Monday, November 19, 2012

Obamacare - #4367 - Obamacare's Other Constitutional Problem - Washington Times (2) Red Flag Over the Atlantic - National Review Online

The line of those waiting at the courthouse itching for a chance to derail Obamacare just got longer. So far, the Catholic Church and 30 of the nation’s governors have taken the lead to battle against the health care law’s requirement that states establish health insurance exchanges and that abortion coverage be subsidized. Now private companies are enlisting in the fight. Take the craft retail chain Hobby Lobby, whose operations reflect the Christian views of the Green family, its founder and owner. The company self-insures, so under Obamacare, it faces daily fines in excess of $1.3 million unless the Green family violates its religious beliefs and offers its 13,000 employees full coverage for items, including “morning after” abortion pills beginning Jan. 1. The only other option for the company is to drop coverage of employees altogether and pay a $2,000 per employee annual tax. That’s still very expensive for the employer, and it’s probably worse for their employees.  Read more.......  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

Red Flag Over the Atlantic - National Review Online - On June 27, a plane carrying Wen Jiabao made a “technical” stop on the island of Terceira, in the Azores. Following an official greeting by Alamo Meneses, the regional secretary of environment of the sea, the Chinese premier spent four hours touring the remote Portuguese outpost in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean........ Terceira, however, has one big attraction for Beijing: Air Base No. 4. Better known as Lajes Field, the facility where Premier Wen’s 747 landed in June is jointly operated by the U.S. Air Force and its Portuguese counterpart. If China controlled the base, the Atlantic would no longer be secure. From the 10,865-foot runway on the northeast edge of the island, Chinese planes could patrol the northern and central portions of the Atlantic and thereby cut air and sea traffic between the U.S. and Europe. Beijing would also be able to deny access to the nearby Mediterranean Sea.  Read more.......

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