The following comes from a June 9 The Blaze article by Fred Lucas:
After years of clashes with Catholics regarding his signature health care law, President Barack Obama framed Obamacare in Catholic principles Tuesday as the country awaits a Supreme Court ruling that could decide its fate.
The court’s coming ruling in King v. Burwell is expected to determine whether residents in the 37 states that do not have state health insurance marketplaces are eligible for federal subsidies.
“We are not going to go backwards. There is something deeply cynical about the attempts to roll back progress,” the president said, speaking at the Catholic Health Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. ”Once you see millions of people have health care, once you see all the bad things didn’t happen, let’s move on. It seems so cynical to take health care away from millions of people.”
“That America is not a place where we simply ignore the poor or turn away from the sick,” Obama said. “It’s a place sustained by the idea that I am my brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper. That we have an obligation to put ourselves in our neighbor’s shoes, and to see the common humanity in each other.”
Obamacare has been the chief reason for the rift between the administration and Catholic organizations across the country, many which have sued the administration to block the law’s mandate for contraception coverage because of their faith-based opposition.
But Obama was speaking before a friendly audience; the Catholic Health Association was among the Catholic groups that backed the law while it was being debated in Congress. “Without your moral force, we would not have succeeded.”
Initially, the mandate enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services exempted Catholic parishes and churches, but encompassed Catholic colleges, hospitals and other Christian organizations. The matter eventually led to litigation, notably by the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby, who charged that the mandate violated their religious freedom. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby last year.
Litigation continues in other cases, including four where religious freedom plaintiffs have gotten the upper hand on the administration, according to the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty. The Supreme Court told the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider an earlier decision siding with the government against the Michigan Catholic Conference in a case regarding the HHS mandate. Lower courts have also provided some relief from the mandate to Little Sisters of the Poor in Colorado; Wheaton College in Illinois; Notre Dame University in Indiana; and Archbishop David Zubik and the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
The White House contends that five years into the law, 16 million more Americans have health insurance.
“Five years in, what we’re talking about is no longer just a law. This isn’t about the Affordable Care Act. This isn’t about Obamacare,” Obama said. “This isn’t about myths or rumors that won’t go away. This is reality. This is health care in America.”
Addressing other warnings, Obama repeated the words “in reality” to say more people now have insurance they like and that the economy has experienced job growth since the law was passed.
Obama said improvements still need to be made.
“”We have to protect the coverage and sign more people up,” Obama said. “We need more governors to expand Medicaid which was part of the overall plan.”
Obama said the law has quantifiable success in newly insured people and “the number of lives saved.”
“Then there are the outcomes that are harder to calculate – yes, in the tally of pain and tragedy and bankruptcies that have been averted, but also in the security of a parent who can afford to take her kid to the doctor,” Obama said. “The dignity of a grandfather who can get the preventive care he needs. The freedom of an entrepreneur who can start a new venture. The joy of a wife who thought she’d never again take her husband’s hand and go for a walk in God’s creation.”
Obama noted, “This wasn’t easy. There were those who thought health reform was too politically risky.”
“For every politician and pundit who said why rush, I hear from working Americans who said they didn’t have a moment to wait,” he said.
“Obama framed Obamacare in Catholic principles Tuesday as the country awaits a Supreme Court ruling that could decide its fate.”
The killing of unborn babies through abortion is CONTRARY to Catholic principles.
Joel you are on the money
OBAMA is NOT in anything with faithful CATHOLICS.
Obama actively and openly supports the INTRINSIC EVILS of:
1) ABORTION (torture and murder of innocent human beings);
3) SODOMY ACTS & SODOMY MARRIAGE;
4) EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH;
and he is against FREEDOM of RELIGION.
Obama insists that ALL Taxpayers pay for and/or support these evils.
Obama partners with Satan.
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Sr. Carol Keehan, LCWR, Nuns on the Bus, and NETWORK are evil as well. They should all be excommunicated.
Next Obama’s Democratic Party will push for taxpayer paid Euthanasia (masked as Death with Dignity) which will become part of Obamacare to curb costs.
CCC: ” 1759 An evil action cannot be justified by…
ED– I agree with you! Obama is a totally immoral man- and a HORROR of an American scandal, as one of our Presidents! Our Nation turned its back on God, and elected him! Shame, shame!
WHAT A NERVE!!!
You are who your friends are. By allowing and permitting Obama to speak at any Catholic institution is a sacrilege, yes, a sacrilege. Can you imagine any of this silliness happening during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII, or even John XXIII? The Catholic Church just sinks deeper and deeper into the cesspool of immorality by this scandal. Obama is no friend of God, and he should be treated as a leper, as everything this Herodian Caligula touches becomes polluted, rotten and spoiled.
From the demon’s mouth to Sister Carol’s ears. A despicable mockery of Catholic teaching. Spittle in the face of Christ and his bride Church.
There he goes again! The one who promised to “transform” us as a nation is still hitting on all fours as he continues on his “transformative” journey, with utter ruin awaiting if he’s allowed to be successful. Anyone else notice Obama blathering on re his dreadful “ObamaCare” legislation that only passed through massive government coercion and naked arm-twisting against various states, as if it was desired by the states? NOT. ObamaCare was not wanted by over 50% of the citizenry. And the rollout of same was an unmitigated and bizarre mishmash/disaster of utter lying and bloviating, something he does very well. As apparently does Lucifer also, very accomplished at same. Is there a link? Only time will tell. But Obama obviously has a…
The Cloward-Piven Strategy writ large.
Thou hast sorrowed the spirit that loved thee, And watched o’er thy footsteps for years: Thou hast made me at last sigh o’er thee, In secret, in silence, and tears.
For my Father in Heaven I loved thee, For His sake have I guarded thy ways. Return, O return, I implore thee, Him to love, to serve, and to praise.
O’er thy pathway through life still I hover. Thee to comfort, to solace, to cheer; With the love of a fond, saving brother, Through this desert of trial and fear.
Oh! When shall I clasp thee, how fondly And bear thee, all dangers no past, To the arms of God Who dies for thee To our home in the heavens at last!
“Obama to [self-identified] Catholics: “‘We’re in this together.'”
Is he talking about hell? Sounds like it to me.
Thus spake the Devil.
All those people on part-time employment can thank Obamacare. Sandra Fuke gets free anticonceptives and abortifacients and babies are aborted with my dollars. Thanks to the mediation of the Catholic Church, through our Pope Francis, Castros’ Cuba can now be welcomed with open arms. The world is turning Communist and the band plays on.
I would remind you, Gratias, that the great recession was the result of the fiscal policies and lack of banking regulations foisted on the American people by the Busch Administration. It was all on his watch – trillions of dollars for a war on Iraq, failed policies in Afghanistan, unbalanced budgets, lowest respect for our country since the revolution. Those part-time jobs were the result of full time jobs being sent overseas. It was the previous administration that allowed the top 1% to own 99% of the wealth of our nation. Please get your history correct.
It is a shame and a scandal that Obama was invited to speak at a Catholic organization. It was also pathetic that Notre Dame invited this demonically wicked man to the once Catholic university. When Obama spoke at Georgetown, all Catholic pictures and crucifixes were removed. It seems these Catholic places are ashamed and embarassed at being CATHOLIC. They would rather be humanistic socialists than Catholic.
If any of us were to rewrite the Affordable Care Act to meet out religious beliefs, what would we edit out, and how would we get it through Congress? I assume we would take out the section that pays for birth control and abortions. Would we take out the part that provides for preventative care, mammograms for women, eliminate the pre-existing condition section, less expensive insurance for poor people? Then, how would you convince people to pass it. Keep in mind that we are the only major nation in the world without universal health care, and that our health outcomes are very low when compared to other nations. So, how do we make it better?