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(RNS) Facing growing furor from religious groups, President Obama on Friday (Feb. 10) unveiled an “accommodation” in which health insurance companies, rather than religious institutions, will provide employees with contraception coverage. The revised approach effectively removes all faith-based organizations — not just houses of worship but also hospitals and universities — from covering employees’ contraception […] Read More

(RNS) The White House has surprised observers and disappointed some liberal allies by signaling that it is willing to compromise and provide a broader religious exemption in its controversial regulations requiring all employers to provide free contraception coverage. Given that birth control use is almost universal – even among Catholics – many wonder why the […] Read More

The Jordan River has been the subject of many songs. “The Jordan River is deep and wide, Hallelujah.” Or “I looked over the Jordan and what did I see, coming for to carry me home.” With songs such as this one, one could imagine that the Jordan River is indeed a major and mighty river. […] Read More

A recent Harvard study estimates that 45,000 Americans die per year because they don’t have health insurance. Therefore, a health-care bill that allows 36 million uninsured to get some form of health coverage would likely save tens of thousands of American lives per year, more each year than the total number of American soldiers who […] Read More

There is a troublesome and troubling silence within the religious community concerning the current U.S. health-care insurance reform debate. People of all faiths, backgrounds, political beliefs and education levels are challenged daily to obtain and keep affordable health insurance. Reports about health insurance industry abuses, such as “rescission” where insurers terminate coverage and refund premium […] Read More

I met Gaby Duffy in the summer of 2004 when she came to our annual weeklong family vacation party at Lake LBJ in central Texas. She came with her best friend, Maren Anderson, brought along her ever-present camera and left a trail of sparkly fun in her path. We introduced her to real barbecue, boat […] Read More

Whether we like it or not, money drives our society, including the medical system. How to reform our health care to get the most for our medical dollars is the real question in the debate about health care reform. If we are going to have any real reform, there are certain basic facts that need […] Read More

Before the moral question about the profit of private health insurance companies can be answered, we need to have more financial information from them. Here are some simple, straightforward and fair questions that need answers: How much profit do private insurance corporations make? What are the compensation and bonuses for the top insurance executives? What […] Read More

It took me a year of searching to find a medical neurologist in Tom Green County that would agree to see my uninsured 45-year-old daughter. She had her first epileptic seizure while working in the kitchen of a public school north of San Antonio, Texas. She badly sprained her wrist as she fell to the […] Read More

Faith leaders called Thursday’s House of Representatives vote upholding President Bush’s veto of a children’s health insurance bill a defeat for America’s children and win for tobacco. The House of Representatives voted 273-156 to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) over the president’s objection, 13 votes short of a two-thirds majority needed to […] Read More