"Call it the stupidity of the American voter," MIT economist Jonathan Gruber said in explaining how "Obamacare" got passed. Rather than being a "glib" and "thoughtless" remark, as Gruber testified to Congress Tuesday, his supposed "gaffes" are actually a clearly articulated explanation of the philosophy upon which the new healthcare law is based.
Generally speaking, liberal healthcare reforms, like the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," attempt to control the growth of healthcare costs through greater government control over the healthcare industry; alternatively, conservative healthcare reforms, like two bills that were introduced (but never passed) in the U.S. House, attempt to control the growth of healthcare costs through greater empowerment of healthcare consumers.
Most conservative reform proposals, for instance, suggest providing Americans with the means to purchase their own health insurance, such as through a voucher or tax credit. These reforms also often include allowing consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines, tort reform to lower the costs of malpractice insurance for doctors and high-risk pools for the special cases when healthcare costs are way above average. more >>
I enjoy Ridley Scott's movies. He often produces real "guy" movies—heavy on testosterone, heroics, swordplay, courage, and big finishes that resolve classic conflicts between good and evil. I admire his subtle attacks on systemic injustice and his celebration of strong, heroic women. I appreciate his portrayal of deeply flawed heroes, who ultimately succeed not because of their leadership skills but rather their integrity, self-sacrifice for the common good, and commitment to truth. Gods and Kings follows in much the same vein.
In short, it's a very good movie. It's a well-filmed, visual treat (the 3D version is worth the extra expense) with strong performances by the actors. The subject should be an "epic" picture and gives a valiant effort to be.
Here's the big miss: When will a moviemaker demonstrate the confidence or courage to tell the actual stories these biblical movies are titled after? more >>
This column was originally published at Live Action News.
With today's modern technology and medical information, we have a real-time window into the womb. What happens to babies before birth – all the ways they move, grow, and change – is nothing short of amazing.
Here are just 10 things that happen to babies before birth. These 10 things demonstrate their uniqueness, value, and of course, their humanity. more >>
The story is told that when Tennessee frontiersman Davy Crockett served in the US Congress (between 1827 and 1835) he voted for a bill appropriating $20,000 for relief for victims of a fire that broke out in Georgetown.
When he returned home, a constituent farmer chastised him for supporting the bill and for "giving what is not yours to give."
The farmer told Crockett the constitution does not grant Congress the power to give charity and if it did, "You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and favoritism and corruption, on the one hand, and robbing the people on the other." more >>
An atheist whose recent invocation at a Florida city's meeting prompted a walkout of some of the commissioners is fighting to give an invocation at another city meeting elsewhere in the state.
Preston Smith of Miami, who saw four members of the Lake Worth County Board of Commissioners walk out on his previous invocation, was denied a request to give a secular invocation at a Palm Beach County Commissioners meeting.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Smith explained that "my next invocation was aimed at the Palm Beach County Commissioners Meeting. However, they have denied my request, opting instead to strictly allow the Commissioner's themselves to give (overtly Christian-themed) invocations. I consider this a monopoly of a certain religious viewpoint, the very opposite of the Supreme Court's intention." more >>
Remember New Year's Eve almost 12 months ago? Were you holding high hopes it would be your best year yet?
Amidst the jubilant celebration were you lifting praise to God for anticipated success and breakthrough in your life?
Looking back over the year do you have to admit things just didn't turn out the way you had hoped? Unexpected setbacks…financial reversals… disappointments… failures... mistakes... betrayals... need we go on? more >>