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New polls continue to show the public is skeptical about the impact of ObamaCare, particularly when it comes to costs, something analysts have long warned about.

“New ObamaCare policies cost about 35 percent more and that increase can come in the form of higher premiums, higher deductibles or narrower networks," said Robert Laszewski of Health Policy and Strategy Associates.

In the latest Washington Post poll, 58 percent of consumers said the new law is causing higher costs while only 11 percent said it is reducing them.

That meshes with a new Kaiser poll that found the most common reason for remaining uninsured was not being able to find an affordable plan.

"They may be better off if they can get a subsidy, but the underlying costs are higher and they're going to be even higher next year," said John Goodman of the National Center.

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Oral arguments were heard Monday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit over a Mississippi law designed to protect women from "cut and run" abortionists. The law, being defended by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital where women can be treated if complications arise from an abortion.

Steven H. Aden, senior counsel withAlliance Defending Freedom, says a decision is expected in a couple of months.

"That decision will likely follow the contours of a decision that the same court of appeals has issued with regard to Texas' admitting privileges law where the court upheld Texas' law, even though it has operated to close over a dozen clinics in the state of Texas," Aden explains.

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The principal at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, is facing a hailstorm of criticism from some very angry parents and residents.

The school recites the Pledge of Allegiance weekly, on Mondays. Last Monday, a member of their “Cultural Arms Club” led the student body in an Arabic version of the pledge, replacing the words “under God” with “under Allah.”

Principal Tom Lopez denies any attempt to push an Islamic agenda, saying, “These students love this country. They were not being un-American in trying to do this. They believed they were accentuating the meaning of the words as spoken regularly in English.”

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Knicks great calls for all-black league amid Clippers race fiasco

  Knicks executive and former player Larry Johnson had a decidedly different but still strong reaction to the racially insensitive remarks Clippers owner Donald Sterling is alleged to have made. On Saturday night, Johnson tweeted: “Black people your Focusing on the wrong thing. We should be focusing on having our own, Own team own League! To For Self!!’’ The initial indication was Johnson was calling for an all-African-American league complete with black ownership. It wasn’t the first time Johnson, who is black, concerned himself with the fact the NBA’s ownership is mostly white while its players are mostly black.   Read full story on nypost.com

Aborted Babies Burned for Electric Power in USA

A shocking admission from authorities in Victoria, British Columbia reveals that the remains of aborted babies are disposed of in the US and sent to a facility that burns waste to provide electric power for Oregon residents.

According to LifeSiteNews, The British Columbia Health Ministry confirmed that biomedical waste is shipped to the U.S. for destruction. Such waste includes "human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue."

"Kristan Mitchell, executive director of the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association, told the B.C. Catholic that the 'biomedical waste' likely ends up at the Covanta Marion waste-to-energy facility in Oregon since it is the only facility that uses waste to power the grid," LifeSiteNews reports.

The Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association also confirmed the reports.

The facility reportedly burns 800 tons of medical waste a year, turning it into electric power for homes and businesses.

This new report comes only a month after it was revealed that 15,500 aborted babies were incinerated to provide power for Britain's NHS hospitals.

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The Private Sector Improves Products and Services. Why Can’t Politics?

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A politician selling a policy proposal is easily compared to a business selling a product or service. Marketing is crucial — consumers have to learn about your product and then be convinced to buy it. The more people who make the purchase and become return customers the higher the profits and the greater success for the company.

How many Republican Party and conservative initiatives have been successfully sold to the public in the past few decades? I think it’s obvious that the answer is hardly any at all. Success has been sporadic, with most of it coming at the state level in areas like the advance of school choice. Unfortunately, even these victories for educational liberty have only been at the margins.

This, my friends, is what this series is about: the ongoing political marketing failure of the political right. What is worse, in my view, is that few on the political right seem to grasp why they’re failing to win enough converts and then elections. They think Americans are hearing the message. I’ve got some bad news — they’re not — because our side isn’t in the mass communications business.

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Slippery Slope? Lesbian ‘Throuple’ Expecting First Baby

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There are a few ways to really tick off a homosexual, and one of them is to mention the undeniable slippery slope. They will vehemently object to the practical reality of this argument, primarily because they know that it represents one of the strongest reasons to resist the culture’s headlong rush to redefine marriage. When faced with this unpleasant fact, denial is the homosexual defense mechanism of choice. However, a recent case in Massachusetts, once again, definitely proves the point.

Lesbian duo Brynn and Kitten Young were “united” in unholy mock-rimony 2½ years ago in the Bay State, and this past August they added Doll to the deviant mix with all three brides shamelessly wearing white with the traditional wedding veils. And how exactly did this fairy-nightmare come about? Through OKCupid, none other than the exact same on-line dating site that made it their mission to destroy Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for financially supporting natural marriage! So, the entire sordid homosexual agenda comes full circle — first, eradicate true marriage, and second, replace it with absolute sexual anarchy.

The state of Massachusetts doesn’t recognize three-way “marriage,” but since when has the law ever deterred the promoters of perversity? According to the New York Post the three women “insist their unconventional union is very real to them.” Unconventional? Try unseemly. Sorry ladies, but it’s not a “union,” it’s a delusion.

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The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime

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The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed. It is absurd and unjust that young Americans can vote, marry, enter contracts and serve in the military at 18 but cannot buy an alcoholic drink in a bar or restaurant. The age-21 rule sets the U.S. apart from all advanced Western nations and lumps it with small or repressive countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Congress was stampeded into this puritanical law by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who with all good intentions were wrongly intruding into an area of personal choice exactly as did the hymn-singing 19th century temperance crusaders, typified by Carrie Nation smashing beer barrels with her hatchet. Temperance fanaticism eventually triumphed and gave us 14 years of Prohibition. That in turn spawned the crime syndicates for booze smuggling, laying the groundwork for today’s global drug trade. Thanks a lot, Carrie!

Now that marijuana regulations have been liberalized in Colorado, it’s time to strike down this dictatorial national law. Government is not our nanny. The decrease in drunk-driving deaths in recent decades is at least partly attributable to more uniform seat-belt use and a strengthening of DWI penalties. Today, furthermore, there are many other causes of traffic accidents, such as the careless use of cell phones or prescription drugs like Ambien — implicated in the recent trial and acquittal of Kerry Kennedy for driving while impaired.

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Put Down The Phone, Parents; It Could Be Affecting Your Kids

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s not just our kids getting too much screen time these days. Parents are also guilty of spending too much time on their electronic devices.

Researchers at the Boston Medical Center observed 55 different groups of parents and young children eating at fast food restaurants. The study found the majority pulled out their mobile devices right away, and, in turn, their kids tended to act up more.

“It’s just normal childhood behavior,” said parenting coach Toni Schutta. “If I can’t get your attention in a positive way, I’m going seek it in a negative way.”

Suzanne Ferguson, of Minneapolis, said she and her husband used to be smartphone addicts, checking their emails around their kids.

“We were the couple that would go out to eat at dinner and both be on our own phones before we had kids,” she said. “We’re very much attached to our phones.”

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Fox News Poll: Independents more likely to back anti-ObamaCare candidates

Screenshot 2014-04-23 13.27.56Most voters say ObamaCare will play an important role in their vote in this year’s elections, and over half are more inclined to back the candidate who opposes the health care law.
That’s according to a Fox News poll released Monday. The new poll asks voters what they would do if the only difference between two congressional candidates is that one promises to fight for the health care law and the other promises to fight against it. CLICK HERE TO READ THE POLL RESULTS By a 53-39 percent margin, more voters say they would back the anti-ObamaCare candidate. Independents, always a key voting bloc, would back that candidate by a 25 percentage-point margin (54-29 percent, with another 14 percent saying it depends). Read full story on foxnews.com

VIDEO: O’Reilly: ‘Oppose Gay Marriage, You Could Get Hurt’

On Monday, FOX News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” ran a segment in which the host Bill O’Reilly stated that “one of the reasons why ‘gay marriage’ has come on so strong in the U.S.A. is intimidation — if you oppose, you may become a target.” He began by citing Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was forced to resign for donating $1,000 to California’s Prop 8 traditional marriage effort back in 2008. But then O’Reilly pointed to Richard Kim, executive editor of the very liberal website TheNation.com, who recently stated on MSNBC that many of his homosexual activist friends actually want to target all of the approximately 6,500 people who gave the same amount, or more, as Eich did for Prop 8.

“You oppose ‘gay marriage,’ you could get hurt.” Bill observed, and then asked Juan Williams, “That’s one of the reasons that a lot of people don’t say a word, is it not?”

“That’s incontrovertible,” the left-leaning Williams admitted.

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