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The Church against Obamacare: The lawsuits

Featured image In a story we’ve been following for several months now, Terry Jeffrey reports today’s development: The Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the University of Notre Dame, and 40 other Catholic dioceses and organizations around the country announced on Monday that they are suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by »

The Church against Obamacare

Featured image We’ve noted many times that Obamacare amounts to an assault on limited constitutional government. One small prong of the assault: the Obama administration’s recent announcement that all employers (with few exceptions) are required under Obamacare to provide health insurance to their employees which includes subsidized contraception, sterilization and coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. At Business Insider, Michael Brendon Dougherty comments: “This mean[s] that religious institutions, like Catholic colleges and hospitals, or »

The Church against Obamacare, cont’d

Featured image Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday (video below). FNS host Chris Wallace and Wuerl discussed the 12 lawsuits brought by 43 Catholic institutions against officers of the Obama administration seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the “preventive services” mandate promulgated (and to be promulgated) by the administration. The complaint in one of the 12 lawsuits — University of Notre Dame v. Sebelius — »

The Church against Obamacare, cont’d

Featured image Jonathan Tobin comments on the universal implications of the Church’s stand against the “preventive services” regulation of Obamacare to be promulgated by the agencies of the federal government as soon as they can figure out how to make the services materialize for “free.” The Obama administration would like you to forget all about it. Annoy them and remember: [T]he nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are trying to refocus Americans on the »

The Church against Obamacare, cont’d

Featured image I wrote about Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s eloquent opposition to the Obamacare “preventive care” regulation in “Left comes for the Archbishop.” Yesterday morning Archbishop Dolan appeared on Face the Nation for an Easter interview with Bob Schieffer (video below, CBS report here). I can’t remember the last time I watched the show, but this short segment is a keeper. What a magnificent spokesman for the Church on this defining issue. He »

The Church against Obamacare, cont’d

Featured image Last week the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released the statement United for Religious Freedom. The bishops note: One particular religious freedom issue demands our immediate attention: the now-finalized rule of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would force virtually all private health plans nationwide to provide coverage of sterilization and contraception—including abortifacient drugs—subject to an exemption for “religious employers” that is arbitrarily narrow, and to »

The Church against Obamacare, cont’d

Featured image Whatever happened to baby pain? I mean, has the the Obama administration’s ludicrous “accommodation” of the Church’s opposition to the compelled provision of free contraception, sterilization and abortifacients resolved the serious constitutional affront involved? Or has it thrown one more into the mix? Somehow the mainstream media have transformed the discussion into something else entirely. By the way, has anyone actually seen a copy of the regulation enacting the “accommodation” »

The Church against Obamacare, cont’d

Featured image When the Obamacare contraception, sterilization and abortifacient mandate came down, I thought of Professor Paul Rahe and his book Soft Despotism. Professor Rahe has an important contribution to make to the subject of the Obamacare contraception mandate; I asked him if he would write about it. It turns out that Professor Rahe speaks not only as a scholar of deep authority on the issues, but also as a member of »

The Church against Obamacare, cont’d

Featured image Michelle Malkin devotes her column to the Obamacare regulations requiring Catholic institutions to provide health insurance to employees including coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacients. (I’m linking to the version of Michelle’s column posted at her site because it is full of links providing relevant background.) Michelle traces the new regulations back to December 2010: How did we get here? The first salvo came in December 2010, when the American »

The Church against Obamacare, cont’d

Featured image Michael Gerson considers the implications of the Obama administration’s betrayal of its Catholic allies in its adoption of Obamacare regulations requiring the provision of benefits including sterilization, contraception and abortifacients. He singles out three Obama supporters for consideration: Consider Catholicism’s most prominent academic leader, the Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame. Jenkins took a serious risk in sponsoring Obama’s 2009 honorary degree and commencement address — which promised a »

Obamacare against the Church

Featured image We’ve been following the story of the Church’s response to the assault perpetrated by the Obamacare regulation on “preventive care” with a religious exemption so narrow that will require most Catholic institutions to comply. In the new issue of the Weekly Standard Jonathan Last provides an excellent journalistic account of events leading up to the regulations. As soon as Sebelius released th[e] decision [regarding the scope of the regulation], the »

Obamacare against the Church, cont’d

Featured image This past Friday we had another Obamacare against the Church moment, this one facilitated by Georgetown University. Georgetown invited HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to give the commencement address to graduating public policy students. Sebelius’s commencement speech faithfully followed the traditional form. It was just boring and humorless enough to sound like she may have had a hand in writing it herself. Politico easily extracted the theme from the complete text »

Obamacare against the Church, and vice versa

Featured image We have sought closely to follow the assault on Catholic institutions that is being conducted in the implementation of Obamacare. Today James Taranto adds to the story with an interview of Archbishop Timothy Dolan: The president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is careful to show due respect for the president of the United States. “I was deeply honored that he would call me and discuss these things with me,” »

Obamacare against the Church, cont’d

Featured image In a USA Today column this morning HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defends the Obamacare regulation requiring almost all Catholic institutions to provide health insurance including contraception, sterilization and abortifacients morning. She isn’t that forthcoming describing the regulation, but that’s what the column is about. What does she have to say? Not much. Her lips are moving, but she’s not saying anything — sort of like the boss. Sebelius doesn’t defend »

E.J. Dionne against the Church

Featured image As Quin Hillyer observed a while back, E.J. Dionne has made the descent from a thoughtful liberal columnist into a left-wing hit-man and, finally, a flagrantly dishonest left-wing hit-man. From his Washington Post column on the 12 lawsuits filed around the country by 43 Catholic institutions against the Obamacare “preventive services” mandate, one will learn precisely nothing except what a shill he is. In my notes on University of Notre »

The church and the lawyers

Professor Patrick Schiltz of the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis is one of the smartest guys I know. Like Rocket Man, he is a Harvard Law graduate. After law school, Pat served as a law clerk to Justice Scalia during his last year as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and his first year as a Supreme Court justice. I had lunch with Pat »

The top five policy arguments against Obamacare

Featured image Robert Samuelson presents five reasons why, apart from any constitutional concerns, Obamacare is “dreadful public policy.” First, it increases uncertainty and decreases confidence at a time when recovery from the Great Recession requires more confidence and less uncertainty. Second, as basic economics tells us, it discourages job creation by raising the cost of hiring. Third, uncontrolled spending on health care is the U.S. system’s main problem, and Obamacare makes it »

The Church of Government

Featured image Liberals tell us that the most important principle is the separation of church and state. That applies, of course, only until liberals want to enlist the church in support of the state. The state, in their view, is the real church. So Michael Ramirez envisions our president as the Pope of the Church of Obama, who destroys all lesser faiths. Like Christianity, for example: Is liberalism the only acceptable faith? »

Did Obama Blunder By Attacking the Catholic Church?

Featured image I continue to be puzzled by the Obama administration’s attack on the Catholic Church via the HHS Obamacare contraception mandate. From a rational perspective, it was completely needless. I can’t see a motive for it, other than a bullying desire to show Catholics, and other people of faith, who is the boss. But Obama cast that die, and it may come back to haunt him. There are a lot of »

The Church of Big Government

Featured image Michael Ramirez, my favorite cartoonist, is on a roll. We noted here his brilliant depiction of the church of government: Within the last 48 hours or so he has drawn two more cartoons on the Obama administration’s suppression of religious liberty. Obama apparently was surprised that Catholics actually have principles: To be fair, the behavior of the Catholic church’s hierarchy in recent years might well have lulled Obama into the »