Mr. Obama oversold Obamacare 4

By Tom Quiner

My wife and I own a small business. We carry a high-deductible health-savings account (HSA). To hold down the price of premiums, we essentially pay the first $5000 of our medical expenses.

I just got word that our premiums are going up another $600 this year on top of the $700 spike last year.

I’m paying $1300 more a year for health insurance since the Democratically-controlled Congress passed Obamacare.

Candidate Obama promised he would lower annual family health insurance premiums by $2500 by the end of his first term.

He hasn’t.

In fact, annual premiums have increased $2200 since he became president according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

I guess I should consider myself lucky. My premiums haven’t gone up as much as most, but that is become I essentially self-insure my first $5000 of coverage.

Why did Mr. Obama push so hard to pass what turned out to be the signature, if dubious, accomplishment of his presidency?

In addition to his claim that he would lower our premiums, he said the program would save the taxpayers money. The  Democratic Triumvirate of Obama/Reid/Pelosi cooked the books when they presented their plan to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for financial scrutiny.

Based on assumptions they were compelled to accept, the CBO said Obamacare would reduce the federal deficit by $143 billion in the first ten years.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said we would have to read the 2000 + page document to learn what was in it.

As the bill was scrutinized after the fact, the truth came out. Obamacare is a sham.

Team Obama acknowledged that long term care component of the bill, called the Class Act, was financially unfeasible. They pulled it.

In his 2013 budget, Mr. Obama inserted an extra $111 billion in spending to help subsidize the law’s health insurance exchanges. So the price tag for the entire Obamacare boondoggle has just about doubled from what they promised it would cost. And what was that?

$940 billion over the decade.

And what does the CBO tell us it is going to cost us now that they’ve read what it really says?

$1.76 trillion (this is the current number, but it keeps getting revised upward).

Watch the video above from American Doctors 4 Truth for an entertaining explanation of the problems of Obamacare.

It gets worse. Mr. Obama said we could keep our existing policy if we preferred. It’s not working out that way. Companies are pulling out of the health insurance business because Obamacare limits how much profit they can make. Even more, a study by McKinsey & Co. last year reveals that up to half of employers plan to stop offering health insurance once Obamacare is fully implemented.

Key promises of Obamacare have been broken.

In light of the impending fiscal carnage of this bill; in light of the overwhelming unpopularity of the bill; in light of the infringement on our religious liberties imposed by this bill, there is but one logical action: repeal it.

Let’s start over and craft a bi-partisan, market-driven piece of legislation.

Obamacare has already failed.

Nancy Pelosi’s relentless betrayal of the Catholic Church 3

By Tom Quiner

Here in Des Moines, our Catholic Bishop said, “I have some bad news.” He proceeded to rail against the Obama Mandate that the entire Catholic community in the U.S. is railing against.

And yet former Speaker of the House said in the video above,

“I’m going to stand with my fellow Catholics in supporting the administration on this. I think it was a very courageous decision that they made and I support it.”

Ms. Pelosi in fact stands with only with the Secular Humanists on the Left bent on establishing their religion as the official state religion.

She surely doesn’t stand with the Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who characterized the Obama Mandate as:

“…an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.”

She doesn’t stand with Cardinal-designate, Timothy Dolan, who said:

“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.”

She doesn’t even stand with liberal columnist, E.J. Dionne, a Catholic, who said Obama:

“botched” the controversy and “threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus” by refusing to “balance the competing liberty interests here.”

Ms. Pelosi doesn’t stand with rank and file Catholics like me. She is an embarrassment to practicing Catholics when she dare characterize herself as a Catholic.

She isn’t.

A Catholic proudly believes what the Church teaches.

A Catholic doesn’t actively oppose the Church in the public square by supporting laws and mandates that force Catholics to violate their faith, or be fined, jailed, or bankrupted.

This is who Nancy Pelosi is.

She bows to the high priest of Secular Humanism, Barack Obama, at the same time she spits on the Church she long ago betrayed.

She offends serious Catholics every time she opens her mouth.

Should public policy be molded by religion? 3

By Tom Quiner

“We have to give voice in public policy to keeping with the values of the Word.”

The person who made this comment was referring to the Gospel values embedded in Christianity. If I understand correctly, the speaker is saying that our faith must project its values onto the larger society by whom we elect to office and in the legislation we pass.

The speaker is former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Ms. Pelosi waxes eloquent on the beauty of the Word and the foundational principal of Christianity that the Word became Flesh, referring of course to the birth of Jesus the Christ.

At a follow up press conference, Ms. Pelosi was asked a legitimate question: when did Jesus become Flesh? Was it when He was conceived in the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit?

Ms. Pelosi made it clear that all her talk about the Word was just talk. She bristled at the young woman’s question. She refused to answer, suggesting the subject was only fit for church. And yet in this season of Advent as the Christian world awaits the birth of the Christ child who will save us from our sins, who will show has the path to salvation, shouldn’t this be THE question on our minds?

Ms. Pelosi made it fair game by stating with such passion, evidently feigned, that values in the Word, and specifically the Gospels, should influence public policy. What are the Gospels all about? They are about God made man at the instant of conception. It is unequivocal. This instant, known as the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic Church (Ms. Pelosi’s religion … and mine), trumpets God’s pro life message to mankind.

Ms. Pelosi attempted to manipulate the audience with her seeming embrace of the Gospels. In fact, her real God is Planned Parenthood’s altar of choice, also known as death to the millions of babies killed due to the public policy foisted on America by Nancy Pelosi and her ilk. She has been one of Congress’ most forceful advocates for the expansion of abortion.

I agree with Ms. Pelosi that our faith values have a place in molding public policy and should influence for whom we vote. As a Catholic who tries my hardest to practice my faith, I will accordingly vote against every candidate who believes as Nancy Pelosi does.