Keeping Track of the News on Obama and the Church

On Monday, July 21, Barack Obama issued an Executive Order which pointedly excluded any religious exemption.  It barred federal contractors who received federal monies from excluding homosexuals who were in public relationships they called ‘marriage’ from being hired. This, of course, would hit Catholic Charities, the nation’s largest Social Services organization, the hardest. 

But on Tuesday, Obamacare itself received a body blow.  The subsidies which were being given to insurers were ruled to be illegal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in the 36 states which declined to set up health insurance exchanges.  This would begin a spiral of insurance increases which would threaten the viability of the Obamacare system itself.

Hours later, the Fourth District Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in conflict with that of the D.C. Court of Appeals.  This sets up a likely Supreme Court case to settle the dispute with the future of Obamacare in the balance. 

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