There is a terrific conference being held on April 26 - 28th in Durham, NC. Here is the link for the conference.
ADVANCE THE CHURCH
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You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don't multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn't first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don't have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don't get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Thank you for voicing your concern about the implications of health care reform legislation on TRICARE coverage. On March 21, 2010, I joined 211 Democrats and Republicans in the House in voting against the health care bill (H.R. 3590). Unfortunately, H.R. 3590 passed the House and became law, while another bill (H.R. 4872) that made changes to the signed health care reform bill was later passed by the House, also without my support, and Senate.
The day before the final vote on the health care bill in the House, I voted in support of an emergency measure, the TRICARE Affirmation Act (H.R. 4887), to prevent TRICARE programs from being negatively affected by health care reform legislation. H.R. 4887 passed the House unanimously and is awaiting action in the Senate, where it will have to be passed there before the President can sign it into law.
I believe the 9.2 million Americans that make up our military personnel, retirees, and their families deserve to enjoy the health care coverage and protection they have earned and come to expect. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, you may be assured that I will continue to pay very close attention to this issue. I will not waiver in my commitment to preserving access to quality care for our nation's military personnel and their dependents.
Over the course of the last year I had conversations with thousands of people across the Fourth Congressional District. Through these letters, emails, and conversations the vast majority of my constituents agree that while Congress must eliminate discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions and make insurance more accessible and affordable, this bill is not the way to do it.
Specifically, physician organizations representing 500,000 physicians across the country and in the Fourth Congressional District expressed strong opposition to the legislation. Seniors expressed concern that the bill would take more than half a trillion dollars out of a Medicare system that will be bankrupt by 2017. Cash-strapped states are uncertain of the effects of an expansion of Medicaid when they have already had to lay off school teachers and law enforcement officers. Furthermore, individuals and small businesses are wary of how they will hire new employees when we are faced with half a trillion dollars in new taxes at a time when unemployment is at 10%. While I support expanding health care insurance coverage, this cannot be done at an unacceptable price to our seniors, local governments, and small business owners.
In addition, the way this bill became law demonstrates why so many Americans are frustrated with government. The process lacked transparency and accountability as the bill was crafted behind closed doors. Members were denied the right to offer other proposals that would improve our health care system at a lower cost. The bill included backroom deals to secure last-minute votes at the expense of taxpayers and relied upon a hijacked budget reconciliation process that was originally designed to make it easier to cut federal spending. This was not the way to overhaul health care, which accounts for a sixth of our Nation's economy.
I will continue to do everything I can to fight to protect the doctor-patient relationship, reform the way Washington works, and create a legacy for our children and grandchildren that does not include a burdensome national debt.
"Things to Do"
1. Ask God to give you a heart for giving.
2. Review your budget and consider what it would take to give to God off the top.
3. Read the story of the widow's mite in Luke 21:1-4 and examine what that story implies about how you ought to give.
4. Invite a Christian friend to discuss what it means to be a caretaker of your belongings rather than an owner.
5. List 5 ways you can give back to God in addition to monetary giving.
6. Choose one thing you can do without and determine to give the money to God instead.
Jerry Falwell Jr. is Chancellor and CEO of Liberty University (LU), the largest Christian university in the world, with more than 58,000 students in its residence and online programs. LU employs over 5,100 people and is self-insured, offering quality health insurance and health savings accounts to its employees. Since it is self-insured, LU will be forced to pay a fee for each covered "life" (employees, spouses and dependents), and face many other burdensome, costly, and unnecessary regulations. LU is also concerned that the government takeover of the student loan industry, included in the reconciliation bill, will negatively impact its students.