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What To Expect In 2014: Obamacare, Immigration Reform, Budget Battles & More


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Obamacare, Medicaid & Medicare

In 2014, an expansion of Medicaid, with an increased cost burden for taxpayers, is expected. This is according to the Kaiser Family Foundation which has also projected Obamacare adding another 20 millionnew Medicaid dependents. It is estimated this expansion will add an average of 13% in costs to state budgets in 2014 alone.

The health insurance premium “sticker shock” will continue in 2014 as the reality of higher premiums really hits home. Most Americans, but especially the young and healthy, will have to come to grips with health insurance premium increases anywhere between 50% and 150%. And, to make matters worse, employers will continue to cut full-time workers back to part-time by reducing employees’ hours per week from 40 to 29 or less. This is being done to minimize the number of employees qualifying for the expensive Obamacare-compliant coverage.

Because businesses must pay more to purchase Obamacare-compliant plans, remaining employer-based health insurance policies will have higher out-of-pocket costs for employees, including higher co-pays and deductibles.

Election 2014: Key Races, Tea Party Candidates & The Odds of the GOP Retaking The Senate

Election 2014: Key Races, Tea Party Candidates & The Odds of the GOP Retaking The Senate

In order to retake control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans need to net a six-seat pickup. In the House, Democrats will have to net a gain of 17 seats in order to obtain majority control.

Seven key races in each chamber:

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•ALASKA: Tea Party candidate Joe Miller is expected to be one of three contenders for the Republican nomination to challenge Mark Begich, first-term Democratic incumbent. Other Republican candidates include Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan, former head of the state’s natural resources department.

Obamacare’s Impact: New Website Tracks and Publishes Health Insurance Premium Increases Submitted From People Across the Country

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Obamacare’s Impact: New Website Tracks and Publishes Health Insurance Premium Increases From People Across the Country

Cypress, CA October 23, 2013

A new website addresses the increasingly prevalent issue of premium increases due to The Affordable Care Act. SkyrocketingPremiums.Com utilizes actual cases sent in from those impacted by Obamacare. Site visitors are encouraged to submit their personal premium increase stories, in addition to a photo documenting before and after premium costs.

The website also features user submitted information on other problems people have had in regard to Obamacare. The objective of this initiative is to keep people informed about what’s going on with Obamacare, on a daily basis.

Supreme Court To Rule On Whether Forced Unionization Violates Constitution

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In an Attempt to Prevent a Gun Registry NRA & ACLU Team Up to Battle NSA

In an Attempt to Prevent a Gun Registry NRA & ACLU Team Up to Battle NSA

Project Red Leaf – Growing Conservative Voters on US College Campuses

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Project Red Leaf’s objective is to grow a conservative voter base on college campuses across the United States. It is based on the belief that increasing the number of registered conservative voters on college campuses will positively impact local, state, and national elections, giving conservatives a better chance of winning or retaining seats.

Project Red Leaf (PRL) is a national network of certified Third Party Voter Registration Organization’s (3PVRO’s). For example, Project Red Leaf – University of Tampa is a 3PVRO registered in the State of Florida (ID#13-1). So, PRL has been legally approved and is acknowledged by the state’s Supervisor of Elections. This is what provides the permission needed to register people to vote in local, state, and federal elections.

PRL’s motto is: “One student at a time will make all the difference.” The organization continues its work with college conservative groups and College Republican organizations, which allows for the leveraging of national resources. The project follows a two-step process:

FBI Releases Threat Alerts For Computer Users

The FBI has issued a warning regarding spear-phishing email which has the appearance of being sent from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The subject of the e-mail is “Search for Missing Children,” but attached to the email is a .zip file containing 3 malicious files. The FBI is reminding email recipients to always treat links and attachments in unsolicited or unexpected email with caution. Spear-phishing attacks are frequently utilized in targeted rather than opportunistic attacks. It is information that is sought, as opposed to financial gain.

As Erosion of Free Speech Continues 34% Feel First Amendment Guarantees Too Many Rights

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) has adopted a new “Free Speech and Campus Civility” policy, which essentially disregards the First Amendment. Though initially the document espouses the benefits of free speech, it abruptly launches into an assault on the First Amendment rights of the FAU community. “What we do insist on, however, is that everyone in the FAU community behave and speak to and about one another in ways that are not racist, religiously intolerant or otherwise degrading to others,” the document reads.

But, this is in direct opposition to the First Amendment. The university has banned speech that is clearly protected under the First Amendment. It is also protected under Florida’s constitution.

As FIRE notes:

US Army Sergeant Who Killed 16 Afghan Civilians Was On Controversial Drug Prescribed By The Army

Though it took over a year for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finally do so, the regulatory agency has issued a stern warning regarding serious neurological and psychiatric side effects associated with mefloquine hydrochloride, a controversial antimalarial drug. This was the medication prescribed, by the Army, for Sergeant Robert Bales. Last year, while on this medication, Bales attacked and murdered 16 Afghan civilians.

Sergeant Bales, a respected soldier and father, was on his fourth deployment in a decade. He is described as an “affable” man but one whose behavior became uncharacteristically belligerent and psychotic–common side effects of mefloquine.

FAA Pilot Registry Has Discrepancies Hindering Terror Checks of Foreign Applicants

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It has come to the attention of the Transportation Department’s Inspector General that U.S. registries of pilots and aircraft contain incomplete data. This missing information could prove detrimental when it comes to screening for terrorists. The lack of information can also interfere with investigations of aviation accidents.

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