Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor put some temporary brakes on President Barack Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act for a group of Catholic nuns Tuesday night, just hours before it began forcing some religious-affiliated groups to provide health insurance covering birth control and abortion-inducing drugs or face heavy fines on Jan. 1.
A New York Times report said Justice Sotomayor issued a stay on the requirement at the request of the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns located in Colorado that operates nursing homes for low-income people in the United States and around the world. Justice Sotomayor also gave the Obama administration until Friday to respond to the Supreme Court.
"2014 marks 175 years that the Little Sisters of the Poor have been caring for the elderly and poor. We are grateful for the decision of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granting us a temporary injunction protecting us from the HHS contraceptive mandate," noted the order in a statement posted on their website Wednesday. more >>
Jahi McMath's family won a last-minute extension on a restraining order that prevents Children's Hospital Oakland from removing her from a ventilator for one more week. The extension came one hour before the hospital was legally allowed, and said it would, disconnect the life support.
"This child was sitting on death row," family attorney Christopher Dolan told reporters after the judgment came down. "This was a facility that was hell bent on ending this child's life today, and a court stepped in."
Jahi's family was grateful for the extension and said it would give them more time to find a facility to care for the 13-year-old who was declared brain dead on December 12, following complications from a routine tonsillectomy. The family has been battling the hospital ever since that declaration, fully believing that Jahi can make a comeback and be healed. more >>
Jahi McMath's family is praying for a miracle and searching for a medical facility to house their loved one before time runs out today. Children's Hospital Oakland officials said they will turn off the life support at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30.
"Barring any other court-order legal action by the family, the ventilator will be shut off at 5 p.m. tomorrow," hospital spokesman Sam Singer announced. "It's tremendously sad, but that's what's going to occur."
The hospital has declared Jahi officially brain dead, but her family believes otherwise and has tried to convince the hospital otherwise while trying to find a new facility to care for her. One was lined up, but that fell through. Now the family is hoping that a hospital in New York may take her and keep her on life support. However, there is a problem given that no doctor at Children's Hospital will insert the necessary breathing and feeding tubes before her transfer. more >>
Massachusetts and Vermont have suspended payments to CGI Group, the same contractor behind Healthcare.gov. A policy expert argues that CGI's failures are due to the complexity of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
"The problem is the complexity of the laws," Ed Haislmaier, senior research fellow for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, told The Christian Post in an interview Friday. Haislmaier argued that Obamacare required excessive regulation for the subsidies, causing the famous Healthcare.gov backup and the state backups as well.
The scholar turned to Massachusetts as a prime example. "Massachusetts has been running a similar program for subsidizing people to buy coverage since 2007," and this program was "politically in sync with the administration." Nevertheless, the state's exchange allegedly experiences so many problems that it has decided to publicly reprimand CGI, withdrawing money from the company. more >>
A video posted by a Planned Parenthood affiliate on YouTube celebrating the "12 Days of Contraceptives" is no longer available for viewing online.
The controversial 5-minute advertisement video, posted Monday by Planned Parenthood Arizona, was recently made into a private video, so it cannot be viewed by the general public.
The video is not listed on the YouTube Account for Planned Parenthood Arizona, with the most recent upload as of Thursday evening being a video from October titled "Simple Facts about Health Insurance and Obamacare." more >>
A new survey has found that more than 60 percent of the population targeted for enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, or President Obama's signature healthcare law, do not understand key insurance concepts, which could be a reason behind the delay on the part of the uninsured.
More than 60 percent of those most likely to use the marketplaces to purchase coverage say they are not too confident or not at all confident in their understanding of at least one concept related to health insurance, such as premium, deductible, co-payments and coinsurance, the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey has found.
The survey, a new initiative, tracks three factors related to the health care law implementation, which are insurance coverage, access to care and healthcare affordability, on a quarterly basis. more >>