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Maybe you remember the desperate and destitute sharecropper in John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” who was being evicted from farming the land by its owners who had to return it to the bank. The “owner men,” as Steinbeck called them, “were all caught in something larger than themselves. Some of them hated the mathematics […] Read More

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of co-authoring an op-ed with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon titled “Standing in the Gap for Working Missourians.” It was written in support of providing health coverage to 300,000 working Missourians through the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Under the proposed expansion, low-income Missourians who can’t afford […] Read More

(RNS) White House advisors, including one of President Obama’s top faith consultants, are signaling a potential compromise on a controversial new mandate that requires some religious institutions to cover contraception costs for employees.   David Axelrod, a senior campaign adviser for the Obama reelection campaign, said Tuesday that Obama may be open to a compromise […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholics who have pushed back against a White House policy that would require many religious insurers to cover contraception are getting a high-profile assist from dozens of evangelical leaders. “We write in solidarity, but separately—to stress that religious organizations and leaders of other faiths are also deeply troubled by and opposed to the […] Read More

(RNS) Catholics around the country are being asked to object in writing to a new federal rule that will require Catholic ministries to offer birth control coverage to their employees. In particular, Catholic bishops say a “conscience clause” that ought to exempt church organizations is too narrow and should be rewritten. The U.S. Conference of […] Read More

President Bush has threatened to veto proposed expansion of a program for families who earn too much for Medicaid but cannot afford insurance for their children, to be financed by an increase in the federal tax on tobacco. Created by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as […] Read More

“How much do you think this bottle of pills costs?” asked my wife, several days after I had returned home from a month in the hospital for the treatment of acute leukemia. I was stunned when she told me the price for a 30-day prescription was more than $4,000. With our insurance coverage our actual […] Read More

Who should own health-care systems? Should market forces now control resources that have in most cultures belonged to the social covenant? What are the ethics of health-care ownership at both motivational and behavioral levels? Health-care organizations (HCOs) in the United States are owned in one of three ways: Not-for-profit (NFP) owned by a community, service […] Read More