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Leader Pelosi. Good afternoon. Pretty exciting day. The decision that was announced by the
Earlier this morning I met with our Caucus after the decision was announced. It was, as you know, no surprise to us. We knew that, we thought that we were on solid grounds in terms of interstate commerce, solid grounds in terms of the Constitution. It was just a question of what the vote would be. And with that confidence, we happily embraced the decision that came down. Now we can move forward to the full implementation of the law. When that happens for the American people, the best is yet to come.
I want to say a word about Senator Kennedy. I spoke to
I will be pleased to take any questions.
Q: Madam Leader, the President has said himself on numerous occasions that the individual mandate is not a tax. Do you think the individual mandate in the health care law is a tax?
Leader Pelosi. The court has upheld the legislation. I think, and I have to see the specific language, that they identified with how we wrote the bill in the House as part of the decision, their documentation for the decision. Call it what you will, it is a step forward for America's families. And you know what, take yes for an answer. This is a very good thing for the American people. What you are talking about here is
Q: Madam Leader, the Republicans have spoken today saying this decision raises the stakes for the election, it brings clarity and even an opportunity for them. Do you think that there are dangers for the Democrats and the President if the health care debate is reopened in this election for the second year, second Congressional election?
Leader Pelosi. I think we all have to take a step back and say why are we here" We are here to do a job for the American people. We are here to act upon our beliefs. And a belief that we have, many of us shared, is that health care is a right, not a privilege in our country. We believe that a health care bill needed to be passed so that families would not be pauperized because they had a diagnosis or an accident that heaped health care costs on them. We believe it is about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that people can now pursue their aspirations, depending on their talents, and again their aspirations, without being job locked because a child has a pre-existing condition or a fear of a diagnosis. They can be a writer, they can start a business, they can be self'employed, they can change jobs. This is about a responsibility to reduce the deficit. If there were no other reason to pass the health care reform act then because of costs, costs to individuals, costs to families, costs to businesses large and small, costs to our economy in terms of it being a competitiveness issue, and costs to federal, state, and local budgets, then we would have had to do this.
So, the politics be damned, this is about what we came to do. And any time we want to waste time seeing it through a prism of what does this mean in terms of the election we undermine our purpose in coming here and acting upon our beliefs. We are very, very excited about this day. It is historic. It ranks right up there when they passed
To my right?
Q: Chief Justice
Leader Pelosi. With all due respect to your characterization of it, and his, here is what it does. And we wrote this very carefully because, again, we wanted to have balance in the legislation, we wanted it to have legitimacy and be well received. And what it does is it says for three years states will receive 100 percent of their
Q: Are you going to - will you be walking out of the House Chamber today?
Leader Pelosi. Thank you for bringing up the contempt of
Q: Will you be walking off, though?
Leader Pelosi. I am just saying that there is an attitude in our Caucus that we should not honor the process that is coming to the floor. I myself intend to stay long enough to vote 'no,' and I will see what the will of - many in our Caucus think that we should do a complete walk off. I honor the wish of my Caucus. But I want to be there long enough to make sure that the record is straight on what is going on there. Now, we are very honored by the work of
Q: Madam Leader, what is your message to Republican House Members who already are scheduling a vote to repeal, to go forward with this idea of repealing the health care bill the week after the
Leader Pelosi. Well, first of all, I haven't seen their hearings. Have they had hearings on this legislation that they are just going to come back a few days after" You know, really, are they going to have a vote to say if you are a child and have a pre-existing medical condition and you can no longer be discriminated against, we are going to overturn that" If you are a senior and you are paying less for your prescription drugs and you are getting free preventive checkups and the rest, we are going to overturn that" If you are 26 years old and under and you are on your parents' policy, pull the plug on that as well?
They make their own decisions. I think that it clearly points out that even with a decision by the
Thank you all very much.
The writings of historians, the records of chronographers, the languages of earth, the calendars of time, and the existence of the Jewish race—all testify to the fact that the weekly cycle on our calendars today is the same as in earlier centuries—going back to the time of Christ, to Moses, and beyond.
In the beginning, God gave us the weekly seven-day cycle, with the Sabbath as the last day. That pattern has never changed. The seventh day of the week today is the true Bible Sabbath. Our seventh day is the Sabbath which Jesus kept; it was the Sabbath in the time of Moses when the Ten Commandments were written down. Historians and scientists all agree that this is true.
If there had been any change in the weekly cycle, between the time of Creation and the time of Moses, a correction would have been made when the Ten Commandments were given to the Hebrews. From that time, on down to the present, there have always been Jews to testify as to the true Sabbath. It is the same seventh day of the week which is on our calendars. While all the other ancient races are now intermingled, the Jews have been kept separate so they could testify to the fact that our seventh day is the Bible Sabbath!
The yearly cycle has been changed. In 1582, the length of the year was changed to include the leap year. This changeover resulted in October 1582 having only 21 days! But each week remained the same seven days in length. Thursday, October 4, was followed by Friday, October 15. God has divinely protected the weekly cycle down through the ages. If He had not done this, it would be impossible to keep the Sabbath holy, as He has commanded. But, because He has, we have no excuse not to. The seventh day is a holy day, made holy by the command of God. All calendars agree: The seventh day is the Sabbath. Sunday is the first day; the day called "Saturday" in the English langauge is the Sabbath.
However, in 108 of the 160 languages of mankind, the seventh day is called "the Sabbath"! Did you know that? Dr. William Mead Jones of London prepared a chart proving this. (A copy of this chart can be obtained free of charge from the publisher of this book: Ask for "The Chart of the Week" [BS–28-29]. English is one of the few major languages in which the seventh day is not called "the Sabbath."
Here are ten examples: Hebrew: Shabbath / Greek: Sabbaton / Latin: Sabbatum / Arabic: Assabit / Persian: Shambin / Russian: Subbota / Hindustani: Shamba / French: Samedi / Italian: Sabbato / Spanish: Sabado.
"By calculating the eclipses, it can be proven that no time has been lost and the creation days were seven, divided into 24 hours each."—Dr. Hinkley, The Watchman, July 1926 [Hinkley was a well-known astronomer].
"The human race never lost the septenary [seven day] sequence of week days and that the Sabbath of these latter times comes down to us from Adam, though the ages, without a single lapse."—Dr. Totten, professor of astronomy at Yale University.
"Seven has been the ancient and honored number among the nations of the earth. They have measured their time by weeks from the beginning. The origin of this was the Sabbath of God, as Moses has given the reasons for it in his writings."—Dr. Lyman Coleman.
"There has been no change in our calendar in past centuries that has affected in any way the cycle of the week."—James Robertson, Director American Ephemeris, Navy Department, U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C., March 12, 1932.
"It can be said with assurance that not a day has been lost since Creation, and all the calendar changes notwithstanding, there has been no break in the weekly cycle."—Dr. Frank Jeffries, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Research Director of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England.
It is remarkable how complete is the Biblical and historical evidence corroborating the fact that the Bible Sabbath was given to us by the God of heaven. Let us keep the Sabbath that Jesus kept! He worshiped on the Bible Sabbath, and never told us to stop keeping it. No one else in the Bible said to either. The seventh day is the Sabbath, for God never changed it.
How very thankful we can be that our God is so reliable. He does not change this way or that. He has a holy law which we must obey. But He sent His only begotten Son to die in order to enable us to do it.
Soon we will be in heaven, and praise Him for His great Gift.
For exciting proof that the weekly cycle comes down to us from the Creation of our world, as described in Genesis 1 and 2 of the Bible, click here on CHART OF THE WEEK.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Rev. 16:13, 14.
By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation [the United States] will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near.
Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience. ..
Papists, Protestants, and worldling will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium.
When our nation [the United States] shall so abjure the principles of its government as to enact a Sunday law, Protestantism will in this act join hands with popery; it will be nothing else than giving life to the tyranny which has long been eagerly watching its opportunity to spring again into active despotism.
Maranatha, p. 190.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr..................................Roman Catholic
Justice Antonin Scalia................................................Roman Catholic
Justice Anthony Kennedy............................................Roman Catholic
Justice Clarence Thomas............................................Roman Catholic
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.......................................Jewish
Justice Stephen Breyer...............................................Jewish
Justice Samuel Alito..................................................Roman Catholic
Justice Sonia Sotomayor............................................Roman Catholic
Justice Elena Kagan...................................................Jewish
What is Marco Rubio's religion?
Rubio is a Roman Catholic.
Where does Marco Rubio worship?
Though he is Catholic, Rubio belongs to the Christ Fellowship nondenominational Church in West Kendall, Fla., where he has attended for the last six years.
Was Marco Rubio born Roman Catholic, or did he convert?
Rubio was born Roman Catholic.
What has Marco Rubio said about the Roman Catholic Church?
When asked about how his faith has sustained him, Rubio said that he derives his family's strength from faith. "If you get the personal part of your life wrong, nothing else makes sense," he said, adding that his most important job is father and husband, and "I try to get that right, ... and certainly that comes from our faith." As a Catholic potential senator, he has expressed a possible division (as well as an inference that his Christianity informs his morality): "For those who have the Christian faith and are in politics, there is a constant struggle between a desire to do what is right and how that sometimes may not coincide with what is popular," he said. "I hope that, more often than not, I make the right choice."
What is Marco Rubio's position on the mosque planned near the World Trade Center in Manhattan?
Rubio is against the construction of the "ground zero mosque." He offered a vague nod toward religious freedom before citing the pain of the families of the victims of 9/11, saying, "It is divisive and disrespectful to build a mosque next to the site where 3,000 innocent people were murdered at the hands of Islamic extremism."
What is Marco Rubio's position on religion and American exceptionalism?Rubio identifies as a religious man and believes America is "the greatest society in the history of humanity," but believes this is because of the American structure of government, not divine providence. "Does God love us more than Belgium?" he asked rhetorically, answering, "No."
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The question is how does the present Supreme Court represent the United States citizens when 6 of the Chief Justices are Roman Catholics, and the other 3 are Jews?
Where are the Presbyterians, the Methodists, the Episcopalians, the Pentecostals, the Congregationalist, etc.?
Is AMERICA only Roman Catholic and Jewish now?
Politicians commandeered most of the spotlight by weighing in on Thursday's Supreme Court decision to uphold the bulk of the Affordable Care Act, but reaction from health care providers, business owners and others was seemingly just as polarizing and intense, if less visible.
In Washington, D.C., where hundreds of supporters and protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building, Tea Party supporter Susan Clark, a retired hairdresser from Santa Monica, Calif., was decked out in an American flag, red pom-pons and blue-and-gold hat. "I'm old. I remember what health care was before the government and lawyers got involved," Clark said. "You could go to the hospital and you didn't go bankrupt."
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Nearby, Shamequa Obee was among those holding signs in support of the mandate. "I have diabetes," said the 19-year-old resident of suburban Temple Hills, Md. "What am I going to do without health care?"
Business owners appear just as split. For Mark Hodesh, owner of the Ann Arbor, Mich., garden supply store Downtown Home and Garden, the court decision was a cause for celebration. He has been able to offset 35% of the costs of providing health insurance to his 13 employees with $20,000 in federal tax credits over the past two years. Having health insurance "gives my employees the long-term security to make investments in houses" and other things without having to worry about being financially wiped out from one visit to the emergency room, he said.
But Mike Geygan, owner of Minuteman Press in Lebanon, Ohio, says he isn't sure whether he'll continue to provide health insurance coveage for his 12-employee shop — which now costs him about $36,000 a year.
"It's a mess," he said. "It just makes it really hard for businesses to plan."
Although Geygan acknowledges that something has to be done to curb escalating costs, he's afraid increased government oversight isn't the solution. "I'm firmly convinced that, long term, anything government is involved in will be a disaster," Geyan says.
But Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, said the court ruling means cancer survivors won't face discrimination from insurers for pre-existing conditions.
"Today, cancer survivors throughout the U.S. are celebrating,'' Ulman said. "Parents of young cancer survivors will continue covering their kids on their insurance until they are 26. Life-saving preventive services, like breast and cervical cancer screenings, will be covered with no co-pays or deductibles. The Affordable Care Act's lifesaving measures, so critical to cancer survivors and their families, will be preserved, and we are enormously relieved."
Cancer patient Brian Rose, a coach with the Wingnuts, a Wichita minor-league baseball team, is one of the beneficiaries. Three years ago, Rose was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma, a life-threatening form of skin cancer that has spread to his brain, bones and liver.
Although he qualified for emergency coverage from Medicaid, it lasted just six months. Under the Affordable Care Act, he pays $200 a month for premiums — a good deal, he says, given that he had over $250,000 in medical bills last year.
"I'm very happy that my care won't be disrupted," Rose said, even if Congress eventually overturns the law. "If this (coverage) lasts for a week or a month or 10 years, it's still a good day. And if my doctor tells me my brain is OK, then it'll be a really good day."
Without that coverage; "I don't know what I'd do," Rose, 34, said. He says insurers denied his earlier applications for coverage, citing his cancer as a pre-existing condition. "I can't fathom the concept of not having any kind of health care," he says.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said the court ruling is "incredibly good news for women because it would improve their access to health care. "The biggest thing we can do is make sure women are educated about what's available now and make sure women get the care they need'' said.
Richards, who has three children in their early 20s, also said she appreciates that they will have coverage under her health care plan. "That's one less worry as a parent in these times. It means my kids are getting doctor visits that they easily could have gone without. For moms, this is a big deal."
Radiation oncologist Daniel Fass says cancer patients watching TV in his Rye, N.Y., office waiting room "jumped up and down for joy" as the decision was announced. "They're giddy,'' he says. "The system is on its way to getting fixed."
"This is excellent news. Five million of the 10 million currently uninsured children are now insured and will have access to health care," says Irwin Redlener, professor at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and president of the Children's Health Fund.
Others are not so optimistic.
"The devil is always in the details," says Suffern, N.Y., neurosurgeon Jeffrey Oppenheim. "How will we be able to afford this? There are no free lunches."
Allen Zagoren, a physician who teaches health care police at Iowa's Drake University, says some physicians fear that the Affordable Care Act will complicate their lives, but notes that many will eventually come to favor it.
"At the end of the day, our job is to provide health care to our patients, and anything the government does to help us do that is good," he says.
Zagoren, who also runs the wound-care center at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, said that more patients soon will have an ability to pay for services, which should help hospitals and physicians. He also said the law includes important incentives for preventive care, which could help save the health care system from rising costs.
Mark Mishek, the president of addiction-treatment-center operator Hazelden, says the court decision is "an essential step forward for millions of people who need help overcoming addiction."
"This historic, lifesaving ruling lifts the burdens and obstacles that had been set before those who wished to find freedom from the disease of addiction," Mishek says. "Expanding access to addiction treatment was a moral and financial imperative. It will save dollars, and, even more important, it will save lives."
"What this means is that the 30 million uninsured and underinsured Americans will have access to health care and the 700,000 New Yorkers under the age of 26 will continue to be insured."
The impact on businesses and states that are required to set up insurance exchanges is less clear, he says. "No one knows where the money will come from," he says.
Katonah, N.Y., resident Jeanne Waful says she was so nervous before the ruling that she was afraid to turn on her TV. Waful has health insurance through her husband's job at IBM, but says she was thrilled that the Affordable Care Act was upheld. "It benefits all of our society," she says.
"Today's decision is a victory for the health of the America people," says physician Jo Ivey Boufford, president of the New York Academy of Medicine. "Those who are uninsured, underinsured and unable to afford health insurance will finally have access to key preventive services and health care they so desperately need for themselves and their families. The transformation in health policy to emphasize prevention and improve the overall health of the American people, including addressing health disparities, will continue."
Contributing: Liz Szabo, Janice Lloyd and Chuck Raasch in McLean, Va., Katherine Yung, the Detroit Free Press; Donna Leinwand Leger and Sonali Kohli in Washington, D.C., Jason Noble,|-|The Des Moines|-|Register; Cliff Peale,|-|The Cincinnati|-|Enquirer, Sarah Okeson, the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader; Scott Davis; the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal.
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TORONTO, June 13, 2012
Massive jump in Canadians' acceptance of cashless future, PayPal survey finds
TORONTO, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The idea of living in a cashless society is gaining considerable momentum in Canada. A new survey conducted on behalf of PayPal Canada by Leger Marketing shows that 71 per cent of Canadians are comfortable with never having to handle cash to make a purchase, up 27 per cent from 2011. In fact, many Canadians are already embracing this shift - a full quarter (25 per cent) of survey respondents go more than a week without using cash.
"The growth we're seeing in Canadians' eagerness to go cashless is significant," said Darrell MacMullin, managing director, PayPal Canada. "In Canada, 2012 marks the year that we've moved well beyond the tipping point towards embracing a digital future. Canadians understand that a digital wallet can be a safer and smarter way to pay and get paid."
More than four million Canadians already have PayPal accounts which enable them to go cashless today, by offering a safer and more secure digital wallet service. Canadians already use PayPal to pay and get paid using their bank account, credit cards and PayPal balance from their computer, smartphone or virtually any Internet-connected device.
Canadian's can also rely on PayPal's mobile app to help manage their money on the go. According to the survey, 56 per cent of Canadians are more likely to forgive and forget when someone owes them money for an everyday purchase, rather than follow-up about it. The "request money" feature on PayPal's app is an easy way to ask a friend or group of people for the money that is owed. Similarly, the app's "send money" feature is perfect for people that don't like the idea of owing anyone money - more than half (54 per cent) of survey respondents pay back small debts immediately. With PayPal sending money to friends and family in Canada is free if the transfer is funded by a PayPal balance or bank account.
PayPal is the safer way to pay and get paid on mobile devices - security and privacy are built into the service. PayPal doesn't store personal or financial details on any device, and never shares details such as a credit card number, bank account number or PayPal balance with merchants. All transactions take place in PayPal's secure environment.
PayPal's secure approach to mobile payments is important to making a cashless future a reality in Canada, as many Canadians have expressed concerns about the security of mobile payments. Results from a recent survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of PayPal Canada reveal that 43 per cent of Canadian smartphone users don't trust that their mobile phone applications and hardware will keep their personal details safe and secure, and 80 per cent are concerned about financial privacy and sharing personal or credit card details when making mobile purchases and transactions.
PayPal's mobile app is free to download and is available for iPhone™, BlackBerry® and Android™ smartphones. Visit www.paypal.ca for more information.
Leger Marketing methodology
The survey was completed online from May 28th, to May 31st, 2012 using Leger Marketing's online panel, LegerWeb, with a sample of 1500 Canadians aged 18+.
A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of ±2.5%, 19 times out of 20.
Ipsos Reid methodology:
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between January 27 to February 1, 2012, conducted on behalf of PayPal. For this survey, a sample of 1,012 adults with a smartphone from Ipsos' Canadian online panel was interviewed online. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had the entire population of smartphone owners in Canada been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.
PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send money without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts or credit cards. With more than 110 million active accounts in 190 markets and 25 currencies around the globe, PayPal enables global ecommerce. PayPal is an eBay company. The company's open payment platform, x.commerce , allows developers to build innovative payment applications on multiple platforms and devices. More information about the company can be found at http://www.PayPal.ca