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Medicaid can be used to cover mosquito repellent to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, federal regulators told state and private Medicaid officials in a letter sent Wednesday.
Coverage of repellent — when prescribed by a health professional — with the federal matching dollars given other Medicaid-covered treatments is the primary change in the new Department of Health and Human Services guidance. The letter is intended to clarify how low-income people covered by Medicaid can protect themselves so they don’t contract the virus or get tested and treated in case they do. HHS alerted about 50,000 people involved in Medicaid plans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Zika is the definitive cause of an epidemic of birth defects in Brazil and other some countries with outbreaks of the virus. It also causes Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare condition in which the body attacks its own nerve cells, causing paralysis. The virus is largely spread by mosquitoes, can sometimes be transmitted sexually or through blood transfusions.
State Rep-Elect Dana Criswell leads effort pressing MS Congressional Delgation to vote against funding Planned Parenthood.
DeSoto County Representative-Elect Dana Criswell (R) led an initiative to send a letter to the Mississippi congressional delegation, pressing its members to vote against any spending bill that funds Planned Parenthood.
“No member of the Mississippi delegation to the U.S. Congress should support any funding resolution or mechanism – an appropriations bill, an omnibus package, a continuing resolution, or otherwise – that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood, including mandatory funding streams,” the letter read.
Recipients of the letter were Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), and Rep. Trent Kelly. House Representatives Harper, Palazzo, and Kelly all voted against the CR that funded Planned Parenthood, while Sens. Cochran and Wicker voted to fund the government and the nation’s largest abortion provider. In the House vote, 91 Republicans voted with Democrats to fund Planned Parenthood.
“We were told by our political leaders that we needed a Republican majority in the Senate so we could fight and win on these basic issues of freedom and morality,” Criswell tells Breitbart News. “I am disappointed that our senate representatives in Washington are not listening to the people of Mississippi.”
Senator Chris McDaniel released the following statement regarding the resignation of U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner:
“Speaker Boehner has become a casualty of an unnecessary fight the GOP is having with it’s own base. Republicans took control of the House and Senate with the help of conservatives based on promises to fight ObamaCare and illegal executive actions. But the leadership under Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell have capitulated time after time. They have taken steps to hand the leverage they have over to Democrats and the President, and have reduced the role of Congress to that of an overpaid rubber-stamp committee.
“I thank Speaker Boehner for his service. But, I also think this should be a lesson to establishment DC Republicans that Conservatives simply will not stand by silently and support weak and ineffective leadership. We want fighters who stand by the rule of law and reject the insiders game in Washington, D.C. The GOP must once again become a party of principle, and Conservatives plan to make it so.”
Senator Chris McDaniel Press Release
Rep. Bennie Thompson’s Proposal to Remove Mississippi State Flag from U.S. Capitol on Hold Until State Legislature Acts
The Republican who heads the congressional committee considering a measure to remove the Mississippi state flag from the House side of the U.S. Capitol says she wants to hear from the Mississippi legislature—which does not convene until 2016.
The resolution to remove the Mississippi flag, which exhibits in an upper corner the emblem of the Confederate battle flag, was offered by Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi.
“Without a doubt, the unprecedented step of removing a state flag from our nation’s Capitol would be a most serious act and something which requires thoughtful deliberation and input from all parties, especially from those whose flag is being debated for removal,” writes Committee on House Administration Chair Candice Miller of Michigan in a letter Tuesday to Democrats.
“I would also like to hear from elected leaders at Mississippi’s state level,” Miller goes on to write.
Like a lot of conservatives, I was disgusted, though not surprised, with the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. In fact, I predicted the outcome to several people the day before it was released. I knew it was coming, particularly after the Obamacare ruling, but I earnestly hoped to soon see a wave of protest and civil disobedience to the Court’s mandate. And it looks like that just might be in the works, and I’m sure glad of it.
We’ve seen the Circuit Clerk in Grenada, Mississippi resign rather than issue same sex marriage licenses, while a Republican candidate for the office in Lamar County has dropped out of the race. Many officials in Alabama are refusing to issue any licenses. And the Attorney General in Texas has issued an opinion that county clerks in the Lone Star State do not have to issue these marriage licenses either, although some are.
This is a start but now we need a counter stroke from among the people. And that seems to be gaining steam too, as businesses vow to maintain their religious freedom and not serve same sex couples.
But we need to take heed because the gay “rights” movement, what has been called the “Big Gay Hate Machine,” is not done, not by a long shot. Though they are just an estimated 3 percent of the population, they are out to destroy traditional values and Christian faith, if those values and faith interferes with their lifestyle.
In fact, it looks as though they will be taking aim at the tax-exempt status provided to churches by the IRS. It’s not enough to secure the right to marry; they want to stop any criticism of their lifestyle choice. So any preachers who speak out against the homosexual lifestyle as a sin against God will find themselves in hot water with the IRS if the gay lobby has its way.
Samuel Alito alluded to this in his dissent in the gay marriage case, “In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”
He continued, “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”
Justice Alito is exactly right. That is what is happening across the country and its only going to get worse, that is if we allow it to.
I do find it interesting that the gay fascists so hate the Christian church and our “old beliefs,” which condemns their lifestyle with words from the Bible, yet they will not cast aspersions toward the Muslim world, where they do much more than speak out against homosexuals; they throw them off high rooftops to their death. No decent Christian, or any right thinking person for that matter, advocates that.
But we do value the First Amendment. We the Christian people of America should not fear the IRS, the Obama Administration, or anyone else. Our preachers should preach the Word of God without compromise. Our people should stand up for our right to freely practice our religion and exercise our own values. And that would include opposing this most recent judicial decision.
And we have a right to do this. Just because a law is decreed, or a judicial decision rendered, that does not mean it’s the “law of the land” and we must obey it, as many top Republicans, including serious presidential candidates, are now saying. We have a right to resist through civil disobedience, opposing laws we consider unjust. And notice I said “civil” disobedience. Violence, riots, chaos, mayhem, and thuggery are not “civil.” No one has a right to that.
As I pondered these things, I thought about the Scripture Isaiah 10:1 – “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees.” And the recent Court decision is unjust and oppressive, and the movement to spread gay “rights” will bring even more our way.
Of course there are those who say we “don’t legislate from the Bible.” Of course we do, and always have. Our laws emanate from Scripture, whether the Left likes it or not. That’s why there is a carving of the Great Lawgiver, Moses, in the House of Representatives chamber.
Martin Luther King, Jr. believed passionately in these principles, especially civil disobedience. In his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” he wrote that a “just law is a man-made law code that squares with the moral law or the law of God…. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” St. Thomas Aquinas, who King also quoted in his famous Letter, said that an “unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”
As King understood, our rights come from God, not government, and it’s okay to resist laws that are out of line with our traditions. It’s our heritage and forms the basis of the Declaration of Independence, when American colonists certainly resisted British laws they considered unjust and oppressive.
We the defenders of Christendom and traditional values need to stand up, just as or ancestors did, for this is a fight we can’t afford to lose.
BY: Chris McDaniel @senatormcdaniel
Who is America’s greatest national security threat at the present time?
Is it ISIS, the radical Islamic group spreading their reign of terror across Iraq and the greater Middle East in the hopes of establishing a Muslim Caliphate? Or is it our very own President, who seems clueless to this threat and is placing our nation in a very dangerous situation with his attitude, inaction, and weakness?
The Islamic State has been on a rampage as of late, beheading 21 Egyptian Christians and burning to death 45 Iraqis in the past few weeks.
In an even more outrageous act, ISIS thugs killed and cooked a captured British Arab man, then fed him to his mother when she came to their headquarters to ask for his release.
What evil, depraved mind could conjure up such an unthinkable act of savagery?
They have threatened to sack Rome and have made threats against the Pope, which his security forces are taking very seriously. And, if you think an assault on Rome is impossible, it seems ISIS is looking to expand into the failed state of Libya (another notable Obama achievement) as a gateway into Europe.
Their movement is growing stronger by the day, as 20,000 new foreign fighters from around the world recently joined their ranks. And more will come as they continue to advance with little in the way of resistance from the United States.
Shamefully, because of the lack of American leadership, it has fallen to nations like Jordan, under the leadership of King Abdullah II, outraged at the brutal burning death of one of its pilots, to take up the fight against ISIS. And the King has vowed to keep up the assault, as has Turkey, which has pledged to help liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul, all while Obama’s Pentagon is retreating from its planned spring ground offensive.
If there was ever a time America needed strong leadership, like the kind of uplifting guidance we received from Ronald Reagan during the Cold War, it is now.
But what do we get from President Obama? A much different message: Blame America, blame Christians, blame anybody by ISIS.
His State Department deputy spokesperson recently attributed the rise of ISIS on a lack of jobs in the Middle East. “We can’t kill our way out of this war,” she said. So if we just had an Obama-style jobs program over there, rather than a military effort, then the ISIS problem would go away, at least in the minds of State Department bureaucrats.
But only those blinded by the glow of their own elitism would propose such an approach. Aside from its utter silliness, has ever a plan such as that worked? Can radical revolutionaries be bought off? Only in the “enlightened” mind of a liberal.
The president does not condemn the act of jihad or radical Islamic terrorism, or even reference “Muslim extremism.” In fact, he won’t admit there is such a thing. And if he does make any generic statements against violent acts of terror, he always qualifies it, as a child would, by arguing others do it too. Most disturbingly, this was on full display when he used the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast to condemn Christians and liken them to ISIS.
But it was not any recent Christian crimes to which the President was referring. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place,” Obama said, “remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
So to throw blame on Christians, Obama had to reach back nearly a thousand years to the Crusades, then proceeded to mangle the history of what was a defensive struggle against advancing Muslim savagery in Europe and the Judeo-Christian Holy Land.
The upcoming campaign in 2016 is shaping up to be one of the most important presidential elections in modern history, as our nation faces serious foreign policy crises around the globe.
It’s not simply that America needs new leadership; America needs leadership period.
Chris is an attorney, conservative commentator and was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He has represented the 42nd District, which encompasses part of South Mississippi, since 2008. He resides with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi.