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The Office of Special Counsel has determined that on February 25, 2012, Kathleen Sebelius made partisan comments during a speech made in her official capacity. This is a violation of the Hatch Act which constrains public official from political activity to affect the outcome of an election.

The HHS department, after the fact, reclassified the trip as personal and Sebelius had to reimburse the costs.

The Report by the OCS has been sent to the president and it will go absolutely Nowhere.

It would be good to check who paid for Sebelius’ trip to the DNC to shill and resell Obamacare a week ago.

43 Catholic Organizations file 12 lawsuits against the HHS mandate

Forty-three Catholic organizations file lawsuits against HHS mandate :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Eleven or more lawsuits had already been filed against the Health and Human Services mandate to pay for birth control/abortion/sterilization, and now 43 more Catholic organizations have piled on.
Kathleen Sebelius, who had no idea that her mandate would be an unconstitutional problem, will be kept busy with depositions. Perhaps this will occupy some of her time and prevent her from doing further damage to health care and the economy.
The University of Steubenville, which has had to drop health coverage for its employees, is among the educational institutions suing the the Obama administration.

Obama Extends HHS Mandate, Sneaks News Out on Friday

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air is pointing out that insurance companies have not jumped for joy at the new birth control, abortion, and sterilization mandate that Obama is forcing on them. They know that it’s not really revenue neutral, especially up front, when they have to fork over one hundred percent of the costs. The supposed savings by preventing pregnancies are theoretical. Consider also that the pill induces conditions in women which require more medical attention: metabolic disorders and thromboembolic events, among others. No insurance companies have indicated an expectation of savings from Obama’s mandate.
The Hill brings up the point that no insurance coverage is free. The final cost is always coming from the total benefits package offered to the employee. If health insurance costs more, then less salary is offered.
There is also the issue of self insured employers. Many Catholic institutions are self insured, and one of the reasons for this originally could have been to avoid taking part in larger insurance pools that covered services which are not in line with Catholic teaching. Another reason would be cost containment.

THe HHS is is overturning doctrines of more than one Religion with this mandate. It might take a bit of time for the full response to come in.
Insurance companies are wondering what new unfunded mandates Obama will be imposing on them.

Tina Korbe has announced the St Patrick’s day/ March madness document dump from the White House. There is the advance notice of proposed rule making on preventative services policy quietly slipped out on Friday night when no one is looking. You should have heard about this in normal news venues so that you could have an opportunity to comment on the HHS rules expanding the mandate for coverage of birth control, abortion, and sterilizations.
Obama and Sebelius really don’t want to consider your opinions, and this is the reason for dribbling out the news when everyone is ready for a party weekend.
Yes the expanded mandate will cover Sandra Fluke’s apparent wild sex life at the university. Student insurance will be required, that offers free birth control, abortions and sterilizations. The Universities will of course have to cover the insurance and pass the costs to the students as part of tuition and fees.

Certain Preventative Services under the Health Care Act (extending birth control mandate)

Obamacare “fact” sheet.

Buying Sandra Fluke’s birth control.

Where you will go to Comment. Bring your rule number with you.

*153* Bishops (Over 80% of Dioceses) Have Spoken Out Against Obama/HHS Mandate | CatholicVote.org

Updated: *153* Bishops (Over 80% of Dioceses) Have Spoken Out Against Obama/HHS Mandate | CatholicVote.org.

At the above link a list is being compiled of Bishops statements protesting Obama’s health care mandate  for religiously affiliated employers to cover birth control, abortifacients and sterilizations.

The bolded links on the list lead to letters which were to be read at every parish in the diocese.   As of Sunday there are 153 out of  183 diocesan leaders who have made statements.

The Assembly of Orthodox Bishops has also made a statement representing all 53 of their U.S. Bishops, which protests the action of Obama and his HHS.

Expect more statements to be coming out as some of the Bishops get a reminder of their job function from the Vatican.

As a result of prior decisions to go  along with the Government and accept grants from them,  the Bishops now find themselves, and the society in which they live, in dire straits.  Says Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago:   “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.”

2/8/12 UPDATE    169 Dioceses have  submitted letters of protest


Obama Administration Sued, Made New Hampshire Fund Planned Parenthood | LifeNews.com

Obama Admin Sued, Made New Hampshire Fund Planned Parenthood | LifeNews.com.

New Hampshire cancelled a 1.8 million dollar grant to planned parenthood, due to concerns that part of that money would be supporting the abortion portion of their business.

Obama decided to make up for this by granting a 1 million dollar replacement with your federal tax dollars.   This was funded through cuts in funding to neighboring health care providers.  In addition, this money was provided without the usual process of allowing other agencies to compete for the grant.

New Hampshire Right to Life has been looking into this unusual million dollar grant, and is suing the Sebelius HHS, because this very ‘opaque’ agency refused its Freedom of Information  request for information.

The Obama administration has also opposed a Texas attempt to defund planned parenthood.

Indiana is fighting the HHS threat to defund its other health programs because of the state’s decision to defund the country’s largest abortion provider.

The answer is:  YES your federal tax dollars are being used to fund abortion.  Obama is fulfilling his promise to keep ABORTION at the center of his health care program.

Job Opportunities – Child Labor! Planned Parenthood

Job Opportunities – Planned Parenthood.

ALERT!  Department of Labor!  Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is advertising to hire teens as young as 14  as sex educators.

This is fairly overt.   Planned Parenthood tried to deny their assistance with another kind of child labor  (prostitution), when Live Action Films caught them.

We do see that the organization doesn’t mind another kind of teen sex worker, which they would like to call “health educator”.   And how do those teens become EXPERT enough to teach?


If you see this article and the ad is no longer linked, please make a comment.  Thanks!

That Conscience Thing

Will Obama Force Coverage of Birth Control, Abortion Drugs? | LifeNews.com.

Oh YES, Obama is forcing coverage of birth control / abortion drugs, as well as surgical abortions.

We know this from his refusal to sign an amendment excusing conscientious objection to funding and participating in abortion.

There is a fake conscience clause, so narrow as to be useless, excusing some theoretical institutions from covering chemical and surgical abortions.  The Institute of Medicine  has called for Obama to force the coverage of birth control and abortion drugs. The Dept of Health and Human Services, run by Kathleen Sebelius, who never met an abortion she didn’t love, has excluded pro-life groups from her meetings, and has accepted this recommendation to require new insurance plans to cover these drugs.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan has met with Obama, and has either been hypnotized by the rhythmic swaying of Obama’s head back and forth as he reads, or is too afraid of THE ONE to openly tell religious health care providers and employers that they’re screwed.

Pro-life Catholics and other Christians need to understand what the Obama administration has done, and need to consider this in 2012.   It’s time to exercise that CONSCIENCE THING!


Weekend Business: Repeal of Bush’s Conscience Protections for Health Care Professionals

It’s a whisper in the news……. You’d have to dig hard to find it.  Obama gutted the  regulations Bush had put into place to protect conscientiously objecting health care professionals from discrimination.

There were essentially no new provisions in Bush’s executive order, except to cause institutions to worry about receiving federal funds if they discriminated against health care professionals who refuse to kill humans in their practice.

Obama has returned the situation to its previous state:  toothless conscience legislation, nearly unenforceable because  unemployed health care professionals usually lack  funds to bring civil redress when incidents of discrimination occur. Also,  what remains of “protection” will only apply to what is obviously recognized as abortion to a layman,   and sterilization.   Objection to chemical abortions at the early stages of human development, and use of various biotech medical devices, unethically derived drugs, vaccines, transplants, implants  (from killed humans) will not be covered.

Actually the situation is worse than it was previously, as the department of Health and Human Services has utterly no interest in hearing or cataloging incidents of discrimination.   The head of this department, Kathleen Sebelius   had no interest in enforcing medical standards applicable to abortion clinics in her home state of Kansas.

It is fortunate  that the new Congress has shown some interest in this situation, otherwise it might be missed entirely by the public.

The actual  repeal is gibberish,  unless one has intimate  familiarity with the underlying laws and regulations.  Heritage Foundation has pretty much put it in English.

The Sebelius HHS will effectively leave conscientiously objecting health care professionals without protections,  and  all should be prepared to find new jobs or careers should a conflict between the employers mandates and personal conscience ever arise.

As  previously, the protection of conscience for health care professionals will largely lie in the power of the internet, to expose  institutions  which  discriminate against health care professionals who refuse to kill, and reduce private business, and  the sources of charitable   donations, funds and grants.

Vanderbilt Doubletalk On Their Nursing Residency Requirements

Nursing Residency applicants to Vanderbilt’s ‘woman’s health track’ are required to sign a statment containing the following bolded text.

I am aware that I may be providing nursing care for women who are having” procedures including terminations of pregnancy.

“It is important that you are aware of this aspect of care and give careful consideration to your ability to provide compassionate care to women in these situations,” the acknowledgment states. “If you feel you cannot provide care to women during this type of event, we encourage you to apply to a different track of the Nurse Residency Program to explore opportunities that may best fit your skills and career goals.”

Naturally this would be offputting to any pro-life  applicants, who would probably decide to choose another residency program.  This might be the actual  intention.

John Howser, the medical center spokesman  claimed  that it does not mean to suggest that residents with religious or moral objections will be required to participate in the actual procedures. He , in classic double talk noted that nursing students are not required to sign a similar letter of acknowledgment.

What is the difference?   Why require something of the residents which is not required of the nursing students in that track?

Care for patients who are having abortions would naturally be expected to include assisting with the procedure, unless specifically stated  (in writing) otherwise.   The verbal assurances of Howser, the media frontman, cannot be construed to assure nurses who object to abortion that their conscientous objection will be respected, and that they will not be penalized for it.

David French, senior counsel with the  Alliance Defense Fund is addressing this issue currently, seeking rewording of the application materials for Vanderbilt’s nursing residency program.   The basis for immediate  legal repercussions are the existing  federal restrictions on institutions WHICH ACCEPT FEDERAL GRANT MONEY.

In the era of Obama,  one cannot necessarily  expect enforcement of said restrictions.   A free market  solution is for  the (more competent) pro-life nurses and prospective nursing students  to avoid application to Vanderbilt.  There are many more  educational opportunities available.