Romney won’t call it a tax!? No worries. He doesn’t have to.

I'm not going to call it a tax. Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent. Perhaps I’m an optimist. Perhaps I’m optimistically cynical. Cynically optimistic? But isn’t that sort of thing required in politics? I join Jonah Goldberg and others who are miffed at Mitt Romney’s insistence on calling Obamacare a “penalty” rather than a “tax,” thus seemi... More

Sorting Out Mixed Feelings On The Supreme Court’s Health Care Verdict

The political world is still blazing with reaction to the Supreme Court decision of Thursday upholding Obamacare, specifically the mandate that individuals purchase health insurance. I’ve got mixed emotions regarding the decision and the political fallout—which apparently makes me as out of place as I felt during the NBA playoffs when I had ambivalent feelings about LeBron James. Here are few ... More

RE: In Defense of John Roberts

My personal reactions to the Supreme Court decision yesterday have varied, but wherever I find myself at any given moment, I mainly still agree with what Carson Holloway said so well in his post “In Defense of John Roberts,” indeed it is mostly what I would have wanted to have said. I particularly liked this line: But if you think the mandate is just so obviously beyond the scope of the taxing... More

Is The Mandate Really a Tax?

The majority decision of the Supreme Court today says that it is. Chief Justice Roberts agrees, saying, “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness”. But there’s a big problem with that interpretation. The Obama administration claimed that the mandate penalty was not a tax. The legislation is written in a ... More

They’re Running Scared

I recently heard from a source within the Department of Health and Human Services who indicated to me that people within the organization are “terrified” of what is going to happen. Not just with the mandate, which Catholics are combating eloquently in the Fortnight for Freedom. They’re afraid that the entire health care legislation will come tumbling down. If that happens, they... More

UPDATED – Hey CHA: Catholics who run non-religious businesses are people, too.

Sister Carol Keehan utterly, tragically misses the point. With analysis by CV blogger Matt Bowman the Cardinal Newman Society reports that the Catholic Health Association and its leader, Sister Carol, have proposed that the HHS mandate be expanded to exempt religious institutions according to the same criteria that the IRS uses for religious tax exemptions. CNS gets into reasons why this is still ... More

The Catholic Health Association rejects Obama’s HHS accommodation

Even Sister Carol Keehan’s group is saying no to the HHS mandate. The Washington Post reports: In a letter Friday to the government, the Catholic Health Association says the administration’s proposal to have insurers bear the cost would be “unduly cumbersome” and “unlikely to adequately meet the religious liberty concerns” of its members. The hospital group was a key ally of Obama... More

No, you can’t keep it: Franciscan University drops student coverage.

Author’s note: After a discussion in the comments and investigation on my part I have added a postscript clarifying something that may have been inaccurate but was not. Cheers. ———- “If you like your health care coverage you can keep it. ” In various phrasings this was one of the more oft-repeated reasons  we were given to support, or at least not to oppose, Ob... More

A Presidential Debate on Contraception?

Vice President Biden and others charge that Republicans have made birth control the centerpiece of this election.  That is false, of course, but it is a topic worthy of debate.  It could go something like this… Interviewer: President Obama, Please tell us your position on contraception: President Obama: I don’t know why Republicans have decided to wage war on women and restrict access to bir... More

David Gibson Shills for the White House During Obamacare Mandate Negotiations

I know that CV blogger Stephen White and George Weigel have already talked about this topic, but I want to focus more directly on the embarrassing lack of journalistic integrity David Gibson and the Religion News Service just displayed. His latest article for them is nothing more than pro-Obama propaganda. Quite simply: exactly how does David Gibson qualify as a reporter any more? And why exac... More



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