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  • HHS Reinterprets Law to Allow California Abortion Mandate

    06/25/2016 3:59:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2016 | Congressman Joe Pitts
    In 2004 Congress passed the Weldon amendment, which said that no state can discriminate against a healthcare entity because it refuses to participate in abortions. The language includes states discriminating against a health plan that decides not to cover abortion. If the state does, according to the amendment, it will lose its federal funding. In August 2014, California informed its health insurers that they would no longer be allowed to offer health plans that exclude elective abortions. Insurers complied, as one might expect, and suddenly, no one in California could purchase health insurance that didn't pay for the death of...
  • Obama's HHS Signs Cooperation Deal with Castro Regime Because

    06/20/2016 5:47:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    “The US Department of Health and Human Services and the Cuban government on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage cooperation between the two countries on health matters…“Cuba has made significant contributions to health and science,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement. “This new collaboration is a historic opportunity for two nations to build on each other’s knowledge and experience, and benefit biomedical research and public health at large.”Tell it to Tuvalu, President Obama and Secretary Mathews-Burwell. Tuvalu is a group of Pacific islands (big atolls, actually) north of Fiji and east of New Guinea formerly...
  • Blackburn Calls for HHS Investigation into StemExpress & Abortion Clinics

    06/01/2016 1:41:42 PM PDT · by blueyon · 2 replies
    The Energy and Commerence Committee ^ | 6/01/16 | Press Release
    Washington, DC Select Investigative Panel Chairman Marsha Blackburn is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to investigate potential violations of federal law by StemExpress and a number of abortion clinics. In a letter to the Office of Centralized Case Management Operations at HHS, Chairman Blackburn asks Director Jocelyn Samuels to examine evidence uncovered by the Select Panels investigation that shows StemExpress and the abortion clinics violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The HIPAA privacy rule is a patients rights law, designed to empower the patient to determine when and...
  • "Federal judge rules Obamacare is being funded unconstitutionally"

    05/15/2016 9:12:29 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/15/16 | D. Savage
    The following article has been taken from the May 12th issue of the Los Angeles Times. Although "The Coach's Team" rarely posts anything but original pieces by its own staff, I believe this information is important enough to be re-posted in its entirety for our readers. Please take note of the emphasized phrase below which makes it clear that, although the Obama Regime via the Department of Health and Human Services is in clear violation of the Constitution, the judge's ruling which correctly declares this to be the case "stands a good chance of being overturned on appeal." The reason?...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Woman says her developmentally disabled sister was raped while at state-run group home

    05/02/2016 9:10:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | May 2 2016 | Victoria Bekiempis, Stephen Rex Brown
    A nonverbal, developmentally disabled woman was raped under the supervision of a state-run group home, the sister of the alleged victim claims and officials did nothing to address the alleged abuse, she told the Daily News. The disabled woman who cannot legally consent to sex was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in 2004 while under the care of Union Avenue IRA, according to a Manhattan federal lawsuit that will be filed Monday. What went through my head was that my sister was raped by somebody, said L.K., the alleged victims sister, adding that the 47-year-old woman...
  • Feds Blow Off House Subpoena For Obamacare Co-Op Docs

    04/21/2016 7:36:55 AM PDT · by safetysign · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/20/2016 | Kathryn Watson
    Federal health officials refuse to give Congress hundreds of subpoenaed documents on Obamacare’s failed co-ops so that people will continue enrolling in the deeply troubled program, a congressional leader said Tuesday. Twelve of the 23 co-ops created in 2011 under Obamacare at a cost of $2.4 billion have failed, and another eight of the remaining 11 are likely to go under this year. But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t hand over documents subpoenaed months ago by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz  82% , who chairs the House...
  • HHS Says Health Records Should Communicate With Each Other. What Does That Mean?

    04/11/2016 4:37:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 4/8/16 | Mohana Ravindranath
    When a patient moves from one health system to another, theres no guarantee his or her electronic medical records are compatible with the new systems. The Department of Health and Human Services wants to change that, with a number of efforts aimed at making electronic health record technology more interoperable. But how does a health system measure interoperability, and how does the department know if its successful? HHS doesnt know the answer -- and its looking to the public for help. In a new request for information, HHS is asking for input on metrics that could measure interoperability. The eventual...
  • Theres No Public-Health Case for Making Nuns Provide Free Birth Control

    03/25/2016 1:30:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Michael J. New
    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a group of cases challenging the Affordable Care Acts requirement that non-profit employers offer health-care coverage that includes contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization. The challengers in the consolidated cases, captioned Zubik v. Burwell, include Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life, and a variety of religious non-profits. Many of the arguments that have been put forth in support of the plaintiffs involve conscience rights. These are important arguments that certainly deserve attention. However, in the amicus brief I filed in on behalf of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, I emphasized public-health...
  • Members of Congress speak up for Little Sisters before big day in court

    03/25/2016 10:03:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    angelusnews.com ^ | March 22, 2016 | Matt Hadro
    Members of the United States Congress have voiced their support for the Little Sisters of the Poor before their case is argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. We talk a lot about public service up here. Well, these are the people who live it, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said of the sisters on the House Floor on Tuesday, noting that they serve the poor in 31 countries. They are the definition of public service. On Wednesday, oral arguments for Zubik v. Burwell will take place at the Supreme Court. The case is a bundle of seven cases against...
  • Who are the Little Sisters of the Poor, and why should you care?

    03/25/2016 1:42:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Jenny Uebbing
    If you were totally avoiding the internet today, or if you live under a particularly pleasant and comfortable rock, maybe you dont know that the federal government and a bunch of nuns are duking it out before the Supreme Court over birth control. More to the point, theyre fighting over the Little Sisters of the Poors refusal to subsidize contraception and abortion-causing drugs for their employees via their health insurance coverage, all of whom, by the way, are mandated by the President Obamas signature eponymous government overreach law to purchase their own health insurance. Well, fairs fair, right? I mean,...
  • Wasserman Schultz Curses In Front Of Nuns

    03/25/2016 1:16:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | March 24, 2016 | Alex Preffier
    Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz  4% said “d***” in front of the Supreme Court building while the Little Sisters of the Poor were there demonstrating. Wasserman Schultz was speaking to a group of Planned Parenthood supporters who were there while the court was hearing oral arguments in the case of Zubik v. Burwell. The Little Sisters of the Poor are one of many plaintiffs who are asking to be exempting from the federal government requirement to cover contraceptives in their health-care plans. “Those rights that we secured must remain in place and while we’re at it this...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wants to Force Catholic Nuns to Pay for Abortion Drugs: It Cant be All My Way

    03/23/2016 5:56:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case the Little Sisters of the Poor and 37 pro-life groups, universities and companies have filed against the HHS mandate, which forces them to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their employee health care plans. The case, Zubik v. Burwell, involves 37 religious nonprofits such as charities and universities that say the HHS mandate violates their religious beliefs. They say the religious accommodation the Obama administration put together still makes them complicit in covering the abortion-causing drugs. “Hijacking. It seems to me that’s an accurate description of what the government wants to...
  • Contraception Mandate v. Denver's Little Sisters of the Poor in U.S. Supreme Court

    03/23/2016 8:58:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    westword.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Michael Roberts
    Update: In 2014, we told you about a challenge to Obamacare's contraception mandate filed in Denver by Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization jointly based here and in Baltimore; we've incorporated elements of our previous coverage into this post. The Sisters lost that case, but they haven't given up their fight. Today, the matter is being heard at the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the groups that have supported the Little Sisters of the Poor is the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which describes itself as "a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free...
  • Pro-Lifers Rally for Little Sisters of the Poor as They Fight Obamas HHS Mandate at SCOTUS

    03/23/2016 8:35:21 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Outside the Supreme Court this morning, pro-life advocates are rallying for the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are challenging Obamas HHS mandate today at the Supreme Court. In the next major battle in the pro-life fight against the HHS mandate, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poors challenge to the Obama HHS mandate. The nations highest court will hear debate from attorneys representing the Catholic religious order and the Obama administration on Wednesday. The Little Sisters of the Poor are asking the nations highest court to ensure they do not have to comply...
  • Cecile Richards Campaigns for Hillary Clinton: We Must Force Americans to Fund Abortions

    03/14/2016 10:21:32 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 14, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards campaigned for pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over the weekend. Richards had a message for voters that points to what Clinton will try to do as president: force Americans to fund abortions with their tax dollars. Missouri pro-life legislators voted last week to take tax dollars from abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and use them for public education and comprehensive health care providers instead. The Missouri House passed a proposed 2017 budget amendment on Tuesday that would cut about $380,000 in Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood, according to the Joplin Globe. About $55,000 of...
  • New App Funded by Tax Dollars Connects Teens to Birth Control, ‘Sexuality Education’

    02/23/2016 12:54:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 22, 2016 | 3:40 PM EST | Penny Starr
    A Pennsylvania-based non-profit group dedicated to giving young people access to birth control and "sexuality education" has launched a free app that connects "teens and young adults ages 14-24 with accurate, timely information about sexual and reproductive health." AccessMatters launched the app, dubbed "It Matters," last week, and a spokesperson with the organization told CNSNews.com that the app was funded by grants from Health and Human Services' Title X Family Planning and the Centers for Disease Control's teen pregnancy prevention program. "Users can find answers to common questions on topics such as relationships, birth control options, LGBT health, STDs (Sexually...
  • HHS failed to heed many warnings that HealthCare.gov was in trouble

    02/23/2016 8:40:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2016 | by Amy Goldstein
    During the two years before the disastrous opening of HealthCare.gov, federal officials in charge of creating the online insurance marketplace received 18 written warnings that the mammoth project was mismanaged and off course but never considered postponing its launch, according to government investigators. The warnings included a series of 11 scathing reviews from an outside consultant - among them a top-10 list of risks drawn up in the spring of 2013 that cited inadequate planning for the website's capacity and deviations from usual IT standards. A few months before, then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had hired another consultant...
  • HHS: Immigrants with HIV, STDs welcome

    02/23/2016 8:53:40 AM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 23, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    The administration has decided to let immigrants with three sexually transmitted diseases known for causing sores or lesions on genitalia to enter the United States, an expansion of a previous decision to let in those with HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services this month opened the borders to those with the STDs, deeming the communicable diseases not a big threat to the United States.
  • Website provides one-stop guide to Little Sisters of the Poor case against HHS

    02/16/2016 10:49:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | February 16, 2016 | Calvin Freiburger
    The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is announcing a new website specifically dedicated to explaining the Little Sisters of the Poor’s ongoing legal battle with the Obama Administration and setting the record straight on the government’s claims against the charitable Catholic order. As Live Action News has covered, the Little Sisters have been one of the most high-profile targets of the Obama Administration’s efforts to force religious groups to provide contraceptive coverage. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against them last summer, but the US Supreme Court agreed in November to hear their case, as part of a consolidated...
  • Unaccompanied Alien Children Charged in Execution-Style Murder, Media Calls Them “Baby-Faced Boys

    02/11/2016 9:37:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 11, 2016
    It appears that the recent execution-style murder of a Massachusetts man was committed by two Central American teens that came to the U.S. as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) under President Obama's open border free-for-all. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors--mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras--have entered the country through the Mexican border since the influx began in the summer of 2014 and the administration has relocated them nationwide. News reports indicate that the 17-year-olds charged in the gruesome Massachusetts killing entered the U.S. recently as UAC's and both have ties to MS-13, according to authorities cited by various...
  • Senate probe faults government for migrant child abuse

    01/28/2016 3:01:10 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 01/28/16 | Mary Clare Jalonick and Garance Burke
    Migrant children in the government’s care were placed in U.S. homes and left vulnerable to human trafficking due to sometimes non-existent screening by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a congressional report released Thursday. The investigation says HHS failed to run background checks on the adults in the sponsors’ households, failed to visit sponsors’ homes and failed to realize some sponsors were accumulating multiple unrelated children, which can be a sign of human trafficking.
  • How Does a President Defeat Nuns?

    01/21/2016 3:21:27 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 20, 2016 | REBECCA HAMILTON
    Does anybody, anywhere, believe that the HHS Mandate was ever intended to be anything other than a deliberate attack on the Catholic Church?Anyone?The duplicitous way that the Mandate was handled from day one should have convinced most Americans that shenanigans were afoot.The Mandate was drafted in closed-door meetings of a committee of abortion industry insiders. It violated promises that the President of the United States made to Congress in order to pass Obamacare.The administration rolled it out with an orchestrated apologia from the pandering press. Equally pandering organizations such as the ACLU joined in with assurances that the Mandate...
  • Illegals to be Housed at US Military Bases Warm welcome for lawbreakers.

    01/08/2016 12:11:58 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 1/6/16 | Brian Lilley
    Forget looking the other way as illegals stream across the southern border. The Obama administration is now looking at having the federal government supply housing to thousands of illegals on several military bases, according to The Washington Examiner. The new surge of illegal immigrant youths has forced the federal government to look at an emergency plan to house them at six military bases at at least two federal worker centers, according to the administration. The Pentagon is beginning "site assessments" at bases as far north as North Dakota and Massachusetts. According to the newspaper, Alabama Republican Rep. Martha Roby unveiled...
  • Obama Won’t Investigate Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Baby Parts, Abortion Biz Applauds

    12/22/2015 7:31:17 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    LifeNews ^ | December 22, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration confirmed today that it will look into "fetal tissue research" in the Untied States but will not specifically investigate the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which was repeatedly caught selling aborted babies and their body parts. Hearings have exposed how the abortion company likely violated federal laws to sell the body parts. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General announced today that it will look into "fetal tissue research" after pro-life Sen. Rand Paul, a GOP presidential candidate, and 34 other senators urged the Obama administration to investigate. Paul released a copy of...
  • Illegal youths crossing border jumps 269%, HHS warns of running out of beds

    11/30/2015 5:00:38 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/30/15 | Paul Bedard
    The Department of Health and Human Services has notified Congress that November has seen a huge number of undocumented youths crossing into the United States, up 269 percent over last November. And it is warning that it is getting close to running out of beds to house the immigrants. Some 5,200 arrived in November, more than twice the 2014 surge. That year, 1,927 crossed over, and that was down from 3,320 in 2013. HHS' Office of Refugee Resettlement houses the youths with the Administration for Children and Families. An email from HHS provided to Secrets said, "Based on twenty-four days...
  • No, Your Medical Records Are Not Private

    10/20/2015 3:15:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/15 | Kathryn Watson
    Many Americans think the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects their medical privacy, but federal bureaucrats issue thousands of subpoenas every year without prior judicial approval to get around the law.If you dont have a reasonable expectation of privacy against government in your medical care, then where does it exist at all? If thats not private, then what is? Adam Bates, a criminal justice policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.Congress passed HIPAA in 1996 with a promise that it would clamp down on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care...
  • Sen. Cruz Applauds Texas for Dropping Planned Parenthood from Medicaid Program

    10/19/2015 12:57:41 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | October 19, 2015
    Encourages states to follow Texas’ lead WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement praising the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s decision to drop Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program:“Today, my home state of Texas proved that states can make a real difference in the fight to block taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood,” Sen. Cruz said. “I’m proud of Texas for leading the way in affirming the sanctity of life, and I thank Gov. Abbott for his principled commitment to protecting the lives of unborn children. I encourage every state to follow Texas’...
  • Planned Parenthood Compliance Officer (to tighten up operations?)

    10/13/2015 9:10:21 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 5 replies
    Glassdoor ^ | 10/13/2015 | Glassdoor
    Job Description Company DescriptionPlanned Parenthood of Los Angeles is Los Angeles County's women's and reproductive health care educational and clinical delivery Center of Excellence. PPLA provides the highest quality, most cost-effective services to residents, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. PPLA develops innovative partnerships with public and private insurance companies, provider organizations, and California's health benefit exchange to provide leadership in improving women's and reproductive health outcomes; to ensure and increase patient access; to increase patient satisfaction, by providing patient-centered care that is timely, efficient and equitable; and, to coordinate care that improves clinical, financial, and administrative...
  • HHS Boosting Nations Stockpile of Burn Treatments in Case of Nuclear Attack (but Iran deal?!)

    10/01/2015 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 1, 2015 | 6:49 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    The detonation of an improvised nuclear device would produce intense heat, resulting in many patients with severe burns, says a September 30 news release from the Department of Health and Human Services. The announcement says HHS has contracted for the development of four novel products to treat severe thermal burns. The products will boost the number of treatment options in case of disaster, and theyll also be used in routine burn care situations. The four treatmentsone commercially available right now and three in developmentwill be added to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) or managed by vendors to help protect people...
  • South Dakota proposes plan to expand Medicaid

    09/29/2015 1:23:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2015 7:50 PM EDT | James Nord
    South Dakota may join 30 other states in expanding its Medicaid program if federal officials approve a plan Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to outline to the nations top health and human services administrator in Washington on Tuesday. The Republican governor is meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to explain the plan, and the federal government has so far been more open to discussions than in the past, said Tony Venhuizen, chief of staff to Daugaard. The proposal, which is in its early stages, would make about 48,500 South Dakota residents newly eligible for the program. Its...
  • Number of US children in foster care up sharply

    09/23/2015 2:47:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2015 4:28 PM EDT | David Crary
    For the first time in a decade, there was a notable increase last year in the number of U.S. children in foster care, according to new federal figures released Wednesday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 415,129 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2014, up from about 401,000 a year earlier. The peak was 524,000 children in foster care in 2002, and the number had dropped steadily since 2005 before rising slightly in 2013. The long-term drop resulted primarily from shifts in the policies and practices of state and county...
  • HHS boss won't probe Planned Parenthood -- or even watch videos

    07/28/2015 5:36:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/28/15 | Paul Bedard
    The week-long outcry over secretly-taped videos revealing Planned Parenthood's practice of selling body parts of aborted fetuses won't be investigated by the federal agency that provided $67.2 million between 2010 and 2012 -- or even watched by the department's boss.The House Education and the Workforce Committee Tuesday released videos of testimony from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell explaining why she won't probe the Planned Parenthood affair. It included this back and forth:(video at link)Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.): Have you seen those videos?Burwell: I have not seen the videos. I have read the articles about them.Also:Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA):...
  • Sen. Cruz Continues Investigation into Administrations Handling of Unaccompanied Alien Children

    07/27/2015 4:48:02 PM PDT · by Isara · 6 replies
    Cruz.senate.gov ^ | July 27, 2015
    Sends letter to Secretary Kerry questioning inappropriate use of UAC funds among other concernsWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking more questions about a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) document that appears to contradict key aspects of the Administration’s policy regarding the handling of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC). This letter represents the latest step in Sen. Cruz’s thorough examination of the Administration’s multi-agency approach to last year’s UAC influx, and follows two prior letters to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on the subject: Sen. Cruz’s...
  • Catholic Family Wins Against HHS Mandate

    07/25/2015 2:47:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 22, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    A Catholic politician sued the Obama administration, arguing that as a Catholic he has a right to be able to purchase health insurance that doesn't cover contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacients. Paul Wieland serves in the Missouri House. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has three daughters, who, because of the actions of the Obama administration, will have access to free contraceptives. “As a parent, it is disturbing,” said Wieland in an older news report. “We value our faith and make a sacrifice to teach our children the faith, to send them to Catholic schools. We...
  • Election 2016: The Little Sisters of the Poor vs. The Big Merchants of Baby Parts

    07/20/2015 1:33:08 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    The Stream ^ | 7/19/15 | John Zmirak
    Christians are called to live in the real, fallen world, not a wistful fantasyland where everyone tells the truth, secretly means well, and is just a winsome podcast or three-minute hug away from repentance and salvation. Stuffs getting real out there. The principalities and powers are waxing cocky. Theyve started to drop their masks and strut their horns and hooves by daylight. Believers can only benefit by calling things as they are. Our thin-skinned friends might wince at first and shun us, but give them a little while, and one after another will call late at night and say, I...
  • Disappointment follows ruling against Little Sisters (of the Poor) in mandate case

    07/14/2015 2:41:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    cna ^ | July 14, 2015
    Little Sisters of the Poor. Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Denver, Colo., Jul 14, 2015 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor have reiterated their commitment to following their conscience as they care for the poor and dying, following a federal appeals court ruling that they must obey the federal contraception mandate. “As Little Sisters of the Poor, we simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith,” said Mother Provincial Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire. “And we should not have to make that choice, because it violates our nation’s...
  • Obama Administration Defies Supreme Court, Issues Final Contraceptive Mandate Rule

    07/10/2015 6:57:22 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/10/2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Despite repeatedly losing its cases over the Obamacare contraceptive mandate at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that it will continue to force religious organizations to distribute contraceptives including the week-after pill to their employees. As a news release at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty states, the Obama administration has been handed multiple losses in contraceptive mandate cases at the Supreme Court, including the Hobby Lobby decision, and cases involving the Little Sisters of the Poor and Wheaton College. Last week, the Supreme Court ordered the Obama administration not to...
  • White House: Have you talked to your family about ObamaCare lately?

    07/02/2015 7:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 2, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend. After ObamaCares big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be less-than-enthused that ObamaCare is here to stay. You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, Obamacare hasnt helped anyone! a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a blog post on Thursday. For instance, if your Uncle Ted starts calling Obamacare a train wreck, you should calmly explain that hes...
  • Texas Religious Schools Lose in Obamacare Abortion-Drug Mandate Case

    06/26/2015 4:20:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Slattery
    Earlier this week, religious employers suffered another loss at the hands of the coercive Obamacare Health and Human Services mandate. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit panel ruled against East Texas Baptist University and a group of other non-profit religious employers in their challenge to the Obamacare requirement that they facilitate health care coverage for employees that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, or fill out a form notifying the Department of Health and Human Services that they have a religious objection to providing such coverage. This so-called accommodation then initiates the process of the government...
  • Feds Cant Verify $2.8 Billion in Obamacare Subsidies

    06/16/2015 3:07:29 PM PDT · by Signalman · 24 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 6/16/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government cannot verify nearly $3 billion in subsidies distributed through Obamacare, putting significant taxpayer funding at risk, according to a new audit report. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit Tuesday finding that the agency did not have an internal system to ensure that subsidies went to the right enrollees, or in the correct amounts. [The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] CMSs internal controls did not effectively ensure the accuracy of nearly $2.8 billion in aggregate financial assistance payments made to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act...
  • HHS re-writes Obamacare rules: Orders free birth control for all

    05/11/2015 2:38:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/11/15 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Obama administration on Monday ordered all insurers to provide IUDs, the contraceptive patch and other birth control free of out-of-pocket charge to all women, rewriting the rules after reports that some insurance carriers were refusing to cover all types of contraceptives. Insurers must cover at least one brand of contraception in each of 18 different methods outlined by the Food and Drug Administration, such as oral contraceptive pills, the emergency contraceptive morning-after pill and intrauterine devices. Insurers can in some cases still impose costs to prod women to use generics rather than brand-name drugs, under the new guidance ...
  • Supreme Ct: Obama Admin Cant Make Catholic Group Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

    04/27/2015 7:43:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    LifeNews ^ | April 27, 2015
    The Supreme Court issued an order today preventing the Obama administration from forcing a Catholic group in Michigan to obey the HHS mandate that requires them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. This is the fifth time the Supreme Court has rebuked the Obama administration and prevented it from making such a mandate. For the sixth time in a row, the Supreme Court took steps to protect another religiousobjector from the HHS mandate. Itordered a lower courtto reconsider its ruling that denied a group of Catholic ministriesin Michiganthe freedom to follow their faith.The government keeps making the same...
  • What Part of No Does HHS Not Get?

    04/20/2015 4:09:29 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/20/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court has again thwarted the Obama administrations illegal crusade to coerce employers into violating their religious convictions. Late last Wednesday, Associate Justice Samuel Alito stayed an order secured by the administration in a lower court that would have forced several Catholic organizations to comply with Obamacares contraception mandate. Despite a high-profile Supreme Court defeat last June in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, President Obamas HHS bureaucrats and lawyers have continued their attempts to bully obviously exempt entities into obeying the mandate. Justice Alitos action constitutes the fifth time SCOTUS has been compelled to rein the government in. The Court...
  • HHS mandate loses again: Supreme Court order protects Pennsylvania Catholic groups

    04/18/2015 3:38:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 18, 2015
    U.S. Supreme Court. Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2015 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has continued its trend of decisions stopping enforcement of a federal contraception mandate against religious employers with moral objections. On April 15, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order barring the federal government from enforcing the mandate against Catholic Charities affiliates, Catholic schools and social service organizations in the dioceses of Erie and Pittsburgh. “Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the Court has protected them,” Lori Windham, senior counsel for...
  • Obamas Justice Department Charges Menendez But Not Reid

    04/03/2015 2:31:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 3, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Obama Justice Department has filed its much anticipated corruption indictment against Senator Robert Menendez. He is the New Jersey Democrat who, from his powerful senior seat on the Senates Foreign Relations Committee, has vehemently opposed President Obamas negotiations with the jihadist regime in Iran, as well as his outreach to Castros Cuba. Two things about the Obama administration cannot be denied. First, the president is desperate to cut a deal with the mullahs on their nuclear program, so much so that he has erased virtually every red line he ever purported to draw and has not been shy about...
  • Audit says Maryland overbilled federal government $28.4M in health exchange launch

    03/27/2015 5:39:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 27, 2015 | By John Fritze and Meredith Cohn
    A long-awaited audit of Maryland's health insurance exchange has found that the state improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation. Though the year-long probe by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found no fraud or criminal wrongdoing, auditors said the state lacked oversight and internal controls and they recommended that Maryland refund what the federal government paid to subsidize the cost of signing people up for coverage. The report obtained by The Baltimore Sun...
  • Catholic-owned company wins 'final victory' against HHS mandate

    03/17/2015 2:58:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | March 17, 2015
    The Newland family, owners of Hercules Industries, who won a permanent injunction against the HHS mandate March 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Denver, Colo., Mar 17, 2015 / 02:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-owned company’s victory in its fight against a federal mandate to cover drugs and procedures that violate Catholic moral teaching shows the importance of putting God first, one of its co-owners has said.  “Oftentimes businesses can feel that their direction is dictated by market conditions, to which they must be reactive,” William Newland, a co-owner of Hercules Industries, told CNA March 17. “This final...
  • Touchdown! Notre Dame Scores Big on HHS Mandate at Supreme Court

    03/10/2015 2:26:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 9, 2015 | MATT HADRO/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    WASHINGTON —  In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the U.S. Supreme Court nullified a federal court ruling against the University of Notre Dame on the HHS contraception mandate and sent it back for reconsideration by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The university is “gratified” by the decision, said its vice president of public affairs and communications, Paul Browne. Notre Dame officials had requested the case be remanded by the court in light of the Hobby Lobby decision last June. “Notre Dame continues to challenge the federal mandate as an infringement on our fundamental right to the free exercise of our...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Hillary's Personal Email Use Part of Pattern

    03/04/2015 9:51:18 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04 Mar 2015 | Sean Piccoli
    We know that under this administration, high-ranking officials in various federal agencies have claimed that they didn't understand or had reasons not to follow federal law that requires certain sorts of record retention," including for official email correspondence, said Attkisson, "This has happened, I believe, at the IRS, with HHS," she said, citing the agencies accused, respectively, of targeting politically conservative PACs ... Attkisson, an independent journalist formerly with CBS News, said that while working on a story about the ACA's online insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, she has learned that one official "was specifically told, 'Don't email things; we...
  • HHS Will Require Caretakers of Unaccompanied Children to Provide Abortion-Inducing Drugs

    02/24/2015 11:41:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is advancing federal regulations that require federally funded organizations caring for illegal alien minors who are in the United States without their parents (Unaccompanied Children or UC) and who may have been sexually abused access to emergency contraception services. Emergency contraception includes abortion-inducing drugs. These care providers currently include Catholic and other faith-based organizations that oppose abortion, according to the Center for Family and Human Rights or C-FAM, a Catholic advocacy group. The Interim Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 24,...