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VIDEO: ObamaCare Mandate Is Worse Than You Think

If the following facts about Obamacare are accurate, how can the Obama administration be construed any other way other than being that of a force hostile to the basic cell of every society, the family?

Here’s the ObamaCare and its Mandates fact sheet

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Bsp. Vasa on healthcare: “Government-controlled approach flawed in principle and ineffective, if not dangerous, in practice.”

“Perhaps it would be better to forgo long-needed changes in health-care financing and delivery in the short-term if these would lead to a long-term, systemic policy lacking respect for life, for religious freedom, and for the goods served by the principle of subsidiarity.”

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Ethical responses are needed during this health care crisis

By Bishop Robert Vasa

BEND — Much has been said and written about the proposal for a change in how health-care in America is provided and funded. In an open letter to Catholics and Catholic Organizations dated Sept. 21, the Catholic Medical Association, an association of Catholic physicians and health-care professionals, presents its views. The letter is a little too long to fit in my allotted space and so I have taken the liberty of editing it to such an extent that it is unfair to fully attribute the result to the CMA. I recommend the entire letter which can be found at Cathmed.org.

The thoughts offered by the CMA reflect years of experience serving patients and families in medical practice while endeavoring to apply the full spectrum of Catholic medical-moral and social teaching. The CMA acknowledges that we are facing a crisis, not only in health-care financing and delivery, but in the health-care reform process itself. The United States has the opportunity and obligation to craft effective, ethical responses to the crisis in health-care financing and delivery but there also exists a real danger that misguided legislation could make our current problems even worse. This is a critical time for Catholics to work together to help formulate solutions based on authentic moral, social, and economic principles. Many people lack consistent access to affordable health insurance and are unable to obtain appropriate health-care services in a timely manner. Health-care services are expensive and fragmented. These problems result largely from misguided incentives in tax, employment, and government policy. One unfortunate result of this has been increasing third-party payer intrusion into the patient-physician relationship, with significantly deleterious consequences.

There are certain fundamental ethical and social principles proposed by the Church with which all Catholics should agree. The question we are faced with, after decades of misguided policies, is how should we apply these teachings so as to provide universal access to quality health-care insurance and services in a cost-effective, ethical manner?

Bills passed out of committees in the House and Senate this summer rely heavily on the federal government to provide solutions. They empower a small group of unelected government bureaucrats and committees to determine the composition and cost of health insurance policies, the reimbursement of providers, the approval of treatments, etc. This government-controlled approach is flawed in principle and ineffective, if not dangerous, in practice.

This approach clearly violates the principle of subsidiarity first articulated by Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo anno, n. 79, the first of several “social encyclicals.”

This approach has been and will be ineffective. The federal government has a very poor track record of managing large programs in a cost-effective manner. For instance, Medicare costs have run out of control in most states, and 40 percent of physicians no longer accept Medicaid because low reimbursement rates do not even cover the overhead expense of providing care.

This approach, moreover, is dangerous given the current Administration’s repeated failures to accord proper respect for the dignity of human life. Reversing the Mexico City Policy and providing federal funding for human embryonic stem-cell research are only the best known of a whole series of proposals further eroding respect for human life.

It is preferable to seek legislation which makes it possible for individuals and families to purchase health insurance that meets their needs and respects their values. One way this could be achieved would be to re-assign the tax deduction for health insurance from employers to individuals. Bringing appropriate incentives from the market economy to health insurance companies would increase competition and correct the problem of regional insurance monopolies. This would reduce costs both of insurance and medical care.

It is necessary to encourage greater individual accountability in health-care spending. Since 70 percent of health-care spending is for conditions directly influenced by personal behavior, there is considerable potential for improved health and reduced spending simply by encouraging healthier lifestyles. Greater accountability on the part of the individual for the costs of his own health-care provides an immediate financial incentive for healthier behavior.

All Catholics and Catholic organizations ought to reaffirm their support for the foundational ethical and social teachings of the Church. These provide a fitting framework for authentic health care reform. Further, there is a need for an uncompromising commitment to defend the sanctity of life and the conscience rights of all health-care providers as essential parts of health-care reform. The principle of subsidiarity needs to be remembered and applied across the spectrum of issues in health-care financing and delivery. Experience indicates that medical decisions are best made within the personal context of the individual patient-physician relationship rather than at some remote, impersonal, and bureaucratic agency, whether governmental or corporate. If this important principle of Catholic social teaching is not correctly upheld, then short-term measures to defend the right to life and respect for conscience will ultimately fail and the patient-physician relationship will be irreparably compromised. As indicated above we face not only a crisis in health-care financing and delivery, but a crisis in the current legislative process. We must ensure that well-intentioned efforts to bring about needed change and reform do not further erode respect for human life and the integrity of the patient-physician relationship. Perhaps it would be better to forgo long-needed changes in health-care financing and delivery in the short-term if these would lead to a long-term, systemic policy lacking respect for life, for religious freedom, and for the goods served by the principle of subsidiarity. Rather than accept such an outcome, we should take the time required to implement reform measures that are sound in both principled and practical terms.

The Health Care Debate: We are all standing on Mappatella Beach

Another “Above My Pay Grade” moment in the world…

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EDITORS NOTE: Last September then pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama said he didn’t know when human life began — saying it was “above my pay grade.”

Following that Saddleback debate with John McCain candidate Obama later went on to clarify within another interview his, as he put it, “To flip” comment. Saying, “What I intended to say is that, as a Christian, I have a lot of humility…all I meant to communicate was that I don’t presume to be able to answer these kinds of theological questions,” he said.

“I am the first and the last…” (and all hearts inbetween)

Of course, for authentic Christian and non-Christian pro-life defenders alike, the current health care debate becomes a non-debate, (and rightfully so), if taxpayer funded abortion finds its beast-like claws within any health care proposal or bill. But, there are other life issues that have raised considerable ire as well within the pro-life community and within the hearts of many Americans during the current debate, namely, end of life issues.

Along with President Obama’s “Christian humility” on the question of human conception (life) there’s now found within the debate questions, many complicated, on human departure (death). All this makes it fairly obvious that there’s a great confusion, (even among Christians who should know better), concerning the sacredness of human life in both its beginning and ending stages… As evidence, I submit, had Catholics/Christians voted their faith last November, Barack Obama would not be president today.

Yet, despite the outcome of the election, we must ask ourselves what underlies the source of this confusion concerning the sacredness of life?

Wake up and live America…

After reading over the following article I discovered not only what’s wrong with the confusing healthcare debate, but more, what’s really ailing America and the world: It’s called human indifference.

Indifference toward God and neighbor.

Perhaps after reading the article you too will find, as I did, that we are all in some real sense standing together on Mappatella Beach… That is, of course, minus the footprints of 50 million, or so, aborted children.

Everything Normal on Mappatella Beach

by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo

A series of pictures in Milan’s Corriere della Sera of July 31 shows a typical scene on a modern beach on a calm and pleasant day. Leaving aside the aspects of immorality and prosaism, everything seems normal on Mappatella Beach in the outskirts of Naples.

Some beachgoers are sunbathing on the warm sand, others chat peaceably; a lady applies sun block lotion on another; a girl warms herself languidly in the sun. A little farther away, some people swim. All is normal.

Or, rather, all appears to be normal.

anziano morto colpo di malore in spiaggiaIn fact, these photos illustrate a chronicle by Paolo Di Stefano in the Milan daily titled: Under the sunshade, next to a corpse, the indifference of beachgoers: some apply sun block, others swim…

Di Stefano recounts how some bathers on the beach had seen a corpse floating strangely on the water, carried by the waves.

Was the person drowning? Or was he already dead? Who cares? The day was so beautiful, the sun so pleasant, the water so inviting.

At one point, one of the bathers called the lifeguards on his cell phone. That done, he went back to enjoy the delights of the beach. “It is not my job”

Since time went by and no help was forthcoming, another bather took the initiative to pull the corpse out of the water and lay him on the sand. Others threw bathing towels on top of him and opened a sunshade, partially hiding him. With that done, there was no longer the unpleasant view of a human corpse floating on the waves… and all went back to normal on Mappatella Beach.

This is how Antonio Sommaripa, 73 – a beachgoer like all others – died without any help right in the middle of the others, who continued to enjoy the pleasant Neapolitan beach.

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