Thursday, March 21, 2013

Obamacare - #4452 - Here are Two Reminders that Obamacare is Going to be a Bureaucratic Nightmare - The Blaze (2) CVS Pharmacy Asks Employees to Weigh in or Pay a Fine - The Blaze (3) If Gay Marriage is Legalized, Polygamy is Next, Brief Warns - Baptist Press (4) Thousands to March for God's Design for Marriage, March 26, 2013 - Citizenlink

Here are Two Reminders that Obamacare is Going to be a Bureaucratic Nightmare - The Blaze - It appears that several notable Republicans, including Congressmen Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan, have surrendered the fight over repealing President’s Barack Obama’s health care law. So, although there are a few options left to fight the massive healthcare overhaul, it looks like it’s here to stay — and you may want to get used to the idea. That being said, here are two simple reminders that the program – which will be responsible for your personal health – will be run by a massive federal bureaucracy. First, here’s a copy the 21-page draft application Americans will have to fill out in order to access the health law’s subsidized insurance coverage [courtesy the Washington Post........  And although the above looks daunting (and asks applicants for an awful lot of personal information), take heart in knowing that most Americans will never see it. “Most who access health insurance through the exchange are expected to do so online, not in paper,” the WaPo’s Sarah Kliff explains. Well, that’s a relief. But, really, do the feds seriously expect people to fill out that form? What are they thinking? This brings us to our second reminder. Read more.......

(2) CVS Pharmacy Asks Employees to Weigh in or Pay Fine - The Blaze - A new policy for employees of CVS Pharmacy will have them reporting their weight, body fat and other health metrics — or they can pay a fine that could add up to $600 each year. Privacy advocates are not happy about it. According to the Boston Herald, Dr. Deborah Peel, founder of the advocacy group Patient Privacy Rights, said the increasing cost of health care will only make policies like this more common. “Rising health care costs are killing the economy, and businesses are terrified,” Peel said. “Now, we’re all in this terrible situation where employers are desperate to get rid of workers who have costly health conditions, like obesity and diabetes.” To ABC’s Good Morning America, Peel called the practice “technology-enhanced discrimination on steroids.” According to reports, the new policy requires employees of the pharmacy to have a doctor record their weight, height, body fat, blood pressure, blood glucose and other measurement by May 1, 2014. If the employee opts out of providing this information, they would be fined an additional $50 each month for insurance, adding up to $600 per year. The Boston Herald reported CVS saying it would pay for these evaluations. Read more.......

(3) If Gay Marriage is Legalized, Polygamy is Next, Brief Warns - Baptist Press - Redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would jettison the rationale and logic behind prohibitions on polygamous marriages, according to several friend-of-the court briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the traditional definition of marriage. "Ultimately, there is no principled basis for recognizing a legality of same-sex marriage without simultaneously providing a basis for the legality of consensual polygamy or certain adult incestuous relationships," reads one of the briefs, filed by the Christian legal group Liberty Counsel. "In fact, every argument for same-sex marriage is an argument for them as well." Over the next three days, Baptist Press will preview some of the legal arguments made by supporters of traditional marriage ahead of Tuesday's and Wednesday's oral arguments. On those days the court will consider the constitutionality of two laws: California's Proposition 8 and a section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Prop 8 is a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman in California, while the DOMA section in question defines marriage in federal law in the traditional sense. If both are overturned, then gay marriage likely would be legalized in all 50 states. Read more.........


(4)  Thousand to March for God's Design for Marriage - Citizenlink - A national organization will hold a Washington, D.C., march later this month. The event will take place the same day the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments in cases challenging a national and state definition of the institution as a union between one man and one woman. Sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the March 26 event will provide a platform for people to show their support for God’s design for the institution. Dozens of organizations and ministries across the country — including Focus on the Family and CitizenLink — have signed on as co-sponsors. “The fact that so many have gathered in response to these critical court cases should give everyone hope as we find our way forward,” Focus President Jim Daly said in “March for Marriage: Why Marriage Matters,” a video about the event. “You and I know that we’re standing on firm ground. God’s design for marriage has always been about bringing together the two distinct and complementary expressions created in His image: male and female — two people coming together in oneness capable of bringing forth new life.” Read more.......

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