LOOP: Senator McCain’s surgery to postpone health care vote

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HEALTH CARE // Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, had surgery on Friday to remove a blood clot — and it appears to be more serious than initial reports suggested. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said votes on the Senate GOP health bill won’t begin until McCain returns — and that might not be for week or two. http://cvote.it/2tZDRZ1

HEALTH CARE // Even after Senate Republicans made major concessions requested by the U.S. Bishops, Bishop Dewane announced that the revised Senate health bill was still “unacceptable.” Are the Bishops moving the goalposts? http://cvote.it/2tZjP0z

HEALTH CARE // Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal would allow insurers to sell non-Obamacare plans. This would likely turn the exchanges into high-risk pools for the old and sick. That might not be such a bad thing. http://cvote.it/2tZxyoo

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY // A federal court in New York City ruled that the Archdiocese of New York had the right not to hire a principal who had shown “insubordination” to a local pastor. The federal court noted that a 2012 Supreme Court ruling considered religious instructors to be ministers not just ordinary employees. http://cvote.it/2tZcrlT

INCIVILITY // A threatening note was left for Sen. Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, after someone broke into his Las Vegas office. http://cvote.it/2tZmV4K

JUDICIARY // Pray for Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire and repent. (Though, he probably won’t retire until next year…)  http://cvote.it/2tYYrIM

CULTURE // A man walked through the Phoenix airport wearing a sweatshirt with a big logo of an X-rated website. A Catholic author and apologist confronted him. http://cvote.it/2tvm600

CATHOLIC // A Texas priest won the highest award in the United States for home-brewed beverages. “This is a hobby, and it’s a hobby I’ve done all right with. So I would never want it to eclipse what I do … because my role as a priest takes precedence,” said Fr. Jeff Poirot. http://cvote.it/2tZhi6I

CATHOLIC // Cardinal Meisner was one of the four Cardinals to submit a dubia to Pope Francis asking the pope to clarify several ambiguities raised by Amoris Laetitia. Pope Emeritus Benedict wrote a eulogy thanking God for Meisner’s witness and “testimony” as well. Meisner’s last testimony was the dubiahttp://cvote.it/2tZm8Ra

SAINT // Saint Francis Solano – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “Our help is in the name of the Lord.” (Ps 124:8) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

NEAT // The world’s largest crucifix is in a small town in northern Michigan. http://cvote.it/2tvJ8nu

 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

1 Comment

  1. Ryan Schroeder on

    As per usual, 100% dishonesty here as related to health care. Whatever the Republicans throw out there, you’ll support automatically.
    In your praise for high risk pools, you seemingly have forgotten that SOMEONE HAS TO PAY FOR THEM. The current iteration of the Senate bill offers $112 billion, not $182 billion. The $70 billion thrown in by the Cruz amendment is already earmarked for subsidies – you don’t get to count it twice. Furthermore, there’s a time limit on the use of these funds. It’s 112 billion from 2018 to 2026, i.e. $12.4 billion annually.
    If you get rid of the market protections in the Affordable Care Act, as the Republicans seek to do, how many Americans would be eligible for a high risk pool? The Kaiser Health Foundation estimates that prior to the ACA, 27% of American adults had a pre-existing condition that would have limited their ability to purchase insurance on the private market.
    http://www.kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/pre-existing-conditions-and-medical-underwriting-in-the-individual-insurance-market-prior-to-the-aca/
    There are about 200.3 million non-elderly adults in the US. 27% of them comes out to 54,091,545 Americans who would need to be in a high risk pool. Annually, this bill would provide $229 per year per American to assist in the cost of buying insurance.
    And then you complain the Bishops don’t support this bill! Lol.

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