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Obamacare and the White House, public prayer, sports commentator fired for conservative opinion
Today’s news and the implications of Obamacare and how the White House is handling the controversy, plus: commentary from Cal Thomas on public prayer court cases at the High Court, a conversation with Craig James over his termination from Fox Sports Southwest, and more
Election day: New Jersey and Virginia observe two big gubernatorial races. In New Jersey, incumbent Republican Chris Christie faces off against Democratic candidate Barbara Buono. In Virginia, the incumbent governor is ineligible for reelection so the race is between Democratic candidate and former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The gubernatorial race in Virginia’s been relatively close, but a blowout could be brewing in New Jersey.
Obamacare: According to a survey by Watchdog.org, which polled the top 18 hospitals in the country as rated by US News and World Report, it is apparent that most of them will not accept many of the plans offered through Obamacare exchanges. Hospitals will lose money if they serve patients who have the lower cost plans, which will mean massive layoffs at many hospitals.
Marriage: The Illinois legislature has been called into special session to try and pass a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, but two African-American churches in Chicago are standing up for traditional marriage. Many in the black community oppose changing the definition of marriage.
Business/economy: Stocks were mixed, though the pressure was slightly to the upside. The Dow and the S&P 500 both registered their fourth straight week of gains. Both indexes are on pace for their biggest annual percentage gains since 2003.
Healthcare and the White House
TW&E reporter Jim Henry discusses the implications of Obamacare and how the White House has attempted to deflect criticism.
Commentary: Public prayer
Commentator Cal Thomas on the High Court’s establishment-clause case from Greece, New York, that concerns prayers delivered before town meetings.
Christians need not apply? A conversation with Craig James
Former NFL player Craig James was fired in September after only a few hours on the job as a commentator for Fox Sports Southwest. He says the firing came after Fox executives discovered that he had voiced opposition to same-sex marriage during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign in 2012.
In response to the firing, Mr. James filed a religious-discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports. A hearing is scheduled for today (November 5) in a state district court in Texas.
Read more from the conversation between Craig James and WORLD News Group editor in chief Marvin Olasky. At the end of the article, you’ll find video of the entire interview, courtesy of Patrick Henry College in Virginia.