The Supreme Court of the United States will hear the case brought by 26 states challenging the individual mandate in Obamacare, without which the pay structure for the plan will collapse.
I read that bill and, no matter what your view regarding the concept of paying for everyone’s healthcare as a right, you should read the bill and reconsider your support for the bill. It’s God awful. It will destroy our economy single-handedly. It is one of the most cumbersome, confusing, poorly written documents I’ve ever seen, and as we speak, they are writing endless rules around every page and every point in it. That’s insane folks. One new rule that is posing a threat to freedom of religion involves contraception and abortive contraception.
The lawsuit filed against the Obama administration by the Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic college in North Carolina, is over the pending abortifacient contraceptive mandate. No matter what one thinks about this abortion contraceptive, there is a more important issue here, and that is freedom of religion.
No matter what your religion or if you have no religion, our Constitution gives each of us the right to worship as we choose. Denying people this right will chip away at our first amendment.
The Belmont suit alleges that HHS, as part of an Obamacare directive, has infringed on their first amendment right to freedom of religion by requiring employers to offer health insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, including the abortion-inducing drugs Plan B and Ella.
To date, 18 Catholic colleges and universities sent a letter to HHS objecting to the contraception mandate. This was followed by 20 leading Catholic organizations including the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Relief Services.
In August, the EEOC, sent a letter to them stating that banning contraception is sexual discrimination because “only females take oral prescription contraceptives.” Apparently, this complaint came straight out of Washington.
No matter what your view on the matter of contraception or abortive contraception, what is your view on freedom of religion and can the government mandate contraception and abortive contraception? Why is the government even involved?
There is a narrow exemption in Obamacare but it is so narrow that it forces Belmont Abbey to choose between holding to its religious beliefs or providing its employees and students with health insurance.
According to Hannah Smith, senior legal counsel for the Becket fund, “A monk at Belmont Abbey may preach on Sunday that pre-marital sex, contraception, and abortions are immoral, but on Monday, the government forces him to pay for students to receive the very drugs and procedures he denounced.”
“This is much worse than an un-funded mandate; it is a monk-funded mandate.”
Can the government now order private organizations to abandon their moral principles to serve their employees and/or the public? Is there no end to what the government can mandate? Are we still America?