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Obama paying to sell health care

Sheila Liaugminas | 09 June 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: health care reform, Obamacare, public opinion polls
The president got his version of health care reform passed into law, so he doesn’t need to sell it or even close the deal. He did that. But suddenly, he’s launched a huge campaign to market the ideas behind Obamacare. Why is he doing this?


Stewards of our tax dollars

Sheila Liaugminas | 14 April 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: big government, federal spending, health care reform, subsidiarity, Taxes
We have to do this ourselves, government is getting out of control with spending.


The Stupak-Obama deal

Sheila Liaugminas | 25 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: abortion, Barack Obama, Bart Stupak, executive order, health care reform

At the end of the day, it seemed vote-a-rama was the big political story. But then this came out… "Both sides in the abortion debate came to a rare agreement on Wednesday: The executive order on abortion signed by President Obama, they said, was basically meaningless."



Bishops: Fix the bill

Sheila Liaugminas | 24 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Archbishop Charles Chaput, Cardinal Francis George, common good, health care reform, human dignity, U.S. Catholic bishops
Well-intended and necessary as health care reform is, just expanding government programs to make more Americans insured to access a government controlled industry is not enough to affirm human dignity and serve the common good. At least not as mandated in the newly passed legislation, say the U.S. bishops.


The day after

Sheila Liaugminas | 22 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: abortion, Bart Stupak, health care reform, John Boehner
Sunday night, Congress ended a dramatically long and intense weekend of backroom wrangling and avoiding the thousands of citizens who descended on Washington to protest the health bill and the majority of Americans who opposed it. So the deal got done, and some news analysts began saying immediately afterward that life in America has just begun to change.


Wink and nod politics

Sheila Liaugminas | 22 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Barack Obama, Bart Stupak, health care reform
No matter how things turn out in the fast-moving dealmaking on Capitol Hill to get the Senate health bill passed by the House, this AP story is just some strange reporting.


‘Ardently anti-abortion’ vs. ‘pro-social justice’

Sheila Liaugminas | 20 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholic social teaching, Congress, health care reform, U.S. bishops
The Catholic divide over congressional health care  legislation has widened. A few days ago as the decisive week began, the U.S. bishops took another stand against the proposed wording. And a large group of Catholic nuns took a stand against the Catholic bishops’. Confusion abounds. Because what people learn about their positions depends largely on what they’re hearing in the media. And that’s getting pretty distorted.


Obama is still campaigning

Sheila Liaugminas | 09 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Barack Obama, campaigining, health care reform

Throughout the past year and more so in recent times, some analysts have said Barack Obama is much more skilled at campaigning than governing.  He likes to take issues directly to the people and whip up emotional reaction in the crowds through commanding rhetoric. But that routine has grown more transparent. Just recently, MSNBC noted Obama is trying to tap into the anger his administration has caused and lead the call for change. Even though what the people want is change from his administration’s politics.



Healthcare reform turns on abortion

Sheila Liaugminas | 05 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: abortion, Bart Stupak, Congress, health care reform
We do have some principled leadership in Congress, after all. Especially the Democrat who refuses to buckle under massive pressure from the White House, Senate and House powerbrokers and most of the big media opinionmakers: Bart Stupak. He’s sending them all into a tailspin.


Mis-Speaker

Sheila Liaugminas | 02 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: abortion, Congress, health care reform, Nancy Pelosi
If you didn’t watch the televised health care summit live last Thursday, chances are you saw precious little coverage in the news media afterward. Especially of odd outbursts like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid angrily denying the Democrats had even considered a ‘reconciliation’ move (when everyone knew they were planning that very thing). And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi testily denying the legislation allows federal funding for abortion…..(when it in fact, does).


The Summit and the Fall

Sheila Liaugminas | 01 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Barack Obama, Congress, health care reform, media

Most of the media ignored last Thursday’s health care summit because, frankly, the president and top Democrats didn’t come off so well, and it didn’t achieve its purpose. Was it a waste of time?



The lone crusader

Sheila Liaugminas | 12 January 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: health care reform
Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak reminds me of the boy holding back a flood by holding his finger on the weakest point of the dike. If he let go, it would all break loose, unstoppably.


C-SPAN wants open hearings

Sheila Liaugminas | 06 January 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: democracy, health care reform
After he promised openness, the most critical negotiations on Obama’s health plan have taken place behind closed doors, as Republicans repeatedly point out.


Opposition is bipartisan

Sheila Liaugminas | 05 January 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: health care reform
One of the likely reasons Democrat leadership in the House and Senate want to hammer out their compromise health care legislation is that so much of it is so unpopular.


Tyranny and the majority

Sheila Liaugminas | 04 January 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: health care reform
In this representative republic, elected officials are supposed to govern by the will of the majority of the people. But after they use that majority to get into office, they’re disregarding the people’s will.


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