Those Americans hoping for expensive gender reassignment surgery may now be able to afford it under the Obama healthcare law. “We are still dependent on insurance and the medical community for us to be able to live authentically,” Aydin Kennedy, coordinator of the transgender health program at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles, told the Beast of the new developments that offer transgender people hope.
Obama is pushing forward new government regulations even though it risks the Democrats losing control of the Senate in this fall’s congressional elections, groups that follow such efforts say.
On Sunday, Ben Carson, a rising star in conservative politics, said that race is just one factor surrounding the police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown – repeating his message that more personal responsibility and America’s failure to provide better economic opportunity to minorities also play a major role.
State insurance officials have ruled that health insurance companies in California can’t refuse to cover the cost of abortionsreversing a policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans.
A senior Administration official said on Saturday, that Obama has directed a review of federal programs and funding that allow state and local law-enforcement agencies to acquire surplus military equipment.
On Friday, the Obama Administration tried to pull a fast one, as it announced new measures meant to accommodate religious nonprofits and some private employers who don’t want to pay for birth control under ObamaCare, on the heels of Supreme Court rulings that weakened the law’s so-called contraceptive mandate.
When it comes to school lunches, the federal government is overstepping the limits of its authority, the Board of Education in Marietta, Georgia, has declared. At last week’s board meeting a resolution was passed expressing its displeasure with rules set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture governing the types of foods available in schools. While the rules are tied to subsidies for school lunch programs, they also cover the offerings in school vending machines, and the Marietta board says that’s going a bit — or a bite — too far.
On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Chick Hagel said that the well-funded, heavily militarized Islamic State (ISIS) is “beyond anything we’ve seen.” Hagel called the group an “imminent threat” to “every interest we have.”
Of all the most idiotic ideas….charging terrorists in a criminal investigation. On Thursday, Holder said the DOJ is conducting a criminal investigation into the death of American journalist James Foley. “He was a journalist and he was a symbol of what’s right about the United States,” Holder said. Continue reading →