Three of the richest healthcare insurance companies in America are reluctant to join the state exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." One expert believes their minimal participation will contribute to making the Obamacare plan in the exchanges essentially the same low quality as Medicaid.
"Most people will be outside the market, mostly in employer provided coverage," Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow in Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, told The Christian Post on Monday. This employer coverage, Haislmaier explained, is the service in which United HealthCare, Aetna, and Cigna — the three with a minimal presence in the exchanges — specialize.
All three rank in the top five healthcare companies in CNN Money's Fortune 500 list, along with WellPoint and Humana. Each company provides most of its business in administrative services, Haislmaier said — 61 percent for Aetna, 54 percent for United HealthCare, and 84 percent for Cigna. In these plans, the employer bears the risk and the insurer merely administers it. more >>
It's that time of year when Christmas carols remind us of the message the angels sang, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." We all want that illusive idea of peace on earth, but some new polling data indicates we are anything but a people satisfied and at peace.
America has long been seen as the nation that could potentially lead the planet to some kind of lasting peace but a new Pew Research Center poll seems to indicate we have lost our place of standing in the world. According to the newly released information, a majority of Americans think that U.S. power in the world is steadily declining.
The Pew Research Center found, "For the first time in surveys dating back nearly 40 years, a majority (53 percent) says the United States plays a less important and powerful role as a world leader than it did a decade ago. The share saying the U.S. is less powerful has increased 12 points since 2009 and has more than doubled – from just 20 percent – since 2004." more >>
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, responded Friday to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging that Catholic health directives encourage poor treatment of pregnant women by not allowing abortion.
The ACLU is suing the USCCB on behalf of Tamesha Means, who suffered a miscarriage at a Catholic hospital in Michigan.
According to the ACLU, "Tamesha rushed to Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan, when her water broke after only 18 weeks of pregnancy. Based on the bishops' religious directives, the hospital sent her home twice even though Tamesha was in excruciating pain; there was virtually no chance that her pregnancy could survive, and continuing the pregnancy posed significant risks to her health." more >>
With only five days remaining on the congressional schedule before legislators depart Capitol Hill for their home states, two competing Senate bills aiming to transform how the United States Armed Forces handle sexual assault cases might get lost in the shuffle.
Advocates for victims of sexual assault in the military are lobbying for the Senate to take action after the Pentagon revealed that 26,000 service members reported being victims of sexual assault in 2012.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released its Statutory Enforcement Report, Sexual Assault in the Military, in July and found that "… 23 percent of women and 4 percent of men reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact since enlistment. more >>
Mike Huckabee sought to clarify his opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative on his Saturday Fox News show, "Huckabee." He supports the standards but is opposed to federal government involvement in education. For many Common Core critics, though, the standards are the problem.
He supported Common Core when it began, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate explained, but he does not support what Common Core has become.
"Sadly, the very label Common Core has come to be associated with things I detest," Huckabee said in his opening monologue (video below), "like agenda driven curriculum that indoctrinates instead of educates. more >>
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said he is surprised at the "hostility and vehemence" that some conservatives have in reaction to a statement he made honoring the late Nelson Mandela.
"Yesterday I issued a heartfelt and personal statement about the passing of President Nelson Mandela. I said that his family and his country would be in my prayers and Callista's prayers," Gingrich wrote on Friday.
"I was surprised by the hostility and vehemence of some of the people who reacted to me saying a kind word about a unique historic figure. So let me say to those conservatives who don't want to honor Nelson Mandela, what would you have done?" he asked. more >>