million people with employer health plans could find their coverage canceled because they are not compliant with ObamaCare, several experts predicted.
The Hill: Heritage Action announced Monday that it would include a vote on Yellen’s nomination, which is expected to take place in December, on its congressional scorecard. A vote in favor of Yellen will be rated negatively.
Michael Barone at Human Events: As Utah Senator Mike Lee noted in speeches at the Heritage Foundation, “the problem of poverty is linked to family breakdown and the erosion of marriage among low-income families and communities.” Lee is careful not to cast opprobrium on single or divorced parents. But he insists on pointing to the uncomfortable but undeniable fact that economic outcomes for their children have been far worse than those for children raised in two-parent families. That produces many personal tragedies. And in cold economic terms, it means that society is losing gross domestic product because of less than optimal development of human capital.
CNSNews: President Barack Obama on Wednesday awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian – the Presidential Medal of Freedom – to 16 people, including a homosexual who led the socialist party in the United States and astronaut Sally Ride, whose partner “outed” her as a lesbian in Ride’s obituary last year.
Human Events: How many Democrats made the promise? There’s no comprehensive list of all of them, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office has compiled a list of 27 Democratic senators who pledged that Americans could keep their coverage under Obamacare. The list includes the entire Democratic leadership in the Senate as well as Democrats facing tough re-election races in 2014, like Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, and Kay Hagan. Here is that list, compiled by McConnell’s office . . .
NCPA Policy Digest: Young men and women who pay a fine instead of buying coverage are not making an irrational choice. They know how little care they need and use. They also may be beginning to understand that the high cost of their plans reflects the redistribution of their wealth to older people and a bunch of mandated services that don’t make sense for them.
Obamacare Bombshell: Department of Justice Brief from AFLC Litigation Exposes Obama’s Lie: “You Can Keep Your Plan if You Like It”
American Freedom Law Center (includes video): David Yerushalmi, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, commented: “What President Obama is doing to the uniquely American constitutional republic—a nation of laws not of charismatic charlatans—appears nearly irreversible. But, at long last and thankfully, the American people are waking up to the atrocity that is Obamacare and are accordingly holding President Obama and his army of liberal, progressive bureaucrats accountable for their destructive policies and lies.”
Marco Rubio at Wall Street Journal: It is a damning indictment of ObamaCare’s viability when the president’s only response to people losing their health insurance plans entails putting them on the hook for bailing out insurance companies. The American people are already being directly hurt by ObamaCare’s early failures, and it is unconscionable that they be expected to bail out companies when more failures emerge.
Washington Post (includes video): President Obama announced Thursday an administrative change in one of the bedrock ideas of the new health-care law, allowing insurers to continue offering individual insurance plans for another year even if they do not comply with the law’s rules for minimum benefits.
The Columbian: Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler quickly quashed President Obama’s offer to allow canceled insurance plans to continue through 2014. “We will not be allowing insurance companies to extend their policies,” Kreidler said in a written statement issued Thursday morning. “I believe this is in the best interest of the health insurance market in Washington.”
Christian Science Monitor: A study of small businesses found that many are cutting full-time workers or worker hours to comply with Obamacare. Franchises are making the biggest cuts.
CNSNews: As more and more Democrats point accusing fingers at states that have opted not to expand their Medicaid programs, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said for him, it’s a question of Medicaid reform — and whether the federal government will keep its promises to the states.
AP: Voters in left-leaning Seattle, where police recently handed out snacks at a large marijuana festival and politicians often try to out-liberal each other, are close to electing a Socialist candidate to the City Council.
Breitbart: There are too many rolling and coming catastrophes caused by ObamaCare to keep track of. Just wait until the employer market is hit late next year. But within a few weeks, a humanitarian crisis is about to hit millions who could find themselves without health insurance. Millions who had their insurance policies cancelled are now unable to re-insure themselves on the broken ObamaCare websites. In liberal Massachusetts alone, only 1% of those cancellations have re-enrolled.
Sacramento CBS (AP): Jones says more than 1 million cancellation notices have been sent to Californians as the Affordable Care Act begins allowing individuals to buy insurance through exchanges.
Fox News: Fewer than 50,000 Americans have thus far bought a health-care plan on the problem-plagued ObamaCare website according to an insurance industry report, representing only a fraction of the half-million enrollees the administration apparently wanted the first month.
Rasmussen: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 35% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the trouble-plagued health care law is good for America. Fifty-five percent (55%) consider it bad for the country.
The Hill: The GOP wants to rebuild its political capital and public credibility by solving ObamaCare’s implementation problems. This pivot comes after Republicans took major hits in polls following the government shutdown.
Weekly Standard (embeds video): Former President Bill Clinton said that President Obama should keep his pledge to allow people to keep their current health care plans, if they like them, under Obamacare . . .
Capitol City Project: The state of Delaware spent $4 million in federal grant money on Obamacare enrollment and has only signed up four people in the last month– effectively costing taxpayers $1 million per enrollee.
The Hill: Delaware has seen only a handful enrollments in its new ObamaCare insurance exchange, which is served by HealthCare.gov, according to an informal survey of community groups. The Associated Press reported that four patients had signed up for coverage as of Wednesday.
The Atlantic: The first time I heard Nona Willis Aronowitz talk about getting divorced to save money on health insurance I thought she couldn’t really be serious. We were at Monte’s, an old Italian place in South Brooklyn, having dinner with a group of New York women writers in late July.
Daily Mail: More than 3.5 million Americans have lost their individual health insurance plans as the Obamacare system nears full implementation, and an irreverent website and Twitter account is showing off their cancellation letters. But the project, mycancellation.com, has had a rocky start, with Twitter freezing its account at least three times since it launched last week.
Yahoo Finance: Insurers say the early buyers of health coverage on the nation’s troubled new websites are older than expected so far, raising early concerns about the economics of the insurance marketplaces.
Burlington Free Press: Vermont’s new insurance marketplace, like its federal counterpart, had a rocky launch Oct. 1 and remains plagued with glitches.
Washington Times: President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing a government-wide effort to boost preparation in states and local communities for the impact of global warming.
NCPA Policy Digest: The great American jobs machine is faltering, and it is time for Washington to pay attention. Part of the problem is the weakness of the current economic recovery. During the Great Recession, the labor-force participation rate declined. But even after the downturn ended in mid-2009, the rate continued to decline. The aging of the U.S. workforce explains only a fraction of this worrisome development.
CMS Spent More Than $1T in Less Than 1 Yr; More Than Entire Gov’t Spent When Medicaid-Medicare Enacted
CNSNews: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the federal government’s major health-care programs, and which was responsible for developing the Obamacare health-insurance exchange website, spent more than $1 trillion in just the first eleven months of fiscal 2013, according to the Treasury.
AP: With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president’s health care overhaul law.
CNSNews: Louisiana is one of 25 states that has not expanded Medicaid coverage for low-income adults under Obamacare, even though the state has a relatively high percentage of uninsured people.
Star Parker at LifeSiteNews: Our massive entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — now make up about 45 percent of our current federal budget. These programs are overwhelmingly driven by the demographics of the country, mostly directly, but also indirectly. Their economics are driven both by how long we live but also by how many children we have.
Breitbart: In an extensive roundup of the numbers, Forbes’ Josh Archambault reveals that, upon close inspection, the number of people losing their insurance coverage in merely three states towers over that of people newly insured in all 50. He notes that over half a million Americans have received notices that they will lose their coverage in Florida, California, Philadelphia, in addition to numbers coming in from several other states. Comparatively, “only 476,000 applications have been ‘filed’ in an exchange.”
The Hill: Administration officials are vowing to have ObamaCare’s enrollment site fully repaired by Nov. 30, which would be two months after the site’s disastrous debut.
CNSNews: Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines.
Breitbart: Defenders of President Obama’s signature health reform legislation claim the states that put effort into establishing their own exchanges, mostly Democrat-led, are signing people up successfully for ObamaCare. A new report, however, indicates that most of the individuals signing up in these state-run exchanges are enrolling into Medicaid.
In Forum: The Obama administration asked North Dakota’s largest health insurer not to publicize how many people have signed up for health insurance through a new online exchange, a company official says . . . Still, a spokeswoman from Blue Cross Blue Shield says about 14 North Dakotans have signed up for coverage since the federal exchange went live Oct. 1. That brings total statewide enrollment to 20 – less than one a day.
AP: The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama’s health care law even as embarrassing problems with the flagship website continue to mount.
Columbus Dispatch: But as soon as today, a conservative organization, possibly joined by House Republicans, may file a lawsuit to invalidate the vote yesterday by the seven-member Controlling Board, which approved by a 5-2 bipartisan vote a request to accept $2.56 billion in federal money for the expansion through June 2015.
National Review: The administration estimates that it needs 2.7 million young healthy people on the exchange, out of the 7 million total expected to apply in the first year. If the pool is too skewed — if it’s mostly old and sick people on the exchanges — then insurers will lose money, and next year, they’ll sharply increase premiums.
Patrick J. Buchanan at Human Events: Now there may be a more cynical strategy than deliberately doing permanent damage to your country to help your party. Right now, I just can’t think of it. A party that would do such a thing would not only not deserve office; it would raise valid questions about the reasons for its continued existence. If this is how Republicans will behave when facing a decision on moral and political principle, why would conservatives want such a crowd representing them?
The Columbus Dispatch: Thirty-nine GOP representatives signed a letter in protest of Kasich’s plan to ask the seven-member legislative-spending oversight panel on Monday to approve $2.56 billion in federal money over two years to cover about 275,000 more poor Ohioans under Medicaid. They said Kasich’s maneuver will circumvent the “clear intent of the General Assembly,” a violation of Ohio law.
Why Obamacare is a mess: The administration has to ‘fess up and promote changes | Chicago Tribune Editorial
Chicago Tribune Editorial: The deeper problems of cost and coverage in Obamacare are going to require an admission by the administration that this government management of the health care market is extraordinarily complicated and will be very costly for many people. The law has to change.
Independent: The proportion of babies born to married couples has reached a new low, making up just over half the total number of births last year.
Breitbart (UPI): A transgender woman who was denied a free mammogram paid for by the U.S. government because she was born a man has filed suit, her lawyer said.
Obama ‘Crashing Health-care Site On Purpose’: Fear that public would be terrified if people knew true cost
WorldNetDaily: Obamacare officials were so worried about the reaction should Americans actually see what their health coverage will cost under the president’s signature law that they chose to set up a system that clogs up and crashes while an applicant’s eligibility for a subsidy is evaluated.
NCPA Policy Digest: Earlier this year, the Fiscal Times showed that a high-earning couple, each with incomes of $400,000, would save about $27,000 annually if they divorced and filed their taxes separately.
Weekly Standard: There is, however, an exception: “[W]e may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.” Here is the entire paragraph from the policy the includes the exception [emphasis added] . . .
Independent.ie: Ms Teehan previously gave birth to a baby girl in 2007 and was ruled ineligible for a home birth as the HSE does not cover home births where women have had prior caesarean sections.
Transforming America’s Schools into Authoritarian Instruments of Compliance | John Whitehead at Rutherford Institute
John Whitehead at Rutherford Institute: We are living in an era where every personal decision, such as where to work, where to shop, where to play, who to love, who to befriend, who to worship, what to believe, and what to say, is open to scrutiny by government officials and corporate managers. It’s a poisonous mentality for those hoping to preserve democracy, and it’s being foisted upon our children, whether in the form of bureaucrats fashioning one-size-fits-all educational standards, or police officers investigating innocent activities such as children playing in the street as possible crimes. This situation will only get worse as our children are taught to accept the police state as normal.
Andrew Johnson at National Review: Here are 100 examples of how Obamacare is falling short of what was promised.
CNSNews: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told NBC News on Monday that success, in her opinion, would be having 7 million Americans enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges by the end of 2014.
AP: The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study being issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group.
LifeNews: On January 1, 2014 state health exchanges, or the federal or “partnership” versions that will operate in their stead in a narrow majority of states, are required by law to be up and running.
Let ObamaCare Collapse: Congress can’t kill the entitlement state. Only the American people can. | Daniel Henninger at WSJ
Daniel Henninger at Wall Street Journal: What the GOP’s Defund-ObamaCare Caucus is failing to see is that ObamaCare is no longer just ObamaCare. It is about something that is beyond the reach of a congressional vote.
The Hill: The ObamaCare exchange serving Washington, D.C. is delaying important parts of its operations less than a week before it is scheduled to open for enrollment.