Tag: "health care"

My Predictions in Bioethics Right Again!
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My Predictions in Bioethics Right Again!

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Can you believe a year has come and gone since I last told you what would happen, before it happened, in bioethics? Maybe it’s my increasing age, but time is passing too fast! So, how did I do? Not as well as in years past, but still an A-. Let’s take a look: The Affordable […]

Stethoscope-Money
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Do We Want More Affordable Health Care? Then We Need To Leave Health Care To The Free Market

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ACA only increases the problems.

Can Obamacare Inform Us If a Plan Covers Abortion?  Sebelius Unsure
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Can Obamacare Inform Us If a Plan Covers Abortion? Sebelius Unsure

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During testimony this morning before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she doesn’t know whether the administration can commit to ensuring that Americans seeking to purchase health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges can be told which plans do or do not cover abortion. Rep. […]

Refuse to Render Unto Caesar
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Refuse to Render Unto Caesar

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[R]ender therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s (Matthew 21, KJV). It’s been 18 months since Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced a new requirement that all U.S. employers must provide insurance coverage for birth control, including abortifacients, at no cost to their […]

Providing Support Services for Life With Dignity
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Providing Support Services for Life With Dignity

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In my little corner of the world (Alberta, Canada) there is an issue raging about government cutbacks to support services for people with severe disabilities. Disabled Albertans feel threatened — and with good reason. Many of the support services that will be cut provide personal daily care that will directly impact the ability of disabled people to function, […]

Defending the Catholic Faith
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Defending the Catholic Faith

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Like many faithful Catholics, the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI left me feeling uncertain and deeply saddened.  For a few days, I felt a little weepy and the wet, slushy weather fueled my winter blahs. With a heavy heart, I went to work each morning as a visiting nurse in the community.  On one […]

Is There “Rationing” in ObamaCare?
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Is There “Rationing” in ObamaCare?

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“A rose by any other name,” Shakespeare wrote, “would smell just as sweet.” Unfortunately, the same is true when the fragrance is less pleasant. When the role of ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board in rationing life-saving medical treatments is alleged, the law’s apologists indignantly point out that the law specifically precludes the board from “rationing.” […]

Counseled to Abort in a Catholic Hospital
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Counseled to Abort in a Catholic Hospital

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“What’s going on?” asked the therapist. “I told my doctor that I am having issues with anxiety. I’ve had three babies in the last four years and just found I’m pregnant again, and no matter how hard I try, I keep having panic attacks. I feel out of control. I’m ready to admit I need […]

Eliminating People to Help People?
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Eliminating People to Help People?

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Can a “human-centered approach” to issues include policies with the express purpose of eliminating people? This argument is cropping up, particularly in debates over climate change and now health care. Hard-core believers of climate change have argued that a key way to reduce greenhouse gases is to reduce people. This was rejected most recently at Rio+20 when UNFPA and […]

Reproductive Wordplay
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Reproductive Wordplay

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Experts claim that Planned Parenthood has such a serious foothold on government policy and finances that it would literally take a jackhammer to pull them apart. In fact, some historians have even suggested that Planned Parenthood softened many of its early positions from the hard-line culture of death posture in order to garner respectability among […]

Concluding the Fortnight: Now What?
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Concluding the Fortnight: Now What?

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The Holy Hours and prayers have all been said, the letters written to legislators, the blogs have been written, the teach-ins have played themselves out, and the church bells have all been rung. Now What? Where do we go from here, and will our bishops continue to lead us along the way? These are the […]

Be Not Afraid, Fellow Catholics
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Be Not Afraid, Fellow Catholics

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Like you, I don’t like the Supreme Court’s ruling saying that Obamacare is Constitutional.  But don’t lose heart.  God works in mysterious ways.  In the words of Pope John Paul II, “Be not afraid”. First, the question at hand was not the religious liberty issue embedded in the Kathleen Sebelius’ HHS Mandate requiring Catholics and […]

Bishops Renew Plea to Congress and Administration to Repair Affordable Care Act
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Bishops Renew Plea to Congress and Administration to Repair Affordable Care Act

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Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan—the so-called “individual mandate.” For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and continue to be consistent advocates for comprehensive health care […]

Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Law
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Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Law

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Kathleen Gilbert contributed to this breaking story. The Supreme Court has ruled the insurance requirement embedded in President Obama’s federal health care law is constitutional in a 5-4 decision Thursday morning. The High Court’s swing vote came from Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush. He joined the court’s liberal […]

Michigan’s ‘Monologues’ Don’t Protect Women
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Michigan’s ‘Monologues’ Don’t Protect Women

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Bear with me here while I make a point. Vagina, vagina, vagina. There. I said it. The “V-word” has been typed repeatedly for effect, and of course, as expected, this gesture means exactly nothing. Because it’s not what you say, but how you say it and for what reason that really counts. Yet here in […]

Women’s Health
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Women’s Health

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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is fighting for the mandate in Obamacare designed force all health care plans to provide free (that is without a co-pay) contraception, morning after pills, and sterilization. She insists that this is a battle for women’s health. Those who see this as a question of religious freedom have let this claim pass […]

A Sleeping Church Wakes Up
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A Sleeping Church Wakes Up

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Throughout the ongoing debate over President Barack Obama’s contraceptive mandate, and again on Monday, when Catholic leaders here in St. Louis and nationwide announced anti-mandate lawsuits, one question has surfaced repeatedly among Obama’s critics and allies alike: Why choose an election year to pick a fight with the Catholic Church? The mandate controversy is, after […]

Judicial Activists Undermine the Democratic Process
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Judicial Activists Undermine the Democratic Process

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Last week, President Obama made news when he suggested that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a law passed by a “strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”  His comments were prompted by the less than favorable reaction of the Supreme Court during oral arguments on the constitutionality of his […]

Yes, Congresswoman Pelosi, We're Serious: On the Constitutionality of Obamacare
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Yes, Congresswoman Pelosi, We’re Serious: On the Constitutionality of Obamacare

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America anxiously awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. At the core of the decision is a simple question: Is the “individual mandate” in Obamacare constitutional? And thus, is Obamacare constitutional? Several times during the debate and deliberation, my mind harkened back to the words of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Remarking on […]

Obama’s Values Spark Return of Culture Wars
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Obama’s Values Spark Return of Culture Wars

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In 2007, while still a member of the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama said, “I am absolutely convinced that culture wars are just so ‘90s. Their days are growing dark.” Until recently, I’ve been inclined to agree with Mr. Obama. The culture wars are over. We lost. We’re no longer fighting to uphold traditional social values. […]

The Heart of the Issue
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The Heart of the Issue

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It is always essential to go to the heart of the issue through prayer and discernment. Is President Obama’s smoke and mirrors “compromise” on health plan coverage to cover sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion announced on February 10, 2012 going to result in any reduction whatsoever of contraception, sterilizations, and early […]

Action Needed Toward Kagan Recusal on Obama Care
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Action Needed Toward Kagan Recusal on Obama Care

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As you probably know, the so-called “healthcare reform” legislation known as “ObamaCare” – which was narrowly passed by Congress (and only after intense pressure tactics from the White House) – is now facing its toughest challenge ever. It’s being challenged in court over the constitutionality of its key provision of requiring every U.S. citizen to […]

In Rights Hierarchy Freedom Must Come Before Healthcare
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In Rights Hierarchy Freedom Must Come Before Healthcare

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A few weeks ago I published an article entitled “Responsibility, Solidarity, and Healthcare,” its several points being: Covering routine, non-catastrophic healthcare increases costs and reduces access to healthcare in two ways a. it makes the health care cost more b. it makes insurance more costly The Catholic principle of solidarity means that we should not […]

The High Cost of Capitulation
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The High Cost of Capitulation

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Most reasonable people would agree that tossing a set of car keys to a drunkard is irresponsible even if the inebriated party manages to slur out a solemn pledge to drive carefully. That’s just common sense, right? So, what should we call a willingness to place the nation’s healthcare system in the hands of the […]

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