Talking About the Things That Matter Most on Nov. 4
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – Government Capitulates—Catholic Priest Allowed to Hold Religious Services at Naval Base Again; Chapel Doors Open to Catholic Parishioners
The Government capitulated just one day after the Thomas More Law Center filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Department of Defense’s actions which prohibited a Catholic Priest from celebrating Mass at a Naval base under threat of arrest and barred the Chapel to Catholic religious services due to the recent government shutdown. Erin Mersino filed the lawsuit in the Federal District Court in Washington DC on behalf of Father Ray Leonard and Fred Naylor, a parishioner. Erin explains the case and why it is still alive and important despite the end of the shutdown.
4:40 – National Catholic Reporter: “Gay marriage foes change their tactics, but not their tune” – A Response
The National Catholic Reporter last week published a piece by Heidi Schlumpf entitled “Gay marriage foes change their tactics, but not their tune.” In it she says “opponents of same-sex marriage, who consider themselves defenders of so-called traditional marriage, know how to analyze poll data, too. So it’s not surprising that there has been a noticeable revision to their arguments.” She particularly takes aim at our friend Bill May who was a key player in getting Prop 8 passed in CA. He joins us to respond to this column.
5:00 – A Mobile Mission: Catholic Apps On-The-Go
Sarah Reinhard is an admitted app-a-holic. Specifically a Catholic app-a-holic. When she hears there’s a new Catholic app on the market, she is nearly helpless not to go right over to iTunes and download it. If you’re one of the many with an app-loving device in your pocket or purse, Sarah takes us through a few of her favorite Catholic apps. Then we take your recommendations of apps that help you in your spiritual walk.
5:20 – Direct To My Desk: What Are the Catholic Apps YOU Can’t Live Without?
My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics. For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.
My choice is to get coverage through the government health exchange and lose access to my cancer doctors, or pay much more for insurance outside the exchange (the quotes average 40% to 50% more) for the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits.
Countless hours searching for non-exchange plans have uncovered nothing that compares well with my existing coverage. But the greatest source of frustration is Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Act health-insurance exchange and, by some reports, one of the best such exchanges in the country. After four weeks of researching plans on the website, talking directly to government exchange counselors, insurance companies and medical providers, my insurance broker and I are as confused as ever. Time is running out and we still don’t have a clue how to best proceed.
Two things have been essential in my fight to survive stage-4 cancer. The first are doctors and health teams in California and Texas: at the medical center of the University of California, San Diego, and its Moores Cancer Center; Stanford University’s Cancer Institute; and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
The second element essential to my fight is a United Healthcare PPO (preferred provider organization) health-insurance policy.
Since March 2007 United Healthcare has paid $1.2 million to help keep me alive, and it has never once questioned any treatment or procedure recommended by my medical team. The company pays a fair price to the doctors and hospitals, on time, and is responsive to the emergency treatment requirements of late-stage cancer. Its caring people in the claims office have been readily available to talk to me and my providers.
But in January, United Healthcare sent me a letter announcing that they were pulling out of the individual California market. The company suggested I look to Covered California starting in October.
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