Government Shutdown and ObamaCare

As of the writing of this post, the government is shut down. What does that mean for you, and how will that affect the roll out of ObamaCare? Those are the questions most Americans want to know at this time. The answers are easier than one might expect. The first thing to understand is that the government is shut down because of ObamaCare. This awful bill that has been repeatedly rejected by Americans, lost in the courts, and been delayed, is the primary cause of the shutdown. The Democrats in Congress refused to compromise on funding or delaying ObamaCare, while repeatedly rejecting the Republican led House proposals for funding the government. So the government is shut down.

This means all “non-essential” personnel will be sent home to await the government restart. Essential personnel, generally those tied to national defense and security and public safety. So the majority of our military will in fact continue to work. While President Obama and the Democrats tried to scare the American public with talks of economic crisis if the government shuts down, the reality is that in the past when the government has shut down, the economy boomed. As they try to scare seniors and those living on social security or dependent on medicare and medicaid, those service will in fact continue. Unfortunately, this also means Congress will continue to be paid.

Here’s the breakdown of how the government will furlough non-essential workers:

- 87 percent of Commerce’s 46,420 workers
- 80 percent of Treasury’s 112,461 workers
- 50 percent of Defense’s 800,000 workers
- 15 percent of Justice’s 114,486 workers

Also unfortunately for us all, ObamaCare will still be rolled out. Starting today the exchanges open and people can now enroll. It will be a messy, glitch filled period of uncertainty for sure.

The government is bloated and has grown too large. When the government is the largest employer of citizens in the country it is time to trim the fat and reduce the size of the government. Shutting the government down is an opportunity to return to the Founder’s vision for our federal government, one that is limited. This is also a chance to let those in Congress that continue to ignore the voice of the American people that we have no interest in tax payer subsidized abortion. ObamaCare is the largest expansion of abortion in this country since the 1973 Roe decision and it continues to be opposed by a majority of Americans because we are pro-life. Will this shut down be difficult, yes. Is there a chance for opportunity, absolutely.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Is This the Last Chance to Defund ObamaCare?

According to Sen. Ted Cruz, the continuing resolution is the last chance to defund or repeal ObamaCare. He is calling on lawmakers to refuse to vote for or support any resolution that has funds for ObamaCare in it. He recently said: “If there is ever a time to defeat Obamacare, it is now…Moreover, we have, I believe, the best opportunity we will have, and possibly the last good opportunity we will have to defund Obamacare with the continuing resolution.”

The health care law has been incredibly unpopular with Americans as they watch their expenses go up and their options go down. European countries have warned America not to adopt the system that has ruined their healthcare. Morally, a majority of Americans oppose the abortion funding in ObamaCare, not to mention the HHS mandate which forces employers to provide abortion drugs and services against their religious convictions. Overall it’s a bad law that needs to be repealed. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

A Constitutional Amendment to Protect Parents Rights?

Have we fallen so far that we need a constitutional amendment to protect parental rights? According to Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and his co-sponsors, we do. Unfortunately, I would have to agree with their conclusion. Historically fit parents were deemed the best to make decisions regarding education and health-care for their kids. Today, activist courts and over-reaching government wants to do it for them. Hence the need for an amendment; which has been introduced in the House of Representatives. About the amendment, Michael Farris said:

“Traditionally the Supreme Court has held that fit parents make decisions that are in their child’s best interests. But that presumption is being eroded today in our courts and in U.N. conventions. More and more, judges are making decisions based on what they think is best for the child, rather than respecting the natural right of loving parents to make that call.” Unfortunately his assessment is correct, and it’s most obvious in the area’s of health-care and education. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Ugh. DNC Chair Tweets Hypocritical Claims

Evidently, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz thinks it is acceptable for the government to reach into health care and demand we all subsidize abortion and buy a government insurance plan. But, it is not acceptable for the government to protect unborn children that feel pain from the torture of abortion. This is the conclusion of her absurd tweets commenting on the 20 week abortion ban being voted on by the House of Representatives.

Wasserman-Schultz called the common sense protection an “extreme” bill that is a government over-reach. Hmm, where was that logic when ObamaCare was being passed. No other bill in recent history is more over-reaching into a private citizen’s health care decisions that ObamaCare. I guess government over-reach that pays for abortions if fine, but protecting kids from pain is not. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Obama and His “Conservative” Health Care Speech

ObamaThe Obama administration doesn’t think it’s “conservative” for a government to tell women what health care choices she should make. Neither do I. For that matter I don’t know many conservatives that believe the government should be telling women what kind of health care choices she should be making. But the difference between me and the president is that I don’t think the government should be paying for contraception, or telling employers what they have to provide in their health insurance plans.

President Obama, in this video, accuses Mitt Romney, Republicans, and conservatives of wanting to tell women what health care choices they should be making. He speaks of contraception, mammograms, and other noble sounding things in an effort to paint his opposition as “extreme.”

He goes on to say that a boss should not be able to control the care a woman gets by refusing to offer contraception in their insurance plans. Because, as he is quick to say, a woman should be the one controlling the care she gets and no one else.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Are Death Panels Coming Soon?

Sarah Palin was criticized and mocked for saying ObamaCare would usher in the era of “death panels” into American health care. Somehow, liberals could not – or would not – conceive of how rationing health care would ever happen int he United States. We now know it was all a ploy to help pass ObamaCare, and that rationing has already begun. So while liberal accuse conservatives of wanting to “push grandma off a cliff,” it seems the accusation more appropriately applies to liberals. And now, though largely ignored by the mainstream media, one of Obama’s czar’s has come forward to say that we indeed “need death panels.” An article quotes Steven Rattner, Obama’s “car-czar” as saying: “We need death panels…Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health-care resources more prudently – rationing, by its proper name – the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.” Here is one of Obama’s top advisers saying we need death panels, rationing, and that Medicare will outpace the federal budget and is unsustainable in it’s current form. Ironically, conservatives have been warning people that liberals would push for rationing and death panels, while liberals patently deny the claim. And  conservatives have been warning that Medicare is unsustainable and needs restructured, while liberals patently deny the claim. Welcome to America, 2012. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Where Does West Virginia Stand on ObamaCare?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/24/2011

LifeMartinsburg, WV – You’ve probably already heard the news that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will take up the case against ObamaCare brought by 26 states attorney’s general in the Spring of 2012. From the moment this terrible piece of legislation was signed there was no doubt that it was headed for a showdown at the nation’s highest court. Not only was it barely passed as a result of back room deals, eleventh-hour agreements to subvert the American people, and a bit of trick language to ensure money for abortions would be included. But, few Americans support it and most want to see it repealed and replaced.

Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice is excited that SCOTUS will hear the case:

“This is the day we have been waiting for…It was clear that ObamaCare would ultimately be decided by the high court when it was signed into law nearly 20 months ago. By taking these cases, the high court can bring clarity and end the confusion about a law that most Americans have consistently opposed. We have argued from the beginning that ObamaCare – including the individual mandate – is unconstitutional… our amicus brief urging the high court to reject this flawed health care law.”

Sekulow and other groups will argue that the key component of President Obama’s health law, the Individual Mandate to Buy, is unconstitutional and violates the commerce clause. They are, in my opinion right about this fact. They will then argue that the entire health law is predicated upon the individual mandate and that if the individual mandate is declared unconstitutional, as lower courts have already done, the entire law must be declared unconstitutional and repealed.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Protected? Think Again! Obamacare Will Force All Citizens to Fund Abortion

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/11/2011

health careMartinsburg, WV – Finally we are starting to get the “big picture” of just how Obamacare will impact every individual on a personal level. This isn’t the first time I have talked about conscience protections and exemptions; you can click here for other articles on the subject.

What is now coming to light is the fact that Obamacare will indeed violate the pro-life conscience rights of many Americans. In fact, if recent polls are to be believed, more than 60% of Americans are pro-life. That’s not just a majority, that’s a super-majority. And yet our president (the most pro-abortion president in American history) has decided not just to ignore the pro-life views of Americans, but to blatantly attack those views with policies that would force pro-life Americans to support, and fund abortion.

Take a look at these new measures to be included in Obamacare:

“The Obama administration has initially approved a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine suggesting that it force insurance companies to pay for birth control and drugs that can cause abortions under the Obamacare government-run health care program…The IOM recommendation, opposed by pro-life groups, called for the Obama administration to require insurance programs to include birth control — such as the morning after pill or the ella drug that causes an abortion days after conception — in the section of drugs and services insurance plans must cover under ‘preventative care.’ The companies will likely pass the added costs on to consumers, requiring them to pay for birth control and, in some instances, drug-induced abortions of unborn children in their earliest days.”

What about the conscience/religious exemptions put in place to protect the moral opposition to such funding held by so many Americans and organizations? We all remember that we were assured by President Obama and others that safeguards for moral objections to funding abortion would be put in place. We were told over and over that abortion would not be funded in the new health-care laws. Right?

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Will Obamacare Penalize People for Being Married?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/07/2011

Repeal ObamacareMartinsburg, WV – Is it possible that our own government is seeking to discourage marriage by any means necessary? While all-out assaults on marriage take place from the front could behind the scenes attacks be taking place in areas no one is looking? Before you start to think I’m a conspiracy theorist or some sort of nut take a look at a recent report from Fox News on penalties within Obamacare for married couples.

“A new wrinkle has surfaced in the implementation of the federal health care law that critics argue will impose a significant penalty on women and marriage…The law includes generous subsidies for the uninsured so they can afford to buy coverage in the new insurance exchanges that are part of the legislation…But several analysts told Congress Thursday the nature of the subsidies has an odd effect…Critics say that beginning in 2014, Americans will find it more advantageous to stay single than marry because it will be easier to afford health coverage.”

How this works out practically is explained by Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a researcher at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research:

“The way this bill is structured, there are disincentives for women to marry and disincentives for women to work…And for a bill that’s supposed to make Americans healthier, these disincentives are truly startling…Two singles would each be able to earn $43,000 and still receive help to purchase health insurance, but if they got married and combined their earnings to $86,000, they would be far above the limit.”

In other words, millions of American families will be above the accepted limit for coverage and essentially be on their own for insurance coverage under the new regulations.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Obamacare Dealt a Blow as Tax Money Gets Stripped

by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/20/2011

Martinsburg, WV – President Obama and his administration continue to ignore the people of America on the issue of life. More than once it has been made abundantly clear that a super, bi-partisan majority of Americans oppose abortion on demand and tax-payer funding for abortion. Yet our president and his administration continue to fund abortion both in America and abroad.

No ObamacareThe Republican led House of Representatives have continued to uphold their promise to defend life and listen to Americans on the issue of abortion. Last week a bill was passed with overwhelming support from both parties that effectively strips abortion funding from Obamacare.

Many people were led to believe that no funding for abortion was contained in Obamacare and that further precautions were taken when the president signed an Executive Order declaring that no public (tax payer) funding could be used for abortion. The problem is that the presidents Executive Order holds no weight under the law of Obamacare which allows for indirect funding of abortion through the government insurance exchanges.

The Protect Life Act (HR 358) passed the House with a bi-partisan 251-172 vote and passed the first hurdle to permanently removing all funding from the new healthcare legislation. After the vote, House Speaker John Boehner was pleased with the outcome and that lawmakers listened to Americans.

“With this bipartisan legislation, we are continuing to keep our pledge to listen to the American people, who overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortion…The people’s will should be reflected in the law of the land, as opposed to an executive order that has no force of law and was deliberately conceived for that reason.”

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.