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Old 10-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #46
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Glenn Beck did not go to Yale in any sort of meaningful sense.

he went to Yale for once semester in 1996 as a non-degree special student while working at a radio station in nearby Hamden, CT before dropping out.

George W. Bush, however, did go to Yale.
This makes a lot of sense. For a second there I suspected that he Beck came from a rich family and managed to buy his way into university.
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Many church-affiliated institutions will have to cover free birth control for employees, the Obama administration announced Friday in an election-year move that outraged religious groups, fueling a national debate about the reach of government.

In a concession, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said nonprofit institutions such as church-affiliated hospitals, colleges and social service agencies will have one additional year to comply with the requirement, issued in regulations under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

“I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services,” Sebelius said in a statement.

Yet the concession was unlikely to stop a determined effort by opponents to block or overturn the rule. If they fail, some predicted that religious employers would simply drop coverage for their workers, opting instead to pay fines to the federal government under the health care law.

“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience,” said New York Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.”

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, a member of Senate leadership, said, “The president made the right decision by putting access and the reproductive rights of women first.”
So that's what you get with group rights as opposed to individual rights and government mandated health care. In case you're keeping score at home, in Obama's caste of group rights it's women's rights before religious rights. I think I'll post again the Mark Steyn quote that Anitram enjoyed so much in the MLK thread:

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Obamacare = "dramatically enhanced state power" = less individual liberty.

And some call that progress.
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it's women's rights before religious rights.

i'm not sorry that religion is no longer and excuse to allow some individuals to deny basic health care to other individuals in need on the basis of their gender. your subjective values may not restrict my right to health care.
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What "religious rights" are being trampled here?

Those religiously-affiliated institutions which, by the way, get taxpayer funding, and do not only employ individuals who are identically religiously affiliated are not exempt. Present a decent legal argument for why this should not be the case.

Talk about hysteria.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:35 PM   #51
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What "religious rights" are being trampled here?

Those religiously-affiliated institutions which, by the way, get taxpayer funding, and do not only employ individuals who are identically religiously affiliated are not exempt. Present a decent legal argument for why this should not be the case.
I'd like to hear the constitutional argument which explains:
a) under what constitutional authority the federal government is given the power to compel an individual or party to purchase a good
b) and, be compelled to purchase that item against their religious conscience.
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I'd like to hear the constitutional argument which explains:
a) under what constitutional authority the federal government is given the power to compel an individual or party to purchase a good
b) and, be compelled to purchase that item against their religious conscience.
My taxes go to wars that are against my religious conscience all the time, where's your concern for my religious rights?
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Exactly.

Religious people, you're the ones who want church and state to blend, well, here you go, these are the consequences of wanting such a thing.

Look at it this way: support the Pill, less chance of abortions, right?
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:09 AM   #54
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I'd like to hear the constitutional argument which explains:
a) under what constitutional authority the federal government is given the power to compel an individual or party to purchase a good
b) and, be compelled to purchase that item against their religious conscience.
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ATLANTA — A new government study suggests a lot of teenage girls are clueless about their chances of getting pregnant. In a survey of thousands of teenage mothers who had unintended pregnancies, about a third said they didn't use birth control because they didn't believe they could pregnant.

The Associated Press: CDC: Many teen moms didn't think it could happen


Truly an enlightened nation!
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^ Thought about bumping one of the sex-ed threads to post that story when I saw it the other day...unfortunately though, it's a pretty useless finding from a policy-discussion standpoint, since there was no followup asking those respondents to elaborate on why they "didn't believe they could [get] pregnant." If existing research on teen pregnancy is any indication, then in all likelihood the majority of them were referring to wishful thinking about their ability to accurately estimate where they were in their menstrual cycles at time of conception, combined with reluctance to insist their partners wear condoms just in case (and in turn their partners' disinclination to wear them without that insistence).



Both the US District Court for Western Washington (Erickson v. Bartell Drug Co., 2001) and the EEOC (2000) have already ruled that for employers to exclude prescription contraceptives from otherwise comprehensive health benefit plans violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, though it's always possible those could be reversed. A majority of states (28) already require employers to cover contraception in comprehensive health plans, and of those 28 only West Virginia grants religious universities and hospitals an exemption (and then only if <25% of their budget comes from government sources). I agree with the Title VII argument.
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By Kari Huus, msnbc.com

Since the death of Canadian skier Sarah Burke in January, fans and supporters from around the world have donated over $300,000 – more than enough to cover the massive U.S. medical bill generated by efforts to save her.

The outpouring of grief for Burke and the influx of funds are a tribute to a young woman who was a pioneer and legend in her sport. The need for a fundraiser — to help her grieving family avert bankruptcy — was viewed by some Canadians and U.S. observers as a condemnation of the U.S. health care system.

"The irony is that had the accident occurred in Canada… her care would have been covered because, unlike the U.S., Canada has a system of universal coverage," wrote Wendell Potter, an insurance executive-turned-whistleblower who writes for iWatch at the Center for Public Integrity. "No one in Canada finds themselves in that predicament, nor do they face losing their homes as many Americans do when they become critically ill or suffer an injury..."

Burke, who died at 29, was on skis by age five, and pursuing a professional skiing career before she left high school. She pioneered women’s halfpipe skiing and was instrumental in getting the event included in the X-Games, according to a profile in Sportsnet magazine of Canada.

"She was to freeskiing what Wayne Gretzky was to hockey or Michael Jordan was to basketball — the iconic face of a sport,” wrote Sportsnet reporter Dan Robson. "She built her world by conquering limits, both on the hill and off it."

After Burke’s crash while training on the Eagle Superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah on Jan. 10, doctors fought to save her for nine days. She died Jan. 19, from a torn vertebral artery in her neck that caused bleeding in her brain.

Burke’s contribution to sport — not to mention her youth, beauty, charisma and fame — has no doubt helped the effort to generate donations to cover an operation, countless tests, care and hospitalization. The fundraising page on GiveForward.com late Monday showed that $302,535 had been raised. Burke’s publicist said that medical costs were expected to be about $200,000.

The fundraising page said that future contributions would go to a foundation “to honor Sarah's legacy and promote the ideals she valued and embodied."

The loss of Sarah Burke is no less painful for her loved ones, but with medical care covered through donations, the aftermath will not bring them additional hardship.

For many Americans, the hardship persists.

On Monday, Potter pointed to the plight of a 13-year-old Caroline Richmond on life support in Alabama after collapsing from a stroke, which turned out to be caused by leukemia. Her self-employed parents do not have health coverage.

“As it turns out, Caroline is one of more than 50 million men, women and children who do not have health insurance in the United States, which is why her family is in the same predicament as Sarah Burke’s,” Potter wrote.

The community has launched a multi-pronged effort to raise money to cover mounting medical costs for Carolyn — car washes, a bake sale, a fish fry and so on — but like most people who have life threatening medical conditions, she is not famous.

An estimated 700,000 American families file for bankruptcy every year because of medical debt, Potter said.
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but like most people who have life threatening medical conditions, she is not famous.

An estimated 700,000 American families file for bankruptcy every year because of medical debt, Potter said.
The free market and exceptionalism will save them.
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Yep. Those things clearly worked out well for my family .
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"The irony is that had the accident occurred in Canada… her care would have been covered because, unlike the U.S., Canada has a system of universal coverage," wrote Wendell Potter, an insurance executive-turned-whistleblower who writes for iWatch at the Center for Public Integrity. "No one in Canada finds themselves in that predicament, nor do they face losing their homes as many Americans do when they become critically ill or suffer an injury..."
Wait a minute. She's a citizen of Canada. You mean "No one in Canada finds themselves in that predicament" unless they are a Canadian injured in another country? That's the compassionate health care system we should model ours on? Why isn't she covered by her "universal coverage" you know, universally?

As someone who has witnessed a great many automobile drivers seriously hurt or killed my sympathies to all involved but why didn't the sanctioning body provide insurance?

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For many Americans, the hardship persists.

On Monday, Potter pointed to the plight of a 13-year-old Caroline Richmond on life support in Alabama after collapsing from a stroke, which turned out to be caused by leukemia. Her self-employed parents do not have health coverage.

“As it turns out, Caroline is one of more than 50 million men, women and children who do not have health insurance in the United States, which is why her family is in the same predicament as Sarah Burke’s,” Potter wrote.
Yes let's politicize this MSNBC. "50 million men, women and children who do not have health insurance in the United States." Notice they don't say citizens. Notice they mention that most of those people are offered health insurance but decline it.

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An estimated 700,000 American families file for bankruptcy every year because of medical debt, Potter said.
Another bogus number. This includes any bankruptcy with any medical debt. You owe $250,000 on your house and $200 to your dentist. Bingo!!, medical bankruptcy.

Very sad story. Very biased story about it.

By the way, the Center for Public Integrity. George Soros funded liberal group.
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You owe $250,000 on your house and $200 to your dentist. Bingo!!, medical bankruptcy.
That's not the case for all people who file for bankruptcy, though.
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