The current American version of Universal Healthcare (UHC), Obamacare, has been the subject of not a little debate. One side seems to think it is a literal panacea. The other places it somewhere between overt communism or the total collapse of the U.S. economy and Satan worship accompanied by child sacrifices.
I have not devoted much time either to thinking or writing about Obamacare. It is a law in the process of implementation. Presidential candidates who ran promising to repeal it were defeated. We now deal with the consequences, good, bad or neutral.
Leaving aside from Obamacare for the moment, I am striving to discern why Universal Healthcare seems distasteful to so many. Is it wrong to want people to be healthy and physically whole as much as possible? more >>
A video of Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi calling on the U.S. government to wage jihad for Allah in Syria, is currently making the rounds on Arabic media and Facebook, to mockery and dismay.
In the recorded speech, Qaradawi-one of the most influential Islamic clerics in the world, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, author of over 100 books on Muslim doctrine, and head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars-sarcastically thanks the U.S. for supporting the "freedom fighters" in Syria, adding that "Allah willing, your [U.S.] aid will increase."
Then, while working himself up because the U.S is only providing weapons to the jihadis in Syria, as opposed to directly intervening, Qaradawi declares in frustration: "We want America to take a manly stand-a stand for Allah!" more >>
The Obama administration's argument that mandating birth control coverage reduces unintended pregnancies and has health benefits for women is based upon faulty reasoning and flawed research, the Beverly LaHaye Institute argues in an Amicus, or "friend of the court" brief for a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the case Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby, which the Supreme Court will hear in March, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are suing the Obama administration over its mandate to cover birth control, including some drugs that can be abortifacients. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, Christian-owned companies, argue that the mandate violates their owners' religious beliefs.
Under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Obama administration must show that the mandate furthers a "compelling governmental interest" that outweighs the religious freedom concerns of Hobby Lobby. That "compelling governmental interest," the administration is arguing, is promoting women's health, preventing unintended pregnancies, and promoting gender equity. more >>
A leader of a pro-Israel organization has expressed disapproval of President Barack Obama's statements at his State of the Union regarding the veto of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Christians United for Israel provided The Christian Post with comments from CUFI Exectuvie Director David Brog.
"I'm saddened that the president has declared his intention to oppose the will of a majority of the Senate and the House on Iran. His policy towards Iran isn't working and won't work," said Brog. more >>
Trust in our government was a mere 19 percent in 2013 according to Pew Research Center. Not surprisingly, 56 per cent of Americans think it is not the government's responsibility to provide a healthcare system. Waivers, favors, off-the-cuff rule changes, and the bungled launch of the Affordable Care Act website validate that distrust. Bureaucratic incompetence and cronyism are not the only reasons we should be wary of government involvement in our medical care.
The federal government has a checkered history when it comes to medical judgments. We now cringe at the words of the revered Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in the 1927 case, Buck v Bell upholding Virginia's sterilization law for the institutionalized "feeble-minded." "[Carrie Bell's] welfare and that of society will be promoted by her sterilization. It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. . .Three generations of imbeciles are enough." In fact, Carrie's mother was a prostitute, but not feeble-minded. After Carrie's release she maintained a job as a domestic worker and became an avid reader. Her "feeble-minded" daughter was on her school's honor roll.
Let's recall the appalling Tuskegee Syphilis Study lasting from 1932 to 1972. The U.S. Public Health Service used 400 hundred mainly poor, illiterate black sharecroppers with syphilis as lab animals. They were told they had "bad blood," but not that they were actually suffering from a serious but treatable disease. All subjects succumbed to untreated syphilis so our government could track the natural progression of the disease. more >>
Last week, Moody's rating agency lowered the outlook for health insurers from stable to negative, blaming Obamacare. Few Americans will shed tears for insurance companies. But the Moody's announcement is a warning sign to taxpayers. They'll be getting clobbered. Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act forces taxpayers to make insurers whole for most of the losses incurred selling Obamacare exchange plans through 2016. The bailout is designed to conceal the failure of the president's signature health law until he is out of office.
No one in the Obama administration talked up the advantages of bailing out insurers. It was kept under wraps until the fall of 2013. That's when five to six million health plans were cancelled because they didn't comply with Obamacare's one-size- fits all coverage requirements effective January 1, 2014. . Insurers developed new plans, as the health law required, set premiums (generally higher) and sent out notices cancelling the old plans.
That caused public outrage. Trying to quell it, the president ignored his own law and told insurance companies on November 14 they could keep selling the old plans. Insurers were caught off guard. They predicted there would be less demand for their new plans, and they'd lose money. more >>