More Democrats are now supporting repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which was created by the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," to lower the costs of healthcare.
The IPAB is tasked with making recommendations to Congress on how to lower the costs of Medicare if the program costs increase above a certain threshold. Congress would then fast-track approval of the recommendations, or pass legislation that would reduce Medicare costs by the same amount. If Congress were to fail to do either, the recommendations would go into effect.
During debate over passage of the ACA, proponents claimed the law would reduce the deficit, and the IPAB was touted as one of its cost-saving features. (CLASS, another part of the ACA that was supposed to save money, has already been abolished by the Department of Health and Human Services.) more >>
Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be releasing a new book in November defending Christmas, called A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, in which the former Alaska governor will tackle the "over-commercialism" and "homogenization" of the holiday.
"Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era, it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored," Palin said in a statement.
"This will be a fun, festive, thought provoking book, which will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas." more >>
American Atheists, one of the largest secular groups in the country, apologized on Monday for misquoting former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in one of their new billboard campaigns in Texas.
"While I admit that the word 'should' should technically not be inside the quote, the meaning was correct," AA President David Silverman said in an email to CNN on Monday.
The ad campaign American Atheists launched quotes several GOP political figures and Christian conservatives, trying to expose them for "bigoted and backwards remarks and attitudes," as Silverman previously explained. more >>
An atheist group that put up billboards in Texas to highlight the religious conservatism of several prominent figures has been forced to explain why it misquoted a remark by former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin on U.S. laws and the Bible.
"We should create law based on the God of the Bible," reads a quote attributed to Palin in the American Atheists billboards put up in Dallas and Austin, Texas, with a call to "Go Godless Instead," beneath.
As CNN and several other sources pointed out, however, the quote from Palin is inaccurate and refers to an interview she did several years ago with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. The former Alaska governor said that America's founding fathers "would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments," as opposed to "we should." more >>
New conservative darling, neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, will be a featured speaker at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) next month, according to the American Conservative Union (ACU).
The Conference, which represents the largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists in America, is scheduled for March 14 to March 16, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
"Dr. Ben Carson represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement, while at the same time he articulates the deep fiscal and social challenges that our Nation faces," said Al Cardenas, chairman of the ACU, in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming Dr. Carson to the CPAC stage in March." more >>
The guessing game surrounding Mitt Romney's choice for vice president created a stir among pro-lifers when former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's name was bannered about last week. Even Tea Party heavyweights Sarah Palin and Rep Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) were telling conservatives to ignore Rice's abortion views if she was selected to run alongside Romney.
Palin, the former governor of Alaska and vice presidential running mate of Sen. John McCain in 2008, told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that Rice "would be a wonderful vice president," noting that the current Stanford professor "has much more experience than our sitting president does today."
Meanwhile, on Sunday's "Face the Nation" on CBS, Ryan, who is often mentioned as someone on Romney's shortlist for VP, also sung Rice's praises when asked by host Bob Schieffer if she would be a good choice. more >>