October 28, 2013

HealthCare.gov Is Unconstitutional

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:30 am

From NetRight Daily:

How federal exchanges could kill Obamacare

Even if Healthcare.gov is fixed, the federal exchanges available on it may yet prove to be the law’s Achilles heel.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is allowing a case to move forward that could gut Obamacare insurance subsidies in 34 states that opted not to implement state-run exchanges.

If the plaintiffs prevail, the American people will be able to thank those governors that fought hard in the past year to opt out of Obamacare. Because of their decision, under the law, the government has to create a federal exchange in lieu of the state-run exchange.

But, the problem is the law never allowed those federal exchanges to issue subsidies for insurance policies. Only state-run exchanges were given that privilege.

The fallout from this effort, if successful (and if the courts follow the law, it will be, but we know that can’t be predicted), could force states to set up their own exchanges or force their citizens to lose billions in subsidies. Or, better yet, it could cause the states to say, “We’re going to set up our own system completely independent of federal oversight.”

Our Chutzpah Award of the Day …

… goes to the guy who just last week went around the legislature to get $2.6 billion a year in “free” federal money, but had the nerve to send the following email:

While Congress came up with an agreement on the debt limit and avoided a major blow to our nation’s credibility, the core problem facing our country still exists.

America has a skyrocketing national debt and it is simply not sustainable. If our leaders don’t act quickly to rein in the size of government, we’re crushing future generations with a massive financial burden.

Now is the time to do the responsible thing, like we’ve done in Ohio, and mandate in the Constitution that we balance our budget. We owe it to our kids and grandkids to govern responsibly and within our means like American families do every day.

… You can also watch … (a) short video from the Republican Governor’s Association that discusses Ohio’s Comeback story.

The National Media are starting to take notice that while Washington is stuck in gridlock, states led by Republicans are managing their budgets responsibly, lowering taxes, reducing the size of government, and as a result are leading the nation in job creation.

Ohio has a great story to tell about our comeback and with your help, we can keep up the momentum.

We’re all in this together and with your help, we can get it done.

-John

I’ll hopefully have more on that “comeback story” later.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102813)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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Claudia Rossett at PJ Media“So, What Are We Doing About Syria’s Other WMD Program?” The answer is apparently nothing: “While world attention has been focused these past two months on the Russia-brokered deal to dismantle Assad’s chemical weapons (and even that is highly problematic), there have been no visible provisions to deal with Assad’s biological weapons projects,” even though “President Bashar al Assad’s biological weapons program is in fact a far greater danger that has not been tackled.”

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Meanwhile, “Iran Announces 34 New Nuke Sites,” and “could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb in as little as a month.”

Related: “Israel Stands Alone – US Capitulating to Iran”

Also related: Dick Cheney — “OUR FRIENDS NO LONGER TRUST US, OUR ADVERSARIES DON’T FEAR US”

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Because of lack of security, “ObamaCare website might have to be rebuilt.”

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Maybe it’s because I haven’t enough coffee yet, but I don’t find this 404 message at Slate funny at all. In fact, it’s arrogant and condescending. And I think it might be a “clever” cover for deleting articles it didn’t like, which keeping the ones they do like around.

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Around the world, “Central Banks Drop Tightening Talk as Easy Money Goes On.” This can’t end well.

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Answer: “Obviously, yes” — “Did White House Obamacare guidance stop ahead of 2012 election?” And environmental regs. And layoff notices.

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Adam Goldenberg (HT Walter Hudson at PJ Tatler): “Canada Has Death Panels.” He thinks it’s “a good thing.”

Last sentence: “When humanity demands haste, and justice demands expert knowledge, Ontario’s death panels offer a solution—whatever Sarah Palin says.”

That’s an admission that “whatever Sarah Palin said” about “death panels” was right.

Positivity: Anglican scholar, Catholic theologian awarded Ratzinger prize

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

Oct 26, 2013 / 11:21 am

At the conclusion of an international symposium in Rome, Pope Francis granted the prestigious “Joseph Ratzinger award” to two professors for their exemplary scholarship in theology.

The winners were the Anglican Rev. Canon Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of Kings College, London, and Catholic professor of theology Christian Schaller, vice director of the Pope Benedict XVI institute of Regensburg, Germany.

“Special congratulations go to the Revered Professor Richard Burridge, however, and Professor Christian Schaller, who have been awarded this year’s Joseph Ratzinger Prize. said Pope Francis on Oct. 26.

“Also on behalf of my beloved predecessor, with whom I was three or four days ago – I express my congratulations: may the Lord always bless you and your work in the service of his kingdom,” he added.

The award is given to scholars whose work demonstrates a meaningful contribution to theology in the spirit of Joseph Ratzinger.

The Pope met with participants of the symposium, which was held by the Joseph Ratzinger foundation, at the close of their conference entitled “The Gospels, Historical and Christological Research.”

Scholars from around the world had gathered to discuss the main themes found in the “Jesus of Nazareth” series written by Benedict XVI before and during his papacy. The three volumes involve an in-depth study of the life and person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Gospels.

Pope Francis took a moment during his audience with the group to reflect on these works: “I remember when the first volume came out, some people were saying: but what is this? A Pope doesn’t write books of theology, he writes encyclicals!”

“Certainly Pope Benedict had considered this problem,” he continued, “but even in this case, like always, he followed the voice of the Lord in the light of his conscience.”

“He made a gift to the Church, and to all men, of that which was most precious to him: his knowledge of Jesus, the fruit of years and years of study, theological confrontation, and prayer. Because Benedict XVI did theology on his knees, and we all know it. And this has made it available in the most accessible form,” explained Pope Francis.

“The work of Benedict XVI has stimulated a new season of study between history and Christology regarding the Gospels,” the Pope added.

Award winner Burridge described how his academic work complemented that of Benedict XVI.

“I have been working for the last 30 years on the literary character of the Gospels and in particular how they relate to the literary genre of Greco-Roman biographies. And obviously Pope Benedict Emeritus wrote his biography of ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ in which he has argued also that the key to interpreting the Gospels is through the portrait of Jesus and I’ve demonstrated how you do that by looking at Greco-Roman biographies,” he told CNA on Oct. 25.

Burridge is the first non-Roman Catholic to receive the Joseph Ratzinger award. …

Go here for the rest of the story.