March 11, 2015

Positivity: Touchdown! Notre Dame scores big on HHS mandate at Supreme Court

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 7:55 am

From Washington:

Mar 9, 2015 / 12:21 pm

In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court nullified a federal court ruling against the University of Notre Dame on the HHS contraception mandate and sent it back for reconsideration by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The university is “gratified” by the decision, said vice president of public affairs and communications, Paul J. Browne. They had requested the case be remanded by the Court in light of the Hobby Lobby decision last June.

“Notre Dame continues to challenge the federal mandate as an infringement on our fundamental right to the free exercise of our Catholic faith,” Browne said.

Notre Dame is one of well over 100 non-profit institutions to sue the federal government over a mandate requiring that employers provide health care plans covering contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can cause early abortions.

After the initial mandate was announced, hundreds of organizations, churches, and business across the country voiced their religious objection. The government subsequently developed an “accommodation,” under which non-profit employers who religiously objected to offering such coverage could send a notice of objection to a third party who would then offer the coverage.

Notre Dame and other plaintiffs have argued that they would still be violating their religious convictions by cooperating in such a way with the contraception coverage, which they believe to be immoral.

The university’s request for an injunction offering protection from the mandate was initially denied, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling last February. The university then appealed its case to the Supreme Court.

The contraception mandate “violated our religious beliefs by requiring Notre Dame’s participation in a regulatory scheme to provide abortion-inducing products, contraceptives, and sterilization,” Browne stated.

Last June, the Supreme Court issued a major ruling on the contraception mandate, saying that the federal regulation cannot be applied to “closely-held corporations” – including arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby – if their owners have religious objections to it.

Now, the Supreme Court is instructing the appeals court to reconsider Notre Dame’s case, taking into account the Hobby Lobby ruling in support of religious freedom.

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 6, 2015

The Cincinnati Enquirer’s (and Others’) Disgraceful John Willke Obituaries

This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Wednesday.

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Enduring the Cincinnati Enquirer’s seemingly interminable attempts to round up new subscribers is among the more annoying trials Greater Cincinnatians must face. Their recruiters often appear in local grocery stores, desperate to almost give away three-month “trials.”

This once respectable full-throttle newspaper, which now looks as if it was cobbled together and produced at Fedex/Kinko’s on the fly overnight — and is actually produced 100 miles away in Columbus — is clearly hurting for readers. All the groveling in the world won’t gain my subscription as long as they publish disgraceful obituaries like the one which appeared on Saturday about national prolife legend and Cincinnati resident John Willke, who died on Friday at age 89. Other national establishment press outlets also participated in smearing Willke, but his local paper had a far higher duty to at least try to be fair — and failed.

Perhaps the best way to familiarize readers with Willke before illustrating how horrid the Enquirer’s obit was — as well as those found elsewhere — would be to excerpt the following paragraphs from the National Right to Life organization’s Monday tribute (bolds are mine throughout this column):

National Right to Life Mourns the Death of Dr. John C. Willke

In the early days of the right-to-life movement, Jack and Barbara Willke helped form the foundation of right-to-life educational efforts through the development of the “Willke slides” on fetal development and abortion, and their first book, “The Handbook on Abortion,” which sold an estimated 1.5 million copies. Both were considered must-haves for local activists.

“Every pro-lifer relied on the ‘Willke slides’ on fetal development that beautifully depicted the development of the unborn child as well as the brutal reality of abortion,” Tobias said.

The Willkes crisscrossed the nation for four decades speaking out on behalf of society’s most defenseless members. They inspired some of the earliest state and local right-to-life groups combatting abortion before the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. The Willkes co-founded Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati in the early 1970s.

In September 1973, Dr. Willke joined the National Right to Life board of directors representing his home state of Ohio, and served continuously until his retirement in 2012. He served in a variety of capacities throughout the 1970s, including terms as vice-chairman of the board and vice president. He was elected president of National Right to Life (1980-1983 and 1984-1991), serving a total of ten years. During his tenure, he helped raised the profile of the organization through countless radio and television appearances, and trips across the country and around the world as an ambassador for the right-to-life movement.

To expand National Right to Life’s efforts to educate the nation, on January 7, 1985, Dr. Willke premiered Pro-Life Perspective, National Right to Life’s daily radio program. The show, now in its 30th year and hosted by National Right to Life president Carol Tobias, has served as an educational resource for countless millions of Americans concerned about the right-to-life issues.

… In addition to his work locally and nationally, Dr. Willke expanded right-to-life efforts with the formation of the International Right to Life Federation, which brought together pro-life organizations operating in countries around the world. He was president emeritus of the organization at the time of his death.

Now let’s see how the Enquirer’s Emile Eaton wrote Willke’s obituary.

Incredibly, especially considering that Willke said nothing false or misleading at the time, Eaton spent five paragraphs dishonestly tarring him with Todd Akin’s 2012 U.S. Senate campaign blunder, and followed that exercise with a clumsy paragraph creating the impression that Willke and his wife Barbara, who died several years ago, were stubborn old coots who wouldn’t let go of the outlook which sunk Akin (numbered tags are mine):

Willke’s view on abortion didn’t come without criticism. Willke, who was a retired general physician [1], believed the stress of rape caused the female body to inhibit conception. [2] Former Missouri congressman Todd Akin also touted that idea, saying victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant. The 2012 comments caused a media sensation and national debate on the subject. [3]

Willke first put forward that theory over 30 years ago and in 1999 he said rape “can radically upset (a woman’s) possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing a pregnancy.” [2]

“I’m not saying she doesn’t get pregnant from assault rape,” Willke said. “She can and she does. It’s just very rare.”

David Grimes, an obstetrician and gynecologist in North Carolina who was a chief of the abortion surveillance branch at the Center for Disease Control, criticized Willke for this. [4]

“For Dr. Willke to say a woman can avoid getting pregnant by squeezing her Fallopian tubes is ridiculous,” he told The Enquirer in 2012. [5] “To suggest this doesn’t happen is cruel, cruel, cruel. Rape is an ugly and common occurrence.”

The Willkes maintained their viewpoints. [6] Their daughter Marie Meyers told The Enquirer in 2013 after Barbara died that the couple felt it was the right thing to do and believed they would be rewarded in heaven.

[1] — Willke was an obstetrician. National Right to Life says so, as does the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press in their respective otherwise similarly tasteless obits. Wikipedia says that he “was an obstetrician in Cincinnati, Ohio, but ceased practicing medicine in 1988 in order to devote himself full-time to the anti-abortion movement.” In 1988, Willke was 63. Eaton’s claim that he was a “retired general physician” could conceivably be technically true, but it’s obviously misleading. The default assumption, given that others got it right, has to be that it’s deliberately so, to downplay upcoming Item [2] and to make Items [4] and [5] appear credible.

[2] (tagged twice) — Willke didn’t just “say” it in 1999. He fully documented his reasoning in an April column that year. Emile Eaton and others obsessed with diminishing Willke should actually read it. Using a set of reasonable assumptions based on data available at the time, the doctor estimated that there were perhaps 450-740 potential instances per year of forcible rape-related pregnancy (as opposed to instances involving statutory rape) nationwide. He further expressed the following informed, expert opinion as an obstetrician as to why that number was probably lower:

To get and stay pregnant a woman’s body must produce a very sophisticated mix of hormones. Hormone production is controlled by a part of the brain that is easily influenced by emotions. There’s no greater emotional trauma that can be experienced by a woman than an assault rape. This can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing of a pregnancy. So what further percentage reduction in pregnancy will this cause? No one knows, but this factor certainly cuts this last figure by at least 50 percent and probably more. If we use the 50 percent figure, we have a final figure of 225 (or 370) women pregnant each year. These numbers closely match the 200 that have been documented in clinical studies.

The obit at the New York Times, in a rare bow to fairness, noted that Willke drew on a New England Journal of Medicine report which “suggested that rape victims typically experience a level of shock that prevents their bodies from functioning normally.” So the idea that being raped influences the odds of getting pregnant compared to consensual sex isn’t some crackpot idea John Willke concocted out of thin air.

Willke’s (and Akin’s) naysayers often absurdly assert that there are 32,000 “rape-related” pregnancies per year, over 100 times greater than Willke’s midpoint estimate. That number is based on a study which extrapolated a grand total of 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy over a three-year period out of a group of 4,008 to the general population of adult women 12-45 years of age. The researchers absurdly contended that “The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape” (italics are mine). Readers comparing that figure to Willke’s careful calculations will see how who’s really practicing pseudoscience. The correct number, if it could ever be determined, is far closer to Willke’s than it is to 32,000.

[3] — Akin’s comments didn’t spur a national debate. They spurred a national smear. Almost no one is any smarter on this subject as a result of the press’s coverage of Akin’s failed 2012 U.S. Senate campaign. More than a few people, though they feel really smart, are instead quite a bit dumber.

[4] — Eaton makes sure we know that Grimes in an ob-gyn. So we’re supposed to believe he’s smart about these things. As noted above, Eaton characterized Willke as a “general physician” to diminish his relative stature.

[5] — Contrary to what Grimes claims, Willke never stated or implied in any way, shape, or form that “a woman can avoid getting pregnant by squeezing her Fallopian tubes.” In fact, as seen above, he indicated the exact opposite, i.e., that the act of rape causes emotional trauma. While he did correctly observe that a woman’s Fallopian tubes can be “spastic” in a 2012 interview, he never stated or implied that such spasms can be willfully controlled.

[6] — To complete the smear, the first sentence of Eaton’s following paragraph, which presumptively refers to the previous five unless the reader is told otherwise, will cause many readers to believe that the “viewpoints” the Willkes “maintained” concerned forcible-rape pregnancies. It would have been so easy to write “The Willkes maintained their prolife viewpoints”  — or, if you must, “their anti-abortion viewpoints.” But Eaton, and the Enquirer, apparently had no interest in letting accurate writing get in the way of a “good” hit piece.

Though addressing the technical matters Eaton risibly raised is important, the overriding point is that she — and for that matter, the rest of the establishment press — had no business devoting any verbiage to this matter in the obituary of a man who arguably did more to save pre-born babies than any other prolife activist has before or since.

From a local perspective, that Eaton would even have thought to go there, let alone carry the idea into her piece, and that the Enquirer’s editors didn’t say, “Whoa, this is way out of line,” tells you everything you need to know about why I won’t subscribe to the paper even if they bring a copy to my door on a silver platter every day.

I’m not alone. In early 2006, the Enquirer had 201,000 daily subscribers. By late 2011, that number was down to 149,000. Now it’s 111,000. The Internet doesn’t even begin to explain that degree of decline. Being out of touch with your community and allowing outrageous bias to permeate every aspect of coverage, even your obituaries, does.

March 4, 2015

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Newspapers’ Obituaries Smear Pro-life Legend’ John Willke) Went Up Early This Morning

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Friday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Here’s two other “little” things almost no one in the press chose to report about Willke:

Dr. Willke encouraged pro-life advocates to focus on both pregnant women and their unborn children and was a leading popularizer of the phrase “Why can’t we love them both?”

“They were, from the very beginning of their work, strong advocates for pregnancy help centers, maternity homes and positive alternatives,” Mr. Donovan wrote in a Feb. 23 essay at First Things.

He noted that the Willkes were always hosting an expectant mother or a troubled teenager at their Cincinnati home.

RIP, John Willke. Well done, good and faithful servant.

February 26, 2015

At AP, a Vague Headline and Weak Coverage of the Halbig Contingency Plan Controversy

The Associated Press’s headline at Alan Fram’s coverage of the controversy over the existence of an Obama administration contingency plan if it loses the Halbig v. Burwell case pending at the Supreme Court may be among the most inchoherent ever: “GOP CLAIMS PAPER SHOWS FED AIDES’ PREPS FOR HEALTH LAW LOSS.”

“Paper”? What is in question is an alleged 100-page contingency plan should the Court declare that subsidies paid by HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance exchange for over three dozen states, are illegal. “Health law loss”? What does that even mean? The AP seems to be hoping that the story’s lousy headline will cause most potential readers to ignore it. Fram’s actual story also has its share of weaknesses, the most important of which is his failure to identify the administration’s declaration that such a a plan doesn’t exist as a de facto admission of a fundanmental and serious management failure (bolds are mine throughout this post; numbered tags are mine):

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February 25, 2015

Positivity: Dr. Jack Willke, Father of the Modern Pro-Life Movement, Passes Away

Filed under: Health Care,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Life News:

Feb. 21, 2015

Dr. Jack Willke, who was often considered the father of the modern-day pro-life movement, has passed away.

A medical doctor by trade, Willke, along with his late wife Barbara, crisscrossed the nation in the 1960s and 1970s teaching people about the fight for life and helping set up some of the first state and local Right to Life groups combating abortion before and after the infamous Roe v. Wade decision.

Willke is the past president of National Right to Life, and was president of the Life Issues Institute and president emeritus, International Right to Life Federation.

With Barbara, Dr. Willke co-authored twelve books on human sexuality and abortion. Together they created audio and visual materials that were proven to be basic teaching tools throughout the world. Their materials have been translated into 30 languages on all five continents. They frequently appeared on radio and TV shows and have spoken in 64 different countries.

Brad Mattes, of Life Issues Institute and a longtime close friend of Dr. Willke, said, “It breaks my heart to tell you that our beloved Jack Willke died this afternoon and is now reunited with his wife in heaven.”

“We are deeply saddened to report that Dr. Jack Willke, president of Life Issues Institute, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, February 20. Dr. Willke and his wife Barbara, who proceeded him in death, were considered the parents of the pro-life movement. Their educational materials have been responsible for educating millions on abortion and were translated into 32 languages,” he said.

Mattes added: “Words can’t possibly express how sad we feel. Jack was almost 90 and we new the time was approaching when he’d join his dear Barbara in heaven, but it’s hard to say goodbye. Jack has been my mentor and colleague for over 23 years and was a second father to me.”

Life Issues Institute is dedicated to continuing the pro-life legacy begun by the Willkes that dates back to the sixties. Dr. Willke often expressed that he didn’t expect to see the reversal of abortion in his lifetime. His dream of ending the brutality of abortion will ultimately be realized by those he and Barbara brought into the movement and trained.

Mattes said, “I can only imagine the greeting Jack received in heaven. Millions of babies who he tirelessly worked to saved, joyfully welcoming him home.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

February 16, 2015

TEA Party Leader to Fox News: 11 Reasons to Stop Calling Kasich ‘Conservative’

Because he’s not.

The harsh truth was delivered in an open letter to Fox News’s Bret Baier, who consdiers Kasich a center-right Republican politician, by Mike Snead, Dayton TEA Party President. It reflects his personal views.

Well done, sir.

January 30, 2015

Positivity: Assisted living centers defeat HHS mandate in court

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:53 pm

From Denver:

Jan 29, 2015 / 04:56 pm

A federal court has permanently barred the Obama administration from enforcing the federal contraception mandate against the group of Evangelical-owned senior citizen and assisted living centers.

“All Americans should oppose unjust laws that allow the government to force people to surrender their constitutionally protected freedom to live and work according to their deepest beliefs,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Michael J. Norton said Jan. 27.

Norton’s legal group filed the challenge to the federal rule on behalf of Stephen W. Brisco, who owns several Colorado companies that operate senior citizen residences, assisted living centers, and skilled nursing facilities and related businesses that mange them.

Brisco, an Evangelical Christian, objected to federal mandates that he provide employees with insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs that can cause abortions.

Refusal to provide the coverage would have resulted in heavy fines.

Norton said that Americans have a “clearly protected right” to be “free from this type of government coercion at home, in their family businesses, and in non-profit endeavors that benefit everyone.”

On Jan. 27 a U.S. District Court for Colorado issued a permanent injunction against the federal government from enforcing the mandate. It cited the Supreme Court’s June 2014 ruling that the mandate’s application to closely-held private companies like Hobby Lobby violated the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Supreme Court had said the government had not shown that the mandate was the least restrictive means of achieving its goal of providing free contraceptives to employees.

The Obama administration announced the controversial mandate in 2012. It requires employers to cover sterilization, contraception and some drugs that can cause abortions. Its narrow exemption for those with religious and moral objections to the coverage drew much criticism and prompted many legal challenges.

Norton said the Obama administration should give up what he described as “its blind and indefensible efforts to punish people of faith.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 28, 2015

Positivity: Why She Marched — A Mom’s Story of Raising Her Daughter With Down Syndrome

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington (video at link):

January 23, 2015

For Eileen and Sadie Haupt, this year’s March for Life, centered around the theme “Every Life is a Gift,” held special meaning.

During her pregnancy with Sadie, her second daughter, doctors asked Eileen if she wanted to undergo prenatal testing to see if her child had any health issues. Just as she had done with her first child, Eileen, who was then 39, opted out.

But when Eileen held Sadie in her arms for the first time after giving birth, she noticed something slightly different about her child when looking into her eyes. Sadie’s eyes were puffy, and in her head, Eileen told herself that her newborn had Down Syndrome.

“It’s not to say that it wasn’t emotional—it was emotional at times. But we just adapted pretty well, I think,” Eileen told The Daily Signal.

When Sadie was an infant, Eileen stumbled upon a statistic that said 90 percent of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted.

That moved her to action.

She and another mother of a child with Down Syndrome, Leticia Velasquez, started the group Keeping Infants with Down Syndrome in 2008 to raise awareness about the abortion rate of babies with the disorder. They come to Washington, D.C., every year to participate in the March for Life.

“We really felt there needed to be a presence in the march for families who have children with special needs, and in our case Down Syndrome,” Eileen said.

And this year was no different.

More than 15 parents and their children traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to March with KIDS and the hundreds of thousands of other attendees.

Though they, too, came from across the country, the families bonded with one another over their experiences with Down Syndrome. At the March, blue and yellow balloons traveled with the group as a symbol of their efforts to raise awareness about the disorder. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 17, 2015

Positivity: Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News — Tom @ 6:00 am

The story comes from South Africa. Audio is at the link.

It should cause all of those who think that those in a “vegetative state” should just be allowed to die — or should be starved to death to make sure they die — think again.

 

 

December 30, 2014

Press Barely Notices Obama Admin’s Computerized Health Records Fiasco

The old saying — “To err is human, but to really screw things up, you need a computer” — needs an update. In this case, it’s “To err is human, but to wreck an entire industry, you need to have the federal government try to force it to computerize.”

I’m referring to the government’s attempt to coerce doctors into using its mandated, “clunky, time-sucking” electronic health records system. Somehow, it’s barely news, with a story by Politico Magazine’s Arthur Allen constituting a rare exception, that over a quarter-million doctors, i.e., half of all who are eligible, face fines next year for “failing to use the systems in the way the government required.”

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Positivity: How the Church has helped fight AIDS in Uganda, Malawi

Filed under: Health Care,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Kampala, Uganda:

Dec 23, 2014 / 09:35 am

Catholic leaders in Uganda and Malawi have issued largely positive informal progress reports on local Church efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in the African nations.

A report from the Uganda Episcopal Conference that was provided to CANAA (Catholic News Agency for Africa) stressed “the contributions that the Catholic Church has made through one of its currently running projects to the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.”

It explained that the Ugandan bishops’ AIDS Care and Treatment project has provided care to more than 54,700 clients from September to the beginning of December. Seven percent of those clients were children under the age of 15.

Catholic Health facilities in Uganda have reported providing care for 90,646 clients, though Ugandan bishops said the actual numbers may be much larger since some Catholic Health facilities have not yet switched over to a new reporting software program.

The Uganda Episcopal Conference also restructured its secretariat to bring both the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau and the HIV/AIDS department under the umbrella of the bishops’ health commission.

The report stated Catholic bishops in Uganda were involved “from the very outbreak of the epidemic in the country” in 1982. Today, all 19 dioceses in Uganda have established HIV/AIDS offices to work alongside local health coordinators. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

December 29, 2014

Positivity: A new era for women’s health care? This Catholic clinic hopes so

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver:

Dec 20, 2014 / 08:19 am

While the phrase “women’s health” often conjures up images of artificial hormones, devices, and pills, one natural health care center in the Denver area is hoping to transform the way women receive care – one patient at a time.

“Women’s dignity is the forefront and center of what we do,” said nurse practitioner Abby Sinnett, co-founder of Bella Natural Women’s Care.

“A woman is beautiful and strong and can do amazing things, which is exhibited when they have a baby – it is beautiful what women can do,” she told CNA Dec. 8, the day before Bella’s grand opening.

Bella is a new non-profit medical practice located in Denver, Colo., which provides health care for all women, from adolescence through menopause and beyond. Their hope is to create a holistic approach to caring for women in mind, body, and spirit, dealing with a full range of issues from infertility to weight loss.

The practice will be run in full alignment with Church teaching, although Sinnett explained that they hope to attract non-Catholics as well, particularly those drawn to the truth and beauty of a natural, dignified approach to women’s health care.

“The hallmark of what we are doing here is remembering how beautifully and wonderfully we were created, and how women deserve to be cared for very well,” Sinnett explained.

“Our hearts of seeking that. We are seeking that in all ways, a created soul will seek its Creator. Our lost souls are seeking the reverence we were made to have,” said Bella co-founder Dede Chism.

Also a nurse practitioner, Chism is Sinnett’s mother. The two founded the health care practice together after the idea arose on a mission trip to Peru. Chism and Sinnett were struck by their freedom to treat patients in accordance with their dignity, without pressure to offer contraception or abortion as a “solution” to health problems.

Inspired to bring their mission home to Colorado, they decided to start a natural women’s health clinic that would uphold the dignity of women and give them the care they deserve, respecting life at all stages. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

December 26, 2014

Gruber at October Harvard Panel, Before Vermont’s Fail: Single-Payer Won’t Happen Unless It Succeeds in Some States

Earlier this morning, I posted on Vermont’s abandonment of its attempt to impose and implement a “single-payer” (i.e., government-controlled) healthcare system, and how muted the press coverage has been.

It’s difficult to overstate how devastating the Green Mountain State’s blowup is to the left’s oft-stated long-term goal of imposing single-payer, occasionally referred to a “Medicare for all,” on the entire nation. This goes a long way towards explaining the light press coverage. President Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi are among those who are on record asserting that they want — and expect — that nationwide single-payer will happen. Another such person is the now familiar and infamous Jonathan Gruber, an admitted architect (when it was convenient) of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

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Vermont Abandons Single-Payer Health Care; Press Coverage Muted

President Barack Obama, soon to be former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Congressman Barney Frank, and many other prominent Democrats and leftists have over the past several years declared that their ultimate goal is turn the U.S. healthcare system into a “single-payer,” i.e., completely government-controlled, enterprise.

That likely explains why the reaction to Vermont’s abandonment of its attempt to set up single-payer has been quite muted in the establishment press, as any of its members have ardently supported the idea for decades.

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December 13, 2014

Barely News: Congresswoman Lummis’s ‘Most Moving Moment’ at Gruber Hearing

Dictionary.com defines “glib” as “readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so.”

Jonathan Gruber’s apology at his Tuesday congressional hearing included that word. The word, especially the “superficial” element of its definition, applies to how the establishment press covered the hearing. With only rare exceptions, it excluded any mention of what has accurately been called “the most moving moment of the Gruber hearing”: Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis’s emotional recounting of how her husband died while the status of his coverage under Obamacare was in dispute.

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