Educators Hit by Obamacare - American Thinker - Far too many teachers are uniformly uninquisitive. And, sadly, their vote for Obama is coming back to bite them as the consequences of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) are finally dawning on many of them. When ObamaCare finally goes into effect in January 2014, if an employer does not supply health care to employees working 30 hours or more a week, the employer will have to pay a penalty. Logic would dictate that an employer will not pay a penalty if there is an alternative. Ergo, colleges and universities across the country are now cutting back on the number of credits that adjunct instructors can teach per semester. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), a big-time supporter of Obama, basically sold its members a bill of goods. Now Craig Smith, director of higher education for the AFT, claims that since many in academe "talk more about credit hours and course loads than hours worked, more clarification is needed." Read more.......
(2) Obama Officials Ditch 'Exchanges' in Rebranding of Healthcare Reform Law - The Hill - The Obama administration is re-branding the central component of its signature healthcare law.
The Health and Human Services Department suddenly stopped referring to insurance “exchanges” this week, even as it heralded ongoing efforts to prod states into setting up their own. Instead, press materials and a website for the public referred to insurance “marketplaces” in each state.
The change comes amid a determined push by conservative activists to block state-based exchanges in hopes of crippling the federal implementation effort.
Dean Clancy, the director of healthcare policy at FreedomWorks, said HHS’s decision to ditch the “exchanges” label shows that opponents of the healthcare law are succeeding.
“I think the patient-centered care movement can chalk up a minor victory here,” he said. “If they’re trying to re-label, it means they’re flailing.” Read more.......... Article contributed by Steve Peters.
(3) Rasmussen: 65% See Gun Rights as Protection Against Tyranny - Newsmax - Two-out-of-three Americans recognize that their constitutional right to own a gun was intended to ensure their freedom.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65 percent of American Adults think the purpose of the Second Amendment is to make sure that people are able to protect themselves from tyranny. Only 17 percent disagree, while another 18 percent are not sure.
Not surprisingly, 72 percent of those with a gun in their family regard the Second Amendment as a protection against tyranny. However, even a majority (57 percent) of those without a gun in their home hold that view. Read more......
(4) 57% Think Enforcing Current Gun Laws More Important Than Creating New Laws - Rasmussen - Most Americans feel it is more important for the government to enforce existing gun control laws than to create new ones. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 32% of American Adults believe creation of new gun control laws is more important. Fifty-seven percent (57%) think more emphasis should be put on stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure. Read more......
(5) Alex Cortes: Almost 150 Newtowns Every Single Day - Abortion - Townhall - This week is the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in America. Since the decision, over 56 million innocent children have been aborted, an average of 3,835 lives per day. That’s worth repeating: Every day around 3,835 innocent lives are taken by abortion, higher than any other cause, and yet this sad fact is known by so few of the public or rarely reported by the media.
In contrast, consider the public attention brought to Adam Lanza’s shooting spree in Newtown, Connecticut just over a month ago that took the lives of 26 people, including 20 second-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary who left this earth way too early. The tragedy rightfully dominated public consciousness and the news for a week, and the aftermath is still being covered, as it should, as we attempt to discern how to reduce the incident of such attacks.
But should the tragedy of abortion be covered less than the tragedy of Newtown?
In terms of lives lost, the daily number of abortions equates to having almost 150 Newtowns every single day for an entire year for 40 straight years. Read more........