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News & Comment

Unexpected Obamacare Savings for Women Could Lead to Fewer Abortions

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The numbers are in for the Obamacare provision that ended women’s out-of-pocket expense for family planning, and they are huge, according to the policy journal Health Affairs, and quoted by Kaiser Health.

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs…But the amount of those savings and the speed with which those savings occurred surprised researchers.

The study looked at out-of-pocket spending from nearly 800,000 women (sic) between the ages of 13 and 45 from January 2008 through June 2013. For most plans, the requirement began Aug. 1, 2012, or Jan. 1, 2013.

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Why Aren’t BMW and Adidas Condemning the Rebel Flag?

Now flying over the South Carolina state capitol
Now flying over the South Carolina state capitol

Both BMW and Adidas have plants in South Carolina but neither company has shown any interest in asking state legislators to stop flying the Confederate flag* over government buildings.

When these companies decided to take advantage of the cheaper, mostly non-unionized labor there, they made a decision to identify with the state. So why aren’t they speaking up? After all, it’s their state now.

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Enumerati

And Marco’s Not One of Them

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Number of people who have signed up for Florida Health Choices, the Obamacare alternative health insurance plan devised by Sen. Marco Rubio (R) back in 2008 but only rolled out last year. “Obamacare, which Rubio wants to repeal, covers 1.6 million in Florida alone,” according to Politico, which adds that Rubio doesn’t mention his plan as part of his presidential platform.

On Message Verbatim

The Sisyphean Task of Gay Republicans

Watching gays try to be conservative Republicans is like watching people beat themselves up.

— Steve Silberman, Wired writer and editor, tweeting a link to an AP story about the Western Conservative Summit barring Log Cabin Republicans from taking a booth at their expo this summer, where Republican presidential candidates are expected to speak. “We’d love to have them attend the summit and be in the discussion,” the group’s president said. “But we have to draw the line at a formal relationship between two organizations with diametrically opposed policy beliefs.”

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You’re More Likely to be Killed by a Gun than a Car

Graphic from Americans for Responsible Solutions
Graphic from Americans for Responsible Solutions
The good news is cars and driving are getting safer, thanks to better construction, a trend away from younger drivers, and maybe even because of harsher penalties for things like texting while driving or not wearing a seatbelt.

The bad news is you’re more likely to take a bullet, especially if you’re under 25.

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Verbatim

Tailgunner Ted Cruz Says He’s Not ‘All That Conservative’

I don’t think I’m all that conservative.

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the New York Observer.

Verbatim

The Best Reason to Elect Lindsey Graham President

I’m sorry the government’s so fucked up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC), speaking to white guys in a mens-only club in Charleston. Graham explained to CNN, which aired this quote and several others, that he was making a joke, and added, “I hope this doesn’t reflect poorly on the club. They are great guys.”

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Candidate for Texas Governor is Arguing for a Ban on Marriage Among Older People

oldermarriageOne of the dearest moments during the wedding of my friends Cathy and Warren came when the minister accidentally stumbled into the part of the vows where he often asked those gathered to support the couple as they raised any children resulting from their union. A stunned silence was followed by Cathy saying, “Um, we can skip that.”

At the time, Cathy was 56 and Warren was 68. Both of them widows, their children from their previous marriages — all in their 20s and 30s, some with children of their own — led the laughter.

Abbott: ‘Same-sex marriage does not advance the state’s interest because same-sex unions do not result in pregnancy’

But according to the “traditional” marriage crowd, Cathy and Warren shouldn’t even have been allowed to marry. Instead, they claim marriage should be reserved for those who plan to conceive and raise children. So older folks, the infertile, and all who chose to remain childless should be barred from legal marriage. Being “partners,” “companions,” or as gay couples used to have to call themselves, “lifelong friends,” should be enough.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who is running against Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) to replace Rick Perry as governor, said exactly that in a brief filed before an appeals court to uphold the Texas ban on same-sex marriage.

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Jon Stewart to FOX on the Coffee Salute: ‘You’re Just Trying to Score Points in a Game No Else is Playing’

First, I am not opposed to the United States and other countries trying to wipe out ISIL. Whether they are an immediate threat to us is not the only concern. That Americans, including and especially journalists, can move around the world freely is a huge concern.

Second, I can’t agree more about the disgusting hypocrisy, hostility, and pettiness shown the president of the country these people claim to love. He was elected by more than half of us, and those are the rules under which your “beloved” country operates so please suck it up, like we did when the moron was in power and we were under threat from abroad. Put your country, not your hatreds, first.

Verbatim

How the Conservative Heritage Foundation Defines Liberalism

Give up your economic freedom, give up your political freedom, and you will be rewarded with license. It’s all sex all the time. It’s not just the sex itself — it’s the permission to indulge.

— David Azerrad of The Heritage Foundation — “which prides itself as being the intellectual backbone of the conservative movement” — describing the philosophy of the left at a Heritage conference on the future of liberalism, MSNBC reports.