Category Archives: Health Care

Obamacare: Text and Intention

I have a piece at Public Discourse on the debate over the recent legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  This challenge is not constitutional in its nature, but is instead based on the wording of the statute.  The challenge holds that some subsidies the administration is paying out are not really authorized by the [...]

America Needs the Obama They Voted For, Not the One They Got

What America needs in a president right now is an inspirational civil-rights figure, peace leader and health-care champion. Why is it that we don’t have that? The headlines of the past summer are tragic, but they are also centered around issues that play to the strengths voters were looking for when they chose Barack Obama. [...]

Snakeoil Salesmanship: The Dangerous Politicization of Birth Control

While chaperoning for an exchange program in Europe this summer and collecting specimens for my erratically accumulated German vocabulary, I learned that the German word for oral contraception was not some polite euphemism like “the Pill”, but rather antibabypille. I find the hilariously literal vocabulary of German strangely endearing, and this example struck me as [...]

Federal court guts Obamacare

Remember when Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass Obamacare to know what’s in it? She wasn’t joking. Four years ago partisan Democrats rammed through the passage of Obamacare in the middle of the night. Now their recklessness has cost them. A federal court ruled today that Obamacare federal subsidies in 36 states are illegal. [...]

Kathleen Sebelius resigns

Some great news: Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Obama accepted Ms. Sebelius’s resignation this week, and on Friday morning he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the [...]

The Culture of Dishonesty: Abortion, Divorce, and Obamacare

Over at Public Discourse I have an essay looking into the public’s rather disturbing (to me, anyway) lack of anger about the president’s dishonesty in selling the health care law (if you like your health care, you can keep your health care). Over the decades, there seems to have been a decline in seriousness about the need for politicians to [...]

Health Care Sharing Ministries: No Catholic Option, But Still Worth Considering

By now, it’s become a familiar story: many Americans have either lost their health insurance or are paying significantly more for it, all because of the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” otherwise known as “Obamacare.” (Sorry, Nancy Pelosi. Credit for a terrible idea where credit is due.) In other cases, individuals simply don’t feel comfortable turning [...]


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