FPL Daily News Reel: June 29, 2012
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Nuns celebrate Affordable Care Act victory, but healthcare battles on Capitol Hill will continue
By Sr. Simone Campbell — Washington Post, On Faith
Two years ago, I wrote the “nuns’ letter” that was signed by many leaders of U.S. Catholic sisters just prior to the historic vote in Congress. Many considered that one of the critical tipping points that led to the bill’s passing.
The Affordable Care Act: Without a Vision, the People Perish
By Dr. Michael Traylor — Sojourners, God’s Politics
The ACA is not a perfect law or policy — even by President Obama’s admission — but what it does represent is an alternative vision for our national community.
Religious Groups React to Supreme Court Health Care Ruling
By David Gibson — Religion News Service
Religious groups and social conservatives are reacting to the Supreme’s Court’s historic ruling that largely upholds President Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
Medicaid Decision Looms for States
By Thomas M. Burton, Louise Radnofsky and Jennifer Corbett Dooren — Wall Street Journal
The Supreme Court’s decision to let states opt out of the health overhaul’s Medicaid expansion without losing current funding for the program lifts a budget mandate from states but could mean fewer Americans gain insurance coverage under the law.
The Real Winners
By Paul Krugman — New York Times, Opinion
The point is that this isn’t over — not on health care, not on the broader shape of American society. The cruelty and ruthlessness that made this court decision such a nail-biter aren’t going away.
Faithful Alternatives to the Sequester
By James Colten — Sojourners, God’s Politics
“[Thursday] the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) presented a forum for congressional representatives to talk about a more faithful response to the pending sequester this upcoming January.
Connecticut fight a lesson for religious freedom campaign
By Michael Sean Winters — National Catholic Reporter
What then, are the lessons of the 2009 Connecticut showdown? Clearly, the lesson [Archbishop] Lori has learned is that a pugnacious public attitude works. But a more nuanced understanding shows why the Connecticut struggle mostly indicates what the church must avoid.
Nuns vs. Romney: The Sisters Hit the Battleground State of Ohio
By Christine Howey — The Daily Beast
For those who agree with these sisters, this bus outreach is a powerful gesture. As Sister Diane points out, “People say thank you to us, and tell us we’ve restored their faith in the possibility of church.”
Who supports immigration reform?
By Gatehouse News Service
…the June 2012 Religion and Politics Tracking Survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute finds broad agreement across racial, political and religious divides that immigration policy is best decided at the national level.
A Year of Jubilee for Student-Loan Debt
By Charles J. Reid, Jr. — Huffington Post, Opinion
Here the arguments of religion, morality, and economic well-being coincide to the betterment of us all.