Pro-Family Groups Push Back After GuideStar Labels 46 American Organizations ‘Hate Groups’

Over 40 pro-family groups recently signed a letter to the charity database site GuideStar after it labeled dozens of organizations as “hate groups” based on a list compiled by the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). “The ‘hate group’ list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies. The list is ad…

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McDonald’s stock is soaring because of… automation

They’re popping the champagne over at McDonald’s HQ this month and they have every reason to do so. Wall Street analysts have increased their projections for the fast food giant’s performance on the stock market this year in a big way. Their estimated target share price has been bumped up by nearly 20% and the current stock price is surging in response. And what was the cause of this optimism? Some new secret sauce recipe for the Big Mac? Making the McRib permanent?

Nope. It was all because of their next round of automation being announced, with ordering kiosks and mobile ordering coming to thousands of stores over the summer. (CNBC)

McDonald’s shares rallied 26 percent this year through Monday compared to the S&P 500’s 10 percent return.

Andrew Charles from Cowen cited plans for the restaurant chain to roll out mobile ordering across 14,000 U.S. locations by the end of 2017. The technology upgrades, part of what McDonald’s calls “Experience of the Future,” includes digital ordering kiosks that will be offered in 2,500 restaurants by the end of the year and table delivery.

“MCD is cultivating a digital platform through mobile ordering and Experience of the Future (EOTF), an in-store technological overhaul most conspicuous through kiosk ordering and table delivery,” Charles wrote in a note to clients Tuesday. “Our analysis suggests efforts should bear fruit in 2018 with a combined 130 bps [basis points] contribution to U.S. comps [comparable sales].”

He raised his 2018 U.S. same store sales growth estimate for the fast-food chain to 3 percent from 2 percent.

Of course, reports such as these prefer to focus on the positive (at least in the eyes of investors) while leaving the other half of the story untold for the most part. Those kiosks are taking the place of entry level workers at the cash registers. Mobil ordering options also allow an app to load up the orders for the cooks in the back. One person can bring most of the orders to the tables or the pick-up window, cutting out the need for several workers in each store.

There was a time when such automation was pretty much impossible or at least prohibitively expensive to implement. Not so anymore. It’s still not cheap to do on the front end, but managers have to weigh those costs against what human workers would cost in the long run. Even in places where cities and states haven’t already raised the minimum wage massively they’ve been threatening to. One of our major political parties is pushing to do it on the national level. If you scare these employers enough over a sufficient period of time they’ll eventually begin to believe you.

Fight for 15, meet Robby the Robot. He’ll be taking your place now and you can fight for a spot in the unemployment line.

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California Bans State Employees From Traveling to Four Pro-Life States, But Going to China is OK

California yesterday added Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota to its growing list of states that public employees cannot travel to on official business. Celebrations immediately broke out in Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota. (Just kidding.) Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee are already being boycotted by California bureaucrats.

What is this boycott about?

In a variety of ways, these states are safeguarding the rights of religious individuals and organizations to follow their deeply held beliefs. And the intolerant progressives who run California just can’t tolerate it.

For example, in these states a Catholic charity could not be forced to provide abortion coverage to its employees. In contrast, California is forcing pregnancy resource centers to promote abortion. California also objects to states requiring girls to use the girls’ bathroom and requiring boys to use the boys’ bathroom. California thinks this is a violation of human rights.

Just a few weeks ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown (affectionately known as Gov. Moonbeam) strengthened his progressive credentials by hopping on a jet and traveling to Beijing to make a separate climate deal with China, the world’s biggest polluter.

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China is a country that does not recognize religious freedom under any circumstance that conflicts with communist rule. It imprisons dissidents. It monitors and raids Christian churches. It is threatening its smaller and weaker neighbors. For decades, China forcibly aborted women who dared to have a second child. It suppresses free speech. And China isn’t exactly “gay friendly” either.

How insane is the progressive left in America? It looks at China and Texas and declares Texas to be the human rights violator.

LifeNews.com Note: Gary Bauer is the president of American Values, a national pro-family organization and is the former president of the Family Research Council. Bauer ran for the Republican nomination for president and appears frequently on radio and television programs.

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Pakistan Expels South Korean for ‘Illegal Preaching’ After Murder of Chinese ‘Missionaries’

Photo Credit: Twitter/usmanmasood44 (World Watch Monitor) — Pakistan has ordered a South Korean man to leave the country, accusing him of involvement in “illegal preaching activities” after two of his students at an Urdu-language school were abducted and killed by the Islamic State group, which claimed they had been secretly preaching…

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8 super seeds of health

They’re crunchy, munchy and tasty. They’re what food manufacturers want you to think of when you eat potato chips and pretzels, except these “super seeds” are chock full of health.

They have dietary fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They’re convenient, handy and healthy, plus they pack a lot of that punch in a little package.

In my view, one of the big pluses in favor of super seeds is that you can eat them raw without cooking, which robs our foods of much of their benefits. My opinion is that we should eat as much of our food as possible raw in its natural state, untainted by manhandling in factories and unspoiled by cooking the life out of it.

Different seeds have different credentials to recommend them, so eating a variety of seeds will give you the full spectrum of nutritional values seeds have to offer.

Here are eight of my favorite super seeds I suggest you try…

Chia Seeds: These tiny black and white seeds from a desert plant in Mexico have become very popular on supermarket shelves of late as ingredients in everything from energy bars to cereals to beverages. Chia seeds are nutritional dynamite in a small package, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants and calcium. Just a tablespoon of chia seeds delivers 5 grams of fiber. Ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures ate chia seeds for energy.

Chia is hydrophilic, meaning that it absorbs several times its weight in water. Inside your digestive tract, it swells with body fluids to help fill you up so you may not eat so much. Or you can mix it up with water before you eat it to make a kind of pudding (maybe add some fresh, raw fruit) that helps curb appetite and may aid in losing weight. Vegan bakers use chia gel as a binder in cooking in place of eggs.

Hemp Seeds: Known for being a complete protein source — they’re over 30 percent pure protein — they’re great for your muscles and also helps promote healthy hair and skin. Hemp is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which, when balanced, act as an anti-inflammatory in the body.

The seeds are a type of phytosterol that promotes healthy cholesterol. They also deliver a good dose of magnesium, which improves circulation, blood pressure, hearing and general heart health.

The variety of hemp grown for food production is different from the kind that yields marijuana. The food type of hemp does not contain THC, the ingredient that makes pot smokers high. You won’t get that kind of buzz from eating hemp seeds, and it won’t make you fail a drug test.

Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds offer an inexpensive budget-friendly source of vital nutrients. They deliver unsaturated fats and important minerals like magnesium, copper and manganese. Sunflower seeds are a good source of B vitamins, including folate to boost immunity.

But the main claim to fame for sunflower seeds is that they’re a potent source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that acts as a first line of antioxidant defense against cancer and helps maintain proper function of many organs to protect cells from damage. It helps combat heart disease, high blood pressure, brain and nervous system disorders, cataracts, asthma, peptic ulcers and a host of other maladies.

Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds offer iron, zinc, B vitamins, magnesium and protein. They also contain a high concentration of the amino acid tryptophan, a natural tranquilizer which helps lower anxiety when you’re under stress.

Pumpkins seeds are rich in a form of antioxidant known as carotenoids, a special plant derivative that helps boost body immunity and fight diseases.

For men, pumpkin seeds are a must-have because they contain beta-sitosterol, a phytosterol that blocks the conversion of testosterone into a metabolite — helping to prevent prostate enlargement and cancer.

Flax Seeds: A great source of soluble fiber to help lower cholesterol, flax seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acid to boost eye and brain health and help suppress triglycerides. Flax seeds are also high in lignans, a plant-like form of estrogen that may aid in fighting certain cancers like breast cancer.

One thing to know about flax seeds is that they have a hard shell, so you need to grind them in a blender or coffee grinder before using them. If they aren’t ground up, they’ll pass through the body undigested, losing the benefits of the nutrients they contain. Store the ground seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Sesame Seeds: Familiar sprinkles on fast food hamburger buns and bagels, sesame seeds can be used liberally on most anything in your daily menu for a great source of dairy-free calcium to build strong bones and aid muscular functions.

Sesame seeds are rich in copper, necessary for enzyme reactions in the body involved in the production of energy and performance of the nervous system.

They can be used to make sesame paste or tahini, which can be spread on toast or crackers for a tasty treat. In the Middle East, they’re often used to make hummus and falafel.

And here’s a tip from bodybuilders: Look for black sesame seeds, which they believe to be higher in antioxidants than the beige variety we usually see.

Pomegranate Seeds: Pomegranate seeds are loaded with antioxidants to protect your body from free radicals and slow the aging process.

They help fight cancer and improve memory. They’re high in vitamin C and potassium, low in calories and a good source of fiber. Some say pomegranate seeds are a natural aphrodisiac.

A single pomegranate may hold over 600 seeds.

Wheat Germ: This powerhouse super seed explodes with protein, iron and B vitamins like folate. Wheat germ is high in fiber content to prevent constipation and keeps your appetite under control. Wheat germ is low on the glycemic index, so it won’t cause blood sugar spikes.

Wheat germ helps boost your immune system, promotes cardiovascular health, helps prevent cancer and fights aging effects on skin and hair loss.

You can eat super seeds right out of the package or add to your favorite foods for flavor and crunch.

Sprinkle them on salads, baked goods, fish, oatmeal, cereals, pancakes, rice, soups, pasta, yogurt—just about anything edible. Mix them in smoothies. Add them to trail mixes. Use your imagination. There are lots of creative ways to enjoy health-giving seeds. Always eat them raw, never roasted.

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California “bans” state travel to even more states over LGBT issues

Ah, California. Is there nothing you can’t make more ideological with every passing week? In the Golden State’s latest effort to prove that they’re really not interested in being part of the rest of the nation, California’s state government – which viciously opposes President Trump’s travel ban – has expanded their own travel ban. Of course, it only applies to state funded travel, and rather than restricting traffic with terrorist hot spots, it blocks airline tickets to states which it deems insufficiently “woke.” In this case, that would be Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota. (Fox News)

California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year.

Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Lawmakers passed legislation last year banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already on the list.

California taxpayers’ money “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate,” Becerra said.

California didn’t invent this idea, though they’re clearly working on being a leader in the travel ban field. New York enacted a ban on “non-essential” state funded travel to North Carolina in 2015 in response to their so-called bathroom bill. Of course, we later learned that was mostly a stunt, and any travel, be it for SUNY school purposes, “fact finding” trips or most anything else was quickly deemed to be “essential” and little actually changed.

That will likely be the case in California as well. As the linked article indicates, state law already provides immediate exceptions for a variety of reasons, including any and all contracts which were signed prior to 2017. Also, Fresno State is scheduled to play the Crimson Tide this fall. Anybody think they’re going to forfeit that game over this bill? Color me skeptical.

Hey, here’s an idea. How about if everyone gets in on this game? Maybe all of the states with a more sensible approach to immigration and law enforcement can ban state funded travel to all of the states that have sanctuary cities in them. States with no state income tax can ban travel to those which levy such taxes because of their anti-freedom agenda. And why stop there? Hell, let’s just have all of the states that voted for Trump ban travel to states that voted for Hillary and vice versa. Wouldn’t that be great?

No.. that would be stupid. The states have various reasons to do business with each other which sometimes require travel. (Though in the era of internet technology and video conferencing, voters in all states would be justified in asking why people are still taking so many trips in person and running up all those bills.) We have different states which each make their own rules because that’s how the founders planned it. They even insisted that the states respect each other’s individual choices, giving us a good hint in that direction by including the Full Faith and Credit Clause. We were never intended to be uniform nor to start these pissing contests over differences between state laws. If any of those laws are unconstitutional they will be struck down in due order through the normal process. If they hold up under challenge then the states are doing as they wish within the limits of the law and it’s not California’s job to reprimand them.

Of course, there’s a quicker solution available which could probably satisfy everyone. Calexit anyone? We allow California to secede and also split off New York City as their own state at the same time (separate from the upstate region) and then we won’t even have to change the flags. Let’s get this ball rolling, people!

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Truths Not Spoken

“So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” – Sura 9:5

As we all know acts of terrorism have greatly increased during this year’s (un)holy month of Ramadan…in fact they have tripled since last year’s Ramadan…and to date as I write this, there have been 152 islamic terror attacks in 28 countries, resulting in 1,389 people killed and 1,685 people injured during the past 27 days. And there were 40 attacks, 170 killed, 175 injured just in the week June 10th through June 16th alone. And while all these attacks were for the most part terror attacks, a handful were honor killings and/or sharia-mandated executions, but all were committed in the name of Allah…in the name of islam.

Yet within the entirety of the same time frame cited, acts of death and terror committed by Christians and Jews in the name of ‘so-called’ islamophobia come to a grand total of one.

And during these same few weeks rallies have been held all across America in opposition to both sharia law and against a certain hate-filled, islamic spewing, muslima propagandist speaking at a college graduation in New York City. And while these events have been long overdue and were attended by thousands they either went underreported, if reported on at all, or were reported with a strictly leftist slant alone by a media who still tries to perpetuate the myth that islam is a religion of peace, that sharia law is not dangerous, and that ‘We the People’ are the victims of self-perpetrated anti-muslim bias or what has come to be commonly known as islamophobia…as in the actual rightful fear of all things muslim.

But if truth be told that fear is more than justified for the fact is that islam… the political ideology that hides behind the guise of calling itself a religion…is to be feared and that those who follow and adhere to said ideology…as in muslims…we must be on our guard against but not only because of the numbers I stated above but for these numbers as well…there are estimated to be 1.6 billion muslims worldwide with between 15 to 25 percent being what we call extremists, and that translates into between 180 million to 300 million people who wish us all dead.

And yet numbers alone never tell the whole story, but numbers are the culmination of the driving force behind all the bloodshed committed in the name of islam… committed in the name of allah…committed as per the very words mandated by the Qur’an itself.

The Qur’an, the most (un)holy of all books, is truly what is behind all the hate, for bloodlust and death is the basis of all its tenets and teachings. And know that the Qur’an is actually nothing but a guidebook…an instruction manual of sorts…in the whys and hows to kill all who do not believe.

“But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them, boiling fluid will be poured down their heads. Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted; And for them are hooked rods of iron. Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning.”
– Sura 22:19 to 22

And those who carry out what is the Qur’an’s dutiful call to jihad…a call in Allah’s name…are islam’s true believers for they and they alone are following the guidebook’s commands of devout piety down to every ‘t’ crossed and every ‘i’ dotted. And those who truly believe are the very muslims we rightfully fear most for it is they who are obeying and acting upon muhammad’s every word. And yet while not all muslims physically ‘pick up the sword’ all muslims, save but a few, are just as fervent in their desire to spill the blood of we non-believers, because if they were not they would say the words and take the actions needed to call to task those who swords drip with our infidel blood. Cowards all…for if one does not condemn they condone.

And those of us who do not see these truths are those of us who have become not just blind to the physical horrors that now surround us, but who have surrendered their minds to the media generated leftist agenda of complacency, more commonly known as political correctness.

And political correctness dictates that we must not question the actions of others…that we must not question their motives. We must accept as right what we know to be wrong or else we become the hate-mongers and the hate-mongers become the victims.

“Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.
– Sura 9:29

And in today’s world…whether the politically correct sorts like it or not…the true hate-mongers come in the guise of islamic terrorists…for the islamic terrorist’s beliefs and ways are such that have been historically and factually proven to be the beliefs and ways as laid down in the qur’an. And their hate of the unbeliever stands as an unquestionable testament to the entirety of islam’s long held tenets of barbarism, savagery, and brutality. And this can be seen in the islamic terrorist’s embrace of islam’s cruel past as the basis for their current reality instead of their accepting the civilized norms of the here and now or even their looking forward to the future, because to the islamic terrorist the future is nothing but the past revisited to be repeated again.

And the ultimate goal of today’s islamic terrorist remains the same as it was for muhammad over 1400 years ago…to make islam above the ways of the ‘people of the book’…as in we Christians and Jews…and to use the qur’an words as the previously stated guidebook by which to control all others even if it means the tool by which to do so is the sword…or the bomb, or the gun, or the van…improvisations used in their quest to serve allah well.

“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”
– Sura 8:12

By now most of us know that the (un)holy qur’an contains at least 109 verses that calls for its followers to “go to war” with all nonbelievers for the sole purpose of pushing forward islamic rule. But what many do not know is that sharia law is the vessel by which islamic rule intends to reign no matter that sharia law counters every moral, value, and ideal that we called infidels believe in and hold dear as well as allowing for no separation between state and mosque or.state and religion.

Simply stated, sharia is the definitive and unquestioning law of islam…law adjudicated without mercy…and law especially brutal towards women who islam views as second class citizens…who islam views as mere chattel for men to do with what they please. Taken directly from the words of muhammad…from the hadith, from actions called sunnah, and of course from the qur’an itself… sharia law is an all-encompassing and highly intrusive and invasive legal system whose rules of conduct regulates and controls both public and private behavior as well as the private beliefs and thoughts of its followers to such a degree that if a muslim dares to criticize muhammad or even question any of the teachings of the qur’an it can, and usually does, result in one losing one’s head.

“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” – Sura 2:216

And as per the qur’an violence can be virtuous, but violence is just one way muslims infiltrate our Western countries and societies along with our corresponding political systems. But infiltration by violence really does not need to be for all the infiltrators have to do is take their to time to grow into population numbers so large and strong that muslims will become their host county’s majority, and do so by the simple act of breeding…breeding in such numbers that allow them at some point to be a loud enough voice that they can turn governmental bodies to their advantage or if there numbers are great enough they can topple a host country’s government by the ballot box alone.

“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement” – Sura 5:33

And so as the continuing rise of terrorism and violence engulfs the world, the time has come for we of the civilized nations to accept as fact that all this hate…all this violence…must be laid at the feet of islam. And it also must be accepted as fact that due to islam’s guidebook…the qur’an…the afore mentioned hate-filled manual whose instructions to kill are totally incompatible with Western values and norms… that there must never be an acceptance of or an acquiescing to a made-up god by those who believe in the one true living God of we Christians and Jews.

So to those who say that islam is one of the world’s three great monotheistic religions because of its commonality in its belief in one god does not make it so for islam’s god…allah…is not now nor will it ever be our God. And islam’s melding of politics, society, and state into one all-encompassing, savagely brutal system of not just terror but as an unyielding way of life takes away islam’s right to call itself a religion.

And if we can accept as truth that islam is not a religion…for no true religion owes obedience to blood lust over true spiritual matters…than maybe this will allow us to admit that we are at war with the entirety of islam, and that the enemy and evil of submission that is islam exists solely to serve islam itself. And only then can we successfully battle against islam with tangible actions taken…actions that will send islam back to the seventh century from which it came.

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Senate’s “ObamaCare Repeal” Bill Would Keep ObamaCare Forever

Without any significant legislative victories and a frustrated base, Senate Republican leadership and most rank-and-file members of the Republican conference need to take a good, long look in the mirror and ask themselves this question: “What are we doing here?”

Most conservatives, including those of us at FreedomWorks, are ready to begin work on fundamental tax reform, but repealing ObamaCare remains an elusive part of the congressional Republican agenda. Conservatives didn’t expect the perfect bill, but we did expect Republicans to follow through on their more than seven years of promises to repeal ObamaCare. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, H.R. 1628, formerly known as the “American Health Care Act,” fundamentally fails to keep those promises.

To be clear, there are some positive elements of the bill. Most of ObamaCare’s taxes are repealed, though not as quickly as the House bill, and the modernization of Medicaid is preserved. The individual and employer mandates are zeroed out but not repealed. (Yes, folks, those two provisions remain in statute. The penalties are only set to zero.) The expansion of health savings accounts (HSA) is also preserved.

Unfortunately, that’s largely where the good news ends, which is why four conservative senators — Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rand Paul — announced their opposition to the bill in its current form. They are, however, open to negotiation for improvements to earn their support.

ObamaCare’s Subsidies Are Sticking Around, Though Modified: As passed by the House, H.R. 1628 repealed ObamaCare’s tax subsidies, which are based on income and geographical location, and replaced them with an age-rated tax credit that was capped at a certain income threshold. The Senate’s version, however, simply modifies ObamaCare’s tax subsidies for households that earn between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) to 100 percent and 350 percent of FPL beginning in 2020. Subsidies would be tied to the “‘applicable median cost benchmark plan,” which is defined as “actuarially equivalent to 58 percent of the full actuarial value of the benefits.”

Age is taken into consideration in determining subsidy amounts. It’s assumed that an individual under the age of 30 who earns between 300 percent and 350 of FPL would spend 6.4 percent of his or her income on health insurance. An individual over the age of 59 in the same income threshold would spend 16.2 percent.

Likely Bailouts for Health Insurers: The bill would create a short-term fund to stabilize insurance markets around the country. Between 2018 and 2021, $50 billion would be paid directly to health insurance companies “to address coverage and access disruption and respond to urgent health care needs.” The purposes of the fund aren’t specifically defined. The relevant section of the bill simply requires the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) “[t]o establish or maintain a program to enter into arrangements with health insurance issuers premiums and promote State health insurance market participation and choice in plans offered in the individual market.”

The concern with this language is that this $50 billion will be used to bail out health insurance companies that participated in ObamaCare or used to encourage to participate in this Republican version of ObamaCare. Claims from insurers for the 2014 and 2015 to the now-defunct risk corridors program established by the 2010 law are somewhere in the ballpark of $8.3 billion. Further losses occurred in 2016.

The risk corridors program was supposed to be funded by plans that made money on the exchanges. The program was underfunded and Congress prohibited the use of taxpayer dollars to fund it. The Better Care Reconciliation Act appears to reverse that course, ostensibly funding a bailout with taxpayer dollars.

There is a second, long-term pool of funds, $62 billion, that will be used to cover Americans in the nongroup market who are high-risk. These funds will be used to reduce out-of-pocket costs and otherwise stabilize health insurance premiums.

Medicaid Expansion Will Probably Stay Forever: As passed by the House, H.R. 1628 ended ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid at the beginning of 2020. The Senate version of the bill pushes back this deadline to the beginning of 2024. The federal match for expansion is reduced to 85 percent in 2021, 80 percent in 2022, and 75 percent in 2023. Medicaid spending growth would be limited to the rate of inflation rather than medical inflation, which means it would grow at a slower rate.

The problem here is that the proposed repeal of Medicaid expansion rests on the theory that a president and Congress will be in place to ensure that it actually happens. This was also a concern with the House version of H.R. 1628, though less of one because repeal was front-ended. This time, it’s on the back-end. Expect to hear rhetoric about a “Medicaid cliff,” similar to the fiscal cliff back in 2012, and the Medicare “doc fix.”

So, yes, Medicaid expansion will presumably be repealed in this bill, just like the Budget Control Act was supposed to cut the rates of spending increases and the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) was supposed to cut payments to doctors to make the program more fiscally viable. Of course, many of the cuts under the Budget Control Act have been reversed and the SGR was routinely fixed to avoid scheduled cuts. It’s more than likely, if one takes the previous actions of Congress into consideration, that Medicaid expansion will never go away.

ObamaCare’s Title I Structure Largely Untouched: Title I of ObamaCare is responsible for 44.5 percent to 68 percent of health insurance premium increases. The amendment proposed by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) was a way to address these cost drivers and provide states with flexibility.

In fact, the reason FreedomWorks went neutral on the House version of H.R. 1628 was because of the inclusion of the MacArthur amendment, which allowed states to receive waivers for ObamaCare’s community rating and essential health benefits provisions, which are found in Title I of the 2010 law.

The Senate version of the bill will expand ObamaCare’s age-rating ratio, from 3-to-1 to 5-to-1. This means that insurance companies will be able to charge older enrollees five times more than younger enrollees.

The MacArthur amendment would have allowed a state to seek a waiver to expand the 5-to-1 age-rating ratio even further. The amendment would have also allowed a state to seek a waiver to allow insurance companies to take the health status of enrollees into account, which was prohibited under the Affordable Care Act, provided that a state meets certain requirements to protect high-risk consumers.

Insurance companies would have still been prohibited from taking the gender of an enrollee into account when determining premiums for an enrollee. This is a provision of the Affordable Care Act that would have remained in place under the MacArthur amendment and the House-passed version of H.R. 1628.

The age-rating ratio is the only aspect of community rating that the Senate version of the bill addresses.

The Senate version of the bill does make changes to ObamaCare’s existing State Innovation Waivers, which would allow a state, upon request by a governor or state insurance commissioner, to change actuarial value standards, known as ObamaCare’s metal tiers. The secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services is required to approve a waiver as long as it would not increase the deficit. Waivers last for a period of eight years and renewal may be requested by the state.

The House version would have sunset ObamaCare’s actuarial value standards, which require plans to cover a minimum of 60 percent of health care expenses.

Because the Senate version of H.R. 1628 leaves ObamaCare’s Title I structure largely intact, it will be extraordinarily difficult for Senate Republicans to say that they are doing anything that will bring down the cost of health insurance coverage. Ultimately, this is how Americans will judge the Republican effort.

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Adam Corolla and Dennis Prager Hit the Road to Save College Campuses

Glenn welcomed Adam Corolla, comedian and former host of The Man Show, to discuss his new project with Dennis Prager, No Safe Spaces.

“They’re trying to go in and help people think and learn to think on college campuses, and they want to make a movie,” Glenn said.

Corolla and Prager will tour college campuses, teaching about the need for open dialogue and ideation — not safe spaces where people aren’t challenged.

“We’re going to try to explain is that hard work, values, no safe spaces, a little adversity, a little gravity is a good thing when you’re growing,” Corolla said.

The partnership between the two diverse men provides an example which Corolla wishes others would embrace.

“You can’t get further apart from me and Dennis Prager as human beings,” Corolla said. “He’s a deeply religious person, I’ve told him 2,000 times I’m an atheist, and he does not care at all. It does not hinder our relationship or the way he feels about me at all, which is a lesson in these times I would love to get across to the world.”

Corolla and Prager are currently raising funds to produce their film — which includes a humorous approach with deep ideas — at NoSafeSpaces.com. If you’d like to be a part of the solution, get involved today.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

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Hillary Clinton tweet shamelessly attacks Republicans, gets brutal response

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton snubbed the call for a bipartisan de-escalation of heated rhetoric and instead tweeted a message calling Republicans the “death party” Friday.

Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017

The tweet read, “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”

It appeared to reference the controversy over “death panels” that conservatives feared would be instituted in the Obamacare legislation passed by Democrats. While the media and the left called it hysteria on the part of Republicans, Clinton seems eager to employ even worse rhetoric against the health care bill just released by Senate Republicans.

Her tweet linked to a study by left-wing think tank claiming that their analysis of the CBO scoring of the Republican bill indicated that between 18,100 and 27,700 deaths would result from decreases in health care coverage in 2026.

The study also claimed the Republican bill would result in 217,000 deaths over a decade.

Clinton’s “death party” tweet was met with ire on social media, including that from conservatives who thought it was inappropriate to tweet such an incendiary message after the Scalise shooting.

Beneath contempt. But absolutely mainstream in Democratic politics today. https://t.co/T7gd5JxMS1

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 23, 2017

2020 Hillary Clinton: “Forget death party. If Republicans win in November, they will sacrifice your children to Satan in the Oval Office.” https://t.co/fHZsQrxOMv

— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) June 23, 2017

Says the woman who had Gaddafi killed and threw his country into chaos (Libya). Now they have open air slave markets thanks to you. https://t.co/sBtX28d4M3

— Lee Junn (@Lee_KGB_Junn) June 23, 2017

That’s weird considering someone from your party literally just tried to murder a bunch of Republicans a week ago… https://t.co/JjbARhLOta

— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 23, 2017

Yes PLEASE keep saying that Republicans want everyone to die. That’s really sane rhetoric that I’m sure everyone takes really seriously. https://t.co/9CV8vEL1QY

— Nick McIntyre (@Nick_McIntyre) June 23, 2017

Says the woman who won a Lifetime Achievement Award from an organization that dismembers babies https://t.co/J0uvfsRR6Z

— Daniel Darling (@dandarling) June 23, 2017

OFFICIAL DEATH PARTY THREAD
What are you bringing to the death party?

I’m bringing a map to Wisconsin and a case of Coors Original https://t.co/EfKMyYg2gS

— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 23, 2017

Everybody who is not me is literally coming to murder youhttps://t.co/QMuUAMjN3X

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 23, 2017

“Death party” — one week after GOP targeted for assassination, from a party that supports abortion on demand. Media will shrug. https://t.co/XjgQbMJBML

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 23, 2017

Out: It’s time to tone down the rhetoric in Washington. (from last week)

In: The GOP is literally going to kill everyone you’ve ever known! https://t.co/fPF1Zo9XUk

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 23, 2017

The tweet comes just a day after fellow Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts was similarly brutalized on social media over her tone-deaf tweet.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is still recovering from the nearly lethal shooting. His condition has improved to fair, and he was able to leave the intensive care unit Thursday.

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