Morning Briefing: January 25th, 201
By Steve Deace
Creepiest Ad of the Year?
It’s only late January, but it’s going to be hard for another commercial to be creepier this year than this one from the Center for Reproductive Rights. The ad depicts a black man, whom abortion pioneer Margaret Sanger would’ve described as a “human weed” if she were alive today, holding a rose and speaking romantically into the camera to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Apparently a little Barry White sets the mood when you’re celebrating the killing of your own children.
Bobby Jindal 2016?
The popular Louisiana governor is expected to vie for the Republican nomination for President of these United States in 2016, and he certainly gave what sounded like a presidential campaign speech at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting Thursday night. If one summarizes what Jindal had to say it would be this: “America already has one liberal party, she doesn’t need another.” To read the entire text of Jindal’s speech you can click here.
Obamacare Sticks it to Smokers
Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Obama’s health-care law, according to experts who are teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act — or “Obamacare” — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums. Ironically, two groups that do much of the smoking in America are the Hollywood crowd and lower-income peoples — which are two of Obama’s most loyal blocs of support. I suppose they won’t look at it as a tax as much as they’ll look at it as a tithe.
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