Obamacare has proven again to be the biggest legislative failure in history, with last week's ruling that its subsidies are illegal. These subsidies induced some 5 million Americans to sign up for Obamacare but are prohibited by law as held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell.
This humiliation to the Obama administration was a devastating setback to legislation already disfavored by a 59-40 percent margin among the public, according to the latest CNN poll. Twice as many Americans say they are being hurt rather than helped by Obamacare.
Officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare is neither affordable nor protective of patients. It promised subsidies for millions of Americans to buy new health insurance and to pay costly premiums that have driven insurance company stock values to record highs. more >>
A congregation in Alabama has recently hosted a "Spa Day" for the homeless men in their neighborhood.
Government Street Baptist Church of Mobile held a luncheon for the men that included special treatment such as haircuts and showers last Saturday. The Inaugural Spa Day was organized by the Men's Ministry at Government Street Baptist and garnered local media attention.
"We want to let them know that we love them and that God loves them, and our city is a city that wants to care for people like this," said Government Street Baptist Senior Pastor Charles Brown. more >>
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which received $2,302,026 in government grants in 2011-2012, is facing a legal challenge from the mother of an underage girl who was taken to the facility by her abuser to have an abortion.
The lawsuit, Cary Smith v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, was filed on June 20 and claims that the then 13-year-old girl was taken to the clinic by her abuser, who was also her step-father, to have an abortion on May 3, 2012. Not only did the staff not ask the girl if she was being sexually abused by an adult, they also neglected to contact law enforcement or child services to report suspected abuse of the girl.
When the victim finally told her mother about the sexual abuse and abortion on July 18, 2012, she was taken a local hospital for an examination and to report the abuse. The mother also obtained her daughter's abortion record from Planned Parenthood. more >>
Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, was recently diagnosed with Ebola after spending time working with Samaritan's Purse, an international relief agency. Now his family and church family are calling for prayers from across the globe as Dr. Brantly fights for his life, which he has "put in God's hands."
"Kent said he gave his life to Christ long ago," fellow church member Jason Brewington told the Dallas News. "It's His in life and it's His in death."
Dr. Brantly is married to wife Amber and the couple has two children; thankfully, they have exhibited no symptoms of the deadly virus. The family felt called to work in less-developed countries, and they were able to save enough money to make the trip to Liberia. Amber and the children have returned home, and Dr. Brantly is being treated in an isolation center at a Liberian hospital. more >>
In the latest installment of "SexEd: Planned Parenthood's Dangerous Sex Advice for Kids," an Oregon Planned Parenthood counselor is shown telling a 15-year-old girl, who's under the legal age of consent, to watch porn, go to a sex shop, and experiment with bondage and hitting with her boyfriend.
Live Action released its fourth undercover video last week, with others soon to follow, that shows a Planned Parenthood counselor and nurse giving BDSM (bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism) or "torture sex" advice to a girl whom she believes is only 15.
"The workers are not only telling the underage girls to practice sadomasochism, bondage and discipline — violent and destructive sexual practices — but also to access sex shops and porn websites when there's a question of consent there," Lila Rose president of the pro-life group Live Action, told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly earlier this week. "I think the other bigger question is that some of these relationships are adult-child relationships, statutory rape — we've been investigating that at Planned Parenthood for years. Planned Parenthood doesn't report sexual abuse, so that's another dimension to this." more >>
New videos surfaced Friday that could debunk the claims of Democrats who say that the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," did not intend to deny insurance subsidies in the states that did not set up their own health care exchanges. The finding could lead courts to prevent millions from getting health insurance and to an unraveling of the new health care law, without a legislative fix.
Two federal courts offered separate opinions this week on whether the ACA does not allow health insurance subsidies in states that did not set up their own health care exchange. A D.C. Appeals Court panel sided with Republicans in finding that the plain language of the ACA does not allow subsidies to go to states where the federal government, rather than the state government, set up the health care exchange. A Fourth Circuit panel sided with the Democrats in finding that the law never intended to deny the subsidies in federal exchanges, even if the language of the law suggests that is the case.
"It's absurd to think that Congress intended those subsidies be available only in the state exchanges," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a Monday press conference after those court decisions. more >>