MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who authored a paper on the economic benefits of aborting the children of poor parents, helped craft "Obamacare" and said passage of the healthcare law benefited from the "stupidity of the American voter," testified before a congressional committee Tuesday that he has no philosophy of abortion or end-of-life care.
Gruber co-authored a paper in 1997 that found that the legalization of abortion saved the government $14 billion in welfare payments through 1994 by ending the lives of many "marginal" children, by which he meant the children of poor people.
In Gruber's testimony before a U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., sought to understand if there is a connection between Gruber's views on abortion, that society benefits from the death of those deemed costly, and the ACA's Independent Payment Advisory Board, a board of experts tasked with reducing healthcare costs which some critics have called a "death panel." more >>
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor who've challenged the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that they cover birth control and abortifacients for their employees.
After arguments were heard by the Denver, Colorado-based 10th Circuit on Monday, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, said she and her order "are not seeking special privileges."
"The government exempts huge corporations, small businesses, and other religious ministries from what they are imposing on us — we are simply asking to carry on our mission to serve the elderly poor as we have always done for 175 years," Maguire said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>
Maybe the country that claims to have the "best healthcare system in the world" can get away with ignoring basic public health strategies that have worked for centuries. Perhaps we can say, "It can't happen here." After all, Ebola seems to have gone away, as epidemics do—sooner or later.
Some apparently even think that we can save the rest of the world by providing a safety valve for hot zones, right into American airports and schools.
Yet we may not be all powerful. Here is the word from top public health officials about some 400,000 cases of chikungunya, which is sweeping through the Caribbean and Latin America: "We can only keep our fingers crossed—painful as that might be for many people infected with chikungunya—that the Caribbean epidemic will decline and the virus will depart from the Western Hemisphere." So write David M. Morens, M.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., of the Arboviral Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the Sept 14, 2014, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Fauci's name is familiar from his pronouncements on Ebola. more >>
As the Islamic State attempts to further establish its caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist organization has taken control of all the hospitals inside its strongholds, where militants are said to have instituted ridiculously sexist policies, abuse patients and execute doctors.
Although medical staff in most hospitals around the world are suppose to accommodate and politely adress questions that patients might have concerning their health issues, Islamic State-run hospitals, especially those in the Iraqi stronghold city of Mosul, are doing things differently in a negative way.
One doctor from Mosul told the newsite TheStar.com that in early November he witnessed a case of one male patient being brutally beaten after having an arguement with an ISIS-affiliated doctor. more >>
Can science and faith peacefully coexist? One leading ethicist recently answered with a resounding "yes."
In his article Incorporating Religion and Spirituality Into Healthcare, the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care's Dr. Eric Kodish observed that religion and healthcare are often inextricably linked. Many in the medical community are beginning to recognize the positive role that faith can play in the midst of a health crisis.
A healthcare emergency is one of the scariest, most stressful, most personal and trying times of a person's life. It is no wonder that so many people turn to their faith to sustain them in times when they feel helpless, out of control and worried about what the future holds. Even for the most faith-filled, a health scare can provide a new perspective on life and increase one's capacity for trusting someone greater than oneself. more >>
After exceeding their $2.1 million crowdfunding goal earlier this year to make a crime drama about Kermit Gosnell and his West Philadelphia "house of horrors," late-term abortion clinic, starting Wednesday, Indiegogo is allowing the Gosnell movie producers to reopen their campaign indefinitely as part of its "forever funding" program.
By reopening the crowdfunding campaign, producers Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda will continue to offer "thank you" gifts to donors and have set new goals for the crime drama, which includes raising an additional $500,000 to extend filming to four weeks, and securing the best actors they can find for the film. The producers also hope to increase the number of backers from the 26,574 who donated over $2.2 million to over 100,000 backers to show potential distributors that a large number of Americans support the project.
"It's a huge boost to the movie — more donations, means more shooting days, better actors, higher production values, it'll mean a better movie. It will also mean we'll be able to get Gosnell's story out to a wider audience," McElhinney said in a statement shared with The Christian Post on Wednesday. more >>