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  • Senate vote to block HHS mandate on religious organizations tomorrow

    02/29/2012 11:07:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Get your dialing fingers ready. Roll Call reports that the Senate will hold a floor vote on an amendment by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to impose a religious-conscience exception to the HHS mandate announced by Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius last month. The bill will come in the form of an amendment to the troubled transportation bill — which either complicates or simplifies the issue for the White House, depending on one’s perspective: The Senate will vote Thursday on a conscience clause amendment to release religious organizations from government mandates in health care, Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) said today.The...
  • Holder vows court battle over contraception mandate

    02/28/2012 7:58:05 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies ^ | February 28, 2012 | James Rosen
    In sworn testimony Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Obama administration's controversial contraception mandate, and vowed that the federal government's legion of lawyers will follow suit. "To the extent that that action is challenged in court, I would expect that the Justice Department would defend what I guess is in place -- would be that compromise," Holder told lawmakers on a House Appropriations subcommittee. The "compromise" Holder cited was announced by President Obama on Feb. 10, after a firestorm of criticism from the Catholic Church and other religious groups prompted the administration to revise an earlier rule, promulgated in...
  • “Magic” Mandate: Democrats force Comcast to create new “black programming”

    02/26/2012 4:50:24 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 28 replies
    American Vision News ^ | February 23rd | Joel McDurmon
    Magic Johnson slam-dunked an alley-oop tossed up by Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Attorney General Eric Holder’s office in conjunction with the FCC. The sweet-heart play emerged from a back-door screen set by these Democrats against cable giant Comcast during its merger with NBCUniversal. But the score required little magic and a lot of political pressure from the left. reports:
  • Tea Party, RIP?

    02/25/2012 5:34:58 AM PST · by IbJensen · 45 replies · 2+ views
    The New American ^ | 23 February 2012 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Does the Tea Party now support politicians who favored bailouts and the ObamaCare individual mandate? Such a statement sounds like an oxymoronic joke, about as likely as a pacifist who backs war or an atheist for Jesus. But the answer, according to exit polls from New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida primaries, is an emphatic “yes.” According to each of these exit polls, the vast majority of self-identified Tea Party supporters have backed either former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (left) or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over anti-bailout candidates such as Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum,...
  • Chairman Obama's War On Religion And The Individual

    02/19/2012 4:02:14 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 40 replies
    My Brain | 2/19/12 | Alan Levy
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;......" *********************************** For those of you who were educationally abused in our sham of a public school system, the above is the Estabishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment . It is one of the most important thoughts ever recorded in human history. This tiny little sentence fragment of a mere sixteen words makes America....well, American. See, ladies and gentlemen, the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses do more than protect religion from the intrigues of government, regardless of what the commies...
  • Chaput emerging as a warrior-bishop

    02/19/2012 1:54:51 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies ^ | February 19, 2012 | David O'Reilly
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has spoken out on a variety of issues, including insurance coverage for birth control. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput does not yet wear the empowering red hat of a cardinal, and he is so new to Philadelphia that he recently called it "Denver."But in the mere five months since he arrived here from the Rockies, Chaput has already emerged as a fierce warrior-bishop, unlike anyone Philadelphia has seen since the mighty Cardinal Dennis Dougherty reigned more than 60 years ago.His fighting words have refocused the national spotlight on the archdiocese, led lately by the low-profile Cardinals Justin...
  • (pro-abortion) NARAL Launches $250,000 Radio Ad Applauding Obama Mandate

    02/19/2012 11:39:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/13/12 | Steven Ertelt
    NARAL Launches $250,000 Radio Ad Applauding Obama Mandateby Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 2/13/12 11:59 AM One of the biggest pro-abortion groups in the nation is delighted pro-abortion President Barack Obama put a revised mandate in place that forces insurance companies to provide women with free birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. NARAL is so happy that it has purchased $250,000 worth of radio advertising supporting the new mandate. The ads are slated to air in Denver, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; Madison, Wisconsin and the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. All of the locations are...
  • Hail Caesar. And every knee shall bow.

    02/19/2012 10:21:24 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 5 replies · 3+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 2/18/2012 | Moneyrunner
    The people who write for the Virginian Pilot have faith that their readers are as stupid and bigoted as they are. In their latest assault on reason and morals they claim – and I’m not making this up – “Insurance companies don't mind [giving free birth control pills, condoms, tubal ligation and abortion pills], because contraception is far less expensive than what it prevents.” What the editorial’s writers want you to believe is that insurance companies are happy to spend billions of dollars paying for condoms, birth control pills, tubal ligations and abortion pills because that way they won’t be...
  • DWS: Hey, it’s government’s job to impose their values on people, or something (D Wasserman Schultz)

    02/17/2012 9:53:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 17, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants people to know that she opposes the imposition of values onto others … when relationships are voluntary. In an interview with Megyn Kelly at Fox caught by Doug Powers at the Boss Emeritus’ site, the DNC chair denounces employers who impose their values by, er, deciding whether or not to pay for contraception for their employees. The DNC chair also denounces religious organizations who try to practice what they preach over the demand for subsidies from their employees — for products and services that are so readily available that the CDC shows that 99% of all...
  • Obama Contradicted: HHS Banned Consideration of ‘Cost Effectiveness’ in Developing Contraception

    02/16/2012 7:14:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/16/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    There would be no consideration of cost effectiveness. That was the explicit condition that the Department of Health and Human Services imposed on the panel of health-care experts it commissioned to develop the “preventive services” mandate that will require virtually all health-insurance plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and contraceptives—including those that cause abortions. The fact that HHS prohibited the panel from considering the cost effectiveness of the mandate it developed sharply contrasts with President Obama’s declaration at the White House last Friday that his administration had adopted the
  • CNN Poll: Americans Oppose Obama’s Contraception Mandate By 50% To 44% Margin…

    02/16/2012 4:29:37 PM PST · by Qbert · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/16/2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Hasn’t the MSM been telling us Obama’s mandate was hugely popular? Washington (CNN) – Half of all Americans say they oppose the Obama administration’s new policy concerning employer-provided health insurance plans and their coverage of contraceptive services for female employees including those at religiously affiliated institutions, according to a new national survey. The push by the White House has been sharply criticized by Catholic Church officials, and many political pundits have said that the controversy could hurt President Barack Obama’s re-election chances with Catholic voters. But a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday also indicates that the vast majority of Catholic...
  • BREAKING: Every Single Bishop Has Condemned the Obama/HHS Mandate!

    02/16/2012 3:50:53 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 67 replies ^ | 02/16/2012 | Thomas Peters
    From Miami, Florida to Seattle, Washington– Every single Roman Catholic bishop in the United States has condemned in public the Obamacare HHS mandate — all 180 bishops who lead dioceses in the U.S. have spoken. This is a simply incredible, unified, universal Catholic witness on this critical issue of religious freedom.(To those wondering about my methodology, it is now negative instead of positive — I am no longer able to find a single Roman Catholic bishop who has NOT spoken out against the mandate publicly. It is also my presumption that this conclusion applies to all Eastern Rite and Sui...
  • Look Who Warned of the Dangers of ‘a state which regulates and controls everything’?

    02/16/2012 10:30:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies · 5+ views
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | February 16, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    This past Sunday on This Week, George Will said of the HHS mandate: “This is what liberalism looks like. This is what the progressive state does. It tries to break all the institutions of civil society, all the institutions that mediate between the individual and the state. They have to break them to the saddle of the state.” He went on to say: “The Catholic bishops, it serves them right. They’re the ones who were really hot for Obamacare, with few exceptions. But they were all in favor of this.”
  • Video: First campaign ad on HHS mandate in MO Senate race

    02/16/2012 7:13:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 16, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Sarah Steelman hits the air first in using the HHS mandate on religious organizations as a billy club in the upcoming elections. Steelman will run for the chance to replace Claire McCaskill in a tough Republican primary, one in which she will almost certainly get outspent by John Brunner. With only $84,000 cash on hand at the moment, Steelman rolls the dice by hammering McCaskill over her support for the mandate, and vows to fight for First Amendment rights if she beats McCaskill in the fall:
  • Obama blunder escalates Catholic holy war

    02/15/2012 10:06:30 AM PST · by cap10mike · 28 replies ^ | February 15, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama firmly placed one foot into a political quagmire by supporting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to renege on the “conscience exception” to Obamacare. This allowed religious organizations to opt out of providing health care coverage for contraception and sterilization. Sebelius’ decision placed Catholic employers squarely on the horns of a dilemma. They could either violate their religious beliefs or pay a huge fine to HHS. When the president offered a compromise in response to mounting public outcry, instead of backing away from the controversy, he planted his other foot into the muck.
  • Call Your U.S. Senator: Repeal Abortion Pill Mandate, Immediate Vote

    02/15/2012 9:02:29 AM PST · by unspun · 10 replies · 2+ views, ^ | February 15, 2012 | Jill Stanek
    from Call your senator NOW: Reid to allow vote on repeal of contraceptive mandateLast week Democrat pseudo-pro-life Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a vote on a bill sponsored by Republican pro-life Senator Roy Blunt to repeal President Obama’s contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate. Word this afternoon is Reid will allow the measure – #1520, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act – to be voted on, as soon as today. These senators are said to be on the fence and need a call asap: Casey (PA) Conrad (ND) Johnson (SD) Landrieu (LA) Lieberman (CT) McCaskill (MO) Nelson (FL) Pryor (AR) Tester...
  • Reid to Allow Vote on Rescinding Contraception Rule

    02/15/2012 6:31:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 14, 2012 | Maggie Fox
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., relented on Tuesday and now says he’ll allow a Senate vote on an amendment that would reverse the White House’s controversial requirement that all insurers provide birth control free of charge to women. The proposal put forward last week by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., would exempt employers from providing any care they find immoral. It’s unlikely to pass the Senate, and Reid blocked the vote last week. But he gave in on Tuesday, providing a potential opportunity for his fellow Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska (a cosponsor of Blunt's amendment), Robert Casey of Pennsylvania,...
  • Obama’s contraception plan won’t cut pregnancies

    02/15/2012 6:16:38 AM PST · by safetysign
    Washington Times ^ | 02/15/2012 | Daniel Allott
    Reproductive decisions are sometimes influenced by the availability of contraceptives. But they are also influenced by culture, faith, the ups and downs that are a natural part of sexual relationships and impulses buried deep in our psyches. In other words, they are influenced by factors well beyond the purview of a government mandate.
  • Birth control mandate repeal will get vote

    02/14/2012 4:00:17 PM PST · by LisaFab · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/14/12
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he'll let a bill that would repeal the White House's hot-button birth control mandate be brought up for a vote. Reid had criticized Senate Republicans for offering what he called "extraneous" amendments to the Senate's transportation bill but then said he had agreed to a vote on contraception mandate, The Hill reported. Read more:
  • Obama imposes will in contraception compromise

    02/14/2012 9:42:32 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/14/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    From San Francisco, the controversy over the White House decision to require religious-affiliated employers to provide contraception in their employee health care benefits has felt like an argument about the barn door being open years after the horse got out of the barn. In 1996, San Francisco effectively forced Catholic Charities to offer domestic-partner benefits for same-sex couples (without calling them domestic-partner benefits) in order to receive city funds to care for the sick. A 1999 law made California one of 28 states that now require employers to include contraception in health-care plans that cover prescriptions. Yet the Obama administration...
  • Collins, Snowe call revised Obama birth control rule a good move

    02/14/2012 6:46:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | February 13, 2012 | Jonathan Riskind
    The move by President Obama on Friday to alter his rule requiring birth-control coverage, shifting the mandate from some religious-based employers directly to insurance plans, hasn’t satisfied the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and some other critics. But Obama’s revised rule appears to have won over Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine. Both had called for changes to the original rule despite their support in the past for a bill with a similar objective.
  • When Karl Marx Speaks, Barack Obama Listens

    02/13/2012 11:13:41 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 14 replies ^ | 2/12/2012 | Matt Barber
    Barack Obama may have just lost the election. He has foolishly gone to war in an election year with tens of millions of Catholics, Protestants and Jews – Democrat, Republican and independent alike. He has thrown down a radical feminist gauntlet and dared the Church to pick it up. They’ve picked it up. From running up trillions in debt and deficit, to the vast expansion of the size and scope of federal bureaucracy, Mr. Obama has done more in three years to supplant our 236 year-old Constitutional Republic with a Euro-style socialist autocracy – than a lesser Marxist could have...
  • Lew: Obama's latest stance on birth-control mandate final, puts issue to rest (CAPTION)

    02/12/2012 2:41:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/12 | Mike Lillis
    Lew: Obama's latest stance on birth-control mandate final, puts issue to restBy Mike Lillis - 02/12/12 10:38 AM ET President Obama's new birth-control stance should put to rest the controversy over employer-sponsored contraception coverage, a top administration official said Sunday. White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said Obama's new plan, unveiled Friday, effectively addresses "the core issue" of simultaneously ensuring religious freedom and women's access to healthcare. "It does not force an institution that has religious principle to offer or pay for benefits that they find objectionable, but it guarantees a women's right to access. We think that's the...
  • W.H. official: Contraceptive rule stands

    02/12/2012 9:30:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 12, 2012
    President Obama's top aide addressed the latest controversy over contraception coverage, saying on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday that the latest iteration of the new rule, which was announced Friday, will go forward. "We're going to go ahead and implement it," White House Chief of Staff Jack Law said. After being pressed by host Bob Schieffer about the White House's latest change to its contraception coverage policy and the push-back the administration is receiving from the Catholic Church, Lew said the White House is comfortable with its decision. "We have broad consensus - not universal consensus - that this...
  • Catholic church stance on contraception policy speaks to subordination of women

    02/12/2012 9:22:56 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | February 12, 2012 | By John Farmer
    The squabble over whether Catholic social service institutions, universities and hospitals must offer insurance covering contraception under the new health plan contains a subplot with roots deep in history. It’s the relationship between women and organized religion — a relationship that, over the centuries, has been hostile to the aspirations of women for a larger role in the family, the world and religion itself. Organized religion, in short, has been a clerical stag party. It is against this historical background that the tussle between what religious conservatives see as a First Amendment right and many women see as a health...
  • Catholic Bishops: Don't Revise, Rescind

    02/12/2012 5:08:31 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/11/12 | George Weigel
    Saturday morning’s Washington Post headline and first sub-headline, page one and above-the-fold, nicely captured the confusions that prevailed as of 6 p.m. Friday, in the matter of tweaks to the “contraceptive mandate” issued by the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services: “Obama shifts on birth control / Catholic leaders open to plan.” Well, no, and no. The administration “shifted” on nothing. It simply decreed that insurers, not employers, must provide “preventive services” (including sterilization and abortifacient drugs), a shell game that has been variously and accurately described as a “fraud” (Andrew McCarthy, in the Corner) and an “absurdity”...
  • An American Catholic's Rebuttal to Supporters of the Mandate

    02/11/2012 1:57:31 PM PST · by kevinaw2 · 10 replies
    This is likely to be the first of many commentaries on this matter, but I feel compelled to address specific points that have been made to support President Obama's unconstitutional mandate upon Catholic affiliated institutions. Firstly, supporters of the mandate defend the proposition because as they say most Catholics do not agree with the Church on the matter of artificial birth control. Jehmu Green, on Fox News no less cited polling that 98% of Catholics oppose the Church and have used contraception. Juan Williams, also on FOX, cited a FOX NEWS poll that showed 61% of all Americans agreed with...
  • Catholics United Supports Obama Administration's New Compromise Regulation (Vichy Catholics)

    02/11/2012 6:20:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Catholics United ^ | February 10, 2012 | Staff
    Today the Obama Administration announced that the President would be issuing a new regulation fully respecting the religious liberty of Catholic organizations while maintaining access to contraceptive services for all employees. The new regulation will ensure that Catholic hospitals, universities and social service providers that are religiously opposed to contraception and sterilization do not have to provide or even refer for those services, while also requiring insurance companies provide contraceptive services free of charge to any enrollee who wishes to have the coverage. The objecting religious organizations would have no role in providing coverage or referring employees for services they...
  • ..Catholic Health Assn and Planned Parenthood Say They’re Pleased With Contraception Rule..

    02/10/2012 10:54:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | February 10, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    Senior administration officials are pleased with the initial response to President Obama’s pending announcement on an “accommodation” for religious organizations regarding the rule requiring employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control. Though they’re on opposite sides of the birth control and abortion debate, both Sister Carol Keehan, the president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, and Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, issued statements Friday morning applauding the compromise, which allows religious organizations to keep contraception out of its coverage while requiring the insurance companies to step in and offer contraceptive coverage to the...
  • Baptist Leader: If Obama Mandate isn't changed, Christians will go to jail.

    02/10/2012 7:05:58 AM PST · by no dems · 41 replies
    LiteSiteNews ^ | February 8, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, February 8, 2012, ( — One of the most influential evangelical leaders in the United States says Christians should go to jail rather than comply with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide all contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, in their health care plans. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), told "we will not comply" with the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ mandate requiring religious institutions to cover abortifacient products such as Plan B, Ella, and the IUD. "We want the law changed, or else we’re going to write...
  • What Would Reagan Do? (The HHS mandate and a very different president)

    02/10/2012 7:04:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2012 | Paul Kengor, Grove City College
    Paul Kengor, professor of political science and executive director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, has written The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism and God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life. President Reagan would have been 101 this week, and to mark the occasion, Kengor talks about the Health and Human Services mandate forcing Catholics to offer and purchase health-insurance plans that violate their consciences and what the 40th president might have advised. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Did Ronald Reagan ever face a backlash from some of his base like we’re seeing on...
  • WaPo Political Writer: “Maybe the Founders were wrong to guarantee free exercise of religion …”

    02/10/2012 6:19:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online - Corner ^ | February 10, 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    From a self-described “left-leaning Catholic writer,” the Washington Post’s associate editor political writer Melinda Henneberger, this is what passes for a defense of faith against the HHS mandate. In an MSNBC interview, Ms. Henneberger told Chris Matthews: “Maybe the founders were wrong to guarantee free exercise of religion in the First Amendment, but that is what they did and I don’t think we have to choose here.”*Emphasis Mine*
  • Obama's Abortion Obamanation Against the Catholic Church

    02/09/2012 8:35:49 PM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 5 replies · 1+ views
    2/9/2012 | Keli Kilohana
    If Catholics are forced to pay for abortions, will Muslims be forced to have and pay for porcine heart valve replacement surgery?
  • Excellent discussion - CSPAN2- O'care contraception mandate- 8:20pm ct

    02/09/2012 6:37:53 PM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies
    CSPAN2 ^ | 2-9-12
    CSPAN2 onlineQ&A coming up
  • Editorial: Religious groups should have seen Obamacare betrayal coming

    02/09/2012 4:59:20 PM PST · by landsbaum · 20 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 2-9-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    Thomas Jefferson said: "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." The third president wasn't Catholic and, arguably, probably not Christian. But he understood that for the government to compel people to pay for something they find morally repugnant is "sinful and tyrannical." The 44th president clearly thinks otherwise...
  • Reverse rule for contraception coverage (Another Progressive Catholic With a Flea Infestation)

    02/09/2012 2:20:16 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 9, 2012 | Sister Judith Ann Karam
    I thank Vice President Joe Biden for visiting Ohio today. The Sisters of Charity Health System is a Cleveland-based Catholic health-care organization which, in collaboration with other Catholic health ministries, actively promoted the passage of the Affordable Care Act. We are dedicated to increased health-care coverage and access and are supportive of the law’s efforts to improve quality of care and patient outcomes.(Emphasis Mine)
  • Reverse rule for contraception coverage (Another Progressive Catholic With a Flea Infestation)

    02/09/2012 2:19:59 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 9, 2012 | Sister Judith Ann Karam
    I thank Vice President Joe Biden for visiting Ohio today. The Sisters of Charity Health System is a Cleveland-based Catholic health-care organization which, in collaboration with other Catholic health ministries, actively promoted the passage of the Affordable Care Act. We are dedicated to increased health-care coverage and access and are supportive of the law’s efforts to improve quality of care and patient outcomes. (Emphasis Mine)
  • The Contraception Coverage Debate Isn't Just About the Bishops (progressive Catholics = Suckers)

    02/09/2012 12:18:58 PM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 9, 2012 | Amy Sullivan
    If abortion rights advocates are feeling their oats this week, they have good reason. In just two-and-half a weeks, they've claimed two major victories, forcing the Susan G. Komen Foundation to back off its policy change denying grants to Planned Parenthood clinics and convincing the Obama administration to maintain only a very limited exemption for religious employers in the new contraceptive coverage mandate, which is set to go into effect on August 1. Part of Obama's health-care reform bill, the new mandate will for the first time require most employer-provided private health-care plans to cover birth control without a co-pay...
  • What is at stake in the mandate debate (Another Obama lackey gets fleas)

    02/09/2012 11:54:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February 9, 2012 | Archbishop José H. Gomez (of LA)
    The federal government’s new mandate — requiring Catholic charities, schools, universities and hospitals to supply employees with health insurance that covers birth control, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs — has become maybe the most controversial issue of our day. I’ve been inspired by the unified reaction from our Catholic community. The bishops of almost every diocese in the country have spoken out. So have our largest Catholic institutions. Many individual Catholics — of every political opinion — have united in opposition.
  • Evangelical Leader: Jail Over Obamacare Mandate

    02/09/2012 9:45:57 AM PST · by ezfindit · 100 replies
    OrthodoxNet (via LifeSiteNews) ^ | 2/9/2012 | Ben Johnson
    One of the most influential evangelical leaders in the United States says Christians should go to jail rather than comply with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide all contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, in their health care plans. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), told “we will not comply” with the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ mandate requiring religious institutions to cover abortifacient products such as Plan B, Ella, and the IUD. “We want the law changed, or else we’re going to write our letters from the Nashville jail, just...
  • White House: Birth Control Mandate ‘Virtually Identical’ to Romney’s Massachusetts Policy

    02/08/2012 5:22:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/8/12 | Fred Lucas
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney scoffed at Republican primary candidate Mitt Romney’s criticism of a new rule that will require all health insurance policies – except for people working directly in a church or seminary – to cover sterilization and FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortions, saying that Romney backed a near-identical policy as governor of Massachusetts. The new policy, part of Obamacare and due to go into effect on Aug. 1, has been denounced by the U.S. Catholic of Conference Bishops (USCCB) as a violation of religious liberty that would force
  • Author: Obama’s Contraception Mandate Like Pre-Holocaust Germany (vid)

    02/07/2012 6:26:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/7/12 | msnbc
    On MSNBC’s Jansing and Co. author Eric Metaxas compared the Obama's administration's encroachment on religious freedoms to Nazi Germany. “I met the president. I gave him a copy of my book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which he said he’s going to read,” Metaxas said during the interview. “In that book, you read about what happened to an amazingly great country called Germany…” “In the beginning, it always starts really, really small. We need to understand as Americans — if we do not see this as a bright line in the sand — if you’re not a Catholic, if you use contraception...
  • For many, affordable healthcare hinges on Supreme Court vote

    02/07/2012 7:51:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 7, 2012 | By David Lazarus
    It remains anyone's guess how the Supreme Court will vote this year on whether Congress can require people to buy insurance as part of President Obama's healthcare reform law. It's helpful to remember why this is even being discussed. It's not because of arcane matters of law that require judicial review. It's because of people like Sharon Scott, a 47-year-old single mom in Anaheim who pays nearly half her $24,000 annual income to her insurer, Health Net, and is unable to shop around for a cheaper policy because she has cataracts. But to prevent people from simply waiting until they...
  • Should High School Graduation be Mandatory?

    02/06/2012 5:01:12 PM PST · by gabriellah · 43 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 02/06/2012 | William McMahon
    President Obama seems to be rather fond of mandates. We are all familiar with his health care insurance mandate and his love of executive orders. Now it seems that he wishes to solve our educational woes with mandatory high school graduation (or at least attendance until the age of 18). It seems strange that the president should choose to address this relatively minor problem so emphatically when faced with the ever more dire threats of debt the size of the nation’s economy, the prospect of a nuclear Iran, and the continuing financial crises. First, it is important to address the...
  • Catholic Bishops Reject Obama’s Surrender Terms

    02/02/2012 5:49:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2012 | IBD staff
    1st Amendment: Catholic bishops on Sunday issued a response to ObamaCare's mandates on providing contraception in violation of conscience and religious freedom. The message was simple: We will not comply. It was hardly a profile in courage when the Obama administration, hoping to kick the issue down the road past the November election, announced last Friday that Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions will have an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. On Sunday, America's Catholic bishops in an open letter to their parishioners and...
  • Rubio Introduces Bill To Overturn Contraception Mandate

    02/01/2012 2:01:57 PM PST · by SumProVita · 10 replies
    CathNewsUSA ^ | February 1, 2012 | editorsub1
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has introduced a bill to repeal regulations issued by the Obama administration that many faith-based organizations say would force them to buy health insurance plans that violate their consciences. “The Obama Administration’s obsession with forcing mandates on the American people has now reached a new low by violating the conscience rights and religious liberties of our people,” Rubio said in a Jan. 31 statement. Rubio also criticized the administration for “forcing religious entities to abandon their beliefs.”
  • Barbara Boxer’s Orwellian defense of the new healthcare mandate (shortened)

    02/01/2012 11:12:51 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Bookworm Room ^ | Jan 31 2012 | Bookworm
    Barbara Boxer has taken to the pages of the Huffington Post to explain why the administration’s mandate that all insurers provide birth control, including drugs that induce abortion, advances rather than restricts, religious freedom. If you like Orwell’s Newspeak, Boxer’s writing is a thing of beauty and will certainly be a joy forever as a model of obfuscation and deceit. I think it deserves a nice fisking, I really do:
  • When Obama Ran Against The Mandate (2008 video)

    01/30/2012 10:02:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies ^ | 1/30/12 | Staff
    Democrats and conservatives alike are fond of attacking Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for their previous support of a health insurance mandate. But they're not the only flip-floppers: In 2008 President Obama, while debating his Democratic primary opponents and attempting to drawn a contrast, railed against the individual mandate which is now at the center of his current landmark piece of legislation. Here's a video mash up of then Senator Obama criticizing the idea of forcing individual to buy health care.
  • 1994 Report: Santorum supported individual mandate [rubbish!]

    01/27/2012 4:52:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/27/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Rick Santorum supported the idea of "requir[ing] individuals to buy health insurance" when he ran for U.S. Senate in 1994, according to a local feature article comparing the candidates during that election cycle. "Santorum and [his opponent] would require individuals to buy health insurance rather than forcing employers to pay for employee benefits," The Morning Call (Pa.) reported in 1994. The Morning Call noted that Santorum had also called for a MediSave account and had opposed so-called "sin" taxes. If true, the distinction between requiring people to buy health insurance and an individual mandate might be lost on the voters...
  • 2012 Election Calendar (incomplete)

    01/07/2012 5:11:51 PM PST · by papasmurf · 4 replies
    self | 01/07/2012 | papasmurf
    Title (R) Primary-Iowa (Caucus) When Tue 3 Jan 2012 Title (R) Primary-New Hampshire When Tue 10 Jan 2012 Title (R) Primary-South Carolina When Sat 21 Jan 2012 Title (R) Primary-Florida When Tue 31 Jan 2012 Title (R) Primary-Maine (Caucus) When Sat 4 Feb 2012 08:00 AM – Sat 11 Feb 2012 08:30 PM Title (R) Primary-Nevada (Caucus) When Sat 4 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Minnesota-(Caucus) When Tue 7 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Colorado-(Caucus) When Tue 7 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Arizona When Tue 28 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Michigan When Tue 28 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Washington-(Caucus) When Sat...