Big govt, Politics, States

States Stuck in ObamaCare Medicaid Limbo

States are struggling with ObamaCare red tape and the American people needing health care are paying the price. Even state legislation to allow more coverage as part of Medicaid are subject to federal regulations, but Congress has yet to jump in the fray and do the job it was elected to do in November 2016. One of the major problems facing states is that to help low-income people get care under the current Affordable Care Act system means diving head first into a Medicaid one-size-fits-all expansion complete with burdensome federal rules and requirements. The bottom line is that Obamacare, which was narrowly passed under the auspices of getting health coverage for more people, continues to be the reason people are opting out of health coverage altogether.

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

Recent attention to a court decision against a waiver granted to Kentucky to make work requirements part of its Medicaid program should spur congressional action on Obamacare to give states greater flexibility to help those in need.

Under the current Obamacare structure, states that want to help low-income people get care and coverage are pushed into a Medicaid expansion and hamstrung by its federal rules and requirements. This proposition is a bad deal for the states and vulnerable Americans who need access to care.

Obamacare has wreaked havoc on the individual and small group insurance markets by replacing state oversight of insurance markets with federal regulatory overreach. This has meant fewer people purchasing coverage in these markets, higher premiums for those who do, and fewer choices across the board.

But the individual market is only half the problem. The Obamacare Medicaid expansion remains a challenge for the states. Rather than offering states meaningful solutions and reforms to the Medicaid program, Obamacare simply asked states to do more, enticing them with more money. Some states accepted the proposition, but others have rejected it.

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Courts, Politics, States

Supreme Court Defends Christian Florist

The cake debate may have garnered more high profile headlines, but the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a Washington state court cannot in fact force Arlene’s Flowers, a Christian florist company, to arrange wedding flowers for a gay couple despite their being her customers for more than a decade. The Washington state court is now forced to reconsider its initial ruling against freedom of religion. Even better for predicting the fate of rulings in similar cases down the road, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n was used as a precedent.

Here’s more from Daily Wire…

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a Washington state court would have to reconsider its ruling against a florist who served a gay couple for over ten years but would not do their wedding flowers. The Supreme Court’s decision was catalyzed by their ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in which they ruled for Colorado baker Jack Phillips.

The Court stated vis-à-vis Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington, “The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the Supreme Court of Washington for further consideration in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n.”

The Arlene’s Flowers case revolved around whether the creation and sale of custom floral arrangements to celebrate a wedding ceremony was considered artistic expression, and if it was, whether compelling the florist to create a wedding cake that violated her religious beliefs violated the free speech clause and the free exercise clause. The case was brought after Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington state florist, refused to provide original flower arrangements to a same-sex couple for their wedding after having served one of the men for roughly ten years. The state courts rejected her argument that requiring her to design floral arrangements for same-sex weddings would violate her First Amendment rights to free speech and the free exercise of her religion; that triggered Stutzman to ask the Supreme Court to review the state courts’ decision.

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Culture, Politics, States

Harvard to Award Hillary Medal for ‘Transformative Impact’

We’re reminded yet again why ivy-lined ivory towers on the Left Coast and the Blue Coast, respectively, have earned such scorn from the rest of America in fly-over country.

In addition to being the paragons of the leftward march into abject cultural oblivion, they also don’t mind thumbing their noses at the rest of us who recognize the hypocrisy of the socialist elites.

Enter Harvard which will reportedly award Hillary on Friday the ‘prestigious’ Radcliffe Medal for her “transformative impact on society.”

And they’re absolutely correct.

Hillary has done more in the last 25 years to polarize American voters against the Democrat Party than any other political figure.

We’ll raise a glass to that. Cheers!

Here’s more from Fox News…

Hillary Clinton will receive Harvard’s prestigious Radcliffe Medal for her “transformative impact on society,” according to the Ivy League university.

She will receive the award Friday as part of the school’s graduation-week activities.

Clinton is a former first lady, New York senator, secretary of State and two-time Democratic presidential candidate. Her 2016 White House bid was damaged severely by an FBI investigation into her use of private email servers to send and receive classified information while at the State Department.

Organizers at Harvard say Clinton was chosen for the award because she’s a “champion for human rights,” a “skilled legislator” and “an advocate of American leadership” on the world stage.

 

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Issues, States

NRA Already Being Blamed for TX School Shooting

Another school shooting — this one among the worst in Texas history — and anti-gun lefties are already blaming the NRA for the death of at least 8 people at Santa Fe High School.

Members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence posted on their website the members of Congress who have accepted contributions from the NRA.

There’s just one problem: the crazed young man in custody for the shooting had obtained the weapons illegally.

In other words, gun laws can’t stop those with criminal intent from breaking laws. There’s one thing that WILL stop them: guns in the hands of not-crazy people.

Plus, as a result of all the noise the gun-grabbers have been making, gun sales and the membership rolls of the NRA have been exploding.

Note to the left: you’re doing it wrong.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Roughly an hour after at least eight people died in a high school shooting in Texas, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) implicated the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the tragedy.

The CSGV tweeted out a list lawmakers in Texas’ Congressional delegation who have accepted contributions from the NRA, along with “#SantaFeHighSchool.”

Authorities responded to a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, at roughly 8 a.m. Friday morning. One male suspect is in custody while another male has been detained as a person of interest. Both are students enrolled in the school, according to authorities.

The CSGV is “dedicated to taking on the NRA and their toxic agenda. We were the first gun violence prevention group to use the term ‘insurrectionism’ to describe the NRA’s dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment,” according to the group’s website.

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Culture, Issues, States

Judge Strikes Down California Assisted-Suicide Law

California’s insistence on allowing doctors to send patients to a premature death has hit a brick wall this week after a state judge struck down the state’s 2016 End of Life Option Act.

California was among latest (very blue) states to jump onto the bandwagon in deciding when a sick or elderly person’s life is no longer ‘quality’ and therefore worthy of ‘death with dignity’.

But the dark underside of the policy stinks of the sort of euthanasia policies that aren’t too far removed from the Third Reich.

Insurance agencies have routinely offered to pay for cheap assisted suicide pills instead of costly life-saving surgery.

And it’s been demonstrated already that folks without insurance or with mental disability are routinely coaxed into ‘no longer being a burden’ to family and friends.

Assisted suicide is really nothing more than soft-eugenics, and it’s high time we send the policy to an untimely death, across the board.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

A California state judge struck down a law allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill adult patients Tuesday, ending the state’s 2016 attempt to legalize euthanasia.

California’s End of Life Option Act passed the legislature in 2016 amid fierce backlash from those claiming it was immoral, CNN reported Wednesday. Judge Daniel Ottolia’s ruling did not pertain to the content of the law, however. He instead ruled in unconstitutional on a procedural basis because it was passed during a special session convened by Gov. Jerry Brown. The ruling comes less than a month after the U.K. ordered the death of toddler Alfie Evans in April, shocking the world.

Adult, terminally ill patients should have the right to decide their life is no longer worth living and “die with dignity,” proponents of assisted suicide argue. The laws force doctors to harm their patients and can make patients feel pressured to commit suicide to cut costs for their families, critics counter.

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Issues, Politics, States

Redstate GOP Governor Vetoes Constitutional Carry

Despite that the NRA’s membership rolls have exploded on the heels of the left’s hit-job after the Parkland shooting, it’s not all guns and roses.

On Friday, Second Amendment supporters saw a massive setback when deep-redstate Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma vetoed a constitutional carry measure that would have made the state the thirteenth to allow gun owners the right to carry without the need for a permit.

Fallin cited the benefits of the existing permitting process along with the training requirement as necessary for public safety.

But the NRA blasted her as anti-Second Amendment and vowed to take up the bill again next year under a “genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.”

The question no one is asking is obvious: where are all the mass shootings in the states that have already instituted constitutional carry?

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed legislation Friday that would’ve allowed anyone in the state to carry firearms without a permit, claiming the current barriers to getting a gun are “few and reasonable.”

Fallin stressed that she is a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment and owns firearms herself, but she claimed removing the permit requirement would have an adverse effect on policing.

“SB 1212 eliminates the current ability of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish between those carrying guns who have been trained and vetted, and those who have not,” Fallin said in a statement. “Oklahomans believe that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves. I believe the firearms requirement we currently have in state law are few and reasonable. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearm in Oklahoma. It reduces the level of the background check necessary to carry a gun.”

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Culture, Politics, States

Connecticut Votes to Eliminate Electoral College

The American kulturkampf between constitutional conservatism and the coastal forces of the party of ‘whatever’ came to loggerheads this week in Connecticut.

After slim margins, both the state’s House and Senate voted to adopt what’s become known as the National Popular Vote movement, which allows the state to order its electors to the Electoral College to cast votes for the presidential candidate who won the popular vote across the nation.

It’s an idea advocated alternately by those on the right and the left who are reacting to the most recently elected president.

But since Americans’ notion of history generally only goes back to yesterday’s lunch, useful idiots in favor of the idea have forgotten entirely why the Founding Fathers established the Electoral College in the first place.

And it’s the smaller states like Connecticut who will pay the price for that electoral amnesia.

National Popular Vote is proof that stupid is as stupid does.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Connecticut voted over the weekend to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which in theory would pool its Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

If Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signs the legislation, Connecticut would be the 12th jurisdiction to enter the compact.

The legislation passed the Connecticut Senate 21-14 and the House 73-71.

The compact seeks to make the Electoral College obsolete by having states vow to cast all EC votes to the winner of the popular vote in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The compact could impact presidential elections if it is able to sway 270 EC voters, the threshold to win the presidency, to cast ballots for the popular vote winner. However, the compact has only 172 EC votes, including the seven added by Connecticut’s participation in the pact.

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Issues, Politics, States

Landmark: Iowa Passes Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban

The Iowa legislature just passed the most aggressive abortion restriction measure in the country this week by banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The bill’s proponents are aiming at a direct assault on Roe v. Wade in hopes of gutting its effect short of the Supreme Court overturning it.

The bill awaits a signature or veto from pro-life Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Though, if signed into law, it will almost certainly be challenged in federal court.

Regardless, the issue keeps alive the pending question concerning SCOTUS Justice Kennedy and whether rumors of his retirement this summer are accurate.

If so, it’ll undoubtedly set up the most epic nomination fight in the history of the country.

And Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Legislators in the state of Iowa have passed a bill aiming to limit the window on when a woman can have an abortion.

Reuters:

Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States on Wednesday, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant.

The Senate voted 29-17 to pass the House of Representatives-approved bill, according to the legislature’s online voting tallies. The bill now goes to Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, an abortion opponent, who has not said publicly whether she will sign it into law.

It’s indicative of how far America has gone to the dark side of the abortion issue that suggesting that a human heartbeat be considered as a sign of life and, you know, humanity needs to be passed into law.

Pro-life advocates can take some measure of comfort in the fact that state-level Republicans haven’t abandoned their cause. The GOP at the national level continues to not only include taxpayer funding for the biggest abortion mill in America — Planned Parenthood — but continues offering weak excuses as to why it has to do so.

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Culture, Issues, States

Program At U of Texas: Masculinity Equals Assault

For those of you born with a ‘Y’ chromosome, just accept it: you’re a big jerk. At least, that’s what the University of Texas thinks you need to know.

And if you don’t already intuitively recognize that, then the university’s new program on masculinity will surely do the trick.

The program, called ‘MasculinUT’, seeks to ‘bring more men to the table to address interpersonal violence, sexual assault and other issues.”

The message to male university students is clear: check your manhood at the door; it’s not welcome here.

Suddenly those “Keep Austin Weird” bumper stickers make perfect sense.

Here’s more from Redstate…

The University of Texas is facing ridicule after a new program called “MasculinUT” was announced in a way that insinuated it was treating masculinity as a mental health crisis.. The university has attempted to explain the program as simply an effort to “bring more men to the table to address interpersonal violence, sexual assault and other issues,” but the reality is that UT is still promoting a facetious connection between masculinity and assault and violence.

When the program was originally announced, its stated goal was to help male UT students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.” as PJ Media reported:

The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.”

Though you might enjoy “taking care of people” or being “active,” MasculinUT warns that many of these attributes are actually dangerous, claiming that “traditional ideas of masculinity place men into rigid (or restrictive) boxes [which]… prevent them from developing their emotional maturity.”

“If you are a male student at UT reading this right now, we hope that learning about this helps you not to feel guilty about having participated in these definitions of masculinity, and instead feel empowered to break the cycle!” the program offers.

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International, Issues, States

Caravan Arrives: Migrants Caught Scaling the Border Fence

Remember the caravan of migrants from Honduras making its way from Central America through Mexico?

Well, they’re here.

And reports are that at least a dozen of them successfully scaled the fence near the border gate between Tijuana and San Diego as supporters on the US side cheered them on.

Mexico refused to stop the horde of 1,500 migrants, but President Trump has already ordered National Guard to the border.

Which is probably why the entire caravan hasn’t already waltzed across. As we reported previously, this could be a blessing in disguise.

There’s little better than wall-to-wall coverage of massive illegal immigration to kick up the ire of American voters in favor of a wall.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

The caravan of migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S. has arrived at the border, and some people associated with the group have already been caught scaling the border fences.

“Several groups of people associated with the Central American caravan” illegally entered the U.S. “by climbing over the dilapidated scrap metal border fence on either side of the San Ysidro Port of Entry,” Rodney S. Scott, chief of the Border Patrol in the San Diego sector, which sits just north of Tijuana, told reporters Saturday.

He said the migrants included “children as young as 4 years old and in one case a pregnant female.” He called it “unconscionable that anyone would expose a child to these dangerous conditions.”

Five busloads of migrants were escorted Sunday through Tijuana to a cross-border rally near San Diego, where supporters gathered on both sides of the fence, The Associated Press reports. Images from the rally show apparent migrants from the Mexican side sitting atop the border wall proudly waving what appears to be the Honduran flag, the banner of the country from which many of the migrants are trying to flee.

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