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  • Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare...

    09/15/2014 9:38:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 15, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare Internet Site Less than one month before Healthcare.gov rollout, top Obama administration official highlights risks of malicious code being uploaded into the system through Excel macros; other “high risk” findings (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 94 pages of documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that in the days leading up to the rollout of Obamacare, top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials knew of massive security risks with Healthcare.gov and chose to roll out the...
  • Obama Admin Renews Attempt to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Obey HHS Mandate

    09/10/2014 6:49:44 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 16 replies
    Lifenews ^ | 09/09/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration announced today it will continue its legal battle against the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns dedicated to serving the neediest elderly in society. This comes despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and another company in their bid to stop the HHS mandate
  • HHS: Law does not prohibit pot purchases with welfare

    09/09/2014 1:17:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 9, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee that the federal government does not have the power to stop states from allowing people to use welfare benefits to buy marijuana.</p> <p>In a letter addressed to Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who asked Health and Human Services about the policy earlier this year, Burwell said the law simply excludes any mention of marijuana dispensaries in the list of places where people are prohibited from using welfare, formally known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.</p>
  • HHS chief: Obamacare is 'clearly working'

    09/08/2014 2:27:05 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 8, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell insisted Monday that Obamacare is “clearly working,” trying to move past the rocky rollout of President Obama's signature health law by insisting that her agency was not concerned with fighting “last year's battles.” Burwell in a speech at George Washington University said that the verdict was in on Obama's signature domestic initiative. “The Affordable Care Act is clearly working,” the HHS chief said. “Healthcare is more affordable for families, businesses and for our economy as [a] whole. Coverage and services are more widely available to more people. Doctors and hospitals are delivering...
  • Politics: Oh good: ObamaCare now providing relief to those getting 'gender reassignment surgery'

    08/27/2014 7:53:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Herman cain ^ | Herman Cain
    Use the correct term, friends. Don't be like Shaney B. and call it "The Forbidden Snip." That would be wrong. Who comes up with these terms? You and I think of it (well, if we think of it at all, which I'd rather not) as sex-change surgery. But no! We have to be politically correct with everything now, so it's "gender reassignment" surgery. My highly insensitive producer, Shaney B., wants to call it "The Forbidden Snip," but of course that is extremely insensitive and wrong and should not be said, so I will not say "The Forbidden Snip" and you...
  • Former HHS Cyber Security Director Convicted For Child Porn

    08/26/2014 10:48:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-26-14 | Tristyn Bloom
    Former acting director of cyber security for the Department of Health and Human Services Timothy DeFoggi was convicted for a myriad of gruesome child pornography charges Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced. DeFoggi, who had top security clearance in his capacity as cyber security director, first joined the child pornography website PedoBook in March 2012. The Omaha World-Herald reported that he was arrested in April of last year, when law enforcement officials serving a search warrant found him downloading child pornography in his home. In addition to viewing and soliciting child pornography, reportedly asking another member of the site whether...
  • Disgraced HHS Cyber Security Director Convicted on Child Pornography

    08/26/2014 4:23:29 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 25 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 26, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    Justice Department officials today announced that Timothy DeFoggi, former director of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Cyber Security division was convicted for his role in a child pornography ring. DeFoggi, 56, was convicted of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography in connection with his membership in a child pornography website by a federal jury in Nebraska\, according to an official statement by officials with the FBI's Omaha Division. DeFoggi is the sixth individual associated with the child porn ring...
  • Obama Administration Revises HHS Mandate Yet Again

    08/22/2014 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/22/14 | Lori Windham
    Washington, DC – Today, the Administration released its eighth revision to the Health and Human Service (HHS) Mandate. This is the latest step in the administration’s long retreat on the HHS Mandate. It is the eighth time in three years the government has retreated from its original, hard-line stance that only “houses of worship” that hire and serve fellow believers deserve religious freedom. We look forward to reviewing the new rule and its implications for the 102 cases, including religious charities like Little Sisters of the Poor (see video), Mother Angelica’s Eternal Word Television Network (see video), and religious colleges...
  • USCCB Pres. Archbp. Kurtz comments on Obama Admin’s slithery new HHS mandate rules

    08/22/2014 2:17:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Obama Administration’s war on religion continues unabated.From Catholic News Agency: Obama administration announces new HHS mandate rulesWashington D.C., Aug 22, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, after the Supreme Court ruled against its application to certain companies this summer.The rules create a new way for non-profit groups to state their objections to the required coverage, prompting their insurance company to pay for their employees’ contraceptives. For closely held for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby, the federal department said it is asking for ideas...
  • HHS PROMOTES CASH ASSISTANCE AND OBAMACARE FOR FOREIGN REFUGEES

    08/14/2014 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | August 13,2014 | KRISTIN TATE
    HHS' Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR) provides funding and grants to various organizations that help refugees collect welfare. One such organization is ICF International, which claims that it helps foreign refugees develop "partnerships" with federal, state, and community-based programs--"especially related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program." TANF is a mammoth federal welfare program that gives cash assistance to needy U.S. families. But refugees can collect the benefits as well. "Refugees qualify for mainstream federal public benefit programs, including TANF," HHS states on its website. In 2014 alone, taxpayer shelled out about $17.35 billion on TANF payments....
  • Republicans question HHS official’s instruction to ‘delete’ internal ObamaCare email

    08/15/2014 9:30:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Judson Berger
    A key official overseeing the ObamaCare launch last fall asked a subordinate to “delete” an email exchange on the matter, according to newly released records, fueling Republican concerns that the administration may be hiding internal discussions from Congress. “Time and again, the self-proclaimed 'most transparent administration' has been anything but,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement. “And now we know that when HealthCare.gov was crashing, those in charge were hitting the delete button behind the scenes.” Upton and other GOP committee leaders on Friday released an email exchange from Oct. 5, 2013, shortly...
  • Electronic Health Records Becoming More Widespread, HHS Says

    08/14/2014 12:19:30 PM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/14/14 | Brian Koenig
    According to two new studies published Wednesday by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. physicians and hospitals are rapidly increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs). The two studies found that in 2013: •Nearly 78 percent of office-based physicians acknowledged they had implemented some form of EHR system. •About half of all physicians had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly double the rate of four years before. •About 59 percent of hospitals had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly quadruple the rate of two years before. The HHS claims that...
  • Health Law Funds New $10 Billion Effort To Search For Health Care's Next Big Ideas

    08/11/2014 9:09:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    huffington post ^ | 8-11-2014 | Jay Hancock | Kaiser Health News
    The law created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to launch experiments in every state, changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid, building networks between caregivers and training them to intervene before chronic illness gets worse. The center’s ten-year, $10 billion budget is the largest ever devoted to transforming care. In several states the office is working to overhaul medicine for nearly all residents — not just those with government Medicare and Medicaid coverage. Hundreds of organizations have gotten money. More than $2 billion has been doled out or committed since 2011. One of the biggest experiments is...
  • HHS: Hey, some of our e-mails Congress wants are missing too

    08/08/2014 9:09:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s an epidemic! Or so it seems in the most transparent administration ever, anyway. Congress has been probing the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, to find out exactly how the Department of Health and Human Services could have botched the job with three and a half years and nearly a billion dollars to spend. Once again, key records that are required to be retained have been deleted before investigators could see them: A top U.S. healthcare official involved in the botched rollout of the website HealthCare.gov may have deleted some emails that were later sought by Republican congressional investigators, administration...
  • Key ObamaCare official likely deleted emails now sought in House probe

    08/08/2014 3:36:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8-8-2014 | FoxNews.com
    A key ObamaCare official involved in the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov likely deleted some of her emails that are now being sought as part of an investigation into the problems by a House committee, Fox News confirmed Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services informed House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in a letter Thursday that some of the emails belonging to Marilyn Tavenner, who leads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, may not be “retrievable.” The missing emails belonging to Tavenner, whose agency runs the ObamaCare exchanges, were first reported by msnbc.com. Issa, whose...
  • 30,340 First 6 Months -- List of Sponsor Arrangements of Unaccompanied Children by State

    07/25/2014 6:36:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The application window for HHS grants under the Unaccompanied Alien Children program just closed yesterday. According to the data included in the application the average length of stay for a UAC is 30-35 days prior to unification with a sponsor. Most (95%+) of the sponsors are relatives of the child. Most sponsors reunited are the mothers of the children (85%+) who actually brought them along and there is never a disconnect. All sponsors are subsidized by taxpayers at an average cost of around $4,000 to $6,000 per child/per month. A custodial ‘sponsor’ (mother) with three UAC’s will net about $12,000...
  • “Unaccompanied Alien Children” Transfers To Your Community (Drops via Grant Trail)

    07/23/2014 8:05:36 AM PDT · by magna carta · 24 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | July 20,2014 | sundance
    Using information within the TAGGS system for Health and Human Services we are able to identify the recipients for Grants specifically designated for “Unaccompanied Alien Children”, or UAC’s.
  • The Obama Dallas Immigration Visit – Curious Case of Obama’s “Faith Leaders”

    07/20/2014 8:58:43 AM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    On July 9th 2014 President Obama made a visit to Dallas Texas for two reasons.   The first reason was fundraising, the second reason was to meet with Governor Rick Perry and “Faith Leaders” to discuss the border crisis....The impression intended would be that President Obama just met with a bunch of religious organizational heads, perhaps priests, pastors and ministers.  Along with “faith based” advocates who are helping to deal with the immediate needs of the illegal aliens, unaccompanied minors, and the larger “border crisis”.You would be wrong.To avoid my calling our President of The United States a liar, I will instead say President Obama is being...
  • “Pro-Life” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin Votes to Overturn Ruling Protecting Hobby Lobby

    07/18/2014 8:32:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    life news ^ | Cortney O'Brien
    West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D) has some explaining to do. Although the senator has proclaimed to be pro-life, his recent support of a Democratic bill to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, suggests otherwise. This failed legislation would have reversed a decision that protects the Christian company’s religious freedom and avoid providing employees abortion-inducing drugs. Click here to sign up for daily pro-life news alerts from LifeNews.com joemanchin2Manchin explained his support for the bill as such: “Today, I voted in support of overturning the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that ruled for-profit companies can opt...
  • Evidence Mounts of a Manufactured Border Crisis

    07/17/2014 12:49:20 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 37 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | July 17 2014 | Roger Aronoff
    The situation at America’s southern border is a “manufactured crisis,” one perpetuated—if not started—by the Obama administration. After all, the administration put out an ad in January 2014 asking for contractors to handle an influx of 65,000 children. “The surge to 60,000 or so children seen this year was said to catch many off guard, especially since just 6,500 children entered the U.S. as early as 2011,” reported Pete Kasperowicz for The Blaze. “But [Republican Representative Jeff] Sessions [R-AL] said the advertisement showed that the administration knew the surge would happen.” And in reality, the 60,000 children represent only about...
  • REPORT: HHS SENDING ILLEGALS WITH CONTAGIOUS DISEASES TO STATES

    07/17/2014 10:55:48 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 17, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reportedly sent illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases on planes to sites around the country that are being forced to house them. According to an ABC News report, HHS has admitted to "a breakdown of the medical screening processes" at an Arizona facility. While the illegal immigrant children were clear of symptoms during their initial screenings, they were not "re-screened and cleared for travel and placement at a temporary shelter.” Children with fevers and pneumonia have been flown from Arizona to California, where they had to be hospitalized. Three other children are...
  • “Days of Protest, Make Them Listen” events scheduled in states throughout the country this weekend

    07/17/2014 9:15:43 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right | 7/17/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Days of Protest, Make Them Listen events are scheduled in hundreds of cities and towns and nearly every state this weekend as US citizens are taking a stand against Barack Hussein Obama’s corrupt and dangerous scheme to import illegal aliens as future Democrat voters. “We are not going to tolerate illegals forced upon us,” said protestor Loren Woods yesterday in Oracle, AZ after HHS canceled their planned drop of a busload of immigrant children into Oracle. Protestors there took to the streets and roads leading into their small town, forcing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to seek...
  • Outbreak on the Border

    07/14/2014 4:37:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    free beacon ^ | 7/14/14 | Bill Gertz
    Health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials. The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue. However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said he was not aware of any cases of meningitis at the...
  • HHS money to church entities long before waves of illegal immigrants

    07/12/2014 1:46:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Via Pewsitter I learned of this from Liberty News. My emphases. EXCLUSIVE: HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for ObamaÂ’s 2014 Invasion!A month or two ago news broke that ObamaÂ’s HHS was calling for private contractors to help transport illegal aliens throughout the interior United States. What made this already big news even bigger is the fact that the original call for proposals came out in January, long before the bulk of the illegal alien surge began. The breaking news youÂ’re about to read is ten times bigger, because the following proves the Obama...
  • Sorry, Libs: The War On Women Is A Complete Fiction

    07/12/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Jul 11, 2014 | Ashley McGuire
    We are the female plaintiffs, activists, lawyers, and judges working to dismantle this monstrosity, which threatens our First Amendment rights.There is no “war on women” in America. But there absolutely is a war among women. And the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate is its biggest battlefield right now. The latest shot was fired by the National Organization for Women (NOW), who set all tact aside when they named the Little Sisters of the Poor among their “dirty 100” list for the nuns’ opposition to the mandate. The Little Sisters run more than 200 homes for the poor and...
  • HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!

    07/11/2014 11:28:59 AM PDT · by selfdefense
    Liberty News ^ | 7-11-14 | Eric Odum
    A month or two ago news broke that Obama’s HHS was calling for private contractors to help transport illegal aliens throughout the interior United States. What made this already big news even bigger is the fact that the original call for proposals came out in January, long before the bulk of the illegal alien surge began. The breaking news you’re about to read is ten times bigger, because the following proves the Obama administration was bankrolling America’s churches back in 2010. And the tens of millions were flowing in to prepare for the invasion currently underway.
  • HHS Official On Flood Of Illegal Immigrants: "Jesus Was A Refugee"

    07/09/2014 5:50:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 9,2014 | Breitbart News
    The man who heads the federal agency responsible for many of the 50,000 unaccompanied alien children from Central America who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months told attendees at a conference on Tuesday that those working with refugees should look to Jesus Christ as a role model.
  • HHS Will "Muzzle the Media" During Tour of Immigrant Child Housing

    07/07/2014 2:30:06 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 7, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Health and Human Services officials will allow reporters to visit a military facility housing some of the immigrant children who have arrived at the southern border in recent weeks, but only if the media promises not to record anything, not to ask any questions during the tour, and not to talk to any of the staff members or children.
  • ALERT -- Map Of Locations To Which Feds Are Shipping Illegal Alien Minors

    07/04/2014 11:14:31 AM PDT · by blueyon · 59 replies
    Reg Flag ^ | 7/04/14 | ??(Weasel Zippers or NumbersUSA)??
    This map was created by NumbersUSA from media reports. Click on the link for a bigger version of the map as well as a list of all the places so far recorded in media, as well as other places proposed. As can be noted from the list, at most of these locations, the local folks were not informed that they would be receiving this massive influx. Blue pushpin equals location blocked, red is children have already been placed there and....
  • The Hobby Lobby debate exposes flaws with employer-based health insurance

    07/03/2014 11:17:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Despite the controversy it has generated, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case was rather straightforward. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed nearly unanimously in 1993 by a Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, set up certain tests to ensure that federal policies do not overly burden the free exercise of religion. And the court's majority ruled that a mandate forcing business owners to purchase insurance coverage for their workers that includes contraception coverage that violates their religious beliefs failed those tests. Critics of the ruling have framed this protection of religious liberty...
  • GOP Congressman denied access to facility housing unaccompanied migrant children

    07/03/2014 7:27:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2014 | Noah Rothman
    On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) sent out a press release chronicling his recent trip to a facility maintained by the department of Health and Human Services established to house up to 1,200 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who crossed the southern border illegally. BridenstineÂ’s trip was a short one, however, as the congressman was denied access to the facility by an HHS official. Bridenstine asserted that he attempted to contact Ken Wolfe, HHSÂ’s deputy director of the office of public affairs, in order to express his frustration over being denied access to Ft. Sill, a facility in the congressmanÂ’s...
  • Border Patrol Agents Report Increase in 'Fake Families'

    07/03/2014 2:52:48 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    ABC/KRGV TV ^ | Jul 2, 2014 6:35 PM | Staff
    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The threat of danger looms over thousands of undocumented immigrants who cross the border daily. The vice-president of the Border Patrol union in the Rio Grande Valley says agents are seeing more of what they call "pseudo families" or "fake families." Many undocumented immigrants are desperate to get to their final destination. They're pretending to be related to each other to improve their chances. The spokesperson for the local border patrol union says it's working. It's also dangerous. Border Patrol union representative, Chris Cabrera said, "It's frustrating to know that people are you know working the...
  • HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

    07/02/2014 5:18:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/01/14 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country. The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application "inconsistencies" are related to verifying "Citizenship/national status/lawful presence." Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.
  • The Hobbled Hobby Lobby Decision

    07/02/2014 2:46:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Looked at from a distance, it may seem as if the Supreme Court struck a mighty blow in defense of religious liberty in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which it decided this week. Yes, the court ruled that a law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act could apply to "closely held" corporations, and under its terms the federal government could not force the Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs and devices that violate the family's religious beliefs. But looked at more closely, the case shows how profoundly the Supreme Court has...
  • No Ethics? No Problem: The Sequel

    07/02/2014 9:34:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/2/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    A few weeks ago, this column ran a story exposing just a few of the shocking ethics violations that occurred in conjunction with a clinical trial called SUPPORT (Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial). The trial’s primary purpose was to examine the efficacy of two experimental strategies for managing oxygen and two strategies of ventilation therapy in extremely premature babies. As noted in the earlier piece, the consent forms left much to be desired. In fact, it is likely that if the risks to the babies were properly outlined, few if any parents would have agreed for their children...
  • HHS Bars Congressman From Seeing Immigrant Children [in HIS district]

    07/02/2014 7:44:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 55 replies
    NRO ^ | July 2, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    A Health and Human Services official refused to allow a member of Congress to enter a facility in his district where some one the unaccompanied immigrant children ae being housed. Representative Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla.) was told he could schedule an appointment for July 21. ““What are they trying to hide?” Bridenstine said after the incident. ”Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress? As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking. I would like to know to whom these children are being released.” There are 1,200 immigrant children at...
  • EWTN gets last-minute stay on HHS mandate after Hobby Lobby decision

    07/01/2014 8:06:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Late yesterday, the first fruits of the Hobby Lobby decision fell into the lap of EWTN, the Catholic satellite television station which has fought the HHS mandate into the appellate court. Today would have been the first day that EWTN would have to start paying ruinous fines for refusing to provide free contraception and sterilization in its health insurance coverage. Fortunately, the Eleventh Circuit granted a stay not long after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby: In a resounding victory for religious freedom, today EWTN was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of...
  • The HHS Mandate Fight Will Continue: After Hobby Lobby, there are more legal battles to come.

    07/01/2014 7:35:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2014 | James C. Capretta
    The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case should be seen as a clear and important victory for religious liberty. The majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, makes it clear that owners of closely held corporations, based on their sincerely held religious convictions, have the right to opt out of the so-called HHS mandate – the regulatory requirement that employers must include free contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacient products in their health-insurance offerings to workers. The plaintiffs in this case should be commended for having the courage to fight for their rights in court and for seeing their...
  • The Wait Is Over: Supreme Court Ruling Emboldens Us to Continue to Carry On

    07/01/2014 4:47:41 AM PDT · by rhema · 38 replies
    LCMS.org ^ | June 30, 2014 | Rev. Matthew C. Harrison
    Two years ago, I sat on a panel before Congress, testifying to the importance of religious liberty in America today. It seems like a long time ago. Since then, we have seen and heard a steady stream of news, from the church and the culture, about the Health and Human Services’ mandate and the Affordable Care Act, abortifacients and the conscience, religious freedoms and what this means for women. Thankfully, the wait is over. The Supreme Court has ruled, and the verdict is in: In a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious liberty, specifically in regard...
  • USCCB on Hobby Lobby ruling: “Justice has prevailed”

    06/30/2014 3:06:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    Pro-life demonstrators celebrate June 30 outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as its decision in the Hobby Lobby case is announced. (CNS photo/ Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, together with the chairman of the conference’s Committee for Religious Liberty, released a statement earlier today in response to the US Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case. The joint statement from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Archbishop William Lori praised the Supreme Court for “[recognizing] that Americans can continue to follow their faith when they run a family business.”...
  • SCOTUS Rules Obama Admin Can’t Make Hobby Lobby Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mand (details)

    06/30/2014 8:48:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 30, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court ruled today that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans.The Obama administration was attempting to make Hobby Lobby and thousands of pro-life businesses and organizations comply with the HHS mandate that compels religious companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees. However, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a favorable ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business...
  • ANGRY VIRGINIA RESIDENTS SAY 'NO' TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S PLAN TO HOUSE ILLEGALS

    06/20/2014 8:58:33 PM PDT · by kingattax · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Jun 2014 | by KERRY PICKET
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Virginia—Over 1,000 angry residents of the small, rural town here gathered at Brunswick High School on Thursday and reamed out local, state, and federal government officials for offering the St. Paul’s College building as temporary emergency shelter for 500 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) coming from Texas. St. Paul’s, a historically black college, shut down five years ago after losing its accreditation. “Right now we have a town—I can go home. I can get supper. At 9 o'clock at night I can come back to my office by myself, go in there and do work, come out at 11:30, get...
  • Judge rules against EWTN in HHS mandate case [Idiot Federal Judge]

    06/20/2014 6:57:41 AM PDT · by topher · 29 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Jun 19, 2014 - 1:35 pm EST | Ben Johnson
    IRONDALE, AL – A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the network founded by Mother Angelica must comply with the HHS mandate, despite its deep-seated religious objections, because the ObamaCare provision does not violate the First Amendment. "EWTN doesn't have to comply with the mandate. All it has to do is sign a form certifying its opposition to the use of contraceptives and then deliver that form to its third-party administrator." U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled in Mobile that the Obama administration may compel the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) to comply with a provision furnishing female employees with...
  • Court Lets Obama Admin Force EWTN to Obey HHS Mandate

    06/18/2014 4:20:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 38 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Just days before the Supreme Court is scheduled to consider the biggest case against the HHS abortion mandate that is a part of Obamacare, a lower court is forcing the Catholic television station EWTN to obey it. pichealth36bU.S. District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Mobile, Alabama issued an opinion yesterday denying EWTN Global Catholic Network protection from the government mandate that it must provide coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization as part of its employee health care coverage. “We are extremely disappointed with the decision reached by the court in this case,” said EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael...
  • Federal insurance exchange subsidies cut premiums by average of 76%, HHS reports

    06/18/2014 11:35:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/18/2014 | AMY GOLDSTEIN
    The Americans who qualify for tax credits through the new federal insurance exchange are paying an average of $82 a month in premiums for their coverage — about one-fourth the bill they would have faced without such financial help, according to a new government analysis. But the analysis shows wide variations among states in the premiums that people are paying for their new insurance, the amount the government is picking up and the proportion who qualify for the subsidies. The 28-page report, by the Department of Health and Human Services, is the government’s first effort to gauge the affordability and...
  • Hospital Tries to Force Mom to Let It Have a Private Talk With Her Daughter About Birth Control

    06/17/2014 11:07:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A hospital in Michigan is coming under fire from a parents after its staff attempted to take a Mother’s daughter and give her a private talk promoting birth control and sexual relations. The story is coming out on the same day LifeNews is reporting that Justina Pelletier is finally heading home to her parents’ custody after a lengthy headline-grabbing legal battle with the state of Massachusetts, which took their daughter away from them. OneNewsNow has the full details on this story, which should come as a warning to parents: michigan2After running up against an alleged state law that sweeps aside...
  • SHOCKING: Company That Created Obamacare Website LINKED To Benghazi Video

    06/17/2014 2:59:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/17/2014 | Walid Shoebat, Ben Barrack and Keith Davies
    In a SHOCKING discovery, CGI Federal – the Canadian Company that built the Obamacare website – appears to have a connection to the “Innocence of Muslims” video the Obama administration blamed for the Benghazi attacks.And here’s how it was done:The evidence is well established that in 2010, CGI acquired Stanley Associates, which “provides services to the U.S. federal civilian, defense and intelligence agencies”. [1]When the crudely produced video “Innocence of Muslims” was posted to a YouTube it needed a boost, especially since it was posted by someone no one had ever heard of and who had only uploaded two videos...
  • No Ethics? No Problem: The Story of SUPPORT

    06/13/2014 9:19:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/13/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development was established by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of Congress, in 1962 to study the “complex process of human development from conception to old age.” In 2007, the NICHD was re-christened to include the name of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Among NICHD’s many large projects was the so-called SUPPORT study (Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial). The results of this study were published in May, 2010 in the New England Journal of Medicine, in an article entitled “Target Ranges of Oxygen Saturation in Extremely Preterm Infants.” According to the...
  • DOJ Loses Again -- for the Umpteenth Time

    06/12/2014 2:53:40 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    ACLJ - The American Center for Law and Justice ^ | Jun. 6, 2014 3:32 PM | Geoffrey Surtees
    As reported here, the Catholic Benefits Association (“CBA”), has obtained a preliminary injunction against the HHS Mandate -- the federal regulation requiring non-exempt health plans to include abortion-inducing drugs and contraception. With this decision, a total of 59 preliminary injunctions, for both for-profit and non-profit entities, have been entered against the Mandate and only 8 requests for an injunction have been denied.
  • HHS loses mandate case in Oklahoma federal court to 200 Catholic employers

    06/07/2014 11:14:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/07/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The real stage for the HHS contraception mandate will be the Supreme Court, where arguments have already been heard on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases involving private-sector secular employers. The fight still continues in lower courts, however, and also in regard to religious employers. In Oklahoma, a federal judge issued an injunction on Wednesday blocking enforcement on more than 200 Catholic employers and thousands of parishes, thanks to a lawsuit filed in March by the Catholic Benefits Association. It is one of the few class-action suits being brought against the contraception mandate: A government attorney declined to comment...