Mifflin County Tea Party Patriots hold October meeting

Tea Party Patriots of Mifflin County will hold their October meeting Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at the HOSS’s in Lewistown at 6:00pm.  Agenda, gun resolution, smart meters healthcare are on the agenda.  If you know of any conservative that is self-employed that has received a letter saying their health insurance was been canceled under Obamacare, please encourage them to attend this meeting.

Conestoga Woood Specialities, Pa. family business, asks full Third Circuit to protect religious freedom

Pa. family business asks full Third Circuit to protect religious freedom
Court of Appeals declined to halt enforcement of abortion pill mandate

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — The Independence Law Center representing the Mennonite-owned company, Conestoga Wood Specialties, Inc. has asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to rehear its case after a three judge panel of that court declined to halt enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate.

The case, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, involves a mandate by the federal government that all employee health insurance plans include coverage for FDA approved contraception. Consistent with the FDA labeling, however, many of these forms of contraception work to change the lining of the uterus so that an embryo could be destroyed after conception. For the Hahn family, Mennonites from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the government mandate confronts a matter of religious faith since it would be contrary to their faith to in any way facilitate the taking of human life.

Charles W. Proctor, III is lead counsel in the case, together with Randall Wenger, chief counsel of the Independence Law Center, and attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom.

“Americans should be free to live out their faith in all areas of life—including the way they run their business,” said Wenger. “We are hopeful that the Court of Appeals or eventually the Supreme Court will understand the critical importance of our right to live out our religious faith—and the heart-wrenching violation of conscience that it would be to the Hahns to deny them that right.”

“The religious liberty of Americans is not something that should be withheld or dispensed by the government as it arbitrarily sees fit,” added Proctor. “Instead, our Declaration of Independence makes it clear that the Hahn family and all Americans are ‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights’ and the free exercise of religion is the very first right enumerated in our Bill of Rights.”

This has been a hard fought journey for Conestoga Wood and the Hahns. They filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Dec. 4 of last year asserting that being forced to provide and pay for insurance that covers drugs and devices that could result in the death of an embryo is contrary to their religious convictions. The District Court denied a request for a Preliminary Injunction on January 11, so Conestoga Wood and the Hahns appealed on January 14 and moved for an injunction pending appeal on January 22, which was denied on February 7. A three judge panel of the Court Appeals ruled against them on July 26, and they filed a petition this week seeking reargument before the full Court.

Conestoga Wood and the Hahns join many other family run businesses around the country seeking injunctions to protect them from the abortion pill mandate.

The Independence Law Center is a pro-bono, non-profit law center in Pennsylvania focused on protecting religious liberty.


Glenn Beck to Speak at Audit the IRS Rally

audit the irs rallyl 6-19-2013Patriots, we have big news to share. We have just been informed that Glenn Beck has accepted an invitation to speak at our Audit the IRS rally on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 12pm to 3pm. There were rumors last week and even talk from Beck on his radio program that he would be showing up in DC this week. You can read more about his announcement here  Glenn Beck

Medicaid Expansion Myths and Facts

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Today Gov. Corbett is meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania – a critical part of Obamacare. Here are a few of the most common myths proponents  – including Sebelius – are employing to convince officials to expand the broken program.

Medicaid Expansion Myths and Facts

Myth #1: The Medicaid expansion is largely funded by free federal money for state governments.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government would pay the lion’s share of costs for new Medicaid enrollees. But the federal government first takes that money through taxes on individuals, families and businesses across America – including those in Pennsylvania. The ACA included more than 20 new taxes with a $500 billion price tag. That’s $6,363 more in taxes per family of four over the next nine years.

President Obama has already proposed reducing the federal government’s matching rate for Medicaid, meaning states like Pennsylvania would have to pay even more. Even if the federal government manages to keep its promise, Pennsylvania would have to come up with billions in additional state tax dollars to afford the expansion, or cut funding from other departments, like education and transportation.

Myth #2: No expansion means Pennsylvanians will subsidize Medicaid expansion in other states.

Expansion states will not receive additional expansion dollars because other states opt out, rather the total cost of the ACA will decrease. According to a 2012 Congressional Budget Office projection, states refusing to expand Medicaid in 2014 will reduce the federal deficit by $84 billion. Rejecting the Medicaid expansion keeps money in the pockets of Pennsylvania taxpayers who also pay federal taxes.

Myth #3: Expanding Medicaid will increase access to quality health care for low-income Pennsylvanians.

Medicaid is a troubled program that often harms the poor. Due to low payment rates, one-third of doctors won’t see Medicaid patients, meaning recipients have difficulty securing appointments. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 44 percent of children with juvenile diabetes on Medicaid could not get an appointment with an endocrinologist, compared to only nine percent with private insurance.

When Medicaid patients do receive care, they often experience worse outcomes than the uninsured. For example, a University of Virginia study found that Medicaid patients are twice as likely to die following surgery as those with private insurance and 13 percent more likely to die than the uninsured.

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For more Medicaid Expansion Myths & Facts, and a printable PDF of this piece, click here

Christian Law Association – How will Obamacare affect your business or ministry?

Health Care: At What Cost?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as “Obamacare,” has been upheld by the United States Supreme Court and will affect all Americans as it is implemented. The leadership of churches and ministries across the country need to understand how the provisions of PPACA will affect them.

Employer Requirements

PPACA requires employers who employ an average of 50 full-time employees during the previous year to provide health insurance coverage for all of its employees. Churches and other tax-exempt organizations are not exempt from this provision. A full-time employee is defined as an employee who works an average of 30 or more hours per week. Thus, any church, including any ministries which are not separately organized, employing 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance to all of its employees.

If an employer has 50 or more employees, then it has the option of providing coverage or paying a penalty. If the employer wants to avoid the penalty, then the employer must provide at least 60% of the premium cost of insurance coverage that is at least “minimum essential coverage” for employees.

Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not subject to PPACA and are NOT required to provide health insurance to its employees. However, should a small employer decide to provide health insurance to its employees, then it may receive a refundable tax credit for premiums provided on behalf of employees. Tax-exempt employers, such as churches, are able to receive a refundable credit of up to 25% of premiums paid for health insurance. However, the credit is limited to the total amount of income and Medicare taxes required to be withheld from employees and the employer’s share of Medicare taxes withheld for the year. For an employer to be eligible for the credit, the employer must:

(1) pay at least half of the cost of insurance premiums for its employees;

(2) have fewer than 25 equivalent employees (including the pastor(s) in the count); and

(3) average annual wages of less than $50,000 per employee (without counting the salary of any of its pastors).

Read more on our website about the individual mandate, the contraceptive mandate, and how you should respond!

Susquehanna Valley Conservatives host Michael Cioccocioppo at their January 2013 meeting

WHO:   Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

WHAT:  ObamaCare: It’s Implications for Life ~ An examination of how federal money will be used to generate the greatest expansion of abortions since Roe vs Wade was decided in 1973.

WHEN: This coming Monday, January 14 at 7:00PM

WHERE:   Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg

Baylor East Conference Room

Lower level on the west side

AUDIENCE:  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

COST:  No charge

SVC website:    www.SusquehannaValleyConservatives.com