“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.” ~ Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Obamacare unconstitutionally empowers Health and Human Services bureaucrats to write regulations out of thin air WITH NO VOTE, like this one, which FORCES religious organizations to be accomplices to killing unborn babies and even pay for the murder weapons.
This is yet one more reason why government needs to get out of the health care business ENTIRELY. If the state pays the bill (with money confiscated from your paycheck, of course), they demand the power to control who gets what, and who must provide it, and hundreds of other personal decisions which only the patient (customer) and provider have a right to decide.
In a free market, buying and selling goods and services are VOLUNTARY, and NO ONE is forced to violate their conscience. The closer we shift towards nationalized medicine, the more of our liberties are stripped away.
We all know there is no such thing as a free lunch, but the Obama administration has decided to move forward with its mandate that private insurance companies must provide “free” coverage of contraception and sterilization procedures, as well as an abortion pill called “ella”–which is much friendlier sounding than its “close chemical relative” RU-486.
Religious organizations had pushed for a conscience exemption, but the Obama administration has denied their request. “The Obama administration will allow religious organizations a one-year delay before they must comply with a new rule requiring employers that offer workers health insurance to include access to contraception with no out-of-pocket cost,” the Washington Post reports. That means that employers opposed to abortion–even Catholic schools, hospitals, and charities–will be required to provide health care coverage that they find morally objectionable. The Obamacare rule does retain a very narrow exemption for houses of worship.