Lucia Rafanelli

Lucia Rafanelli is an editorial intern at The American Spectator.

Inaccurate Conceptions

 

The Catholic community may have another bone to pick with the Obama administration. After the Department of Health and Human Service’s adoption of a mandate requiring all insurers to cover birth control pills without copays or additional fees, a group of academics and pro-life Democrats have joined forces to petition for an expansion of the […]

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Big Pharma and Obamacare

 

When it comes to lobbying power, Big Oil has nothing on the drug industry. In fact, as Tim Carney writes in The Washington Examiner, since the start of Obama’s presidency, “the drug industry’s $635 million lobbying tab exceeds that of Wall Street and the oil and gas industry, combined.” Carney also reports that Big Pharma […]

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‘I’ Is for Indoctrination

 

“Back to school” may soon mean something more like “back to political education camp” if liberal regulators have their way. If your child is looking to get a high school diploma in Maryland, reading, writing, and arithmetic may no longer be enough. Students may soon have to be able to “[e]xplain that differences in the […]

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Preventive Care, Obama-Style

 

From now on, “preventive care” doesn’t just mean yearly check-ups and cholesterol tests– it now includes birth control, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. Under Obamacare, all insurance plans must provide “first dollar coverage”– that is coverage without copays or additional fees– for preventive care services, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) […]

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Birth Control for All?

 

If the federal government takes the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) advice, every American will soon be required to purchase health insurance that includes coverage for birth control. The IOM recently recommended that the government define birth control — including the controversial “morning after pill” and the abortion-inducing pill ella — as “preventive care,” which all […]

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Grab Your Pitchforks

 

“Everyone grab your pitchforks, run to the rich guy’s house, and grab his stuff.” This is how freshman Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), speaking earlier today at the Heritage Foundation, described Obama’s depiction of the debt crisis. Lankford said he was “really disappointed” with the president’s address last night, charging that Obama simply used his platform […]

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DeMint on Rick Perry

 

“As soon as you endorse, the candidates stop listening.” These were the words of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) before a collection of journalists gathered at the Heritage foundation earlier today. Despite this caution against early endorsements of 2012 presidential candidates, though, DeMint wasn’t afraid to praise prospective candidate Gov. Rick Perry, saying, “I think he’ll […]

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Hindsight No Longer 20/20

 

As recently as May, Mitt Romney refused to call his state health care legislation, Commonwealth Care, a mistake. When even the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination continues to defend an extensive government insurance program, it is far too easy for President Obama to stand by his own Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Despite […]

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Pregnant, Barefoot, and Drowning in a Bathtub

 

“Who says that? Who thinks like that?” This was ex-Green Jobs Czar Van Jones’s response to a quote he attributed to Grover Norquist saying we should “shrink America’s government to the size that we can drown it in a bathtub.” Norquist is a Spectator contributor and the president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, […]

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Quotable Clinton

 

President Bill Clinton headlined last week’s Campus Progress conference, an annual gathering held to inspire young liberals to activism, and below are some highlights from his address: Early on in the speech, Clinton called diversity “America’s greatest asset”, and said he “passionately believe[s] in the DREAM Act.” He continued, “I think we’re better off with […]

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