"Obamacare" is here to stay, liberal journalists and President Barack Obama recently argued in what may be a coordinated effort. They are only partly correct.
If Republicans are given the reigns of power, most of Obamacare, officially called the Affordable Care Act, can be repealed, but the GOP will have to take into account those who are now able to get health insurance because of the new law.
The Obamacare-is-here-to-stay theory is mostly based upon the notion that once government gives benefits to certain citizens (in this case, subsidies to purchase health insurance), it is difficult to remove that benefit. The reason is simple – those who receive the benefit are unlikely to vote for someone who took away, or promises to take away, their benefit. more >>
Newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister (R-Swartz), heavily backed by outspoken Christian family the Robertsons of "Duck Dynasty," said he prays every day for President Barack Obama, and even though he recognizes that they have differences, he maintains that the president deserves the respect of the office that he holds.
"I pray for him every day and hope he makes the right decisions and has the right convictions, but I know his convictions are true to himself, they're just not true to what we believe," McAllister said in an interview, according to "The Fine Print."
"I'll never be one that you'll see tear down or say blasphemous stuff about our president because he deserves the respect of the office that he holds, but we can agree to disagree all the time." more >>
Over the last several months, liberal politicians, members of the media, hospitals and even the head of Alabama's retirement system have renewed their calls for Alabama to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The left and right have quibbled over economic projections, job creation, state costs, and political motivations. Every special interest, crony business or power hungry politician with a shot at either controlling or benefitting from a short-term federal cash infusion acts as if rejecting federal money is irresponsible and harmful to the most vulnerable in our state.
First, let's get one thing straight: Any Medicaid expansion would result in more dollars entering Alabama and jobs created in the short term. When the federal government spends, new money enters the state's economy. This is not a point of debate; it is a simple fact. more >>
Two recent polls suggest that President Barack Obama is losing support among some of his most reliable constituencies – young adults, Latinos, women and labor union households.
Harvard University's Institute of Politics released a poll showing Obama's approval rating at only 41 percent among 18- to 29-year-olds. And a Field Poll of California voters showed Obama's biggest increases in disapproval came from Latinos (16 percentage points), union households (18 percentage points) and women (13 percentage points), according to The Sacramento Bee.
California has been one of the most reliable Democratic states in recent decades, but the poll suggests Obama would barely win, with a 51 percent approval rating, if running for election in California today. more >>
A columnist with the Fox News channel has compared the head of the Roman Catholic Church to President Barack Obama.
Adam Shaw, news editor at Fox, wrote in a column posted on the news channel's website on Wednesday that Pope Francis bears a strong resemblance to Obama in a negative manner.
"Pope Francis is undergoing a popularity surge comparable to the way Barack Obama was greeted by the world in 2008. And just as President Obama has been a disappointment for America, Pope Francis will prove a disaster for the Catholic Church," wrote Shaw. more >>
The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is here to stay, some liberal columnists recently argued in what may be a coordinated effort with the White House after an off-the-record meeting two weeks ago.
"R.I.P. Obamacare repeal movement: Crusade is officially dead," Brian Beutler, a columnist for Salon, a liberal publication, wrote Monday.
Beutler was one of several liberal journalists present at a Nov. 21 off-the-record meeting with President Barack Obama. His column almost exactly mirrors a new talking point from the White House – the ACA is here to stay and Republicans need to accept that fact. more >>