The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Monday a lawsuit by Liberty University challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," mandate that employers with more than 50 employees provide health insurance for its employees.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, who is representing Liberty University, said he wished the court would have taken the case, but future challenges to the employer mandate are still possible.
Liberty's challenge was based upon the argument that Congress does not have the authority to require that employers provide health insurance. The government defended its authority under the Commerce Clause (Congress has the power to "regulate commerce ... among the several states"). more >>
Last month, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation that codifies federal anti-discrimination laws for workers to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Some opponents of the bill declared the bill's passage would be a slap in the face to religious liberty-Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council even went so far as to prognosticate that ENDA's passage would lead to an America in which "the homosexuals are brought out of the closet and Christians are driven into the closet." Nothing could be further from the truth. And regardless of one's beliefs about homosexuality (however removed from scientific truth that they may be), the message of Christ and His Golden Rule should compel all Americans to support employment protections for LGBT individuals.
Most Americans already do: a survey released in May by the Public Religion Research Institute revealed 73 percent of Americans favor laws that would protect gay and lesbian workers from employment discrimination. Running cross-tabs on the same poll shows 60 percent of Republicans support such protections, as well as majorities of every major religious group including white evangelical Protestants (59 percent), minority Protestants (61 percent), white mainline Protestants (75 percent), and Catholics (76 percent).
There's a reason 10 Republicans in the U.S. Senate stood up to support ENDA with their votes-and it wasn't because religious protections were absent. The religious protections as they exist in the bill are clear, clean, and strong, covering any faith-based non-profit institution exempted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And just to be sure liberals or those who disdain religion could not use ENDA as a litigious cudgel, GOP Senator Rob Portman introduced an amendment to ENDA preventing the federal government from taking punitive action against any faith-based institution exempted under the law. Chicken Little agitators prophesying churches stripped of tax-exempt status under ENDA are nothing more than fear-mongers. more >>
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan explained Sunday why the Catholic Church continues to oppose President Barack Obama's signature health care law, saying it is incomprehensive as it excludes the undocumented immigrant and the unborn baby.
"We've been asking for reform in healthcare for a long time," Dolan, the former president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.
"So we were kind of an early supporter in this," he continued. "Where we started bristling and saying, 'Uh-oh, first of all this isn't comprehensive, because it's excluding the undocumented immigrant and it's excluding the unborn baby,' so we began to bristle at that." more >>
Today's economic situation has hit my billfold…what about yours? With gas prices soaring and paychecks diminishing, I have been wondering; who has been eating my piece of the American pie?
Everyone may be experiencing tough economic times, but as usual, these struggles hit some harder than others. According to the most recent numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for African Americans remains a shocking 13 percent, while black homeownership is at its lowest in almost 20 years. The black unemployment rate in America remains twice that of whites, and nearly three times that of Asians.
As with any bad news, there is plenty of blame to go around. But a far more important question to ask is what can be done to improve the situation now. I believe one answer is a return to the strong, often unsung tradition of black entrepreneurship. When we think of minority owned businesses these days, we tend to picture immigrants, usually Latino or Asian. This perception reflects our current reality: according to a 2008 study Race and Entrepreneurial Success by the University of California Santa Cruz, the rate of black business ownership is far lower than the national average. more >>
The Obama administration's claim Sunday that they have achieved the goal of getting the HealthCare.gov site running smoothly apart from the need for a few more fixes, didn't cut ice with all insurers and states, some of which want to bypass the difficult-to-operate technology behind the "Obamacare."
"While we strive to innovate and improve our outreach and systems for reaching consumers, we believe we have met the goal of having a system that will work smoothly for the vast majority of users," said a progress report by the Health and Human Services Department released Sunday.
"The bottom line - HealthCare.gov on Dec. 1 is night and day from where it was on Oct. 1," said Jeff Zients, who was tasked by President Obama to fix the website, according to Reuters. "We've widened the system's on-ramp - it now has four lanes instead of one or two. We have a much more stable system that is reliably open for business." more >>
Welcome to the Liberals' version of the Hunger Games, America; unapologetically brought to you by our Progressive friends in the Democrat Party, whose economic policies have lifted a record number of Americans from the middle class and plopped them face down -- into poverty the past five years.
I know. This makes no sense, considering they claim they are the party for the folks, insisting they are fighting to expand the middle class. Forget what they say for a moment and take a look at what they've done the past five years. It seems the only things they've expanded are the size of government, welfare rolls, homelessness, unemployment, and the number of people who no longer believe anything that comes out of their mouths, thanks to Obamacare.
Now a third quarter U.S. Census report, "Income, Poverty and Health Insurance in the United States: 2012" reveals Americans' real median income has plateaued the past three years, flat-lining at a rate much lower than it was in 2007. In a nutshell, President Obama's first term offered American households a 4.89 percent, or $2627 decrease in the real median household income. According to CNS News, the real median household income was $53,644 in 2008 and has dropped every year since. more >>