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Thoughtful Thursday -- Link Roundup (6/18-24)

“You have to think anyway, so why not think big?” – Donald Trump

Another venture into what we read and thought about this week.  Interesting articles from around the way.

Law & Politics

Hobby Lobby Folly, the Fifth Mystery: What about Other Quirky Religious Objections to Health Insurance?

Justice Ginsburg asked,

Would the exemption the Court holds RFRA demands for employers with religiously grounded objections to the use of certain contraceptives extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations (Christian Scientists, among others)? 353 more words

Contraceptive Mandate

Pop Quiz -- a short story

Pop Quiz — a short story

She sat down next to me at the bar. “Buy me a drink?”

Tall, raven hair, dark brows, natural blush, little or no makeup.  721 more words

Politics

Did You Know? Insurance Carriers and Medicaid Now Cover Drug Treatment

Since the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) went into effect on Jan. 1 2014, all insurance carriers and Medicaid are required to cover the costs associated with treatment for substance use disorders… 258 more words

Help For Substance Abuse

Shell-shocked

Consider this story from a local news network’s facebook page. *note* I added a BIT of punch to key words used for my follow-up.

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – … 1,283 more words

Obama Admin Trying to Find a New Way to Impose Contraception Mandate on Little Sisters of the Poor

WeeklyStandard

he Obama administration announced Tuesday in a court filing that it would change the way it imposes its contraception and abortifacient mandate on religious non-profits, such as Christian schools like Wheaton College and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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Government

U.S. health insurers to pay $330 million in premium rebates

(Reuters) – U.S. health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the U.S. 227 more words

Health