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  • Are We Being Too Hard On John Roberts?

    07/05/2012 7:14:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 175 replies ^ | July 5th, 2012 | Ken Connor
    Are We Being Too Hard On John Roberts? OpinionJuly 5th, 2012 Ken Connor   “Members of this court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments.  Those decisions are entrusted to our nation’s leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them.  It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” -Chief Justice John Roberts in NFIB vs. Sebelius  Conservatives are apoplectic that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sided with the liberal wing...
  • 1,968 New and Expanded Secretarial Powers in Health Law (Jan 2011)

    06/30/2012 4:40:20 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 14 replies
    US Action News ^ | January 19, 2011 | US Action News
    The Center for Health Transformation (CHT) released a new chart revealing the nearly 2,000 new and expanded powers given to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius under the healthcare law. The chart, titled “The New and Expanded Secretarial Powers in the Health Reform Law,” shows the exact legislative language from the 2,409-page law and the 1,968 grants of new and expanded powers to the secretaries of Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services. The overwhelming majority of which will fall under HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, from powers over access to drugs and insurance coverage to care...
  • Obama administration and states move forward to implement health care law

    06/30/2012 12:14:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ^ | June 29, 2012 | U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    Obama administration and states move forward to implement health care law Administration makes resources available to help states implement Affordable Insurance ExchangesHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today a new funding opportunity to help states continue their work to implement the health care law -- the Affordable Care Act.  When the law is fully implemented in 2014, the affordable insurance exchanges will provide people and small businesses with one-stop shops to find, compare and purchase affordable, high-quality health insurance.  Today’s announcement makes more funding available to build all models of affordable insurance exchanges available to states. HHS also...
  • Obamacare Waivers ? How can "Taxes" be waived by HHS and friends ?

    06/29/2012 1:39:20 PM PDT · by tflabo · 41 replies ^ | 6.28.12 | Jay Tee
    If the MANDATE in Obamacare only survives as a Tax, as ruled by the Supreme Court, how can anyone Waive Taxes with Obamacare Waivers ? This and other questions still need to be answered, because we have Videos of Obama saying "This is not a Tax". ...
  • Court ruling allows religious freedom lawsuits to proceed with hope

    06/29/2012 5:35:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | June 29, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Hannah Smith, Senior Counsel. Courtesy of the Becket Fund. Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2010 health care law, a leading religious freedom law firm has new confidence in the future of its lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate. Hannah Smith, senior counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explained that the arguments against the law that were recently rejected by the court are “separate and distinct legal challenges” from those being brought against the contraception mandate. In a June 28 press call...
  • ‘Sharply divided’ Supreme Court postpones ObamaCare decision

    06/21/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 21, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2012, ( - The U.S. Supreme Court has pushed back the hotly-anticipated ruling on the federal health care law, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg disclosed that the Court was “sharply divided” over the question - but gave no hint as to the outcome. Although media were preparing for a ruling on Thursday, the high court was silent on the health care lawsuit, leaving Monday as the next possible date for a decision. Court watchers have said that the justices’ reactions during the three days of hearings in March gave little indication of where the Court would...
  • Princeton’s Peter Singer Solves Rel Liberty Problem: Can’t Catholics Just Close Their Universities?

    06/22/2012 7:30:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | June 21, 2012 | CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY
    Good news! Peter Singer, the infanticide promoter at Princeton University, thinks he has has solved the religious liberty problem in America. Singer writes that, if Catholics don’t like the HHS contraception mandate, they can just close their universities and hospitals, or hand them over to secular interests.It’s just that simple!“The Obama administration’s requirement to provide health insurance that covers contraception does not prevent Catholics from practicing their religion,” Singer writes in a progressive journal. “Catholicism does not oblige its adherents to run hospitals and universities.” Therefore, Singer argues, the government can tell Catholics how to run these institutions without infringing...
  • "Open Letter on Religious Freedom" (Religious leaders protest HHS mandate)

    06/21/2012 5:27:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies ^ | June 21, 2012 | 25 religious leaders, plus cover letter by LCMS President Harrison
    FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION:Putting Beliefs into PracticeAn Open Letter from Religious Leaders in the United States to All Americans Dear Friends, Religious institutions are established because of religious beliefs and convictions. Such institutions include not only churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship, but also schools and colleges, shelters and community kitchens, adoption agencies and hospitals, organizations that provide care and services during natural disasters, and countless other organizations that exist to put specific religious beliefs into practice. Many such organizations have provided services and care to both members and non-members of their religious communities since before the Revolutionary...
  • Michele Bachmann: Washington is taking notice of HHS mandate backlash (exclusive)

    06/19/2012 2:05:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 19, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 ( - For opponents of the HHS mandate who are worried that the mainstream media has blacked out their message, one advocate on the Hill has an encouraging message: lawmakers in Washington are definitely taking notice. Former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told that opposition to the mandate, which drew tens of thousands of Americans to over 160 rallies across the country earlier this month for the second time this spring, was “not invisible at all” to her fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The Congresswoman spoke at the D.C. rally against the mandate, where...
  • A rat has very quietly run down the gangplank of the SS ObamaCare

    06/17/2012 10:02:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/17/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The fakes in the Obama Administration – you remember them the guys running the most transparent Administration in history – always save their worst news for after 5 PM eastern time on Fridays. That way the Democrat cheerleaders in the media can hide it in the “Cajun Cooking” section in a Saturday newspaper not many people will read. Friday at 5:36 PM Eastern, the Obama Administration announced the resignation of the stooge who would have been the overseer of implementation of the hated Obamacare. Whether he “fell or was pushed” is immaterial except for the fact that it adds fuel...
  • Catholic Health Association reverses course on mandate accommodation

    06/16/2012 2:59:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | June 15, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Sister Carol Keehan, CEO and president of CHA. Washington D.C., Jun 15, 2012 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a call for broader religious exemptions, the Catholic Health Association has backtracked from its initial support for the Obama administration’s compromise on a rule that mandates employer coverage of contraception and sterilization.   The association said it is “imperative” that the administration abandon its “narrow” definition of religious employer and exempt not only churches but also Catholic hospitals, health care organizations and other Church ministries. It said it is “deeply concerned” by the administration’s approach to “contraceptive services, especially abortifacient...
  • Bachmann: 'Is Government God? ... That's Really the Issue at Hand'

    06/12/2012 3:54:45 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/8/12 | Elizabeth Harrington
    In explaining her opposition to a Health and Human Services regulation that requires virtually all health-care plans to cover sterilizations, artificial contraception and abortifacients, Rep. Michele Bahmann said Friday that the issue involved in this mandate was whether the government could place itself before God and prevent institutions and people from following their faith and their consciences. “The people want to have their liberties back and they don’t like to see religious institutions, particularly the Catholic Church, have to be forced to deny their sincerely held faith and the doctrine of their faith in order to be in compliance with...
  • 160 cities across U.S. gear up for rallies protesting Obama mandate Friday

    06/07/2012 3:02:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 7, 2012 | CALVIN FREIBURGER
    June 7, 2012 ( - On Friday, tens of thousands of pro-life Americans in 160 cities across the United States will rally against the Obama Administration’s abortifacient birth control mandate. Organized by Pro-Life Action League’s Eric Scheidler and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society’s Monica Miller, the national Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally has chosen Friday, June 8—the 223rd anniversary of James Madison’s introduction of the Bill of Rights to the first Congress—to protest the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s policy forcing religious employers to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. Almost 100 pro-life and religious liberty organizations,...
  • Rallies Call for Standing Up for Religious Freedom

    06/07/2012 12:50:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | June 7, 2012 | Marybeth Hicks
    When historians one day look back on the rise and fall of the American republic, it won’t only be our habitual deficit spending and lack of financial discipline they blame for our demise, but the deficit of faith and lack of religion in our children’s generation. The beliefs and values that once served as the foundation for our government and the moral compass for our society already have been so undermined among our youth that it may take a miracle to restore them. The Bible says nothing is impossible with God. The spiritual revival we need may test that...
  • Sebelius: ‘We’ll be ready’ if Supreme Court strikes healthcare law

    06/07/2012 10:48:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 136 replies
    Sebelius: ‘We’ll be ready’ if Supreme Court strikes healthcare law By Elise Viebeck - 06/07/12 11:53 AM ET President Obama's top health official told an audience Thursday that the administration will be prepared to react if the Supreme Court strikes down its healthcare reform law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she is "confident and optimistic" that the high court will uphold the law, but added "we'll be ready for contingencies" if it does not. The remark, at a White House town hall on women's health, comes as the president and Democrats brace themselves for the court's decision,...
  • Rallies call for standing up for religious freedom (Friday, June 8, Noon)

    06/06/2012 1:45:24 PM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2012 | Marybeth Hicks
    When historians one day look back on the rise and fall of the American republic, it won’t only be our habitual deficit spending and lack of financial discipline they blame for our demise, but the deficit of faith and lack of religion in our children’s generation. The beliefs and values that once served as the foundation for our government and the moral compass for our society already have been so undermined among our youth that it may take a miracle to restore them. The Bible says nothing is impossible with God. The spiritual revival we need may test that theory....
  • U.S. Bishops: Catholics should prepare for civil disobedience to HHS mandate

    05/31/2012 2:57:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 31, 2012 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    May 31, 2012 ( - Catholics in the United States should be prepared to engage in civil disobedience if the HHS mandate requiring employers to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs is not rescinded, says a new document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The USCCB released the one-pager as a bulletin insert to be distributed in Catholic Churches during June, in preparation for the Fortnight for Freedom, a two week period of prayer and fasting for the rescinding of the mandate. “Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may...
  • Henninger: Church Is Still Not State

    05/31/2012 4:51:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-31-12 | Daniel Henninger
    How ironic it will be if Catholic voters, about 27% of the electorate, put the first Mormon in the White House some 50 years after John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic president. More telling, though, about the current state of the American mind will be the fact that after more than a thousand days and events in Barack Obama's presidency, the reason for this result will be an unexpected reaffirmation of an American principle older than the country's first presidential election: the free exercise of religion. Also telling about the current American mind is that the Democratic progressives who...
  • Religious liberty group launches massive HHS mandate site

    05/30/2012 1:57:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | May 30, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Washington D.C., May 30, 2012 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A legal group that aims to defend religious freedom has launched a new website offering a wealth of resources on the contraception mandate, and the various lawsuits that have been filed against it. “There was a lot of misinformation out there on the mandate,” said Emily Hardman, attorney and communications director for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a D.C.-based organization.Hardman told CNA on May 29 that the Becket Fund “wanted to provide an accurate, concise and useful resource for reporters and the general public.”She explained that when the information...
  • NY Times Scolds Catholics, Calls HHS Mandate Lawsuits a “Stunt”

    05/30/2012 1:49:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | May 29, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    The New York Times has been unsympathetic to Catholic protests against the HHS mandate, so it was not surprising that the Times editorial board had nothing but nasty things to say about the lawsuits that recently were filed against HHS by 43 Catholic plaintiffs in a Sunday editorial. Thirteen Roman Catholic dioceses and some Catholic-related groups scattered lawsuits across a dozen federal courts last week claiming that President Obama was violating their religious freedom by including contraceptives in basic health care coverage for female employees. It was a dramatic stunt, full of indignation but built on air. Building on mixed...