Obama Government Looks To Satisfy Religious Groups On Obamacare – Yahoo News

In the case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a group of small business owners argued that the law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states not by the federal government. A divided court agreed, in a 2-1 decision that could mean premium increases for more than half the 8 million Americans who have purchased taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the law. The ruling affects consumers who bought coverage in the 36 states served by the federal insurance marketplace, or exchange. The majority opinion concluded that the law, as written, “unambiguously” restricts subsides to consumers in exchanges established by a state.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-admin-says-health-subsidies-154118138.html

White House revises contraception opt out | Politics – Home

Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare 1 hour ago . View photo A man Obama plan for student loan forgiveness sits at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-government-looks-satisfy-religious-groups-obamacare-024325613.html

Obama grants gay and transgender employees US bias protection – CSMonitor.com

“Since Scandal has become a hit with a black female lead, then that creates this domino effect in the industry,” said Ana-Christina Ramon, a professor and co-author of a UCLA study on minorities in film and television. “It’s the effect of Shonda Rhimes.” Scandal isnt the only Rhimes show that incorporates politics into its storyline. Arecent episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” dealt with Obamacare. Rhimesis also a player in the real world of politics.She has donated nearly $60,000 to Democratsin recent years. Democraticfundraisers are hoping the “Rhimes effect” will extend to politics.
Source: http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/07/22/45512/obama-to-attend-fundraiser-at-the-home-of-scandal/

Obama signs emergency declaration for Wash. wildfires | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News

Obama advisers said that ruling has no impact on non-discrimination policies in federal hiring and contracting. Obama said 18 states and more than 200 local governments already ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as well as a majority of Fortune 500 companies. But he noted that more states allow same-sex marriage than prohibit gay discrimination in hiring. “It’s not just about doing the right thing, it’s also about attracting and retaining the best talent,” Obama said. The change for federal contracting will affect some 24,000 companies with 28 million workers, or one-fifth of the US workforce. Many large federal contractors already have employment policies barring anti-gay workplace discrimination.
Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2014/0722/Obama-grants-gay-and-transgender-employees-US-bias-protection

Obama admin. says health subsidies will continue – Yahoo News

Supreme Court cases “This is part of ensuring that all women have access to contraception coverage,” said a senior administration official. Earlier this month the Supreme Court issued a temporary order that allows Wheaton College to avoid covering birth control without filing a religious exemption form with its insurer. The new revisions to the Obamacare mandate reveal that the White House is anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court’s finalization of the temporary injunction in the coming months. “In light of the Supreme Court order regarding Wheaton College,” said the official, “the Departments intend to augment their regulations to provide an alternative way for objecting nonprofit religious organizations to provide notification, while ensuring that enrollees in plans of such organizations receive separate coverage of contraceptive services without cost sharing” The July ruling on behalf of the evangelical Illinois school was seen as an important victory for those objecting to a compromise that aimed to allow coverage and allowed a workaround for those opposing it.
Source: http://www.news4jax.com/politics/white-house-revises-contraception-opt-out/27103662

Obama to attend fundraiser at the home of ‘Scandal’ creator Shonda Rhimes | 89.3 KPCC

Obama said Tuesday the emergency declaration would ensure communities that lost power because of burned power lines and poles get electrical power. At more than 250,000 acres, the Carlton Complex is larger than the 1902 Yacolt Burn, which consumed 238,920 acres in southwestern Washington and was the state’s largest recorded forest fire, according to HistoryLink.org, an online resource of Washington state history. The fire is being blamed for one death. Rob Koczewski, 67, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday while he and his wife were hauling water and digging fire lines near their home. Koczewski was a retired Washington State Patrol trooper and U.S. Marine.
Source: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/President-Obama-signs-emergency-declaration-for-Wash-wildfires-268278852.html

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