health care reform
Obama paying to sell health care
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
| 14 April 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
We have to do this ourselves, government is getting out of control with spending.
The Stupak-Obama deal
| 25 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 24 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 22 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 22 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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’
| 20 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 09 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 05 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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.
| 02 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 01 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 12 January 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 06 January 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 05 January 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 04 January 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
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