Earlier this week, an Alabama federal judge dismissed the lawsuit of a major Catholic television network regarding the Obama administration's contraception mandate, determining that the rules of the mandate have not been finalized yet, and therefore the court could not make a proper judgment on the case.
Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of the U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Ala., ruled Monday that although the Eternal World Television Network [EWTN] has standing it its lawsuit because there exists a "real prospect of harm from a concrete regulatory mandate," she determined that she could not review the lawsuit because the Obama administration has promised to amend the mandate, and therefore it is not yet "ripe" for review.
"In this case, common sense weighs in favor of withholding judicial review until the new regulations are created and finalized. At that point, if EWTN still has objections, it may then file suit," Blackburn wrote in her opinion, according to AL.com. more >>
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed three years ago with President Obama saying it would not add one dime to the federal deficit, is now projected to add $6.2 trillion to the deficit and inflict severe cuts to Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals and physicians.
When Obamacare passed in March 2010, many Americans believed they would soon receive the same lifetime healthcare benefits as every member of Congress, and without incurring additional costs for themselves, their families or their businesses. The truth, however, is the Government Accountability Office (GAO) anticipates the Obamacare entitlement program will place a heavy burden on the U.S. economy, which currently has a national debt of $16.7 trillion.
According to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank, patients and their physicians are going to feel the full impact of the costs associated with Obamacare, and not only by adding $6.2 trillion to the national debt, but in ways that are far more tangible to families, and especially senior citizens. more >>
The founder of Domino's Pizza won an injunction against the HHS mandate that forces employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.
"The HHS Mandate forces our clients to provide abortion causing drugs to their employees when doing so is a direct violation of the teachings of the Catholic Church and our clients' sincerely held religious beliefs. The Court's decision today upholds everyone's freedom of religion and rights protected by the Constitution," said Erin Mersino of the Thomas More Law Center, who represented Tom Monaghan, owner of Domino's Farm Corporation.
Federal District Court Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the Eastern District of Michigan had previously granted an emergency temporary restraining order for the plaintiffs. more >>
The CEO of an electric company in Florida has filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the "preventive services" mandate, making it the 50th such suit filed against HHS.
Thomas Beckwith, CEO of Beckwith Electric of Largo, filed the suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division.
"This is a case about religious freedom," reads the first point under the "Nature of the Action" section of the 48-page suit. more >>
A seminary in Pennsylvania has filed a motion to intervene on behalf of two Texas universities suing the Department of Health and Human Services over their "Preventive Services" mandate.
Westminster Theological Seminary of Glenside filed the motion Friday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division.
"Westminster claims an interest in the transaction that is the subject of this action. Westminster is a graduate level theological seminary which adheres to the historic Reformed understanding of the Christian faith," reads the motion in part. "As such, it is resolutely opposed, on biblical and First Amendment grounds, to the federal agencies' mandate being challenged here that requires it to provide its employees health insurance coverage for, and thereby encourage its employees to use, abortifacient drugs." more >>
Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon who made a big splash with his politically incorrect speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in February, gave an interview recently where he gave clues to what he would say in his upcoming speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which will take place in Washington, D.C., from March 14-16.
Carson, head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., said that his CPAC speech will revolve around the topic of America's "upside down" healthcare program, a subject he touched on at the National Prayer Breakfast.
The director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins told NPR's Michel Martin that he believes healthcare can be improved in the country by eliminating the influence of insurance companies, which he describes as "the middle man," and increasing doctor-patient relationships, predominately through Health Savings Accounts, which are started at birth and accumulate as the patient grows older. more >>