Category Archives: Health Care

An Agenda for America

After expressing serious reservations about the policy discussions of the current election campaign, it seems to me useful to remember that the country’s principal problems can be addressed fairly straightforwardly.
Tax policies are available tha…

Obama’s Infanticide Votes

In last Wednesday’s debate, when the Republican candidates were asked about their positions on birth control, Newt Gingrich parried with one of his usual tactics, a fusillade against the mainstream media. He told CNN’s John King, “You…

The Law as Therapist

The Obama administration’s contraception mandate touched off a firestorm when it was announced on January 20. Lawsuits challenging the rule were soon filed. Republican presidential hopefuls vowed to reverse it. Bills to do just that were introduc…

Obamacare’s Bipartisan Critics

The ongoing controversy over President Obama’s universal female-contraception entitlement decree reportedly found Vice President Joseph Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former chief of staff Richard Daley, and five Democratic senators oppos…

The Pill Is Not Good for Women

The recent Health and Human Services mandate and the ensuing debate appear to have pitted religious-liberty claims against women’s health. But because religious leaders (rightly) focused on the need for a religious exemption, it may appear to som…

The Phony-Drug War

Cape Town, South Africa — Alice Ndlovu has tuberculosis but, relatively speaking, she is one of the lucky ones. Hers is a strain that responds to the best medicines available, which also happen to be the cheapest. At 28, this single mom know…

Contraception Misdirection

Have you seen the official White House version of what the New York Times headline writers call “A Responsible Budget”? My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.” This is ent…

Obama’s Deceptive Hidden Premises

The most evil thing about the Obama administration’s recent violation of the separation of church and state is its deceptiveness. With his order requiring inclusion of contraception and abortifacient drugs in insurance coverage, the president is …

Kulturkampf as Public Health

About a month ago, people who thought religious institutions shouldn’t be forced to pay for things they morally oppose were unremarkable, boring even. Now, they are waging a heinous War on Women.
Through the twisted logic of statism run amok, opp…

Recalling the Flushing Remonstrance

The controversies surrounding religion and its relationship with the state are deeply woven into the American fabric. Likewise debates about intolerance, heroic fights to worship freely, sectarian prejudice, man’s ability to relate with God, and …

Taxing Medical Progress to Death

Two years ago this month, as public debate over Obamacare raged, former president Bill Clinton rushed to the hospital because of a heart condition. He immediately underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries. It was a timel…

The Obamacare Trifecta

Give him points for cleverness. President Obama’s birth-control “accommodation” was as politically successful as it was morally meaningless. It was nothing but an accounting trick that still forces Catholic (and other religious) insti…

Transformational Issues

Do any women actually believe the Catholic Church’s teaching on “reproductive health,” as contraception and abortion are euphemistically referred to? How could such things even be healthy? Teresa Tomeo, the author of Extreme Makeover:…

Divide and Conquer?

In 1849 and then again in 1852, the Catholic bishops of the United States petitioned the Holy See to grant the archbishops of Baltimore the title of “primate” of the Catholic Church in the United States: an honorific, to be sure, but one th…

The HHS Mandate: Why?

The most baffling thing about Obamacare’s new contraception mandate is why it is necessary at all.
Agree or disagree, one at least could understand if President Obama used Obamacare’s brass knuckles to beat insurance companies into covering…

The Free Lunch Is Back

Leaving aside the blatant assault on religious liberty that the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate represents (a number of commentators have ably elucidated the assault on free exercise), the edict ought to offend all sensible Americans…

The Church of Obama

Announcing his support for Commissar Sebelius’s edicts on contraception, sterilization, and pharmacological abortion, that noted theologian the Most Reverend Al Sharpton explained: “If we are going to have a separation of church and state, …

What Would Reagan Do?

Paul Kengor, professor of political science and executive director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, has written The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism and God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life. President Reaga…

Unconscionable

The Obama administration is now telling liberals that it is not backing down on its new health-care mandate, even as it coos of compromise to religious groups appalled by it. These messages may seem to be contradictory, but actually the administration …

HHS Mandate 101

The Obama administration and its allies continue to defend a regulation mandating that Catholics offer and purchase health-insurance plans that violate their consciences. The administration is counting on confusion to keep this from becoming a permanen…

Mandatory Abortion Coverage?

Advocates of religious freedom were outraged on January 20, when the Obama administration announced it would enforce its new mandate for contraception and sterilization coverage in private health-insurance plans without a meaningful conscience exemptio…

Newt and the Mandate

During a debate in January, Rick Santorum charged that “Speaker Gingrich for 20 years supported a federal individual mandate.” Pointing to a series of statements Gingrich had made over the years, beginning with his 1993 comment on Meet the …