About 7 million people are expected to lose their employer provided health insurance when the Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare," becomes fully operational, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.
The CBO's previous estimate, in August 2012, was that only 4 million people would lose their employer provided health insurance. The higher estimate is due to the "fiscal cliff" bill that kept taxes low for many. More businesses are now expected to see a greater financial benefit from paying the tax penalty than providing their workers with health insurance.
"If you like your health insurance, you can keep it," President Barack Obama claimed in many stump speeches as he was selling the ACA to voters. more >>
A bill that would further restrict abortion access in Arkansas was overwhelmingly passed by elected officials in the lower house of the Legislature this week.
Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives voted 75 to 20 in favor of House Bill 1037, a measure that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with an exemption given for serious health issues.
Introduced by Republican Rep. Andy Mayberry, (R-27), HB 1037 focused its ban on the time in which a fetus is said to begin feeling pain. more >>
Federal lawsuits continue to pile up against the Obama administration's birth control mandate even after additional proposed rules were offered last week.
A suit was filed Monday on behalf of the owner of several small businesses that run senior living centers and skilled nursing facilities in Colorado. Meanwhile, two recent preliminary injunctions by appeals courts blocking enforcement of the mandate in separate cases solidify the case against the rule, says religious freedom law group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
The owner of the senior facilities, Stephen W. Briscoe, is an evangelical Christian who specifically objects to being forced to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs in the company's healthcare plan, according to ADF. There are now 45 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate, which is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"). more >>
After penning her struggle with anorexia as a teenager in her first book, Hollow: An Unpolished Tale, Jena Morrow received such an overwhelming response from men and women alike that she wrote a devotional to help individual with eating disorders and body image issues find hope and healing in the midst of their battle.
Hope for the Hollow: A Thirty-Day Inside-Out Makeover for Women Recovering from Eating Disorders is a devotional guide meant to encourage and inspire women to accept the truth of God's word as it applies to their bodies. The book includes 30 devotionals that share an applicable passage of Scripture dealing with the underlying themes of eating disorders such as guilt, shame, control, fear and pride.
"The response to the first book was so overwhelming. I met so many women and men who were struggling with an eating disorder or who had been in recovery," said Morrow. "There was such a need for a message of hope. The devotional was placed in my spirit and I went from there. I wanted to offer bite-size pieces of encouragement." more >>
Hobby Lobby's President Steve Green, whose Christian standards have recently been highlighted by way of his company's fight against the government's HHS mandate that requires businesses to offer employees health care coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, is being honored with a top award from the National Bible Association.
Green is this year's recipient of the John M. Templeton Biblical Values Award, NBA President Richard Glickstein announced Monday.
"Biblical values are at the core of Hobby Lobby's business – from closing stores on Sundays to defending religious liberty. The bar has been set high for Biblical values in the work place," Glickstein said. "Steve is an outstanding example for business leaders across the country, and we are grateful for his exemplary spiritual values and his continued commitment to the Bible." more >>
Eight Republican senators are raising concerns about White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew's nomination to be the next Treasury secretary. When Lew was head of the Office of Management and Budget, he failed to comply with a law requiring the administration to propose reforms to Medicare when the program's trustees report a funding problem.
The law says that if there is a Medicare funding warning, the president "shall submit to Congress" "proposed legislation to respond to such warning" within 15 days.
The Medicare Trustees have issued reports each year during Obama's first term warning of the worsening funding shortfalls for the Medicare program. The Obama administration, though, has yet to comply with the law. more >>