November 15, 2016


Kirk G. Morrison

The history of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – known more commonly as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare – has been a tumultuous one. Intended to improve national health care quality, affordability, and drive down the cost of care in terms of GDP, it introduced a set of mandates for coverage on both the industry and consumer sides, subsidies to help consumers, and created insurance market exchanges. From its very onset the law has been challenged by an array of conservative organizations and the Republican Party who have raised the specter of socialized medicine and “death panels,” and have made repealing Obamacare a continued rallying point.  More… 

Julia Smucker

I’m not sure if this is oddly consoling or just more disturbing, or even downright terrifying, but it may help make some sense of the spectacle that is U.S. politics to take a step back and recognize the bigger global phenomenon that’s been playing out, of which our topsy-turvy electoral scene is but one part. We’ve seen the surge of hardline nationalist parties and movements across Europe, driven by the cultural and economic pressures of an overwhelming immigration crisis.  The same anxieties were a conspicuous factor in the “Brexit” referendum as Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, which has already drawn comparisons to the U.S. presidential election. More…


Amir Azarvan

“Should a woman be allowed to get rid of her fetus?” This is the rather sanitized (though, in my view, unbiased) way that I recently put the question to my three daughters (ages 5, 6, and 9) after showing them pictures of a fetus at each gestational stage. Without much, if any, hesitation, they all answered with a decisive no. More…



Doran Hunter

Van Jones and other mainstream media figures are attributing the Trump victory to a “white lash,” a supposed race-based reaction on the part of white males to eight years of an Obama presidency.

This makes no sense. Voters elected Obama twice. Many of those same voters went for Trump this time around, and it is not difficult to understand why.  More…

Louis Rose

A few years ago someone told me that I ought to check out an outfit called the Acton Institute as a sound purveyor of Catholic social teaching. At my age I usually forget what people ask me to do, so I never got around to it.

But just the other day I came across an article on the Acton Institute’s “Power Blog,” written by one Joseph Sunde, that made my hair stand on end. It would have been a pretty shocking read even if the Acton Institute wasn’t headed up by a Catholic priest. The title of the article: “Bring Back Child Labor: Work Is a Gift Our Kids Can Handle.” Yep. You read that right. More…  

Jack Quirk

Christian Democracy endeavors to be a scrupulously non-partisan publication….That doesn’t mean we close our eyes to what is right in front of us. We don’t pretend that something isn’t contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ simply because someone will accuse us of taking sides politically. And we certainly don’t shy away from commenting on the fact that, in the United States, the Christian religion has been appropriated by political interests hostile to the poor and marginalized. More…


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