During his recent whirlwind, three-city tour of the United States, Pope Francis used his international influence to talk on a variety of topics ranging from immigration to the environment.
Though most of his conversations were direct and bold, when it came to the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, the Pope opted to speak mostly in generalities, leaving watchers straining for any clear indication of where he truly stands on these controversial issues. It was at the end of his tour, however Read More
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard three days of oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. So, what did they discuss…and what comes next? Read More
For the next two days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, the case to determine whether Obamacare is constitutional or not. Obamacare has come under fire from many different groups, and there are several questions that need to be answered:
Is Obamacare unconstitutional because of its individual mandate, stating that every person must buy health care, and doesn’t this constrain individual freedom and violate the Constitutional concept of limited government?
Because there is a penalty for not buying health insurance, will that penalty be considered a tax or a fine?
Does Obamacare use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions?
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana, philosopher and poet
I have recently read and heard political leaders and writers who have expressed concern regarding our democratic form of government. In one instance, presidential candidate Ron Paul was quoted as warning that the United States is “slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of individual rights of each and every American citizen.” Read More
Recently, the Obama administration announced that, as part of Obama’s healthcare mandate known as “Obamacare”, religious and church-affiliated institutions will have to cover free birth control for their employees. Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, said that nonprofit religious organizations could have an additional year to implement this new requirement.
Although the national health insurance debate may not directly relate to religious liberty, we felt the Eleventh Circuit’s refreshing decision concerning health care is certainly worthy of reporting. Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the individual mandate required in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (known as “ObamaCare”) is unconstitutional.
According to the Court, Congress cannot “mandate that individuals enter into contracts with private insurance companies for the purchase of an expensive product from the time they are born until the time they die.”
Last Monday, January 31, Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court in Florida ruled that President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – commonly referred to as Obamacare – is unconstitutional. Read More